Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden condemned the violence as he continued to express common cause with those demonstrating after George Floyd’s death.
“The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest,” Biden said in a late-night statement.
I agree with Biden’s comment. He does not speak with gasoline in his hand, as the flames of protest destroy property and come close to nullify the cause of anger and protest.
What about us? It’s hard to comment from a politically neutral platform. I am not neutral.
But, let me say. It’s not academic nor resolve that one of my most caring church members is a police chief. It’s important that I share a positive commentary—not now, but when the time is more likely a receptive time—how much I learned when riding as a Volunteer Police Chaplain with Colorado Springs Police Officers for six years, present with them facing the most corrosive moments. Not to detail. But I will say, my stomach was never calm when a car was stopped and the officer, after checking records available on the car, went up to deliver a citation. Truth is you didn’t know what you would get.
I have not looked away from a mirror in these tumultuous times. In writing about my 79 years I can say, with a fullness of integrity, that I never turned the other cheek, as Bill Coffin warned us, “to look away from evil.” Evil is evil.
And I can say, no profession pushes perfection; it is always a purpose and goal, less than seldom realized. This could lead to another reflection, hopefully not prattle, on the imperfections in ordained ministry. Yes, there are clergy who never leave boredom, the bland leading the bland. There are clergy who…no, I’ll leave that to my very own self.
Simply, and hopefully not without profundity, no profession should remain unchallenged.
So, where are we today? I think we are in a mess. George Floyd is an example of how police can behave in a worse than imaginable way. And I would wager, that “taking a knee” doesn’t even mention let alone understand when Kaepernick did that as quarterback of the 49’ers.
I believe it’s important to manage ourselves…more than anyone else. That’s all I can do. And. I will. Manage myself. And never give favor that violence is the primary way to peace. It is not. And, in my opinion and experience, will never be.