I do not believe a democracy can function without they people being united to one degree or another by mutual respect, if not for one another at least for our principles, our laws, and our office-holders. I am completely disgusted by the profound disrespect show by the Right for our President and for the democratic process by which he was elected. The Republican party, egged on by such fools as Limbaugh, Beck, and the phony “analysts” on Fox News, bears much of the blame for the climate of hostility in our country.
The mistrust of police by large segments of the Black community stems from a long history of mistrust in the Blacks on the part of the police. Each side has its reasons for sustaining the ugly cycle and both sides must bear the responsibility for breaking that cycle.
It seems very chilling to me that disrespect showed yet another side today: At the funeral service for one of New York’s murdered police officers, most of the police in attendance turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio. They have felt that he has not supported them and therefore has contributed to some of their problems with the people of New York. They may or may not be right, but a funeral — which surely must unite us in the face of a common enemy, death — is a terrible place and time for such a demonstration.
Must every day bring new signs of divisiveness in our land?
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” Those who hear and receive his promise must be prepared to carry out our God-given “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). Blessed are the peacemakers. . .