Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Can We Just Cover It Up?

We have seen many examples in the last couple weeks of policemen helping people in their communities, and while it is great to see many policemen that appear to have a good heart, it doesn't negate the main problem: a lack of justice. This is the root issue in our country, and it goes from the very top of our government down to the heart of every individual. We judge and condemn based on politics or wealth or race; we don't seek out the truth behind the rhetoric; we don't show humility and mercy to our fellow man or try to do what is truly just or fair, even when it hurts. We don't repent of our sins; we just try to cover them up.

Yes, there are good cops and there are bad cops. The reason for all of the unrest is the fact that the good cops all too often do not prosecute the bad cops. There are too many instances of bad cops getting off with a relative slap on the wrist. They may lose their job, but they usually don't face any jail time.

The fact is that we have a society in which everyone is equal but some are more equal than others. If you are rich or have the right connections, you will fare much better in court than if you are poor and unknown. We all have heard of court cases of men who abused women but got off with a few months probation. I heard about one ex-vet who sold a girl to over 40 men over a weekend, and received 6 months of probation. His life is inconvenienced; her life will never be the same.

So policemen can do all of the acts of kindness they want, but until we start seeking true justice -- punishment that matches the crime administered with equality regardless of race, position or social status -- our society will continue to collapse and divide.

You do not make up for all of your bad stuff by doing good stuff. You repent of (turn away from) your sins, seek the forgiveness of God, and start living righteously before Him.

"These sayings also are from the wise: To show partiality in judgment is terrible: The one who says to the guilty, "You are innocent," peoples will curse him, and nations will denounce him. But there will be delight for those who convict the guilty, and a pleasing blessing will come on them." (Pro 24:23-25)
"Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:22b)
"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" (Micah 6:8)

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