I started to share some of my experiences as a white male growing up in a white neighborhood. I’ve had numerous bad experiences because I am a white male. Not every day. But often enough that it changed the way I live and the way I look at people. But I am conflicted. I have much to be bitter about. But the Word of God is clear. Difficult? Yes, very difficult, but clear. Luke 6: 27-30 “To you who are ready for the truth, I say this: Love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer for that person. If someone slaps you in the face, stand there and take it. If someone grabs your shirt, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it. If someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. Wow. All bases were covered there. That certainly does not come naturally nor does it come easily. This does not apply to LEOs in the line of duty. Other scripture verses make that clear also: Romans 13 1-3 Be a good citizen. All governments (authorities) are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So, live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. 3-5 Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you’ll get on just fine, the government working to your advantage. But if you’re breaking the rules right and left, watch out. The police aren’t there just to be admired in their uniforms. God also has an interest in keeping order, and he uses them to do it. That’s why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it’s the right way to live.
Unfortunately, the world does not acknowledge the Word of God. It would make things a lot easier if it did. There is no grey in God’s Word. Everything is right or wrong. Not liberal or conservative. Not Democrat or Republican. Not Black or White. Not rich or poor. Not citizen or alien. Are you choking on some of those? I am. I know people of color who have a very different view point than I do. But we talk. We explain why we feel the way we do. And you know what? It turns out, neither one of us is 100% right or wrong. Some have risen out of bad circumstances and have learned to succeed in our society. Some have not. We all have emotions, feelings, ideals, concerns, perceptions and we believe that what we were taught, or what we have learned in life, makes our opinion right and the other person wrong. Some of us were taught that the world owes us, and some of us were taught that if you want something, you work your butt off to get it. This is tough stuff. Societies change. Opinions change. There is no perfect society. There is no perfect government. So how do we get from where we are today to a more peaceful society? My suggestions would be that first we have to acknowledge to ourselves that we might not be correct in some of our beliefs. Secondly, we have to be willing to listen, really listen to the other opinions out there. And thirdly, and most importantly, we have to go back to the only thing that never changes: God and his Word. Share your opinions.