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Synod planning response to Baltimore violence

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  1. Avatar Mary L. Karrick says:

    STOP-Violence and racism. SLOW DOWN-Pray for peace. LISTEN-To what God says in The Bible!! When you see a traffic light-Red, STOP, Yellow, SLOW DOWN, Green, LISTEN AND RESPOND! LCMS and the LWML PRAY and RESPOND!

  2. Avatar Tim says:

    The article fails to mention any police violence . . . which is well-documented, systemic, and proven in court – a huge part of the problem. Pray for the safety of those in custody as well as those protecting homes and businesses. I hope LCMS will continue to work in Baltimore long after the media leaves, to help those who have the system stacked against them, to love their neighbors even (and especially) when no one is looking.

    1. Avatar James R. Crouse says:

      Tim, you are sadly mistaken if you feel that unwarranted/excessive use of force by police officers is “a huge part of the problem”. Certainly it has been a problem at some times and in some places, but the knee-jerk reaction of blaming the police, who put their lives on the line every day to protect us from the evil people around us, only adds to the problem, more than you apparently understand. There is NO excuse for rioting, assaulting police officers (or anyone else who is not assaulting you at that moment, i.e., self-defense), looting, starting fires, or any of the other felonious acts. When you “blame” the police (or poor schools, or lack of jobs, or ANYTHING other than the sin committed by the sinner) you encourage more of this horrible behavior.

      1. Avatar Baltimore says:

        James, the police are sinners, too.

      2. Avatar Donna says:

        Jim, you make a strong point about not making broad statements about police: “There is NO excuse for rioting, assaulting police officers (or anyone else who is not assaulting you at that moment, i.e., self-defense), looting, starting fires, or any of the other felonious acts.”
        Tim, you make a strong request about caring for people in custody: “Pray for the safety of those in custody as well as those protecting homes and businesses.”

        I see merit in your remarks and recognize an imperative call to pray for the people who live in Baltimore, including police AND protesters.

        Stability can only follow cooperation and collaboration as this city and others begin to heal. It requires strong commitments from people of faith.

        Commitments to improve living conditions and corrective measures for law enforcement officers. Commitments to offer alternative responses for deeply disenfranchised citizens. Faith in action may be the only viable path.

  3. Avatar D. Thomas says:

    Tim — Realizing we are all sinners and all of us stand in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness which He freely gives us under His right-hand kingdom, the Church, under God’s left-hand kingdom, the State, we all are required to submit to the governing authorities (Romans 13). I see Paul making no qualifications in that passage regarding our submission – we are simply to submit even if the authorities are not necessarily just. I find it very hard to believe that any police officer would intentionally seek to harm anyone. While there may be very rare exceptions, violence on the part of police officers is directed toward those who refuse to submit to the God-given authority of the officers. In that case, the officers bear the sword for a reason. If I needed to choose between the police officers and a riotous crowd of what are essentially anarchists, or even individuals who refuse to humbly submit to the officers’ authority, I will stand behind the officers every time.