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Protesters and Their Message: What truth?

Protest in front of Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, July 22, 2020
Credit: Tedder/Wikipedia/Creative Commons 4.0

Probably the whole world knows that a man named George Floyd died after being detained by police, on May 25, 2020. After the death of George Floyd, demonstrators went into the streets in many cities, around the world. The demonstrations grew, and persisted, and became violent. Probably the most important development was that the demonstrations became news stories, and we all started watching and reading. We were interested and we all started to form opinions.

It’s important to remember that our news come from corporations, and they like making money. Even government-owned news sources like to attract audiences and sell advertising. In a strange development, George Floyd was a gold mine for media corporations. The whole world watched and read the news about his death, and the demonstrations. Like any other business, news corporations have to pay their bills too, and a world audience of billions is their gold.

READ: Killing of George Floyd: Wikipedia

And then other demonstrators became interested. 2020 is the year of Covid 19, and it is probably no coincidence that millions of young adults were bored, unemployed, and frustrated in the month of May. The demonstrations grew quickly and became violent. The sad news about the death of one man spun into an opportunity for people who wanted to be violent. I’m not making this claim out of spite; the organizers who wanted to focus on one issue were frustrated, and they talked openly about this:

READ: Protest leaders say violence is hijacking movement message

And there was one other trend that made the story a perfect storm; 2020 is an election year in the United States. A news story that the whole world watches, with many violent demonstrations, continuing for months, became part of the debate before the election. That had to happen.

There is also a fifth trend, conspiracy theories. I don’t want to believe that every opinion is wrong; that is arrogance. There may be truth in some theories, but there are many different ideas about the death of George Floyd and the events that followed. They can’t all be true.

READ: Conspiracy theories run rampant online amid Floyd protests

Conspiracy theories, guesses, form among us when something big happens, and we are not told the truth. In the year of the Covid 19 pandemic, there was already a huge trend to believe that our leaders were lying to us. I travel to many communities for my work, and I am surprised that almost no one believes what we are told about the Covid 19 virus; absolutely no one. Everyone that I meet believes we are being lied to.

In that climate, we learned about one man’s death in police custody, and violent demonstrations in cities around the world. The doubters doubted even more.

That’s not surprising. It was already easy to believe that we were being lied to.

Somehow a pulse started in the city of Minneapolis, in the United States, and it exploded around the world. There was some truth, and much opportunity, and we created the whole thing.

This happened once, and it can happen again. It will happen again; people haven’t changed. The death of one man is a story, but now the telling of the story is a bigger story, and an opportunity.

The story is the story.

If we don’t believe in God, we have only one god left, ourselves. And that god has a consistent record of failure.

The story is all about what we do with the truth. What we did we will do again, and one of the harshest judgments in the Bible calls us fools if we leave God out of the picture:

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good! The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one! (Psalm 14: 1 to 3)

I am sure there is a God, and we humans can follow our own way until we are lost. That is easy to see in the news in this year 2020. We can go to a place where “The Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.” (2 Chronicles 36: 16.) Those words were given because we were there before.

I hope we can find the truth in this record year of 2020.

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