I awakened this morning and opened my Bible to Romans 13. The chapter discusses our need to submit to governing authorities.
After reading a few chapters I turned on the TV to see the violent protests that took place in California. My husband and I were watching this channel last night and saw video footage of Eric Garner lying on the ground, waiting for the EMS to help him.
I understand and respect authority. I am grateful for policemen who put their lives on the line for my safety. God bless them. However, as we watched — we didn’t understand why those officers on the scene didn’t remove the cuffs from Mr. Garner and begin some type of care for him. It was painful to watch.
Call me naive, but I think the same thing would have happened no matter the color of his skin. I just don’t see this as a race issue. I see this as a lack of Jesus issue in this nation. I believe our nation is seeing the fruit of the sin on the ground. All of the innocent babies who have been murdered in the name of convenience; All of the lawlessness; All of the grossness of demonic activity … something had to give.
As I sit here in my den admiring the beautiful Christmas lights, others are looting, burning, and destroying. Anger and wickedness spews and I sit here shocked. Is this really 2014? Didn’t all of this happen before I was born? Integration and the war on race was before my time yet here we are — 2014.
This scripture stood out to me:
For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.
It doesn’t appear that Mr. Garner, who was wrestled to the ground, was doing something that warranted such restraint — at least to our eyes. However in the eyes of one in authority, they gave him warnings and when he began to block their hands from containing him, it escalated the situation. We cannot fight against authority. Don’t resist arrest!
Have mercy on humanity …
We saw on CNN last night that the EMS workers were suspended (or something like that). Why in the world didn’t they help that man — who at that time was a patient? Why not remove the cuffs and administer some type of help while he was on the ground (since it took them so long to put him on a stretcher). I don’t know. It is pitiful and my heart goes out to Mr. Garner’s family — watching his last minutes of life on video. It also makes me concerned for all of the policemen around the country!
Jesus is the only solution.
Have you ever seen such a lack of respect for authority?
Why is it okay to block highways? What if someone needs that highway because a house is on fire? What if an ambulance needs to pass? I don’t think that is a peaceful protest. In my opinion is seems lawless. It could cause harm to others and those participating should be arrested.
As I said in a previous post, we know who is behind this: satan.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
God have mercy on this nation and protect those who are innocent.