The Church and Police Relations
Many Black church leaders last week called on the church to be unambiguous in its condemnation of violence, particularly regarding police officers who kill young black men. They argued for increased and better police training, and overcoming what they said was a reluctance among some church leaders to speak out because many also work as police officers.

It's shocking and deplorable that this is happening so frequently in different parts of the country. The shootings of young black men by police is something that initially has not been on the forefront of many church conferences.

There is a perception of the church that doesn't want to look like they are going against law enforcement and that community policing strategies have improved police/civilian relations all over the country. In many states it's common for police to meet with students at various churches which are predominantly African-American.

The recent shootings are bound to increase tensions. It's going to put more on people on edge. It has a potential for really escalating out of control. Fact is, outrage should exist about the shootings by police of black youths across the church.

Why is the African-American male so feared? Why is he so feared that on many occasions when encountered by a white police officer with a badge and a gun, some officers are so threatened that they shoot and kill without probable cause?

It’s not just the shootings in the past three to four years but the shooting, lynching, beating, and murder of African-American people for the past 300 to 400 years. Nothing has really changed. Except now we have video cameras to document and show the world what has been going on in black culture in America for hundreds of years.

African-Americans have taskmasters that are afflicting them with a greater burden. The people in the blue uniforms that are supposed to be their protectors are instead their murderers. Once again, I must say this does not mean that all police officers are murders.

"The wealthy and the removed are co-conspirators and it is not a time for anyone to be silent. The church will become what she is called to be or become irrelevant.

"Peace is not a polite conversation between the oppressor and the oppressed. Peace is dismantling the hierarchies of oppression," he wrote. "Peace is redistribution of the economic and social power. Peace does not come from seeking the lowest common denominator, but in seeking radical and universal principles that will be fair to all." -Rev. Maurice Nutt, director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

We should pray that our cops have hearts that chase after God and that they use wisdom in their jobs each day in dealing with people. Also, we need to pray for God to give us wisdom to know how to respond in our world and in our communities. God may be calling us to take a stand or do something extraordinary that can help reduce or eliminate these types of murder. He is creative and has these types of solutions when we don’t. Let’s seek God for answers as to how to respond.

Matthew 5:44 says, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you.” After all, Jesus was brutally murdered for a crime he didn’t commit either. I think He knows a little about this subject.

Sources include: rohichurch.org and ncronline.org
 

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