SHREVEPORT – The war against law enforcement continues; Breitbart reports that graffiti calling for violence against police officers is spreading across Texas and it’s clear that this is a problem that can’t be ignored.  Perhaps there is simply more media attention now on a problem that has always been there, but perhaps this problem is truly epidemic.

Yesterday, a man walked up to two officers stopped at a traffic light in Las Vegas and started shooting, hitting one of the officers in the hand. This is the second cop shooting in Vegas in three days.   A few days ago an officer on a prowler call was shot in the leg.

Here in Louisiana, where we are still mourning the killing of Officer Thomas LeValley, Trooper Steven Vincent, and Officer Henry Nelson, we almost added another name to our list yesterday.  In Shreveport, a man fired at officers, then led them on a high-speed chase through two parishes before crashing his car, drawing on officers once again, and losing his own life as a result.

Is this really happening more often, or are we just more aware of the assault on officers now?  I’m not sure, and the FBI annual report for this sort of this hasn’t been updated since 2013.

But it does seem that tensions are too high, that rabble-rousers and paid protestors are fully engaged, and that our law enforcement officers are at a higher risk than ever before. When Houston Deputy Darren Goforth is executed from behind while pumping gas simply because he was wearing a uniform, we have a problem.

Peter Roff writing at US News & World Report is correct:

Most of all, however, the president needs to step up and give the nation one of his famous lectures on tolerance and understanding. If the people who have actually declared war on the thin blue will listen to anyone they will listen to him. He knows this, and his failure to exercise the responsibility it places on him makes him at fault, at least partially, for whatever happens next.

As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, Obama has no qualms in calling out the police when he thinks they are wrong; he should now call for tolerance and compassion.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

4th Doctor: Amazing. You know, I had a feeling, I had a feeling that Neeva was actually expecting to hear an answer to his prayer. 
Leela: There wouldn’t be much point in praying if he didn’t. 
4th Doctor: I could quote you a few theologians who’d give you an argument on that.

Doctor Who the Face of Evil 1977

A while back I wrote about Saint Peter and the nature of man & sin, I’d like to give you an even more startling Biblical example this time from Exodus namely when Aaron made the Golden Calf (Chapter 32).

Now if you’ve seen Cecil B DeMille’s The Ten Commandments staring Charlton Heston as Moses and David Carradine as Aaron.  You have an image of Moses alone talking to God and Aaron sitting at the bottom of the hill waiting, but if you read Exodus Chapter 24 you discover something of interest.

Moses himself was told, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, with Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You shall all worship at some distance,  but Moses alone is to come close to the LORD; the others shall not come too near,

Exodus 24:1-2

and then 8 verses later

Moses then went up with Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel, and they beheld the God of Israel. Under his feet there appeared to be sapphire tilework, as clear as the sky itself.   Yet he did not smite these chosen Israelites. After gazing on God, they could still eat and drink.

Exodus 9-11

The implications of these verses are astounding.  Aaron had been the spokesman for Moses, he was present with the rest of Israel when all of the plagues and miracles took place, but more than that.  He actually saw God the Father.

And unlike even Peter sinking, he wasn’t dealing with the human aspect of Christ.  Aaron saw God as he was.  He didn’t have to believe in God, God was a fact.

And yet he STILL made the Golden calf.

It’s almost impossible to wrap your head around it.  Rationally how on earth could Aaron commit such a sin after actually seeing God face to face?

But even more incredible is the fact that even after committing this incredible sacrilege when he had seen God face to face, God STILL made Aaron his high priest.

It is man’s nature to sin, God knowing this and loving us gives us a way out.  first through the Levitical sacrifices and then later through Christ sacrifice and Sacramental confession and the power to loosen and bind sin.

Never doubt for one moment that your sin can be forgiven if you are willing to accept that forgiveness.

If God was willing to forgive Aaron, then blasphemy challenging not withstanding don’t hesitate believe for one moment that he won’t forgive you if you but ask.