The Color of Brutality: Theology From Huntington Beach

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“Get down!” Those were the last words that a transient man heard outside of a 7-Eleven in Huntington Beach, California. Shot after shot had riddled his body. Standing over him, stood a police officer that had just taken a life when he didn’t have to. If he didn’t have a badge on, he would be charged with murder. In incident after incident, police officers are resorting to lethal force in order to enforce their will. Police are looking at all of us and screaming, “Get down!”

 

“Get down!” Those were the last words God hear outside of a 7-Eleven in Huntington Beach, California. Shot after shot riddled the body of God. Standing over God, stood an officer that had just taken a life when he didn’t have to. If he didn’t have a badge on, he would be charged with murder. In incident after incident, police officers are using lethal violence to enforce their will. Police are looking at God and screaming, “Get down!”

 

The color of brutality is blue. Submission is the name of the game. We are told to get down so that we can’t get up. In our fear, we have empowered our police so much that they feel like they are Gods that can impose their will on all of us. They are not God. There is only one God. That God is dying in the streets.

 

Every shot is anathema. No one deserves to die. There are countless de-escalation techniques. There are countless officers who don’t give a shit. This is why we have countless people being slaughtered in our streets. I don’t trust the police. I trust God.

 

and…

 

 

God is not blue.

 

God is with us.

 

God is brutalized.

 

God just bled out in front of 7-Eleven.

 

 

Amen.

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