Hate is hate-there is only one answer
I was fairly determined to keep my opinion to myself on the happenings in Minnesota, until two things happened today. The first was the arrest of a news crew that was simply doing their job, and the second was the knowledge of something said by Martin Luther King, Jr.
The man of faith once said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
With that in mind, I offer this, as my opinion on Minneapolis, and our country today.
My last year of high school was spent at a private Baptist school near Dallas. A part of the curriculum there was memorizing scripture. Over the years, I have forgotten most of what I memorized, but one particular passage has stuck with me always, and every time I see things going on like what we have today, I remember the verses. They are the most accurate in answering the questions of how can an innocent man be killed by one who was sworn to protect, and why is the aftermath of that killing the people of a community taking to looting, violence and the burning of buildings.
2 Timothy 3, verses 1-5 says, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
In my eyes, these verses say it all. It can only be a Satan driven hate and a rebellion against the precepts of God the Father that would lead a man to kill another, like that police officer killed George Floyd. I do not know that police officer, nor do I know the man George Floyd, but I believe in my heart the accounts of Mr. Floyd’s life that I have read over the last few days, and I believe him to have been a Christian, a man of God, who was killed because evil wanted him dead...silenced.
The Bible also tells us that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but rather against principalities and powers, and against the rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.
You can call me simplistic, I am quite used to that, but the Bible says what it says, and I believe it, word for word.
As a nation, we have ever so slowly turned from a nation under God, and instead now are a nation ruled by our own lusts. We lust for power, money, and notoriety. We lust for what our neighbor has, and call it the rat race. We take God out of our lives on every turn, and then wonder how things like Minneapolis can happen.
I sit at my desk this morning, looking inside myself, and going through the checklist one at a time. Am I a lover of my own self? Am I covetous, unthankful, and highminded? Going through the list shows me my shortcomings and my need to be on my knees, praying to the only one that can make me better, and the only one that can save our country.
You see, our salvation is not in a President, or a Congress, or any other power that might govern us. Our salvation from being killed and having rioting in our streets, can only come from one place.
I do not condone for one second the actions of those police officers, nor do I condone those who have rioted and destroyed their own community. But the answer, as simplistic as it may seem, is turning from our wicked ways, and instead of having a form of godliness, getting the real thing.
Dr. King also said, “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
There is only one real source for love too. We need Him.