Our Bible verse for today: “No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Blue lives matter”
The social movement “Black Lives Matter” began in 2013 in response to the deaths of several young black men during confrontations with law enforcement officers. There were many in the African-American community and in the news media who believed these deaths were yet more examples of systemic racial profiling and acts of police brutality against young black men. News media outlets, social activists with an agenda, and opportunistic politicians then jumped on the bandwagon, fanning the flames of racial tension, and generating a backlash against the law enforcement community.
Granted, in one of the cases that spawned the Black Lives Matter movement (the shooting of Trayvon Martin), the actions of the security guard who did the shooting were questionable. But in the two other cases (Ferguson, Missouri and New York City), the actions of the young black men involved were clearly criminal, and their responses to the law enforcement officers were aggressive, placing the officers in danger. But facts didn’t seem to matter. The police officers involved, and the law enforcement community in general, became the object of protests, criticism, lawsuits, and discrimination that continues to this day.
This is tragic and wrong. Probably 99% of all law enforcement officers everywhere are truly exceptional public servants who put their own lives on the line everyday in order to protect the rest of us. They deserve our honor, respect, and gratitude.
In response to the unfair backlash unleashed upon our law enforcement professionals, other citizens formed another movement called “Blue Lives Matter”. The purpose is to remind all of us that our law enforcement professionals are dedicated public servants who risk their lives every day to protect our communities, and they deserve our respect.
Do black lives matter? Yes, of course they do. All lives matter. Including the lives of our law enforcement professionals. So there’s no way I could write devotional messages every day for an entire month on the subject of “Your Life Matters” without paying special tribute to our dedicated law enforcement professionals who risk their lives in order to protect the rest of us.
Thank you for what you do. Blue lives matter – they matter very, very much, and we are grateful for your sacrificial service to our communities.