Double Jeopardy

So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. Acts 10:34-35                                                                                     

This past Sunday, Americans found themselves living with, yet, another act of senseless violence against police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Three members of law enforcement were ambushed and killed and three others were wounded.

The shooter was an 29-year-old African-American who served in the U.S. military as the previous gunman in the Dallas tragedy.

For the families who have seen their loved ones taken from them in the line of duty, it is not just a grievous loss but also a sacrifice for the citizens they serve within their communities.

When reading one of the articles about these brave men, one story resonated and got my attention.

The article about police officer Montrell Jackson who on July 8th had posed on his Facebook page the following, “I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me,” he wrote. “In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. … These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better.”

Baton Rogue Police Officer Montrell Jackson

This post was a heartfelt message from a man who is not only the color black but wore the color blue.

Officer Jackson was experiencing two environments.

That of a black man in today’s America.

And a police officer in today’s America.

It is apparent that their are some people who saw Officer Jackson as someone who was supposed to deal with their personal hate while wearing his uniform or when he wasn’t wearing it.

And the sad part of this all is that it wasn’t just coming from one segment of the community. But he may have experienced hate from whites and blacks alike.

This is probably the same double jeopardy that police officers throughout the nation might be dealing with if they are from the minority community.

If we also look at the two people who caused havoc in Dallas and Baton Rouge, they also wore uniforms.

As, honorable discharged military, these two young men learned to defend our nation and were taught how to use an assault weapon.

What makes these two men different from Officer Jackson is that he was crying out to God about what was burdening his heart. He was asking God did the city he served, loved him. He wasn’t bitter. He was heartbroken.

And then their are the two men who once wore military uniforms and decided to take on another rational. They allowed hate that they felt was against them, be a response to their pain.

These three men took different roads.

The saddest of them all is that color was and continues being the cause of pain, suffering and death here in America.

Black, blue and camouflage.

I was just wondering. Is this the kind of society we want to hand over to our young?

Think about it.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:1-5

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