Blogging my thoughts: All lives matter
Thousands of police attended the funerals of their fellow officers. All lives matter. The lives of the police matter, too. But how many police attended the funerals of Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner? Their lives matter too.
I’m always bothered by the narcissism and unsportsmanlike behavior when winning baseball teams congratulate each other rather than the players of the losing team as in soccer and football. The Mennonites gave us quite an example when they attended the funeral of the murderer of their daughters in that school in Pennsylvania. Now that is some witness to the way forgiveness constitutes the affirmation of life.
Our heart also goes out to the police, however, because they are continually exposed to the darker side of human existence, while pastors like myself enjoy weddings and baptisms and many random acts of kindness and senseless acts of love. Wouldn’t one of these be a whole number of police attending a funeral like that of Eric Garner?