Last week we heard of evil actions of someone in our own house. A few days before, I had a conversation with a law-enforcement officer over breakfast in a small café.
That officer is one of the many (like George Betscha who wrote last week’s TAI) who stands for justice. What is happening across the U.S. with the disrespect of officers (the Ferguson Effect) has hit him hard since 2014.
What was troubling him even more at our breakfast however, was that he was personally compelled to make a hard call against an officer in his local agency.
At a time when communities and political leaders are inflicting so much moral injury on good officers, agencies have been steadily lowering the bar of those who will even apply for police work. With fewer applicants in a culture sliding from moral value, agencies are hiring lower quality. The denigrate officer who was the subject of the breakfast, is using his badge and uniform for corrupt personal gain. It was obvious to me that the officer sitting across the table from me was willing to put his own reputation on the line for the true victims of a corrupt officer.
We have all seen people unwilling to confront. Bystanders who refuse to confront injustice.
Revelations 21:8 says, “But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur…”
Think About it
Conflict isn’t fun. But when you see injustice, call it. It might be a hard call, but it beats being in the first category mentioned in Revelations 21:8. Be an upstander instead of a bystander.
Last week was the 27th anniversary of the worst domestic terror incident on American Soil. One team of the rescuers from that Oklahoma City attack painted the following on the wall of a building after they and others had carried the lifeless bodies of 168 Americans (19 of them children) out of the rubble.
We Search for the Truth
We Seek Justice
The Courts Require It
The Victims Cry for It. And God Demands It!
You cannot stand for justice if you are unwilling to confront injustice.
As a fellow FBSN member quoted recently, “It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”