These days the national news is largely about those four topics.
COVID-19 is still rearing its ugly head, particularly in some parts of the country. Numerous re-opened business establishments have been closed again. So have some churches.
Masks are now mandated in most of Texas and in other parts of the country. Social distancing and sheltering in place are still recommended. Some people are scared. Others are skeptical.
In the meantime, we’ve seen historic statues and other monuments splashed with paint, covered with vulgar graffiti, or altogether torn down and tossed into nearby bodies of water.
Why? Because those who don’t like what the statue represents decide it should be destroyed, often violating federal law in the process. What gives them the right to act so sanctimoniously?
When such concerns are legitimate, the statue may be moved peacefully to a less public venue. How and by whom that decision is made is important. Cancel culture? Erase history? Says who?
And the violence continues. Between this past Thursday evening and Sunday midnight, 87 people were shot in Chicago, 17 fatally, including a seven year old girl and a 14 year old boy.
In New York City, 64 people were shot over the Fourth of July weekend. Ten of them were killed. In Atlanta, 23 people were shot, five fatally, over that same weekend.
Not much has been said about racial motivation for these shootings. You know and I know that many of these shootings were done by people of one race shooting people of the same race.
Manifestations of violence are not motivated solely or primarily by race but by immature thinking, impulsive behavior, broken relationships, greed, anger, hatred, jealousy, revenge, lust, and passion.
Violence knows no racial boundaries. Whites kill blacks. Blacks kill whites. Whites kill whites. Blacks kill blacks. White people or black people or brown people or purple people do acts of violence, both to people of other races and to people of their own race. That’s just a fact.
The reason we have law enforcement officers in our country and in our world is to provide protection for the innocent from wrongful actions of people who either believe the law does not apply to them or for any other reason willfully violate the law.
Dismantling police departments and defunding law enforcement providers will not be helpful for maintaining law and order and protecting innocent people from violent actors.
Governing authorities are God’s servants, sent for our good, for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. I believe that includes law enforcement officers. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. See Romans 13.
Lord of the universe, bless and protect those who have been sent to bless and protect us!