Things Fall Apart

2020-6 George Floyd

It’s an interesting thing to be out of the country, watching from a distance, when it seems like America as we know it is imploding, self-destructing.  This last week in Minneapolis  a black man named George Floyd was killed by a white cop who knelt on his throat, suffocating him until he died.  Someone filmed the whole thing.  Riots and demonstrations have erupted across the nation.  Destruction and looting is happening everywhere, right now.  Mob mentality has taken over, even in Utah.

Demonstrations SLC 2020-6

Demonstrations in Salt Lake City this week. –Daily Herald photo

What a surprise that pallets of bricks have appeared in city after city–appearing out of nowhere–ready to be chucked through windows of businesses and cars.

2020-6 Bricks

Stores like Target and Walmart have boarded up their doors after a few days of looting wrecked havoc on their properties.

Our President is a boof who yesterday used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a peaceful demonstration off the steps of the church by the White House so he could stand on those steps for a photo shoot.  He held up the Bible with a look of consternation on his face.   It’s a place he does not visit and a book he does not open.

Trump 2020-6

Our nation will self-destruct if this continues.

We watch from our peaceful neighborhood in Abidjan.  Here is the view from our window into our world this week:

Where would I rather be?  The answer to that is easy.  I am learning to love new neighbors and friends here and this is why:

Love you Neighbor

I hope we get through the next few weeks in one piece.  This has been a hard week, after several weeks of COVID lockdowns and isolation.  It sounds like those issues are on the back burner now.

There really is only one answer for all the problems erupting around us:  We must love one another and love our Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s the only way.  I hope He will come again soon.

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2 Responses to Things Fall Apart

  1. Lizzie says:

    You share a quote about “loving your neighbor” and about all the Christian work you’re doing in Africa but then you call the President of the United States a name and then go on to get bash him for holding a bible. You make the assumption based on media that he’s not a Christian. We all have the right to our opinions, but to say in your blog that you love your neighbor and are a Christian and then bash the President is very confusing. We all need to “practice what we preach”.

    • I’m sorry he’s been such a disappointment to so many of us. I base my feelings about him on his actions and words, not on the media. He seems to mock and disregard things I hold dear, I’m sorry if my words offended you.
      We’re all trying to figure out how to be better and make this world a better place. I guess we all go about that a little differently. Thanks for sharing your feelings.

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