I fear that when it comes to pop cultural references my brain is filled with crossed wires.
Carefully driving up a narrow street on a steep hill from our little downtown, heading home, I pass an imposing old 2-story former brick school building situated on top of the hill.
It is now a New Pilgrim Bible Believers of the Glory Be To Jerusalem And Praise Jesus Baptist Church– or something like that. [The name on the little sign in front of the church is too long to read as I drive by.]
Hanging from the second story windows across most of the front of this building is a huge sign. The sign says BLUE LIVES MATTER with a reference to Bible verses*.
Driving by the other day I noticed this imposing, somewhat baffling, sign and thought to myself: “isn’t it rather odd that this kind of conservative church would be talking about Avatar? A sci-fi movie?”
Well, I’m almost ashamed to tell you, my gentle readers, that it took me a few blocks before I realized that the Baptists were referring to policemen, who wear blue uniforms, not space aliens, with blue skin.
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THESE VERSES AREN’T A CHEERY SENTIMENT TO PUT ON A HUGE SIGN ON A CHURCH AROUND CHRISTMASTIME, in my humble lapsed Presbyterian opinion.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.”