Proverbs 2

Yes, if you call out for insight
and raise your voice for understanding, 
if you seek it like silver
and search for it as for hidden treasures, 
then you will understand the fear of the Lord 
and find the knowledge of God.

I don’t pay a lot of attention to the news usually, unless I know something “new” is happening, like when the pandemic was first getting underway. This approach doesn’t make a lot of sense, but here we are. 

I was vaguely aware that there were protests happening, that some were becoming violent, and that some cities were on curfews as a result.

Then suddenly, I hopped in my car to get some groceries, and there was President Trump on the radio, saying he was sending in “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers” and that if governors didn’t deploy the National Guard, that he would send in the military himself. 

I then heard recordings of shopkeepers weeping and market analysts talking about how long it would take businesses to recover from being looted and/or destroyed. 

Finally, I heard someone talk about why George Floyd’s death was evoking such a response from masses of people. It was a professor at University of Southern California. And I thought, this man has some wisdom. 

He said that a few years ago, a police chief had remarked that “an attack on a police officer is an attack on America.” The police represent our country. 

“By the same token…the police officer’s knee on the neck of George Floyd for many, was a grim symbol of America’s knee on the neck of black America.” –Jody David Armor

Violence begets violence and the response from our national leadership is: more violence. The ones with the biggest guns face off with the ones with the greatest numbers. 

What would happen if leaders on both sides of the equation would go searching for wisdom like it was hidden treasure? Oftentimes wisdom is slow and meek and is more like planting a seed than razing a building. But wisdom is the treasure we need right now. 

Then you will understand righteousness 
and justice and equity, every good path; 
For wisdom will come into your heart,
and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, 
delivering you from the way of evil,
from men of perverted speech
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness,
who rejoice in doing evil
and delight in the perverseness of evil
men whose paths are crooked
and who are devious in their ways.

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