March 4, 2009

Labeled Unchristian: Police Brutality in King County

I've been working on a peaceful, meditative post on a prayer of forgiveness and was planning to post it today. My plans changed when a video of a King County, Washington sheriff's deputy beating a fifteen year old girl in a holding cell appeared in my news feed tonight.

This is an activity I am labeling unchristian. Watch the video:

Somewhere, someone is quoting a Bible verse about submitting to the authorities, etc...blah, blah, blah. Anyone who carries a gun and is "licensed to kill" should have enough self-control not to pummel a fifteen year old girl who is already in custody in a holding cell and unable to present a threat to life and safety.

I wonder how many pulpits will be silent this weekend on this subject?

Authority does not exist without limits and must be held to a higher standard of behavior and accountability. Jesus was clear in his response to corrupt authorities who used their power to hurt and abuse those under their control:

"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue and all kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone." --Jesus, in Like 11:42

I am hoping no one says the sheriff's deputy, Paul Schene, who "allegedly" beat a fifteen year old girl, is a "God-fearing, family man." I am really hoping.

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