The recent decision by a group of California Churches to not call the police because they deem the law enforcement profession as racist is not only naive of truth but formed out of evil intent.
The Washington Post reports that “the churches call their drastic approach “divesting” from policing. They say that one headline after another about policing around the country shows that divestment is necessary — most recently, events include a notorious call to police about two African American men at a Philadelphia Starbucks and the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, shot eight times as he was holding an iPhone, not a gun.”
I’ll get to the evil part but just imagine if an organization announced that they will recruit other organizations to never give money to the church again because of all of the rape that the clergy has been involved in.
Outrageous isn’t it?
Welcome to the world of being a police officer. Two examples were given by these organizations and I imagine they would name a few more if you asked. Most of them have been repeated in the media time and time again and most of the examples have been completely fabricated.
“Hands up…Don’t shoot”….Didn’t happen.
“Alton Sterling did nothing wrong”…watch the video of him grabbing a gun.
And I could go on and on. Now that does not mean that law enforcement is perfect but for a church to take a few isolated incidents and blame an entire profession, is really a sad thing.
The Northern California Nevada Conference is leading the way with this initiative and it is their mission to recruit other churches to do the same. Their motto, “love your neighbor, love your creation, love your children” is a complete lie.
A police officer is a neighbor. A police officer is creation and police officer’s are children but I don’t expect these bigots to understand any of that. After all, they claim this but there is not a mention in their literature and ramblings of the violence perpetrated on African Americans by criminals at a much higher rate than their population? There is no mention that over half of the homicides in the United States are committed by African Americans predominantly towards African Americans. There is no mention that approximately 900 African Americans are murdered every day before they were born in the name of health care, which is a rate that is four times higher than whites.
There is no mention because after all they claim to “love” creation and children? Am I the only one that the word “hypocrite” came to mind?
As a Christian, there are significant problems in our country that I would expect any church to speak about and work towards correcting and attacking law enforcement is about as preposterous as it comes.
It is evil to ignore violence, poverty, and murder while attacking the very ones trying to make our communities better.
I have come to expect the social media crowd to not be informed. I expect the felon on the street to hate cops and professional athletes even kneel for something they know nothing about but for an organization of churches that are supposed to be different than the world to attack the heroes behind the badge is a new low.
And before the self righteous start with their “don’t judge” routine, it is these churches judging and the second they turned against those standing between good and evil is the second they deserve their own judgement but it is not my judgement they need to be concerned about…..
Travis Yates is a writer and editor at Law Officer. An ILEETA Trainer of the Year, his Seminars in Risk Management & Officer Safety have been taught across the United States & Canada. Major Yates is a current Doctoral Student in Strategic Leadership and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is the Director of Training for Law Officer (www.lawofficer.com) and the Founder of the Courageous Leadership Institute (www.courageousleader.org), providing leadership consulting and training to law enforcement around the world.