"I have no issue with characterizing people that are destroying business property, private property and public property as thugs, thieves and purveyors of violence. It is what it is."
I have no issue with characterizing people that are destroying business property, private property and public property as thugs, thieves and purveyors of violence. It is what it is.
Passive civil disobedience, like what happened in Michigan a few weeks ago is objectively not the same thing as what is happening in Minneapolis. Some people pretend that it is, but pretending or wishing something to be true does not make it so. Especially, when one area looks like a Middle Eastern war zone and the other looks like a walk in the park, the proof is plain to see. (If you will open your eyes)
The reason the Civil Rights protests of the 60's were so successful is because MLK understood the humanity of the situation. Instead of physicality and acts of violence, they sat in the streets, they sat down in diners, they peacefully marched down the streets boycotted the bus and transit systems. When authorities abused them, hosed them, punched them, etc. People watching at home on TV were allowed the opportunity to see the senseless acts of aggression directed toward a non-violent protest, the humanity of the protestors came through the screen and empathy was found where it previously had not existed.
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People were able to see with their own eyes and the movement gained traction and support throughout the nation. MLK was onto something, we could learn a lot from his example. Sadly, tribalism and subjectivity have replaced common sense a d reason. They have placed us in a position to where we only wish to see that which is most divisive, that which allows us to get our jabs in at our perceived enemies, all the while ignoring crimes that are equally atrocious, involving "our side."
We have a problem, and this problem is not limited to law enforcement, skin color, ethnicity, religion or political affiliation. Itis the worse kind of evil, it corrupts and defiles everything it comes in contact with, we should be outraged. But, instead we would rather put a collective face to that outrage, somehow it makes us feel better about ourselves when we do.
Deep down we know that this has nothing to do with politics, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion. This is a human problem and it has a name, it is called SIN!
It has been around for a long, long time ya'll!
The simple truth is, instead of acknowledging that the heart of man is depraved and naturally inclined to corruption, we choose to blame it on anything and everything except what it really is, evil incarnate.
Hate is a product of sin, evil is a product of sin and death is the wage of sin. Why is it that we are led to believe that more hate, more violence and more division is the solution to a problem that has only one cure?
I genuinely believe that George Floyd was a victim of racial hatred, I cannot objectively determine that from watching the video. But, what I do know is the hatred and brutality that led to his death is the by-product of our sinful nature and innthe grand scheme of things sin doesn't care what color your skin is.
And neither does God!