In another major police failure, reports are emerging about Cleveland, Ohio, police not properly investigating when multiple calls were made about some very bizarre incidents at the Castro brothers’ home. I’m sure you’ve already heard the unbelievable horror story of three women held captive for many years in that house, emotionally tortured, physically abused. Many residents of the area are questioning whether the horror might have been curtailed at the least had police been more insistent and persistent in their investigative duties. Don’t get me wrong, I have absolutely no beef with police officers. I support and encourage them as best I can through my membership in the on-line law enforcement website Law Enforcement Today. As I stated in one tribute to a deceased officer that I posted there, most police officers do an excellent job and are hard-working, honest people. They make sacrifices and take risks sometimes in the worst of conditions and probably get very little encouragement for their efforts. In most cases, law enforcement is the one area of government that is more persistently successful. But then, law enforcement is a no-fail mission. Having been a career soldier, believe me, I understand about no-fail missions.
The problem is not with police officers but with government in general, with the people who are in it, and with the way it operates. In a sin-fallen world, things are bad enough with just the “ordinary” sin of people. But government collects a whole bunch of them together and just magnifies the error, especially when they are given no clear direction, when they are not held accountable, when they are allowed to grow unchecked, and when they perform redundant tasks that are not coordinated with other agencies (just to name a few of the problems – there are more, way more; this just gives you a flavor of the corruption). Modern government, at least at the federal level, is a crapshoot, a gigantic “shot in the dark” which hopes to hit a target somehow, somewhere because of the sheer breadth and depth of its reach into everything possible. Government is the Peter principle writ large. It is pushed well beyond the reasonable limits of its capability or talent.
In some places, such as where we live, Elizabethtown, KY, local government seems to be operating very well, but in countless other places, government fails monumentally. All you have to do is pick up a paper or go to a news website for proof of this on an almost daily basis. Fox News reports that Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) lays the blame for the Boston bombings on government agencies that could have but did not properly investigate and prevent the Boston bombing. Moreover, with the Benghazi scandal growing, the IRS scandal targeting conservative political groups for harassment, and the latest scandal of Obama administration officials spying on AP reporters, government is not looking too good these days. It seems the Wikipedia list of government scandals is getting longer and longer by the day, perhaps by the minute. This would be all too funny if we had not pinned so much of our hopes in America on government for our salvation from all things. We have sold the rich inheritance of God's blessing and our freedoms for the "mess of pottage" of government guarantees against all disasters and problems. And government, that great god sitting in Washington, D.C., promises to give us “freedom from want” as good old FDR promised us in 1941 in his famous “four freedoms” speech.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will know the REAL God and walk in joyful fellowship with Him today.