Black and Blue Lives Matter

My heart is aching. Because all lives matter.

The coward who shot and killed five white police officers in Dallas, Texas did not serve the nation yesterday.  They committed an unjustified and horrific act of violence and murder that took the nation’s attention away from the unjustified murder of two black men – Alton Sterling and Hilando Castile. We cry for their families.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This coward took the nation’s attention away from a peaceful, non-violent protest which had the support and encouragement of local police. He callously took the lives of five brave officers, four of whom worked under a black police chief committed to unifying a police force and community.

“We’re hurting. Our profession is hurting… We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness, between our police and our citizens…Pray for these families. Pray for our strength in these trying times.” Dallas Police Chief David Brown

The three officers whose names have been released pending family notification are Brent Thompson from DART, and Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarrippa from Dallas P.D. We cry for their families.

“This has been a week of profound grief and heartbreaking loss. The answer must not be violence; the answer must never be violence. We must reflect on the kind of country we want to build and the kind of society we want to pass on to our children. We must reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the difficult work of finding a path forward together.  I ask you to turn toward each other, not against each other.”  Atty. General Loretta Lynch

Now, we are in mourning for more victims. More families. More division.

Last night was an act of pre-mediated murder. During negotiations before the murderer was himself executed by a robo-bomb, he admitted he was angry and wanted to take down white people, especially white officers. He did that, but he also murdered an officer of color and seriously injured a black mother, Shetamia Taylor, shielding her four sons from the gunfire.

The two killings earlier this week were not pre-meditated, but they were certainly murders.

Second degree murder is such a killing without premeditation, as in the heat of passion or in a sudden quarrel or fight. Malice in second degree murder may be implied from a death due to the reckless lack of concern for the life of others. (search:murder,legal dictionary;law.com)

This has been a long week for this country. We have seen terrible, senseless things. Every member of this body wants a world in which people feel safe regardless of the color of their skin. That’s not how people are feeling these days…Let’s not lose sight of the values that unite us; let not lose sight in our common humanity. The values that brought those protesters to the streets of Dallas: respect, decency, compassion, humanity. If we lose those fundamental things, what’s left?” Paul Ryan, Speaker, House of Representatives

 

12 comments

  1. all lives are precious in God’s sight…vw

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    1. Yes they are.

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  2. You are right in saying the lives of all people matter. Unsaved people do unsaved things, and our Father’s heart aches for the those who don’t know Him and commit crimes against others. God can change the vilest of sinners and brake into the hardest of hearts. Let’s pray He brings revival and wakens the Church up to do her job of spreading the Gospel and shed the Light (… and maybe less into the bright churches but more and more helps us to go into the darkness and scary places!) … Thanks for your zeal for His Word and for loving in Christ’s name.

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    1. Heidi, I agree, yet those of us who are saved must stand up and be counted. We can no longer stand silently on the sidelines. We can no longer point fingers or take sides, us against them.

      We must find solutions through the love and compassion of the Spirit. We must find the places, as Jesus did, where political, legal and religious systems are broken and help fix them so outsiders are no longer treated as outsiders but invited in and treated as humans. Jesus came to save all of creation, not to judge it (John 3:16-17). We must do the same.

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  3. A powerful post.The common sense approach is to restrict the manufacturing and distributing of weapons. In particular assault rifles. By focusing on race, we miss the bigger contributing factors to all gun related incidents. Fear, division, mental instability and ease of possessing weapon. Hatred will never be illegal as you can’t police a mindset. The US has suffered so much and brushes it all off way too easy.

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    1. We all suffer when lives are taken. While I think guns are a huge part of the problem, I don’t think we can ignore race and other hate crimes as an issue either, especially in this country. I don’t know if it’s as large an issue in the UK, but it seems to be coming to an ugly head here. It’s all incredibly sad. And I agree, we cannot legislate against hate.

      Thank you so much for reading and adding your perspective.

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  4. I wasn’t aware that a determination of the circumstances of the deaths of the black men at the hands of the police had been attained. It may have been self-defense. Everyone has jumped to the conclusion that the police were at fault from home made video that was not at all clear. That said, the deaths of the police officers and the continuing occurrence of incidents resulting in death, are horrific. Praying is fine but prayer without action is worthless: James 2:27 “So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” When will the promotion of hatred become illegal? When will guns be controlled?

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    1. Hey, Paul. There were too many real time videos of both instances to deny it wasn’t self defense. Both were unnecessary shootings. We have to wake up to the bias that exists in these situations and begin to change the way officers are hired and trained. Not saying this is a majority, but departments need to weed out the minority of officers that are not qualified to walk a beat.

      And yes, I ask the same two questions. When? What will it take to wake us out of our blindness?

      I think it will take those of us who are silent to be silent no more.

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  5. To further complicate things, the officer that is responsible for taking Phillando Castille’s life wasn’t even white!
    The Dallas shooter pretended his motives were justified… But that man was sick. What are we doing to our Veterans that they so quickly are pushed over the edge into senseless violence?

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    1. I agree – which is again another issue. Ever since Timothy McVeigh we’ve needed to look into and give medical and psychological assistance to our returning veterans. And quite frankly, here’s yet another reason to place strong controls on purchasing assault weapons. It seems to be a neverending circle of hate, bias, divisiveness and a lack of will to sit down and come to terms with and find common ground solutions to major issues that affect all our lives.

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  6. “We must reject the easy impulses of bitterness and rancor and embrace the difficult work of finding a path forward together.” Love it. Tweeted.

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    1. Thanks, Dawn.

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