20 years ago riots broke out in Los Angeles because of the unfair verdict in Rodney King’s trial. It took the police, the U.S. Marines and the National Guard to finally restore order. Obviously America can’t take another unjust verdict. For Trayvon Martin’s case – you’d probably just have the police trying to restore order because back then – everybody didn’t have the capacity to see the evidence as they do now.
Starting with Emmett Till’s unjust trial in Mississippi in 1955 and ending with 8/20/12 (in Los Angeles yet again) with victim Ronald Weekley, Jr. – we ask once again “when is this going to stop?” This “Weekley video” reminds me of the Rodney King incident. Caught on video – yet the police insisted this young man was resisting arrest – just imagine how many incidents like this take place that aren’t caught on video. Do you really believe if riot breaks out it wouldn’t be worse this time?
What would it take to maintain order? Only the bible! Those who constantly see contradiction and fault in it don’t trust it, but how accurate have it’s prophesies been so far? Daniel prophesied about Alexander the Great – Zechariah, Isaiah and others described Christ – all centuries before hand! Since it’s accuracy can be verified down to discoveries of Egyptian chariots at the bottom of the Red Sea – why deny its authority? There is enough compelling evidence to take Christ seriously as Revelations explains what is going to happen next.
With all these unjust verdicts – can a person really love his neighbor as himself? Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount insists that believers have moral boundaries. Jesus wants us to rise above or go beyond established written law so He taught “do not commit adultery – but if you look on a woman with lust – you already did! He established the law – but on a higher plane! He said “don’t commit murder – but if you hate someone you already did – that’s a higher plane!
In conclusion – only a change of heart can fix unjust verdicts. The Good Samaritan parable asks “who is my neighbor?” The higher plane is “who are you being neighborly to?” The law is like a mirror. We can see that our face is dirty – but we can’t rub our face on it to clean it. Spiritually – Jesus washes us whiter than snow. That’s why we need a Savior. Just because there are so many different churches doesn’t mean the law changed! We are not Christians because of the denomination we belong to. Christians are those who try to keep His Word. Our faith is based on lots of love, lots of forgiveness, and being born again of the water and of the Spirit. Jesus told Nicodemus – knowest thou not these things? Those who don’t continue to be unjust – but they need to read John 3:19-20 so their deeds can be reproved. Until they change, our only job is to continue to get to know our way maker.