I woke up this morning, checked the news online, and this is what greeted me: “Protests Coast To Coast – Demonstrations in 170 U.S. cities”. This country is beginning to look like Greece and Spain. There are many people who are trying to protest peacefully. But there are far too many who are resorting to violence. Neighborhood stores are being broken into, cars set ablaze, tear gas thrown at people, and people being physically attacked. There is too much violence on both sides. Are there people behind the scenes that are purposefully feeding the anger and encouraging entire communities to riot? I believe so. If the violence continues, we are ripe for martial law. Maybe that is what some want – a disbanding of our normal laws to be able to radically change our government because the situation is deemed an emergency. Call me a conspiracy nut case, but I can see it coming.
Martin Luther King Jr. said:
“The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
Jesus Christ, on the night he was unjustly arrested, told his disciple Peter to put away his sword. Peter thought he was doing a good thing by cutting off the ear of one of the arresting officers. You can read about it in the Bible, in John chapter 18. We would be wise to listen to the words of Jesus and people like Martin Luther King, who found non-violent ways to make things right.