June 12

Romans 5:6-11

“But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” vs. 8

In recent years, there have been many instances when people of color have been killed while in the hands of the police. When that happens we can count on two very different reactions. On the one hand there are loud demands for justice and accountability–sometimes crowds of protesters fill the streets and there are scenes of crying family members. And at the same time, usually a bit later, there are reports published in various media that the person killed was not a reputable person, that he or she had a criminal record and had a history of violence. Even if they didn’t deserve death, it is said, thugs should never be considered martyrs. It’s an argument that many find plausible. The problem is that, if Paul is right, there are no righteous martyrs! All are sinners and are considered ungodly! And Christ loves them all–and gave his life for all. And all for whom Christ gave his life deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, whether they’re pillars of the community, petty thieves, or homeless vagrants. And because we live in complicated times police especially need our prayers–they put their lives on the line every day on our behalf–some have become martyrs–and most deserve our thanks. They’re doing exemplary work!

Thought for the Day:  Why do people go into police work?

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