Need to get whizzed off so you can blow a little of your emotional frustration through your pipes and get the carbon out? Well, this story just might do the trick for you. It did for me. I was in the throes of writing the last scenes for a movie script when this came to my attention. I'm not happy that I had to leave one crusade in order to stand up for the cause of freedom in America. This is something that the mainstream media should be doing, but it seems crusades are so "not in" these days.
What kind of a country do we live in when the members of the police make their own laws? We're seeing more and more excessive assumption of authority by those wearing the badges of American law enforcement. The latest hackle raising story comes out of Raleigh, North Carolina. Christians there have been threatened with jail—for feeding the homeless.
You don't believe me? Here's the link to the original story: http://www.afa.net/Detail.aspx?id=2147538901
Note: there is a link there that allows you to send a nice note to the authorities in Raleigh to tell them what you think of such threats. I hope you use it. I get really tempted to unload on people in situations like this. I realize that is not the Christ like thing to do, but dang, the police are hired by the people to protect the citizens from people doing bad things. Those bad things are written up as laws. What does a society do when the police become the bad people by making their own laws or meting out their own justice? No need to conjecture about that. We've seen plenty of that in third world countries. As Billy Jack so aptly put it in the movie named Billy Jack, when the lawmen break the law, there is no law.
I realize that the police are under extreme pressure due to the violent nature of our society. It is understandable that sometime they lose their cool when making an arrest and get a bit physical with people who could pose a threat to their health and their lives. However, a bunch of compassionate Christians handing out food in the park poses no threat to anyone—except perhaps to members of society who would rather take civic pride in a beautiful sterile park than allow dirty and smelly people to find some respite from a life of despair. Perhaps in this case, the police are simply doing what they were told by the powers that be. In that case, the powers that be should become the powers that were. Elected officials have a set of parameters which constrain their activity. When they overstep those boundaries, the people who elected them need to remind them of those parameters and if necessary, relieve them of their duties. And that goes for Washington, DC as well as Raleigh, N.C. and Podunk, Iowa.
So if you send a note to Raleigh, count to ten first. Of perhaps ten thousand as I had to do so I could bite my tongue and type something civil.