Troy and his girlfriend, Katrina, had just left a cookout; And between conversing with Katrina about how much fun they’d had hanging out with their friends, and jamming to the Gospel music on the radio, Troy had not realized that he was now driving 10 over the speed limit. He saw the lights, then he heard the siren.
After pulling over to the side of the road, initially Troy’s hart began to race as he glance back to see the white officer exiting the patrol car, but then Troy remembered the guidance his parents had given him about how to conduct himself if he ever found himself in this situation. Troy advised Katrina to stay calm, he whispered a quick prayer, and then rolled down his window to converse with the officer.
The officer asked to see Troy’s license and registration…Troy complied.
The officer inquired where Troy was heading, and the young man politely explained that he and his girlfriend had just left a friend’s cookout, and he was now taking his girlfriend home before heading home himself.
The officer asked if Troy knew why he’d been stopped? Troy made no excuses, and admitted that he knew he’d exceeded the speed limit.
The officer wanted to look around the interior of the car and check the trunk; And troy had nothing to hide, so he complied.
The officer noticed Troy’s Bible in the backseat, and opened it to where Troy had it bookmarked. After reading what Troy had highlighted, the officer glanced up with a smile. “Psalm 1:1-3 is one of my favorite passages. Are you two kids saved?” the officer inquired. Both Troy and Karina replied, “Yes.”
“Jesus is my Lord and Savior also.” The officer replied. “You kids are very respectful. I wish every interaction could go like this. I’ll tell you what. I’m going to let you go with a warning this time.”
Troy thanked the officer; And they both went their separate ways.
The above is an account of what happened to a young man, from The church that I attend, last weekend.
Everyone has their thoughts about Black Lives Matter and blue Lives Matter.
I am an African American man, but more importantly I am a “born again” servant of Jesus Christ. This means that I am able to(as every born again believer should) see clearly that Satan is the mastermind behind: the crimes in our streets, the racism, the agenda to defund the police, and every other evil thing that occurs in this world.
The Word of God lets us know, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” This lets us know that it is our sin nature; Our sinful pride, our rebellion against the things of God, and our sneakiness in attempting to hide our ungodly prejudices behind masks of self-righteousness that causes men and women to yield to the influences of the Wicked One.
Drug abuse is sin, Getting drunk is sin, rioting is sin, Fighting the police is sin, Hatred against any group of people is sin…And all of it will take a person to Hell.
It is not God’s desire that anyone should perish, but that all of us would choose to accept His gift of Salvation; And then show forth Godly love for one another, while warning the unsaved of the dangers of continuing on in their sins.
Troy and Katrina could have had a similar fate as George Floyd, BUT to God Be the Glory, they received Christ when the Gospel was shared with them; And they allowed the Holy Spirit to lead them to respect the policeman’s authority by complying with is orders.
Today, the officer could very well be facing a similar fate as Derek Chauvin, However, he had the goodness and grace of Jesus Christ to guide his decisions.
We don’t need to defund the police, We need more sincerely saved police officers. If I get into a bad situation, I would be grateful for the assistance of an unbiased police officer In those situations where it is determined that an officer’s actions were the result of racist beliefs…there does need to be some serious consequences for that officer.
We live in a sinful world, and racism is a real issue. Every situation is not racism though. We need lawyers and advocates to look into each case and carefully gather all of the facts. Most importantly, there needs to be stronger Christian mentorship in communities to witness to the lost. All of us, who are believers, can pray and continue to share the undiluted Gospel with people in our circle of influence.
The cases of having a bad encounter with a police officer will greatly decrease if a person is saved. The Holy Spirit will lead and guide that person away from doing the things that would be illegal; And would create a need to interact with an officer. Even in the event, that a believer did have an encounter with an officer, the Holy Spirit would help that person to remain calm and comply with the officer’s instructions.
John 3:16 says that, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
When Jesus endured the cross, He did it with Black Lives, White Lives, Asian Lives, Police Lives, and every life in mind.
The truth is that there will be people of every race and nation in both Hell and Heaven.
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
Is there sin in your heart that you try to hide from others or even justify holding onto? Ask God to remove these hidden sins. Let nothing keep you from fully serving Christ, and allowing your life to testify to His goodness.
All Lives Matter to God.
Have your sins been washed in the red blood of the Lamb? Because that is What Truly Matters.
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.
When we accept salvation, God saves us immediately, and makes us fit for entrance into Heaven, however some changes God will empower you to make easily, while making other changes will be a process that may take months or even years to make. Regardless of your situation, I assure you that the Lord loves you more than you could ever comprehend, and He will be with you every step of the way.
Pray, study God’s Word and ask Him to give you revelation of what you are reading. I also pray that the Lord will direct you to a true Bible teaching, Jesus loving church, where you can have the support of other believers.