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Whose Lives Matter?

Hatred laced with ignorance is plaguing many cities throughout the United States. Usually all the posts written at Rethink are carefully planned, thought out and scheduled. This post is different. I personally like to let the storm of conflict settle before stating a position or calling people to action. This topic is too serious to let a response from us here at Rethink be saturated with time.

Hatred laced with ignorance is plaguing many cities throughout the United States. Usually all the posts written at Rethink are carefully planned, thought out and scheduled. This post is different. I personally like to let the storm of conflict settle before stating a position or calling people to action. This topic is too serious to let a response from us here at Rethink be saturated with time.

There have been cases of police brutality where civilians are killed, protests, rallies, and open attacks on police around the country. This has led to major movements of Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter. Our own Congress has even politicized this issue to try to pass or block legislation that is filled with personal agendas and probably the money of industries and lobbyists. I ask a serious and stern question of where is our sound judgment? We decide that moments after a shooting, instead of mourning the lives lost, we pick up slogans and point the finger at who is to blame. Personally, I blame no one person or people group for the actions. Please hear me when I plead with you that we need to start to act and stop reacting.

MEDIA

The biggest culprit to reacting is the news media. There is not one news agency that is innocent in this. I don’t care if you watch the more liberal MSNBC or the ultra conservative Fox News. There is a fire happening among the people in this country, and the root of it is hate. The news media has decided that the better ratings and viewership will come by throwing gas on that fire of hate. Therefore they skew the positions of each movement and fan the flame of hatred. When an unfit cop throws away his oath to protect and serve, the news media shows the world at 6 and 10 o’clock. The news live streams as cops are being ambushed. The news doesn’t make their featured story about African American, Caucasian, and Hispanic heritage officers working together to make their communities safer.

WHAT WE NEED

We need to push back. It is not protests that need to happen, and it’s definitely not movements that are spawned by race or career. We need community meetings where all sit down and discuss the needs of an individual’s community. We need police that patrol on foot and get to know the citizens first hand. We need more respect from the community for people that put on the uniform and protect us at home and abroad. We also need our elected officials to grow up and realize that this is not about them. Every time they can’t sit calmly and discuss the issues their constituents face, we lose.

It is not about gun control, it is not an issue of racism, and it’s not an issue of politics. For one thing transcends all of that, and it is our humanity. It is the thing we all share. We all inhabit the same country. Do we need better legislation, yes. Do we need better police training, yes. Do we need more respectful citizens, yes. Everything can be improved on. Yes, the Democrats are right, we can improve gun control. Yes, the Republicans are right, we should protect the 2nd Amendment. Looks like a stalemate, so people shout and cry. Great people share ideas and find reasonable solutions even when their opinions differ.

DON’T FORGET GOD 

Lastly and most importantly, we need God.  I know people might ask what God has to do with this topic. To those I answer with he is the obvious answer that many miss. For it is a love of God and Christ that begins our journey to truly embracing our neighbors and loving them no matter who they are. People will argue that religion has killed more people than many plagues, and to them I would say you are correct. Then I would argue back that religion and the misinterpretation of scriptures has killed people, not a person’s walk with Christ. I would argue that Jesus Christ himself is a self-sacrificial pacifist, where we learn that judgment rests with God not us.

WHAT SHOULD WE DO? 

What are we to do about all this? The answer is something we teach our children as early as grade school. “Treat others how you would like to be treated.” Oh yeah, the Golden Rule which we have children memorize but never take serious ourselves. After we embrace that practice, here are some things that I and many could improve upon.

  1. Pray for all the victims of the violence we are facing.
  2. Respect the opinions of others even though we might see them as wrong.
  3. Thank the good men and women who are willing to protect us, for the vast majority of police are outstanding public servants.
  4. Be a leader not a follower. (Meaning when something happens we need to take a breath and have useful dialogue on how we can all work together as one community.)

We all know that maintaining a healthy family takes time and loads of work. It causes us sleepless nights, stress, and headaches. Healthy community takes the same. Shouting chants and hate will get us no where. What will get us somewhere is calm dialogue about how we work together when problems arise. I say to both movements, please look at each other and find the good in each other. If we can all do that, I promise you a solution is close.

 

We would love to hear your thoughts on this, so comment below. Please keep comments respectful.

 

 

14 comments on “Whose Lives Matter?

  1. I have to make two comments here, first an observation:

    “I don’t care if you watch the more liberal MSNBC or the ultra conservative Fox News.”

    One is merely “more” while the other is “ultra”, that in itself is as bad as placing one group as more important than others. I find FN no more right than MS is left. We need to stop this talk as well, it is pitting one group against another.

    Second, somewhere along the line we stopped listening to MLK Jr. and Ghandi and started paying attention more to J.Jackson, giving up peace for violence. Why is it right to destroy the lives and properties of innocent bystanders while protesting another injustice? How is looting a business a proper way to show anger at an injustice? Why is shooting a cop in Miami a proper way to show anger against a cop shooting an unarmed man in Detroit? And, why do we jump at a judgement before all of the facts are known? Is this what America has come to?

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  2. Yes, we need God, our nation and world is turning its back on God faster than anything. We as Christians are not stepping up and sharing the gospel or our freedoms. We are allowing this go on without saying anything. We are too afraid of men instead of God. We do need to pray! We need to turn back to God. Put God back in school! Put God back everywhere! Our Nation is starting to face judgement and wrath of God. We need to be bold in this dark world. After all we are ONE HUMAN RACE. http://www.courageouschristianfather.com/one-human-race/ We came from Adam and Eve.

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  3. There is a battle going on, but it is not between racial groups or political parties — it is for our souls.
    “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Jesus, Matthew 24:12-13

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  4. The sad part about all of this is police and young black men both feel vulnerable. Both feel they have a target on their backs. Both feel misunderstood and unappreciated. Both feel they are treated as subhuman. With all this common ground, how can we not begin a conversation about respect, dignity and love?

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  5. Reblogged this on The View from 5022 and commented:
    “It is a love of God and Christ that begins our journey to truly embracing our neighbors and loving them no matter who they are.”

    You cannot legislate love. It must be lived and demonstrated.

    You cannot force another to be different or to have a change of heart; You must be different, first…and have a change of heart, first. Then, you can show others how it is done.

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  6. Seth Muse

    Nicely put. I wrote something similar today. I actually do see a lot of communities here in Dallas coming together over this. Opposing protest groups praying with each other and a general feeling of being just exhausted with the fighting. I think we’re all tired of it. We may actually be ready to listen to one another in spite of our political leaders.

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  7. I believe that love, prayer and GOD are all the answer. We must all work together to change our hearts first. On Sunday, my Church as a whole actually got on our knees to PRAY for our nation. It was humbling and a wonderful response to all of this……..our nation is struggling right now. Choose to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

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  8. In the meantime, African American lives are still systemically being taken by white cops nearly every other week while those whose lives aren’t being threatened on this scale dare to tell African Americans that it’s not racial and what they should or shouldn’t do. Walk in our shoes a mile first, then tell us how the shoes fit when it’s your child, husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather, cousin or friend murdered right in front of your eyes! Many of you have nice words to say…but when did you last actually put your words into action? Many have especially made an effort to show love to law enforcement (even African Americans) but when did that happen for African Americans and the family of white cop’s victims?

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  9. All Lives Matter. We were all created in God’s image as humans regardless of color or race.

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  11. Glad you didn’t delay writing the post. This is a message that needs to be heard. I will be sharing.

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  12. Live the gospel and share the gospel, that is all, the answer. We are living in a time similar to the time of Christ and the apostles. History is cyclical, we are facing immorality, darkness, and extreme violence. How did Jesus and the apostles respond?

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