October 7, 1969 the Montreal, Canada police force went on strike. Because of what
resulted, the day has been called Black Tuesday. A burglar and a policeman were slain.
Forty-nine persons were wounded or injured in rioting. Nine bank holdups were committed,
almost a tenth of the total number of holdups the previous year along with 17 robberies at
gunpoint. Usually disciplined, peaceful citizens joined the riffraff and went wild,
smashing some 1,000 plate glass windows in a stretch of 21 business blocks in the heart of
the city, hauling away stereo units, radios, TVs and wearing apparel. While looters
stripped windows of valuable merchandise, professional burglars entered stores by doors
and made off with truckloads of goods. A smartly dressed man scampered down a street with
a fur coat over each arm with no police around, anarchy took over.
A school teacher lost her life savings in a business scheme that had been elaborately explained by a swindler. When her investment disappeared and her
dream was shattered, she went to the Better Business Bureau.
"Why on earth didn't you come to us first?" the official asked. "Didn't
you know about the Better Business Bureau?"
"Oh, yes," said the lady sadly. "I've always known about you. But I
didn't come because I was afraid you'd tell me not to do it."
The folly of human nature is that even though we know where the answers lie--God's Word--we don't turn there for fear of what it will say.