Supporting a cause and a truth does not require me to automatically and unconditionally endorse an organization

FB Post Quote: EDIT: Friends, this is not a question about whether or not to support Law Enforcement. I do, and we do as a church. This is a question about how to be a faithful presence in this specific context in a creative way that does not ask me or the church to choose between supporting Law Enforcement and the Black, Latinx, and Asian members of my community.
Hello fellow Gospel-bringers! I haven’t been active in this group for some time, but I could really use some perspective. I serve a church with a worship attendance of about 85 or so pre-Covid, in a small conservative town. The church is about 50/50 politically, Democrat/Republican, and so I have had to walk a very fine line as I support Black Lives Matter while also showing love, respect, and understanding to law enforcement. We have a long, long history of being a relatively major presence in the Labor Day parade (small towns are great). My struggle is this: the Labor Day parade theme is “Supporting Law Enforcement.” The organizers of the parade are medium-active members of my church.
Probably this seems trivial, and in the grand scheme of things it absolutely is. Still, I could use your creative thinking. Right or wrong, members of law enforcement truly are feeling attacked, and I do want to show them love and support. But “supporting law enforcement” has become such loaded language, with the underlying statement being “specifically contrary to Black Lives Matter” that it has become complicated. What would you do??

This is tough! I am also in an extremely conservative context, but did preach on the riots while supporting BLM.
Lately, my opinion has morphed into this, and may morph again:

Black Lives Matter.
The BLM movement, however, doesn’t matter.

Supporting a cause and a truth does not require me to automatically and unconditionally endorse an organization whose actions can sometimes be questionable. And people lead every movement, and people are often less than perfect, particularly when they agitate for political purposes or media attention, manipulating or “using” a cause to inflate their power, influence or wealth.
I should also say that people who use fake news and lies to divide our nation and attack Black Lives Matter … they matter even less.
· Reply · 29m
David Oliver Kueker
The statement above is intended to address all kinds of movements on all kinds of issues. But I would add to it an arrogant defensiveness – that when challenged or called to be accountable for negative behavior, they equate a challenge to their behavior as persons as being a challenge to their cause.
Example: a call to accountability for the behavior of BLM protestors is NOT a challenge to the principle that Black Lives Matter. A call to accountability for the behavior of the president as a person is NOT an attempt to destroy the freedom of the United States of America.

I regret that my longer comment has disappeared.

I think that you can fully honor first responders in your context.

I expect that others (from both sides) will attempt to draw you into conflict and confrontation to support or attack “the other side.” As is said in addiction circles, you do not have to “pick up the rope.”

This behavior is a psychological game very familiar to dysfunctional families and organizations called the Karpmann drama triangle.
This entry was posted in Devotions & Spiritual Exercises. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.