TREY’s TAKE: The Sheriff as Prophet

I’m going to try to not be preachy about this, but I just have to put this out there.

Like you, I have watched as chaos has engulfed the world with the force of a million tsunamis, leaving destroyed lives in the wake of each new catastrophic event.

In just the past few days we have witnessed police killed by assassins in Dallas and Baton Rouge, a terrorist mow down hundreds of people with a huge truck in the heaven-on-earth resort of town of Nice, France, and more killings on the streets of America in the name of drugs and gang violence.

In history there are stories of times when humanity turned away from God to follow their own way because they thought they knew what was best. Here’s the thing – every time humankind did their own thing, disaster struck them.  Not once.  Not on occasion.  EVERY time.

We tend to mess things up.  Royally.

In times like these God will use other humans to reach out to us to get us back on track.

Noah is a good example.  He told his friends, and anyone who would listen how off track everything was.  They laughed at him as he and the kids were nailing a really big boat together.

Noah and the other prophets were not superhuman.  They weren’t even pastors with 15,000 member congregations and worldwide television audiences.  They were ordinary guys.  Men with a message.

That brings me to this weekend after the assassination of law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

I watched, transfixed, as these words came from the mouth of East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux:

“To me, this is not so much about gun control as it is about what’s in men’s hearts. And until we come together as a nation, as a people, to heal as a people, if we don’t do that and this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.

Watch the sheriff’s statement here

He wasn’t wearing camel’s hair and eating locusts.  He wasn’t standing next to a huge boat he had built for he and the family to take a bunch of animals for a ride.  He’s a man who has found himself in the storm – a storm he wants the rest of us to avoid.

I have no idea whether or not Sheriff Gautreaux is a modern-day prophet, but I do believe his words are prophetic.  Read his words again.  “If this madness continues, we will surely perish as a people.”

The real question is – will we listen to his words and search our hearts and come together, or will we laugh and mock him as the ancients did Noah?

That didn’t work out so well for them.  Something tells me this won’t either if we don’t pull it together – fast.

 

 

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