LETTER TO THE EDITOR

If we are to continue as a nation, we must be subject to the higher powers

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There will come a time where the majority of people will say enough is enough. When that day comes, and it has to come, it will make these protests and riots look like a block party. Many will be hurt, some may be killed. It has to stop.

This movement we see today, Black Lives Matter, has in reality nothing to do with black lives.

I know this week three black men were killed by other blacks. While it made the news, no one marched in protest, so it seems that black lives only matter when there is a video of policemen killing a black person.

I may have missed it, but I did not see Rev. Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, or Joe Biden at their funerals. I did not see their caskets being drawn by teams of horses. I did not see all of the flowers placed as a memorial where they were killed. I did not see a picture in your paper of a young white girl laying on her stomach with her hands behind her back protesting four hundred years of slavery.

I did notice that while marches were taking place in Birmingham, Hoover, and other places, Officer Williams was being shot multiple times. Since there is no video, we do not have a record of his last words, but I can not imagine the horror that went through his mind as that first bullet struck him. "I'm leaving behind a wife and children," then the other rounds struck him, the last round in his head.

What I also noticed was the identity of those two murderers were not made known to the public while the rioting and looting was taking place. I wonder why. I know they were in custody the same night that they killed Officer Williams. Strange.

Today we see a movement to take down and remove anything related to the confederacy: statues, plaques, symbols, names, etc. No one can explain what the goal is. Human beings do not have the ability to forget, only God does, so even if all past history in the mind of some was attempted to eradicate, it would still be futile. Memory can not be expelled.

If there is success in removing the statues, then let all be removed, including street signs, plaques, ALL, not just the Confederate.

Best I can recall, the Civil War ended one hundred and fifty plus years ago. I seriously doubt there are any that have first hand knowledge, history, or memory of this time.

This movement to defund or abolish the police, since we live in the greatest country and government in the world - most likely all of history, it is because we have laws, and the reason we have laws is because God instituted the first law when Noah came out of the ark, Genesis 9:6, " whoso sheddeth man;s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God He made man."

The institution of capital punishment presupposes the establishment of governmental authority. It would be chaos if anyone or everyone avenged a murder. Only duly appointed government officials may do so.

Romans 13:1-2, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation."

In every ordered society there must be authority and submission to authority. If not, you have a state of anarchy, and you can not survive indefinitely under anarchy. Any government is better than no government.

God has instituter human government, and no government exists apart from his will. This does not mean that He approves of all that human government does. He most certainly does not approve of corruption, brutality, and tyrany, but the fact remains that the powers that be are appointed by God.

Normally, as a rule, people who do what is right need not have fear of authority. It is only those that break the law who have to fear punishment.

If anyone wants to experience a life free from tickets, fines, trials, and imprisonment, the thing to do is be a law abiding citizen.

In Romans 13:4, the expression " He does not bear the sword in vain" gives a strong statement concerning the power which God vests in the government.

The power that be, whether President, Governor, Mayor, or Judge, in a sense is a representative of the Lord, whether he knows God personally, he is still the Lord's man officially.

David referred to the wicked King Saul as God's anointed and he would not let his men do him harm.

If we are to continue as a nation, we must be subject to the higher powers, every soul.

Charles Harbison

Cordova, Ala.