Saturday, August 6, 2016
“There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18 KJV).
Today’s Scripture was true 30 centuries ago—it is still spot-on today!
In recent years, especially here in the United States, dozens of news items have featured so-called “police brutality.” Allegedly, law enforcement officers are targeting “minorities” and being particularly cruel simply because of their ethnicity. Unfortunately, news outlets have their own (warped) political-social agendas, so reporting is often skewed to portray lawbreakers as innocent and police officers as bigots. While racism exists to some degree in the heart of every sinful human being, there is one underlying factor that rarely, if ever, receives notice. Mankind has a problem with authority—his chief problem is with his Creator! (Of course, as with the police officer arresting the suspect, God is blameworthy and the sinner is innocent!)
No sinner reveres the God who brought him or her into this world. Sin has so calloused man’s heart that he is totally numb to God’s control. “I want to be my own god, my own authority! I have rights! I can be who I want to be and do what I want to do! Leave me alone!” This is the rotten flesh of every person, Christian and non-Christian alike. No wonder Father God refuses to accept anything and everything our flesh offers (including religious works)!
Friend, when you have the time, search online for videos that document what police officers experience on a daily basis. They endure some very dangerous situations. While there are no doubt some uncivil and evil police officers, most I have seen were very professional and courteous. They really try to calm and help those struggling with drug problems, domestic violence, and other issues. However, many suspects wield knives and wave guns, curse and scream in officers’ faces, and kick and punch officers! In those cases, police have no choice but to use deadly force. Suspects have never been taught to respect authority (at home growing up, or now as adults).
Paul quoted Psalm 36:1 to form today’s Scripture: “The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes.” That was true 3,000 years ago (David’s time)—how much more today!