When Trouble Comes

As a people, blacks have historically been embroiled in high profile protests or litigation to seek justice.  The Bible, however, teaches that God avenges sin committed against us.  Consider the New Testament scripture, Romans 12:19 NIV, Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  Needless to say, many who refer to themselves as Christians are conflicted about the right approach to fighting injustice when faced with world trouble, offences that violate their legal rights.

Let’s ponder alternate positions that surface when observing the Christian etiquette of two people.  One fervently prays, gives his woes to God and allows him to fight his battles while the other dives into a tumultuous fight without any of God’s guidance. If the players and trouble they’re facing are identical, who will achieve the better outcome?  Does being a man or woman of God mean we should turn a blind eye to injustice by simply hitting our knees and praying for change or are we to defend ourselves, invoke the legal system with God’s leading and claim victory in all that comes against us?

When trouble boisterously banged on Don’s door in A Cry Among Men, he was faced with letting it go, going at it mano a mano or hanging his foe out to dry in court.  Walt Perkins found himself smack in the middle of this hostile highly publicized fight.

      As Don exited to noise that seemed louder than before, he made his way back through the crowd but wasn’t aware that Walt Perkins, a sour acquaintance from his past was sitting midway the bar.  Born and raised in Whitefish, Montana, Walt was a white attorney and former Boston College hockey player with a balanced jaw line, hardened good looks and the attitude to match.  His off the rack Men’s Warehouse suit, shirt and tie had completely missed its fashion mark and failed to conceal his over worked edge that was brought on by the daily grind of being Bergen County’s lead prosecutor.  While waiting for a former colleague from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, he sipped Maker’s Mark Whisky to mellow out the long day he’d had in court.  He was knee deep in prosecuting the wife of a prominent plastic surgeon who’d been indicted for shooting her husband and a prostitute six times each at a seedy motel near the Lincoln Tunnel.

       Walt spotted Don walking towards him, so he stood to cut him off.  “I didn’t realize they allowed con men to walk about so freely.”

       Looking past Walt’s comment, Don gave him the up and down then said, “You need to step aside.”

       Walt put his drink down.  At forty-five, he still loved a good brawl, ice or no ice.  “I stepped aside for you once.”

       “As you should have,” Don riposted.

      “All you Wall Street boys are the same – lying, colluding bastards.  You bankroll your extravagant lifestyles by scamming and boondoggling people who trust you.”

As much as I’d like to share more of this scene, you’ll have to wait for the book.  When trouble comes your way, always look to God first.  He will give you victory over your enemies with or without a lawyer.

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