Cincinnati finds itself caught in the midst of a situation that seems all too familiar in recent news in the United States. A former University of Cincinnati police officer, Ray Tensing, faces murder charges for shooting an unarmed Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop. Given other recent incidents around the United States, Cincinnati sits firmly in the middle of local and national concerns regarding the conduct of police during those shooting instances. Cincinnati needs justice and transparency because of the doubts and frustrations cast by this situation.
God is just and righteous, and he commanded his people to live that way as well. In Deuteronomy 16:18-20, God commanded, “‘You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert justice. You shall not show partiality, and you shall not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and subverts the cause of the righteous. Justice, and only justice, you shall follow, that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God is giving you.’”
Cincinnati Christians need to be an example of God’s character in the midst of the Ray Tensing/Samuel Dubose case. Cincinnati needs to see justice done and Christians need to be a voice encouraging those involved in this case to do the right thing. God told his people, “Justice, and only justice, you shall follow” and Cincinnati Christians need to be advocates for justice. Hosea 12:6 states, “So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God.” Christians in Cincinnati may not be directly involved in the case, but they can and should pray for love, justice and honesty to be seen, heard and done in every aspect of this case.