Subject: Why Police are being targeted: Lies and Deceit have replaced the Truth of Jesus Christ
Isaiah 59:13 “In transgressing, and denying the Lord, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.”
This past Sunday, three more police officers were murdered by a lone gunman targeting our law enforcement. Their names were Montrell Jackson, Brad Garafola and Matthew Gerald. Why? Because they were police officers. Just 10 days earlier, a lone gunman murdered five police officers in Dallas. Their names were Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith, Why? Because they were white police officers. In September 2015, Deputy Darren Goforth was ambushed and executed in Texas while pumping gas. Why? For being a law enforcement officer, and no other reason.
Only hours after Goforth’s murder, the St. Paul, Minnesota chapter of ‘Black Lives Matter’ march in unity behind a group of police officers down a highway chanting “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon!” Why such hatred against our police? The leftist organization ‘Black Lives Matter’ promotes a revolution against our police force to retaliate against what they claim as a history of police unprovoked racism and use of force towards the black community. But the question all of us should be asking: Is this true?
No, it is not. Black Harvard Professor of economics Richard Fryer Jr. recently released a very thorough study of thousands of police-related incidents at the ten large police departments in California, Florida and Texas. He found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings, even though the data shows that police officers are more likely to have physical altercations with non-whites than whites. His conclusion: “On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account.” Professor Fryer admitted that the finding of this study, that there is no racial discrimination in police shootings, is “the most surprising result of my career.”
Dennis Prager recently refuted the claim of unprovoked racism by using data: “In 2015, of the 990 people shot dead by police, 93 were unarmed and 38 of them were black. Of the 505 people shot dead by police thus far in 2016, 37 were unarmed and of them 13 were black. Given that blacks murder and rob more than whites — they committed 62 percent of robberies, 57 percent of murders and 45 percent of assaults in the 75 biggest counties in the country in 2009 (despite comprising about 15 percent of the population in these counties) — an unarmed black is less likely to be killed by police than an unarmed white.”
What has happened in America that has led to such horrific attacks on those we should all be honoring for their courage and service to us? In our verse this week, the prophet Isaiah’s proclamation in the streets of Israel over 2700 years ago is all too familiar today to what is happening in the streets of America. Listen to Isaiah’s words in chapter 59: “Therefore justice is far from us, and righteousness does not overtake us; we hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes;… in transgressing, and denying the Lord, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words. Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking; he who departs from evil makes himself a prey.”
What is God pronouncing through Isaiah? That the root of the problem with the injustice and oppression in the land is we have denied His sovereignty and authority over our lives. And what did Isaiah say was the consequence? We would all be like blind men who grope and stumble along a wall, as we lie, deceive, spread revolt and prey on each other in order to achieve our own version of what we think truth is.
But God doesn’t end it there. He intervenes with the promise of justice and righteousness that He personally provides. Here are His words as we read further in Isaiah 59: “The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.”
Who is this Redeemer who shall come to Jerusalem, whom people will embrace and turn away from their transgressions because He will bring salvation and justice and righteousness to the land? This is none other than a prophecy of the coming of Jesus Christ, who brought salvation through the death on the Cross. Returning to Jesus Christ is the solution America needs.