Silenced by Violence

A few bad apples spoil the barrel. That’s an old cliche’ reflecting a Biblical principle that a little bit of leaven leavens the whole lump.  Scripture compares both heaven and the teachings of the Pharisees to leaven. Jesus warned against the leaven of the Pharisees (Matthew 16:6). He also compared the Kingdom of Heaven to a woman who hid three measures of leaven in flour until the whole was leavened. One is good the other bad. This principle has been on full display in our nation for the entire world to see.

A couple years ago we saw the death of a man in police custody broadcast all over the internet. People began to peacefully protest the police brutality which took place there. They had good reason and every right to peacefully protest that act as well as a few other incidents around the nation that have occurred over the years and since then. Those officers who commit these acts of brutality are not, however, representative of the whole of law enforcement. I’d venture to guess that they represent a very small portion of the entirety of law enforcement at all levels. They are the few bad apples, the leaven of evil, spread out within the entire barrel and the whole loaf. They need to be removed so the whole barrel is not spoiled.

Almost as soon as good people began protesting their voices were silenced by groups I will not name. These groups of radicals began a campaign of violence and destruction everywhere the peaceful protesters tried to get their voices heard. But they could not be heard and were silenced by the violence. The groups who violently took over legitimate protesting are another form of bad apples. They represent a very small but loud contingent of wicked people.  These criminals care not for the worthy cause, rather they use the cause as a cover to commit crimes. The very people who were protesting became the victims of the bad apples. Small businesses, even those operated by people of color, were destroyed in the areas where the violence occurred and is still occurring today. The radical groups care not the color of one’s skin or ideological beliefs, they support a mad, uncontrolled rampage and crime spree. These violent criminals hijacked the slogans of the peaceful protesters so the public could no longer hear their cry, just the cacophony of the radicals who  want to steal, break and destroy. Yet the mayors and governors began bowing to this lawlessness.

You see, to make matters worse, not long after all of the chaos erupted, cities around the nation began to talk of defunding the police. What were these mayors and city councils thinking? There may be a few ‘bad apples’ in law enforcement, which should be addressed, but, to defund the police just invites criminals to step up their criminal activities.  There is no concern for the law abiding citizens and theirs homes, businesses, or lives in general. Without law enforcement lawlessness runs rampant and society devolves into uncontrolled chaos. Unsafe for everyone.

To be fair, most of the violence and crime incited by these destroyers of peace occur in limited neighborhoods whereas the majority of these urban areas are mostly unaffected. Still, with cities reducing law enforcement crime spreads out from the original locus. Not good for society in general.

The answers do not lie in reducing law enforcement, nor in more restrictive gun laws, or any other restrictive law. The answers can be found in educating (and evangelizing) the people, enforcing the existing laws, voting in sensible people for positions in government at all levels and allowing the established free market to stabilize itself. What have I missed? Not sure, I’m not a leader, educator, evangelist, social engineer, law enforcement official, or politician. Just a citizen who is educated to some extent, retired, and somewhat opinionated.

So here is my small voice sent out into the vastness of the virtual world. Maybe someone will hear the cricket chirp of my voice.


Grandma Peachy

About grandmapeachy

I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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