Pastorbluejeans Unplugged Weekender: Equality and Security In God.
In the United States, George Floyd died after being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.
The New York Times has reconstructed the death of George Floyd on May 25 based on security footage, witness videos and official documents.
On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested the 46 year-old black man George Floyd, after a deli employee called 911, accusing him of buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers, showing no signs of life.
The NY Times video shows the police officers taking a series of action that violated the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department leaving him dead. Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd face down putting pressure on his neck. A video footage shows the officer (who is white) kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint filed against Mr. Chauvin. George Floyd said “I can’t breathed at least 16 times in less than 5 minutes. The said police officer did not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness, and for another minute after the paramedics arrives at the scene.
Three other former officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao who were also seen in the video participating in Mr. Floyd’s arrest, remain under investigation. (www.nytimes.com)
A lawyer for George Floyd has told a memorial service that a “pandemic of racism” led to his death. (www.bbc.com)
In the New Testament, we read about Paul telling the believers in Galatia, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28, NASB)
In Christ Jesus there is no race or national distinctions, social class and gender differences do not exist.
Since the coming Christ, all believers are united in him, all are accepted in the family of God regardless of race, social status, and gender. We are all on the same level; all of us received salvation through the merits of the same Savior; all of us are saved and entitled to the same Privileges entitled to the same privileges.
This is a good example that all of us should follow: treat everybody equal regardless of color and race.
In the Philippines, the House of Representatives has approved on third reading House Bill 6875 or the “Anti-Terrorism” Bill Wednesday.
The “Anti-Terrorism” Bill will repeal the Human Security Act of 2007 and will provide additional surveillance power for the police and military. Under the proposed law, those who will make terroristic threats may face 12-year imprisonment.
Congress has adopted the Senate version of the bill so it will not pass through the Bicameral Conference Committee.
However, some quarters are apprehensive of possible abuses especially against activists if the bill is passed. PBA Partylist Representative Jericho Nograles, one of the principal authors stated that it is not meant to attack activists. (www.ptvnews.ph)
The country’s National Security Adviser and Vice Chair of the Anti-Terrorism Council, Hermogenes Esperon, released a statement assuring the people that the bill “defends our political rights such as freedom of speech and assembly, as well as peaceful protests and dissent, as guaranteed in the 1987 Constitution.” He also stressed that “The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has undergone over three years of painstaking consultations and deliberations in order to ensure that multiple safeguards are in place which protect human rights in all instances.” He also appealed to “Filipinos everywhere to exercise critical discernment over the merits of the bill and, subsequently, to differentiate between fact and propaganda.”
In Psalm 56:4, the psalmist says,
“In God (I will praise His word),
In God I have put my trust;
I will not fear.
What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:4, NKJV)
Psalm 56:1-57:11 both belong to the period when David fled from Saul. He first sought refuge in the city of Gath, then to the cave of Adullam.
In Gath he suffered a great distress after learning that certain people in the city are plotting to kill him. That https://kapeatkamalayan.increased danger drives one to an increased dependence on God. Enemies watch his every move, planning how they can best ambush him. He was so tense with fear that he cannot sleep at night.
Today, some of us suffer the same tension and fear due to the pandemic. Our government carries the burden of addressing the effect of COVID-19 while at the same time creating measures to curb terrorism in the country. May this passage remind us that God always takes notice of our distress. He will protect us. Let us put our trust in him and not fear!
Furthermore, the Apostle Paul reminded the Christians in Rome saying, “Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist and appointed by God.” (Romans 13:1, NKJV)
Civil government during Paul’s time were probably pagans. Believers may have been tempted not to submit to them and to claim allegiance only to Christ. Even the possibility of a persecuting state did not shake Paul’s conviction that civil government is ordained by God.
Since God is the source of all authority, civil governments exercise power by his permission. We should therefore, obey a submit to them.
The point here is not the divine right of civil rulers but of government and order, not revolution for a change in government but to oppose all lawlessness and disorder.