Greg Laurie, Sen. Tim Scott on God's solution for justice reform

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

policeman by patrol carAmidst heightened racial tensions over the recent killings of two black men by white police officers, renowned evangelist Greg Laurie and African American Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) insist that true justice reform can only be reached through the exercise of faith in God.

The prominent Christians brought up the topic as members of the United States Senate prepare to roll out the “Justice Act” – the Republican Party’s most intense proposal for policing reform in years that addresses the concerns voiced through the protests and rioting over police violence against blacks.

“Senate Republicans unveiled proposed changes to police procedures and accountability Wednesday – countering Democratic policing legislation with a bill that stays clear of federal mandates,” CBN New reported. “The GOP proposal includes an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race, [and] Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the chamber will move swiftly to floor debate next week.”

Standing right before God come first

After condemning all forms of racism and calling for police reform that is both anti-racist and pro-law enforcement, Laurie and Scott pressed for “character-driven law enforcement” – a term coined by Scott based in biblical standards of conduct.

"I believe God has established law enforcement,” Laurie, the founder of Harvest Crusades and Harvest churches, said during his Harvest interview with Scott. “I believe racism is a real problem in our country, and I think we need to talk about it – and I don't know why you have to be in one camp or the other."

Condemning racial divisiveness over the matter, Scott called for civility, acceptance and cooperation on both sides.

"I can be pro-law enforcement and pro-communities of color – you can be both," he argued. "God is not colorblind – He actually loves diversity. He embraces diversity, and we should too, and we should treat each other according to Matthew 22, verse 39. We should treat each other as we would want to be treated."

When Scott explained how his personal relationship with Jesus Christ powers his persistent fight against racism, the two men made their case that man’s antidote to racism is only temporary, while God’s solution is enduring – meaning He needs to be invited into the conversation.

"So, if we're going to treat the subject right, we have to view it not from my view up, but from the Lord's view down, and that's the best way for us to make progress in this nation,” Scott impressed. “And unfortunately, most of us are picking sides."

He went on to stress that there is only one winning side of the argument.

"Choose the Lord's side – and I don't mean to be overly religious, because in my opinion, this is not about religion,” Scott continued. “This is about a personal relationship that transformed the way I see others because it first transformed how I see myself.”

The South Carolinian senator emphasized that without Christ, man cannot deal with his own sinful nature.

“And if I will take that new transformed self – who, before I was saved, I was filled with iniquity, driven by sin, driven by my instinctual luxuries or lusts, so to speak – now, as a born again believer, I'm driven by the gospel of Jesus Christ, so I don't look for a black solution or a white solution or a blue solution,” Scott shared. “I look for a God solution, and that means I have to start there, end there, and in the middle, stay there."

Moving forward …

After President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday to address the crisis resulting from racist police brutality, he and members of Congress vowed to take action steps to avoid any future tragedies resembling the murder of the African American George Floyd by white Minneapolis law enforcement officer, Derek Chauvin.

The following day, a number of heightened police accountability measures devised by Scott and Senate Republicans were included in the Justice Act.

“The GOP proposal … includes incentives for police departments to ban chokeholds, more disclosure requirements about the use of force and no-knock warrants and penalties for false reports,” NPR reported. “It also includes emergency grant programs for body cameras, makes lynching a federal hate crime and creates a commission to study the conditions facing black men and boys.”

Scott spearheaded Senate Republicans’ work on the proposal and continues to push for its adoption over the Democrats’ anti-police bill.

Ending the interview in prayer, Laurie asked God to give Scott His discernment to navigate the volatile race issues while serving in office.

“Give him the wisdom he needs as he navigates political issues, racial issues, social issues and all issues,” Laurie prayed. “Our faith is in You, and our trust is in You. I thank you for him. Bless Senator Scott and his staff and use him for Your glory.”


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