Unarmed Americans Being Shot By the Police, and What God Has Said About All That and Then Some

Minister Paul J Bern
10 min readSep 6, 2020

I Wonder What Would God Say About

All These Police Killings In the US? (Jeremiah 7: 1–11)

By Minister Paul J. Bern

The United States of America is evidently coming apart at the seams. That’s an observation of current events in America, not just my opinion. Police shootings of unarmed Black men and youths — and some white folks too — are epidemic and increasingly notorious. Lately I have been seeing and learning, much to my own horror, that civilians are taking matters into their own hands by assassinating police officers while they are on duty. We’ve had at least two such incidents this year so far — one where a cop was shot execution style while fueling up his patrol car, and the other where an officer was dragged for several miles and was later pronounced ‘DOA’ at the hospital. So does this mean we have descended into a deadly game of tit-for-tat on American streets? Does a state of civil war now exist between African-Americans and law enforcement?

Of course, there are always two sides to every story. In several of the shootings of unarmed Black men, police officers have just recently been charged with murder, as you know. Yet by the same token, there was a nationally reported incident earlier this year where a white man who had carjacked someone started shooting at the police when they cornered him, for which the perpetrator paid with his life. In cases like that, I believe police shootings are without question fully justifiable regardless of race. God gave me a passage of Scripture earlier today that fits this very well. It is a prophetic bit of Scripture taken from the first 11 verses of Jeremiah chapter 7 in the Old Testament. For those who don’t know where this is in the Bible, it’s between Jeremiah and Ezekiel. I am going to take this just a verse or two at a time, because there is so much of the Holy Spirit in here that one cannot simply breeze through this and quickly move on.

This is the word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message. Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player