Riots and Protests: My Opinion

Riots erupt in several US cities over Minnesota police killing of ...

Be forewarned, this is going to be a vent. 

What I am about to type out is not planned, nor will it be edited (except for obvious spelling and grammar – if I notice it). I’m just going to say what I believe and leave it at that.

What’s going on in Minneapolis is inexcusable. Was the death of George Floyd a tragedy that need not happen? Yes. Is there a culture of racial discrimination, targeting, and violence in the Minneapolis police department? I have no idea.

But let me tell you one thing, among others, that I DO know – and I know this from first-hand experience: Don’t trust the media to form your opinions for you by accepting their narrative as the gospel truth! If nothing else, try not to form an opinion anytime in the first few days after a news story. If you do, odds are you will find yourself walking back much of what you say.

Let’s be honest, folks. Does the news media really want peace in the streets? Do they really desire everyone to “just get along.” Umm, no. Heck, when ol’ Rodney King said those very words decades ago – “Can’t we all just get along?”(or however he actually said it) – he was mocked.

So, when the media curiously shows us 6 minutes of a black man being choked out by a white cop, while other videos exist over the last several years of other instances involving white victims, videos that have never been plastered over every media platform, why do we fall in line with the predictable outrage?

Fact #1: Face it people, you’re being used. 

Now, again, should something be done about policemen and the use of excessive force? Yes! Absolutely!

But here’s something most people these days won’t do anything about: The way they conduct themselves and taking responsibility for their own actions.

Fact #2: When you act the fool, expect trouble from the law.

Fact #3: Police officers are people who want to get home alive to their families far more than they want to listen to your complaints of abuse when YOU are the one who either threw the first punch or resisted a simple command.

In the case of George Floyd, has anyone stopped to ask whether or not he would have been detained on the ground had he not been under the influence of something and had he not resisted? Notice how these things are linked?

But what do we have going on now? Cities burning. Literally, police stations are burning. Places of business that have nothing to do with what happened are being looted and destroyed. And this is supposed to help matters?

Oh, yeah, so now investigations into the Minneapolis government and the way they treat minorities. And, you could add that this would not have happened had people not protested… or, should we say, rioted and vented their frustration while taking advantage of the situation to fulfill their own lusts by stealing and breaking things?

Fact #4: Most rioters have no idea why they are rioting; they are more concerned about missing out on a “five-finger discount.”

Last night I went live on my personal Facebook page. I was on there for an hour discussing the whole idea of rioting. Specifically, was it biblical, was it Christian, for people to go around doing what they were/are doing?

My answer, plain and simple: NO.

Fact #5: Destructive protests and riots are not biblical; rather, they are antithetical to the cause of Christ and His commands.

“Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:17-21 

You cannot parse the above scripture enough . . . you can’t rationalize it away . . . there is nothing in the way riots are conducted that can be condoned by the above verses.

Fact #6: Rioters are being overcome by evil in their loose attempts at bringing about good.

In other words, if they are not overcoming the evil of racism and bigotry with good, then their intentions, however noble, are being overcome by the very evil for which they riot, therefore they only perpetuate the darkness in which they try to shine light.

Those are my thoughts and my opinions.

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17 responses to “Riots and Protests: My Opinion

  1. Pingback: Riots and Protests: My Opinion — The Recovering Legalist | Ups and Downs of Family History V2.0

  2. It’s always true that we need to never have knee jerk reactions right after an event. It always gets clearer the further you’re from the time of the event. Good to remember that

  3. A lot facts and truths shared here.

  4. out of respect for George Floyd, I thought I would share this video of the event. ( caution to the young or those with PTSD) its definitely adult material.

    • No disrespect, but I’ve seen enough death, from shootings to beheadings to a guy being flattened by a Russian tank…I don’t want to have another death in my brain.

      • thats why I Put the mention of PTSD up. I feel the video has harmed me in that I am rattled in a heavy way, but that may help me in the long run. The reason I put this video up was because it shows several different videos patched together to get the whole thing.
        What I feel is the Oppression of society on me. The PTSD that I got from fighting for my kids in court etc. IT all crashes down on me and makes it hard for me to breath.
        I know it has affected me because I catch myself holding my breath. It was one of the things, a tell, that and grinding my teeth, that came out of those heavy stress days.
        One other thing I have been having is dreaming where I cant resolve something. Last night it was that I needed to give out a business card and kept going through my wallet over looking and looking and then I couldn’t find a pen to write my number on and then every time I tried to write I spelled my name wrong. I really emotionally did not need this whole thing. And at moments at work I just want to go home and sleep. So I feel what you said.

  5. Inevitably there are going to be conflicts between protesting and abiding by God’s standards of living. You are right in that looting and rioting are not Christian. They go against basic biblical principles as you mentioned. Honestly, Christ and the first century Christians we’re politically neutral. They didn’t involve themselves in any form of politics despite the Roman oppression on the Jews. So this creates a conflict between our loyalty to mankind and our loyalty to God. Jehovah God has told us that avenging his people for the wrong done to them by evil ones is his job, not ours (Romans 12:19) and he has also promised to end all wickedness, which includes racism, inequality, corrupt government, etc. (Psalms 37:10,11; Daniel 2:44). So I believe everyone has a right to protest and changes have been made all over the world due to them. However, I don’t believe all of mankind’s problems (inequality, racism, inadequate food distribution, corrupt government just to name a few) will be completely resolved through protest. Only Jehovah God can do that.

  6. Anthony months later this post has some good points still

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