God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
- Psalm 46:1-3
But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
- Matthew 24:43-44
“I refer to our male basset hound, Belvedere, as our policeman. When I take him for a walk, he warns me of ‘trouble’ – a dog walking across the street, a neighbor getting in a car, or a package being delivered. Bur barking at these less-than-dangerous things is really all he’s good for. As soon as a person or animal comes close, he wants to make friends. His bark is loud and scary, but there isn’t a bit of bite in him. My neighbors, who know him, just laugh at his noise, because they know how much it means. And if any trouble threatened, I’m sure Bel would be the one hiding behind me, instead of being a ‘help in trouble.’
”Only one Protector keeps us really safe, whether it’s fro physical harm, emotional hurt, or a spiritual temptation. Only One aids us in our pain, in the middle of the day or the wee hours of the night. Jesus is no mere barking dog but true protection from trouble and a companion in every trial. When we can’t rely on a hound or a human, He’ll stand by us faithfully.”
- Pamela McQuade, Daily Wisdom to Satisfy the Soul
First, for the quoted devotion. My wife loves these little pocket books, small thin books that could fit in a pocket. They are hardbacked books, but very short with maybe two or three months of daily devotions or 100 prayers, things like that.
When we team-taught the video class for adult Sunday school, I taught the class and she closed the class. We usually both reviewed the video lesson, her once, and me several times. She would ask me the probable direction that I was going to go with the discussion. To be honest, the teacher can guide the discussion in one way or another, but only so far. Once you learn the views of the people in class, you might get better at it though. Then she’d figure out which book of prayers to use or which devotion book. She might read a dozen books, and she might have two or three readings in case the discussion took a “wrong turn.”
She didn’t think that she was the “teacher”, but she was teaching me on Saturday and she always left the class with a thought to carry with them through the week. Maybe more effective teaching than my discussion leading, and the asking of thought-provoking questions.
But in this devotion, I skipped the middle paragraph. It was the author talking about a thief coming to the house, calling the police, and the police “handling” the problem.
It seems that the people trying to define “white privilege’ these days used that paragraph from that book of devotions to illustrate “white privilege.” I have lived in mixed neighborhoods. I have lived, and am living now, in a neighborhood that might have been lower middle class, blue-collar, but it has gotten old and run down. The reputation in the neighborhood is that there is an average of one person in each house with a “disability.” The quotes are due to most of the neighborhood working “under the table” and faking the disability, allegedly. Like I said, it is the local rumor mill regarding our aging community. For a fact, a house three doors down was raided by the police to find out that it had become a crack house. We had witnessed the auction when the owners had moved and defaulted on the mortgage. It seems crack houses come cheap, but we couldn’t even afford that much.
So, what I am saying is that the police still try in our neighborhood, but I am unsure how much effort they apply to the drug dens of the town, those areas in a sleepy town where you don’t want to go after dark.
I may be painting a bleak picture, but where we live on the hill, we have a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts and if a few are part of the local motorcycle gang, that might be the reason why we don’t have much violence on the hill. Nothing to do with “white privilege” or the presence or absence of the police.
Maybe I should type “allegedly” a few times just to cover all the bases.
Yet, the author’s conclusion is the only guarantee. Many police forces in the country during the riots were seen running away. Some never bothered responding to the call for help.
Yet, God is there. God is faithful. And God loves us.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.