Jul. 17, 2016

Read God's Lips

Due to early news reports, I thought there were multiple shooters with a planned plot to murder police officers in Baton Rouge, LA. As the investigation progresses, it is equally bad.

RETRACTION DUE TO UPDATED NEWS REPORTS: BATON ROUGE, La., July 17 (Reuters) - A decorated former U.S. Marine sergeant opened fire on police in Baton Rouge on Sunday, killing three officers, nearly two weeks after the fatal police shooting of a black man there sparked nationwide protests, including one shattered by the massacre of five Dallas policemen. 

Romans 12:18-20a, “If it is possible on your part, live at peace with everyone. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’ On the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink.’”

One thing I find remarkable in the movement to end slavery is that Christians worked together. Mainly Methodists and Quakers did their part to free the black slaves moving them by way of the Underground Railroad to freedom. They did so despite the fact that many slave owners claimed to be Bible-believing Christians. Likewise, black slaves depended on the Lord to free them. They surrendered to God and spent their days singing praises awaiting God’s emancipation. It came. It took a war, but it came.

Equally admirable was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for peaceful demonstrations during the violent civil rights clashes that hit our country in the 1960’s. I do not think anyone, regardless of race, can watch the news reels from those days in American history without agreeing that our black brothers and sisters were treated with cruelty and unfairly.

Our world needs more Methodists, Quakers, biblical truth, and another Martin Luther King, Jr.  We need those willing to take a stand by following these historical examples of mercy, compassion, patience, truth, justice, fairness, productive solutions, and reconciliation.

The movie, “Ghosts of Mississippi,” is the true-life story of Medgar Evers, a black civil rights activist who was shot to death in 1963. Despite mounting evidence that Bryan De La Beckwith was the sniper in the dark who shot down Pastor Evers in his driveway, it took decades to bring De La Beckwith to trial and convict him of his crimes. Take time to watch the movie and realize that it really doesn’t matter the decade or the color of the finger pulling the trigger, murder is murder.

You know what’s sad? Some people learned nothing from the atrocities mentioned here. The person who did the killings in Dallas was a very ill man who needed to be released from the military and admitted into a psychiatric hospital. Now we are told the Baton Rouge shooter is ex-military as well. Are we listening?

Peace, Lord. We need Your peace. Christ Jesus, save us. Amen.