On the eve of the Grand Jury decision in Ferguson regarding and indictment of Darren Wilson, what is needed more than anything are cool heads. This is how to respond to Ferguson and a little strategy for talking to your friends about this.
This story is without a doubt a sad one. A young black man named Michael Brown was killed. Any time human life is taken it is a tragedy. It doesn’t matter to me whether he was black, or white, or whatever. It was a human life, made in the image of God. That makes him more valuable than any identification of race. This man had his life stolen (regardless of whether it was his fault, or if he was a victim). He was taken away from his home, his family, and his friends too early.
As rumors spread and leaks are leaked, testimonies of some appear to be supported while others are being disproved. While we have every right to an opinion, and you should form your own. But collectively, we as a society are walking down the correct path. A jury of our peers is reviewing the evidence as a grand jury. Both sides are represented by competent attorney’s and we have to trust they come to the right decision. Imperfect as it may be, is it the best way to deal with this incident.
What has been very unhelpful is the race baiting, rioting, and political promotion of this; mostly by the left. This is not how to respond to Ferguson. Rioters are damaging businesses, infrastructure, and threatening more harm. They are organizing across the nation and groups like the KKK have even entered the fray. The worst possible outcome of this tragedy is continued riots and more lives lost.
This should be a time of reconciliation and healing, not flaring of emotions and ripping national wounds open even further. This is a moment when our ability to love our brothers and our neighbors is tested. Will we pass this test? There will undoubtedly be grieving and that needs to happen, but as this phase passes we need to remember that we are all neighbors.
While this is a terrible event, I am letting the grand jury decide the course of justice. While Holder, Obama, Sharpton and other leftist radicals are not letting this tragedy go to waste to push their racist agendas, we should not let this rare opportunity pass either. Rather than being emotionally wrapped up in this and getting baited into a fight, we should use this moment in time to reach new people as conservatives and as Christians.
I believe the millennials and large elements of the left are disenfranchised by these race-bating politics. They may be open to listening to us today in the face of this ugly racism. Speak to them honestly, openly, and unabashedly. You may just win some hearts and minds. How to respond to Ferguson is really about how you respond as a caring person.
As Christians, we are called to reach others and comfort those in need. Act compassionately first and offer the hope only Christ can provide. Remember to keep the most important things first and the keep the second things second. To be clear, politics is second. Consider our role as described in 1 John 4:7-12. We are not to be silent and standby. This is the model of how to respond to Ferguson.
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)