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George Floyd

Civil unrest is, as you most likely know, is hitting the headlines on world media.

It is not new.
Neither is it going to go away.

Jesus said that nation would rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom in Matthew 24, verse seven and this is the kind of thing that is now happening.

He also said in the previous verse that we would hear of wars and rumours of wars telling us not to be troubled.

The Greek word does not really speak of nation as in a country, but as people and often relates to political involvement.

Undoubtedly, you have heard of George Floyd’s death in the USA when a police officer abused his power and the man died. The officer is now facing a serious criminal charge along with those with him, but the problem now is that other crimes are being committed by people all around the world in a supposed “protest”.

Two wrongs do not make a right! The policeman was wrong, but so too are the rioters, looters and violent protesters. Their actions too are criminal.
It is not just a matter of racism, but an opportunist moment for people like ANTIFA to force their ways on society. The title has been taken from the German words Antifaschistisch and Antifaschistische Aktion. When Mussolini formed power with his National Fascist Party in Italy, opposing groups emerged and continued after the war under various guises to continue anti-Nazi activists, oppose “white supremacy”movements and people like skinheads and punk groups. Activists often traveled with punk rock and skinhead bands to prevent Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other assorted white supremacy groups from recruiting. They had the motto, “We go where they go”.

Individuals involved in the movement tend to hold anti-capitalist and anti-government views and subscribe to a range of left-wing ideologies. Some are anarchists, communists and those who describe themselves as revolutionaries. They reject anti-fascist conservatives as well as liberals and avoid mainstream liberal democracy and electoral politics, preferring instead to take direct action. They organize protests via social media and through websites. The rioting and protests that are occurring today, have all the signs of being inspire by such people.
The very quick rise of protests around the world suggest that this is so. Sadly, many innocent people are being embroiled in these things.

What is unfortunate is the rise of racism. Colored folk accuse white folk of racism but the reverse is equally true. In Australia there is an issue dubbed “the stolen generation”, but what is never considered that it works both ways. During WW2, many children were sent to Australia from the UK so parents were separated from their children and children were separated from each other, never to see each other again. They too were a “stolen generation”.
There is a movement in our country that is causing rising resentment, because European settlers supposedly  “invaded” the country and that the indigenous population was “here first’, but many studies suggest that these folk themselves came from elsewhere and so are not really the original land owners. They too could be classed as invaders, so where does one stop once these ideas start to be circulated.

Rights movements are never satisfied, no matter where they are. Here, demands are constantly being made on the government and the people of the country to restore stolen property and acknowledge the traditional land owners, but were they?

There is a plaque erected at the base of a high set of three poles near where I live that reads, “On Occupied territory”, but not one of my ancestors stole a thing!
Colored people and white people can all be equally offended!
It’s all lopsided.
My feeling is that we should all get over it and live in harmony.

I have only said this (and could share much more about this matter) to point out that two wrongs do not make a right and that opportunists on both sides of the fence use anything and everything to agitate and create problems to suit their cause.

Some individuals in the police forces do make mistakes and abuse power, but their actions are so often widely publicized, every police officer is similarly branded. Whilst there will always be room for improvement, it is easy to overlook the good things done.
Extremists are capitalizing on this trait and our populations are falling for it.

There is a political agenda.
Political forces that want destruction through division and violence have gained a hold on culture. They have successfully convinced an entire generation to see society as a collection of warring tribes or nations.

History has sadly revealed that mankind, without Christ, is like that, but sadly division even exists in the church.

We have denominations all clamoring for attention and rights.
One group thinks it is better than another, or declares that they way they worship, or that their version of scripture is the right one.
We have church splits that, to me is merely the result of a power struggle.

Before anyone is quick to cast the first stone at authorities, perhaps we would be better off taking a deep breath and step back to observe what is really happening. Unless we look at it properly, we could be conned into believing the identity politics creed, the often fallacious media stories, our educational institutions and “do-gooders” who all have their own agendas.

Individuals are responsible for their actions and should be individually punished.

A police officer abused his power and shall be punished accordingly. It has happened before, to both black and white victims.

Individuals are also responsible for their actions and should be individually punished for their abuse of power by rioting and looting and destroying other peoples’ property.

I discovered that Floyd was a Christian and doubt if he would have approved such behavior.

May we not be moved by emotion, or bias of any kind, but by truth and by adhering to the royal law of love.


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