Hypocritical Resolution

I don’t usually post anything on Fridays other than the New Angle game, but in light of last night’s tragedy, my heart is heavy today, and my pen longs to bleed… 

The screams of “our lives matter” and demands for justice for the death of brothers, with the resulting applause for the stealing of the lives of the very men sworn to protect all, reveal a heart of hypocrisy. 

Your life doesn’t carry significance simply because of its tone or contrast. One life is not of higher quality due to its origin. The value of your life is just that: because you are a living, breathing human being

The lives that were slaughtered near the midnight hour on July 7 were not lives of value because of their skin color, and they were not wielding swords to kill their assassins. They did not throw fiery darts just before the bullets pierced their ashen skin. 

No, these men and women were standing watch on a wall. Sworn to defend and protect the innocent lives who stood in protest. Doesn’t matter if these fallen soldiers were or weren’t in agreement with the march; their oath was to defend, to protect, and to shield the innocent from harm. Yet, while they stood as pillars of strength, men of cowardly hearts came with evil intent and annihilated the very strength on which our nation stands. 

This strength does not come because of the color of skin you were birthed nor does it remain because of the hues you now have gained. This strength comes from fighting day in and day out for the cause of the innocent. This strength is birthed in the chambers of integrity, love and a desire for peace among all. This strength is paid for at all cost. For life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not so easily won. It is not simply obtained because you wish it so. 

Do we really believe the hypocrisy in the killings will bring about peace and restoration? Unbridled anger never resolved anything with any person. I’ve heard it said, “Anger makes room for the unthinkable.” 

This was proven on this night, the 7th day of July. Anger has brought division. Division has brought unbridled anger as it has led to hypocrisy and injustice. Injustice will continue as the innocent are killed for the sake of retribution. For unbridled anger will never bring peace, only more blood shed and the loss of freedom, peace and any hope for restoration. 

God, please forgive us and heal our nation. Please bring unity and rest. Protect the innocent and open the eyes of all. For You are the only One who can save us! We must reach out across the aisles. We must lay down our agendas for the sake of our future. We must seek a higher call than ourselves and selfish ambition. 

  
“A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19

“Make no friendship with an angry man, And with a furious man do not go, Lest you learn his ways And set a snare for your soul.” Proverbs 22:24

“A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.” Proverbs 15:18

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19 thoughts on “Hypocritical Resolution

  1. “They scream that their lives matter and demand justice for the death of their brothers; yet, they react in hypocrisy as they steal the lives of the very men sworn to protect them.”

    They and their. From what I understand BLM was demonstrating a peaceful protest in Dallas in reaction to what has been going on, not only in Baton Rouge but all over the US. The police officers were there to serve and protect all who were there. The suspects of the Dallas tragedy acted on their own in rage. One suspect, before he died, admitted to being “upset with BLM” and how he wanted to “kill white people.” He was not affiliated with the man who was killed in Baton Rouge. None of the suspects were. The suspects chose to use violence to retaliate because they blanketed the men and women in blue with the officers who chose lethal force toward these black men and boys. Now, painting “they” and “their” with the same brush does nothing but elicit more division, and even hypocrisy.

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    • Ok, you helped me rethink my statement. (and have since reworded the original; take a peek.😉) Thanks. I was uneasy about the wording when I posted, but I couldn’t quite get my mind around the feelings…my frustration is with the approval by some claiming this was an act of justice fulfilled for the BLM, because the feelings of retribution due to “white blood being shed this time instead of black.” This thought is ludicrous. You are correct, the blankets of blame perpetrated in this act, as well as, in the first two acts of violence are all equally wrong. It is just sad to me to see one side portrayed as violence while the other side is portrayed as justice when they are both violence and injustice.

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      • I love your last line in your reply back to my comment. So true and very sad. I really hope for the sake of humanity, our country starts to unite instead of going the trajectory it seems to be on now.

        Thank you for being so open to my comment as well. I didn’t want to make it seem I was attacking you for your words or ideas or thoughts. I just wanted to show the way I saw the line. And thank you for speaking up and starting a conversation. We need more of this.

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  2. I agree, retribution is no solution for unbridled anger. However, justice is necessary for acts of crimes regardless of perpetrators on both sides of the spectrum. We must be careful as you suggest not to be hypocritical and not cry or hurt when the lives of those who matter to us matters. All lives matter. We must also be careful not to blame all when the blame should be placed on those who take the lives of others without justification. God is no respecter of person, and we are all created in His image. As you mentioned those slaughtered on July 7, we must also remember the life of others taken in despicable manners as recent a day before. Let’s pray for liberty and justice for all people.

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    • I agree that all lives matter, and yes, the lives of the men who were slaughtered just the day(s) before matter just as much as the five that night. (This was definitely my point in saying your life is not valued because of the color of your skin but because you are simply a living, breathing human being.) I am definitely not blaming all, and I never implied God was a respecter of persons. He loves all and He died for all. (…smh? Not sure how exactly that all came into play…but ok.)
      Violence and hatred is never the answer that brings justice. Killing cops who are sworn to defend and protect you while the people who are at a peaceful protest was definitely not an act of justice, and anyone who tries to defend that act of cowardliness is, sadly, misguided by the cries for justice. They are simply wanting someone’s blood shed who “is on the other side.” Just as you said, “we must be careful not to blame all when the blame should be placed on those who take the lives of others without justification.”
      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

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      • My response to your post, I believe we share similar thoughts to some extent. My response was more an addendum to what you were saying and was in effort to expound on what you were saying, not to rebut. To say “God is no respecter of person” was scriptural reference simply in agreement to add to what you are saying about “life is not valued by the color of your skin.”

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  3. People in Dallas were protesting against violence, and were supported by local police.
    The sniper was angry with both the police and the Black Lives Matter folks – he shot at random into a crowd of people who were united against violence and a system of racial bias. They were working together to promote community communication in the city of Dallas. There was no violence from either police or protesters.

    This was no hypocritical resolution; it was a horrific act of a coward. One man who ruined an otherwise legal and peaceful demonstration.

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    • Unfortunately, he acted wth precision and my randomness. He specifically aimed and calculated every one of his shots to take down the police. He has been associated with a Black Power movement (or at least, they are laying claiming to the credit). The hypocrisy I see is they claim they need retribution against the acts of violence perpetrated against them, and then, they do the very act of which they are fighting against. Yes, it is a cowardly act to shoot someone in the back, and to shoot those who are sworn to defend and protect you, and it is hypocritical to think violence will bring peace to the violence you believe you have received.

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      • This was a single shooter, so to say “they claim they need retribution against the acts of violence perpetrated against them, and then, they do the very act of which they are fighting against” indict others along with the one who actually committed the crimes. When Dylan committed the crime of killing nine in South Carolina who assembled in a church of worship he was considered as acting as a loner. Others were not implicated as a part of his act of terror. What I see is we all need retribution, Black, Whites, Hispanics and anyone who suffers from despicable acts of violence regardless. There is no crime in that. It is those who commit the crimes who should be penalized or viewed as the criminal. The only retribution many seek is equality and justice. Who would not want that? Unfortunately, some have to protest and seek ways to ensure that occurs.

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      • “it is hypocritical to think violence will bring peace to the violence you believe you have received.” I absolutely concur. But as long as we blame “they and them” we will continue to be part of the problem.

        I have combed news articles and interviews and have not once seen any reference to a “Black Power” movement. In fact, according to the Dallas Police Chief on the scene, the shooter said he worked alone and was not associated with any group at all. Unfortunately, he was former military and had an assault rifle, and did act with premeditation and precision. You’re right; he killed exactly who he aimed for. And the peaceful protestors have been in mourning for them as well as the two black men who were shot earlier this week.

        Many of the protestors were pastors who were working with both groups to help bring their city together. All three groups (pastors, police and protestors) said the peaceful protest was coming to the end of the march when the shootings occurred. It was horrifying and sad for all concerned.

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      • I know the authorities have said he acted alone; however, I also know several times, especially in recent happenings, where they claim this (it seems to possibly be to allow the passions to calm down rather than to perpetrate actual truth…?), and later it is revealed something else entirely. The way these shots rang out, the “suspects” that they thought were part of the action to begin with (*one particular report: 2 suspects left in vehicle carrying camo bags…), and the altering stories seem awfully suspect that there may be some possible withholding of info…but who knows…? … Here’s the article with the group claiming credit …
        http://www.youngcons.com/black-power-political-organization-claims-responsibility-for-dallas-shooting/ … We just have to pray for all those involved and pray for this nation. We are presently headed down a terrible path…

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