This morning, like many others, I am learning about the ambush and assassination of five Dallas Police Officers by snipers (yep...that's the term being correctly used in this instance) and seven others wounded. The images on television are just as shocking as the videos of Sterling and Castile! Details from Dallas are still forthcoming but we do know the police have three suspects in custody and so this story will continue to unfold. Some folks will focus on the shootings of Sterling and Castile mostly ignoring event in Dallas and while others will ignore the loss of these lives and focus on the murder of police in Dallas.
It is possible to be outraged by both the excessive use of force by members of law enforcement and to be supportive of our law enforcement community. This is not an either/or situation! This morning, there are now fourteen families in pain with seven grieving the loss of loved ones. While I do not see a moral equivalence between these events, the time for that debate is not now. Christians should be grieved by all of these events and clearly articulate that the love of Jesus Christ is the solution. However, before the message of the love of Christ is going to be received, it must be lived out (1 John 3:18).