Today we buried Mr. George Floyd. He was a man, a father, and an American citizen. He was wonderful and he was flawed, like any normal human being. But he was loved. He died in a brutal, public, humiliating way, all for an allegedly fake $20.00 bill. He died slowly. He died painfully. He died in front a crowd. They filmed him, they gasped, they screamed… or they did nothing. Today we buried him in his hometown – my new home – Houston, Texas.
With him, many people also buried their naivete, their innocence, or their willful ignorance. Those with empathetic hearts buried their complacency, and took to the streets in protest this week. They put Covid to the side for a moment. What good is life without liberty, they wondered? Nothing. So, they took to the streets and stood for something.
Some were firmly resolute in their purpose because they TRULY believed that all lives matter. They defended police officers from out-of-control anger. Some officers bravely knelt with the protestors, acknowledging their sacred professional duty to protect and serve. They buried their fear and resurrected a feeling of hope in many.
Some who showed up allowed their anger and frustration to bubble over into destruction of property. Some cared nothing about any of it, and simply came to steal. Some with the most evil of hearts showed up specifically to stir up violence and pin it on the protestors. Thus, they buried any doubt that evil walks among us.
Confusion, violence, sadness, and rage rose up, released from their graves like angry ghosts. Allies sprouted from the cracks in the sidewalk, rising up to help, determined not to be lumped together with the evil-doers. Some were martyred in this sad moral battle. Even the elderly were manhandled. People on both “sides” of this issue (Is there really a side to this issue? Human vs. inhuman?) have been injured, killed, or brutalized. News stories of this chaos blanketed the international landscape, surely burying any notion that America is a civilized Christian nation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. That among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This truth is the bedrock of my America, of the REAL America. The so-called founding fathers believed in liberty so strongly that they went to war to throw off their oppressors. They were being oppressed by taxes. Many Americans are being murdered – not by a foreign invader, but by fellow Americans, those whose job it is to make the community safe.
But just as “all men” did not really mean all men at the time, “protect and serve” has an asterisk next to it as well. Protect and serve SOME people. Attack, belittle, harass, pursue, and, yes, even murder OTHER people.
All Americans. All equal in the sight of God.
And what will be resurrected from the graves of so many? What new life will spring forth? What retribution will come if we go back to business as usual?
All I can think of is Thomas Jefferson’s warning, which he gave to his people so many years ago: “Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that His justice cannot sleep forever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural influence! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest…”
In other words, this **** is wrong, and a just God will not tolerate it forever. Change will come through the machinations of men, or it’ll come through Divine intervention, but it’s coming.
And like many others have said “They should be grateful that all we want is justice – not revenge.”
Until next time, keep growing, keep sharing, keep loving, keep crushing it. And stay safe!
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