I am deeply moved by a post by Montrell Jackson, a Baton Rouge police officer who was tragically murdered in the line of duty in Baton Rouge this week. This young father speaks of the tension and struggle that exists in his role as a black police officer in the midst of the turmoil over the Alton Sterling shooting that occurred there on July 5. His words have now been widely quoted from everyone from activists to politicians, but I share it with you as an invitation and call to prayer. Knowing that Ecclesiastes 3 declares there is a time and a season for everything under the sun, now is certainly a time to pray.
“I’m tired physically and emotionally. Disappointed in some family, friends, and officers for some reckless comments but hey what’s in your heart is in your heart.
“I still love you all because hate takes too much energy but I definitely won’t be looking at you the same. Thank you to everyone that has reached out to me or my wife it was needed and much appreciated.
“I swear to God I love this city but I wonder if this city loves me. In uniform I get nasty hateful looks and out of uniform some consider me a threat. I’ve experienced so much in my short life and these last three days have tested me to the core.
“When people you know begin to question your integrity you realize they don’t really know you at all. Look at my actions they speak LOUD and CLEAR.
“Finally I personally want to send prayers out to everyone directly affected by this tragedy. These are trying times. Please don’t let hate infect your heart. This city MUST and WILL get better. I’m working in these streets so any protesters, officers, friends, family, or whoever, if you see me and need a hug or want to say a prayer, I got you.”
Now is the time and the season to pray and stop the evil. God we pray that the hate, bigotry, violence, and apostasy that manifests itself through evil in human words and actions be renounced and defeated in the strong name of Jesus!