"I guarantee that if more people took instructions from God’s Holy Word, you wouldn’t see the violence and destruction choking daily news," Tom says in his latest column.
Juxtaposed on my friend’s Facebook page were two photographs: on the left was former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick “taking a knee” before a game to protest police brutality against blacks. On the right was from a video of a Minneapolis police officer with his knee on the neck of George Floyd, a black man who later died.
The caption read, “It’s crazy the pic on the right is more acceptable than the pic on the left.” I commented, “It is certainly not acceptable!”
My friend – who is African American – responded, “I hope you use your platform to condemn the one on the right just as you did the one on the left,” and I certainly choose to do just that right now.
Let me first reinforce my comment; the officer’s unnecessary, outrageous brutality against a handcuffed Floyd is unquestionably unacceptable!
Pictures and videos can be deceiving as one never knows of circumstances preceding confrontation. However, from the many bystander videos, I’ve seen no evidence of Floyd resisting arrest, which makes it even more egregious.
My first thought was, what if that had been my father or brother. My second was remembering the fear I heard in my African American friend’s words for the future safety of her two little boys.
As a Christian, I just don’t get racism as God has created us all as equals. And, perhaps that’s the problem as more and more people give little-to-no consideration of God in their lives these days.
Remember, “Red or yellow, black or white, they are precious in His sight?” The only thing that matters to God is what’s in your heart.
Christianity itself is now being mocked and criticized daily, but I guarantee that if more people took instructions from God’s Holy Word, you wouldn’t see the violence and destruction choking daily news.
God’s Apostle Paul urges us to incorporate the Fruits of the Spirit into our lives: “Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self- Control.” Did anyone see any trace of those in the video of Mr. Floyd’s death? Me neither.
It must be taught from infancy in the home that America was “conceived in liberty – which is “the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's way of life, behavior, or political views” – and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” period.
However, while I openly condemn the officer’s brutal behavior, I also condemn the same in the Monroe African American man who shot one of our local white police officers twice in an attempted car-jacking last week.
There will always be good apples and bad apples in anything; weeding them out through vetting must be law enforcement’s new main focus.
And while I must admit I understand Kaepernick’s “stand” a bit more because of the arrangement of those pictures, I still contend he chose the wrong avenue and opportunity for his protest.
One of my African American friends assured me, “You’d understand if you were black.”
Last week we honored millions of American lives sacrificed in defense of the freedom we all love, including the opportunity to make millions playing games, like football.
I contend the least we can do is stand to honor their memory for the less-than-two-minutes it takes to sing or play our National Anthem.
I also contend that if you were one who had the misfortune of watching friends die in combat during war, you, too, would understand.
But, what do I know.
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