Paul wrote to Timothy and warned that there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be abusers, boastful, proud and selfish. Men will be brutal, slanderous and without self-control. (2 Tim 3:1-5). We are told that in the last days, "You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you..." (James 5:5-6).
Now imagine the leaders in whom you have placed your trust, who have behind them all the authority of the laws of the land, being brutal, slanderous and self-indulgent. We know it happens. We understand that some men are good and some men are not. But four Hollywood FL policemen were caught plotting to frame a motorist so they could get away with not having to answer to crashing into her car from behind. Except...they forgot the dashcam was ON.
"A cop's dashboard camera is supposed to catch criminals in the act. For four Hollywood cops, the dash cam may have foiled their plans to frame a motorist. The four police officers -- three of them longtime veterans of the force -- were caught on one of the cop's dash cameras plotting to place the blame for a February traffic accident on a woman one of them had hit with their patrol car. The disturbing video shows the woman, Alexandra Torrensvilas, handcuffed in the back of the squad car as the officers get their stories straight on what they are going to say happened. Officer Joel Francisco, 36, an 11-year veteran, crashed into the back of Torrensvilas' vehicle at a light on February 17 at midnight. The cop radioed to other officers who converged on the scene and hatched a way to bail Francisco out. Officer Dewey Pressley, 42, arrives and questions Torrensvilas, who tells him that she has been drinking. The 21-year veteran officer seizes the opportunity and arrests her for DUI. But the plot thickens from there. The cops begin to brainstorm believable excuses for the accident."
"As far as I'm concerned. I'm going to put words in his mouth. She went to accelerate and a cat jumped out of the window at which point he thought it could have been a pedestrian, which distracted him," Pressley tells Sgt. Andrew Diaz, another veteran of the force. "I mean what's the chances of hitting a f---in drunk when a cat jumps out of the window?" Still, the cops run with the half-baked idea and rush to get Torrensvilas to do a Breathalyzer test so they can officially say she was drunk. "I nailed her on the video. I already hung her on video. She said she has been doing a beer party," Pressley says. "She's gonna blow." Then, another cop debates with Pressley on who is going to write up the fabricated report to clear their police comrade.
"I know how I'm going to word this with the cat so we can get him off the hook. I'll write the narrative," Pressley says. "We're going to bend this a little bit." Civilian Community Service Officer Karim Thomas joins the three senior officers and the four cops go so far as to change the angle of pictures of the accident to make it look like Torrensvilas swerved in front of the cop car and caused the accident, not Francisco. Throughout the tape, the cops acknowledged what they are doing is illegal, but when you are the law, there is nothing wrong with bending it for a fellow cop, one says."
"I don't lie and make things up ever because it's wrong, but if I need to bend it a little bit to protect a cop, I'll do it," Pressley tells Francisco after reassuring him no one will ever find out. "She's freaking hammered anyway." The cops even do a final rehearsal before Villa is taken to the city lock up. "We'll take care of it," one officer says. The others reply: "We're good." The police officers are currently on administrative leave pending a state attorney's office investigation. Torrensvilas, who was charged with four counts of DUI and cited for improper lane change, is still fighting the charges in court."
Trust defined is "reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence." When that trust is broken by those we are supposed to uphold and rely on, it creates an emptiness. And emptiness is wont to be filled with yearning. We yearn for someone to do the right thing. To have answers. To be confident and know our confidence will not be misplaced (again.)
This state of affairs of lack of trust in leadership from high places to low levels makes a perfect atmosphere for the antichrist to come. He will seemingly bring peace, be boastful, arrogant, confident, fierce, and flattering, (Dan 7:8, Dan 8:23-25; Dan 7:20). What a contrast that will be, to the milquetoast, rudderless politicians we have now! Someone who is decisive, clear, and articulate of what needs to be done? The world will grab onto him in a heartbeat! He will cement his seeming competence with signs and wonders, lying that those will turn out to be. (2 Thess 2:9)
Meanwhile, so many men of authority are falling, falling, with no ethics, honor, valor, or trustworthiness. Please pray for the leaders of all levels to be good men and women and to be led into good decisions by the pure Holy Spirit. They seem to be few and far between but we need all of them that we can get. And those who are in good standing with the Spirit need prayer cover!