A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-5-20
Enough is Enough!
What’s Happening: “The Associated Press, in an article by Sophia Eppolito, reported in the Salt Lake Tribune that the Utah Sheriffs’ Association and Republican US Representative Chris Stewart had staged a protest late Thursday outside the location of the Tribune’s printing press, objecting to a cartoon that the Tribune had published. In the cartoon, the police had been depicted as linked with the racism of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). At the protest, they demanded that the paper retract the cartoon and apologize…which the Tribune said they would not do (https://www.yahoo.com/news/utah-police-frustrated-anti-law-221401630.html). Quoting from the article: ‘It was time as our silent voices have really been just in a listening mode of what all the concerns are now to say you know what enough was enough and you’ve crossed the line,’ Anderson [Dept. of Public Safety Commissioner]said Friday.”
Knee-Jerk Response: “I mean, there is a need for reform…but systemic racism.?!…defunding the police?!…are you kidding me?!”
Biblical Response: “Not only have there been calls for both defunding and complete abolishment of law enforcement, those calls seem to encourage the violence that often follows the protests in cities across America. Whatever happened to respect for authority? (Rom. 13:17; 1 Pet. 2:13-14). Less policing = more violence…NOT LESS! It doesn’t take a Rhodes Scholar or a rocket scientist to see that! Of course, respect for authority is a Christian principle and thanks to Engle vs. Vitale (1962) and Abington School District vs. Schempp (1963) the Bible and prayer have been removed from public schools. God help us.”
“Christians? We believe in obedience to authority (Rom. 1:5) and in respect (the scriptures above). Of course, when human authority contradicts God’s law, we have the duty to disobey (Acts 5:29). This may cause us to suffer some consequences, but God’s grace is sufficient.’’
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, we pray that You will return our country to sanity; in Jesus’ Name, amen.
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