There's just too much this week to justify a well-written post. Emotions are rampant. Personally, there are no clear lines. Well, that's not entirely true.
For the powers behind the stirrings--be they religious, political, or coorporate; for the hideous acts of those responding to perceived racism; it is never acceptable to kill uniformed officers (2 Peter 2.13-17, Romans 13) of a certain race in an act of racism because of a few news headlines and video coverage, which could never cover all the facts of a perceived act of racism. There's nothing LESS American (or Christian, Biblically speaking) than resorting to violent resistance to the laws and officers of those laws in any land, whether that be before, during, or after an arrest. True Americans resist government by demonstrating the faults of the system by risking due process because true Americans love America and the potential of its Constitution. They "ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." And let me be as clear as you care for me to be here: if it's not of God's grace in Christ, first and foremost, and if it's not in the best interest (at least of the ideals) of this great country, America, then consider it to be in the "things to get to later" file of priorities. I fear that last statement flies in the face of most, if not all, of the camera-hungry politicians and candidates we encounter on a daily basis in all levels of government. That, unfortunately, leads to my next point.
We'll look to Amos 7 this week. God has lowered the plumbline in the midst of America, just as God did in the midst of his own people. We'll wrestle with this on Sunday.