Picking a topic related to our current national convulsions is like picking a recipe for Brunswick Stew. Everyone says their recipe is the best, most traditional, handed-down-from-Momma version, while most of it’s totally made up on the spot from whatever’s lying around the kitchen.
The pandemic’s social distancing has come to a “dramatic end,” says the headline. The Washington Post editorial board gives one cheer for the positive jobs numbers, with two thumbs down because Democrats need to endorse companies following “science-based” best practices–which somehow now seem to include mass protest. Yet “racism derails our efforts to save the planet.” (I’ll let the you, the reader, ponder the questions raised in that piece.)
A former skinhead penned a confessional filled with anti-police rhetoric, and a blockbuster claim that “[many] racists also went from boots to blues and became police officers.” The link supporting this claim is a 2016 statement from a Norfolk city council member, Angelia Graves, given without evidence, at an NAACP meeting.
Modern racists, Graves told the mostly black crowd of more than 200, have “taken off their white hats and white-sheeted robes and put on police uniforms. Some of them have put on shirts and ties as policymakers and some of them have put on robes as judges.”Yesterday’s Ku Klux Klan members are today’s police officers, councilwoman says, Washington Post, October 11, 2016
The statement was so off in left field that even the attendees at the NAACP Freedom Fund luncheon at which Graves spoke expressed shock and asked Graves to retract her statement, which she did not.
The new theme in street protests is now that the police should be “defunded,” and that policing in the U.S. has become far too militarized, and openly racist in character. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, a white young man who looks about a year out of high school, was booed out of a rally because he refused to endorse disbanding the police force.
I’m not sure what the end game of crowds calling for the abolition of any local control of law and justice would be: anarchy? Spontaneous peace? Or the Reign of Terror?
Is policing in the U.S. “a diseased tree” as Ruth Marcus, deputy editor of the editorial page of The Washington Post wrote on June 5th? Her recommendations: new training requirements, defanging police unions (as if Democrats will ever oppose public unions), removing “qualified immunity,” and demilitarizing police departments.
All of the above are in political Pollyanna-land. The very candidate Democrats put their hopes in to “fix it” in 2020 voted for the crime bills passed under Democrat President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. “Lock the S.O.B.’s up,” said Sen. Joe Biden.
At a time when Democrats tended to espouse the “root cause” theory of crime — the idea that poverty and other social ills bred criminal activity — and Republicans thought punishment was the answer, Mr. Biden wanted to “abandon the old debate,” as he told The Philadelphia Inquirer in June 1994. But he often seemed to tilt strongly toward the Republican view.
“It doesn’t matter whether or not they’re the victims of society,” Mr. Biden said in 1993, adding, “I don’t want to ask, ‘What made them do this?’ They must be taken off the street.”‘Lock the S.O.B.s Up’: Joe Biden and the Era of Mass Incarceration, The New York Times, June 25, 2019
Plus, having criminal gangs of youths ravaging in the streets, looting, killing, and having their way with the police standing by doing nothing is not a popular platform. Trump’s approval rating among black likely voters topped 40% due to his handling of COVID-19 and the protests, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll.
To put this in a nutshell: Progressive leftists are saying the police are irredeemably racist through and through, possess too much military-grade hardware, and in general should be reformed top-to-bottom. By whom? Well, the federal government of course, but not under Trump, but under someone who voted to create the militarized, irredeemably racist police.
It makes no sense, but then again #BlackLivesMatter requires those who take the oath of Wokeness to accept certain things on faith. Precepts like White Guilt will never go away; there is no such thing as Black Racism; Jews are a problem because they seem to do better than others in influence and education; and there is no Redemption for the sin of racism.
According to the guiding principles driving this national conversation made in protests, there will be no end to the racism even if every racist is eliminated, and all vestiges of “systemic racism” have been purged. The only possible course is a revolution in which white society is subjected to black domination, and suffers the same history–in fact, white history should be eradicated in toto. This is what those hearts that harbor such anger and bitterness desire: power and vengeance.
Let me take a U-turn here and go where I meant to go from the beginning.
In human history, the desire for power and vengeance always result in terror. Those things do not belong to the human spirit. We should always focus on the things that do belong to us and help us, these being: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
My head swims trying to connect the ends to the means in these protests today. But as a Christian, I know the answer is to be found in redemption, and redemption is only to be found in Christ.
If only someone, in these mass protests, would stand up and loudly proclaim the name of Jesus. If only someone would boldly tell the crowds that the power they desire is available in the Holy Spirit. If only someone would tell them that the vengeance they seek is found in the Lord, who claims “vengeance is mine.”
Would someone read from Deuteronomy 32 in front of the crowd? The Lord will someday end racism, when sin comes to its inevitable conclusion. The work of the enemy of our souls will come to nothing. But in our world today, there are sinners, and people who believe sinners. Redemption is found in love and forgiveness.
Yes, the police have a tough job. But they are also human beings. Instead of protesting their presence, it’s better if the crowds turned to prayer.
Christian, pray for these national demonstrations to turn into a revival of spiritual awakening. Pray for God to raise up evangelists from the midst of the demonstrators who will lead them not in protest, but in repentance and prayer.
We have a unique opportunity today to capture the nation for the Gospel, with ears and hearts prepared to hear the message of peace and freedom. Pray Matthew 9, in true compassion.
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Matthew 9:35-38
There is redemption in this chaos, if we would pray the Lord of the harvest send out His workers.