Kevin’s Conversations: Another Time When Jesus Wept
Another predictable reaction. Except the bullheadedness and venom and violent tendencies appear to get ratcheted up a notch. Seemingly on each successive occurrence.
“Another unarmed innocent black man has been killed by police by no fault of his own.” Except that said victim didn’t seem to be all that cooperative and brought some risk upon himself. And except some of the details are sketchy and it’s hard to determine for sure what exactly all happened and how innocent or not innocent the victim really was.
“Another contrived story by the media to play the race card and make an issue out of nothing and to guilt white people for their supposed white privilege.” Except the story is not nothing. Except a black man may have very well just lost his life because a police officer acted wrongfully and reacted to him in a way they wouldn’t have reacted to a person with white skin. Except that there are some very real circumstances in society where white people are better off (even if there is nothing an individual white person has personally done wrong to bring about those circumstances).
“Another situation that Black Lives Matter is just trying to exploit.” Except that beyond whatever political or superficial or disingenuous fluff that may or may not inhabit BLM, at its heart is a crying out about the injustice of black people wrongfully killed or discriminated against. Except that racism is still real in this society and it can’t just be assumed to have had nothing to do with the current situation.
“Another murderous shooting by the racist police.” Except that the large, large majority of police officers have never committed such an act, and most likely never would. Except that the police officers are daily placing their lives on the line and when in an intense situation it is often difficult to tell the difference between a false move and a potential real move of aggression when the interpretation must be made in a matter of seconds or less.
“Another time where they should be worried about all the black-on-black crime, rather than these individual cases where a white police officer kills a black man.” Except that no matter how much “black-on-black” crime there is, if a black man is wrongfully killed by a white officer, it is still wrong and unjust. Except that we can’t just pretend the problem doesn’t exist, no matter how many other problems there are.
Another opportunity to put forth our political assertions and pronounce how obviously superior we are in our thoughts.
Another chance to show how stupid and ignorant and corrupt the opposition is.
Another tragedy to mourn and grieve. Except why would we do that? Because if people just listened to us, these things wouldn’t happen anymore.
Another occasion where we could listen and try to understand the hurt and concern of others. Except why would we do that? Because it’s their own fault these things happen.
Another instance where we could stop and think through and possibly even put into action real ways to help others. Except we’ve got to first bestow our wit and wisdom onto everyone and post our loutish memes on social media.
Another time, where if Scripture was still being recorded, we very well may see the words, “Jesus wept.”