Friday, March 27, 2009

Example of Problem

Recently, here in California, Oakland, to be exact, a young man murdered (allegedly) 4 police officers after a routine traffic stop. The man was 26 and had been in and out of jail/prison for 10 of those years. The Contra Costa Times (a Knight-Ridder newspaper) reported the incident. The story was sickening. There was not one mention of the families that were left behind with a father, husband, brother, etc.

Worse, in the article, the man who allegedly shot and killed the police officers was portrayed as a victim of the "depression" and not being able to get a job. He had an appointment with his parole officer and the P.O. didn't show. The man had a history of violent behavior, rape, car jacking, and theft but none of that was was this guy should be pitied because of the "system". No call for responsible behavior on anyone's part, much less the shooter.

I know he left a family behind too (he was killed in the shooting) and his family mourns him. But to completely dismiss and ignore the heroic police officers who were doing their job and, in doing so, were killed is an atrocity that leaves me speechless.

I might mention here that guns are outlawed in the city of Oakland yet the murder rate continues to climb and gang warfare has not been slowed down one bit. The young man not only had a hand gun but an "assault rifle" (whatever that is) and yet guns are illegal? Unfortunately, the police officers know that the gang members have all the guns, knives and other weapons and do not hesitate to use them if you get in their way or in the middle of their business (accidentally or not).

This is an example of how twisted our culture has become. Paul talks about this time in the bible in the book of Romans where he mentions that right will be wrong and wrong will be right. We glorify a gunman and don't give the hardworking, heroic police officers the time of day.

Fortunately, members of the community honored the slain officers today in a moving service. See the article here. It is sad when anyone's family members truly is. This was senseless killing and a young man will not be around to see his children (if he has any) grow and his parents have outlived him...something no parent wants. But he was NOT a victim, folks. He was a hardened criminal, for whatever reason: environment, drugs, gangs, whatever...and to blame the system is a travesty to both him and the police officers who were killed.

It is time we accept responsibility for our behavior. We have all had childhoods that were less than the best. Every one of us. We have been misunderstood, mistreated by teachers, siblings. That does not give any of us the right to steal, rape or murder another human. When we sin, we sin and we need to admit we have done wrong, learn from it, REPENT (that means turn away from the behavior) and do what is right. No more sympathy for criminals.

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