Mace Me Bro!

While you have to be impressed by the sheer audacity of a mother who goes on Good Morning America to protest the pepper spraying of her son during his enraged assault on teachers, students, and an innocent television set, you should be even more impressed by the sheer cheek of her 8 year old son who, while wielding a cardboard shield and a wooden knife, tells the cops to, “Come get me F^*#ers!

As impressive as this level of insanity is, we should be even more impressed by the actual nerve of the police officer who let the kid have it with the business end of an 8 oz. bottle of liquified peppers… twice. Sure the kid wasn’t really a danger to the police officer, but he was IN DANGER of not learning a very important lesson and that lesson is this: “You don’t screw around with people who put their lives on the line to protect human beings.” Whether it’s a cop, a fireman, or a soldier, you don’t get in the way of someone whose job is the care and protection of people, even if that person is you.

None of us live in a vacuum, and while our Constitution gives us a right to speak and live freely, it doesn’t actually protect us from the consequences of our freely issued words and actions.

Sometimes you call a cop out, and he calls your bluff in a way that makes you cry, foam at the mouth and wet yourself in front of the other kids… whom you’ve forced into a closet.

It would be too easy to just lambaste an irresponsible mother and her out of control son if we didn’t deeply understand that the brokenness of our hearts causes us to do the same things on a daily, if less comical, basis. Jesus makes it clear that nothing comes out of us that isn’t an overflow of what lives in us.

It’s a sad human character trait that we desperately seek to avoid the consequences that come out of the painful drippings of our heart.  I want to choose to sin, and not only avoid the consequences, but pronounce them unfair and restrictive to my life.

The truth is that it is my sin that is unfair, to God first, and to you next.  My sin always negatively effects the people around me in ways that I don’t get to choose.  Because God gave mankind the freedom to sin, each of us suffers the cascading violence that our sins cause one another.  This means that in life, none of us gets to pick what happens to us.

God also gave us an opportunity to obediently follow him by receiving the righteousness and new life of Jesus Christ, which means that while we don’t get to pick what happens to us, we always get to choose a Godly response.  That Godly response in turn means that others also don’t get to choose the righteous healing they will receive through our hand by the sovereignty of God.  As agents of human wickedness or God’s righteousness we bring life or death to the world, each is an act of volition which brings weight and unforeseen consequences in both directions.

The startlingly real and refreshingly honest lesson imparted by the Colorado police?  You’re free to sin, but you don’t get to choose what happens to you and your mom, or your underpants as a result of it.

Whether it’s comical or poignant, if there was a moment when you realized that the things you did or said significantly impacted the lives of others,  I’d love to hear it.

10 Responses to “Mace Me Bro!”

  1. John April 7, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    To be sure, the smug me thinks I would have used 2 cans of mace on that that wack kid, but the reality is that his overt disobedience resulted in some burning eyes & throat and an all-expenses paid trip to the Big Apple with his mom. The wages of my covert sins will lead to my death. Now who looks wack?

  2. Jon April 7, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    Dead on John.

    Their desire to be vindicated and celebrated unfortunately leads to the public’s keener and deeper understanding of them which unfortunately means they are about to get torn apart in ways that will make Rebecca Black appear seamlessly stitched. There’s probably going to be a heavy price for their 15 minutes of fame… regardless of how much money they make in the lawsuit.

  3. Chris April 7, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    “The startlingly real and refreshingly honest lesson imparted by the Colorado police? You’re free to sin, but you don’t get to choose what happens to you and your mom, or your underpants as a result of it.”


    You get to choose your actions…good luck with the reactions. God needs to intervene in both, I suppose.

    • Jon April 7, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      So accurate. If God doesn’t intervene we’re just left to endure whatever life degenerates into. THanks for sharing.

  4. Sharon O April 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    My son is a police officer and I get very tired of hearing about others provoking them to ‘act’ then saying the officer was in the wrong. If this child is 8 years old and in complete defiance of the law then someone should do something about it. Not in complete agreement it should have been mace from an officer but they do have to keep control in some calm way. Too bad it had to happen for all involved.

  5. Jon April 7, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I always find it interesting that the people who show little to no restraint then expect the police to be in perfect control of themselves as they respond to the “grease fire” they’ve started.

    • Jeff Patterson April 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

      “Grease Fire” = my favorite description of things gone awry.

      Thanks for pointing us to this story, Jon, which points back at us, right to our rebellious hearts.

  6. Jon April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I wish my heart were less of a rebellious grease fire.

    • Joel April 8, 2011 at 7:37 am #

      That makes two of us, Jon. I wish your heart were less of a rebellious grease fire too. :)

  7. Jon April 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm #


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