I realize that many of us were disheartened with the decision of the grand jury regarding their failure to indict the officer that killed Michael Brown. Police brutality and racism seem to always remain a part of our mortal fabric regardless of the changing times.
Many thought that by merely having a black president in office the United States had finally arrived to point where Dr. King’s vision would come to fruition. As a pioneer from the civil rights era I have learned that laws on the books cannot change the heart.
While we waited for the notable voices from the media and church to address this subject on a spiritual level a little known NFL football player who was not afraid of the possible backlash made it clear, we have a sin problem. As Christ followers we have to bring the kingdom to the earth, the church has a charge and a mandate from heaven. Jesus gave the orders to pray thy kingdom come thy will be done. We need to focus not just on getting church members but making true disciples.
As a pastor, I have a responsibility to my flock. Oftentimes and reluctantly, I attempt to walk them through issues like these to the best of my ability, and with sensitivity to their particular needs. For years the number one killer of black men between the ages of 18 – 29 has been another black man. Unfortunately, I have had to bear witness of this with the loss of my oldest son to an 18 year old.
What worries me most is that Christians in the age of social media care more about what “popular” preachers have to say on issues like this than they are about taking advantage of an opportunity to work through challenges in the context of the Christian community. It is very disconcerting that so many Christians view themselves primarily as members of this or that ethnic community more than they see themselves as members of the body of Christ. We are not citizens of this world.
Mike Brown was no angel; moreover, minutes before his death he participated in the strong armed robbery of a local store. Notwithstanding, he didn’t deserve to be killed in the street over a mere failure to follow instructions. There used to be a time when we respected the law and people in authority. Those who wear the badge have a unique duty to serve and protect.
Rebellion and questioning of authority has been indoctrinated into the culture of Generation X and Y. They have been breed in a culture that has seeded a strong spirit of rebellion against authority. We even hear children mouthing to their parents, “you’re not the boss of me.” The lack of a Biblical world view and the influence of the media in our culture has reaped a bitter harvest. Postmodern thought and relativism has resulted in everyone having an option and the absence of truth. The truth still exists and it is in Christ and the Word of God.
This situation should make all of us reflect and look at ourselves as a nation. America has more people incarcerated than any other civilized nation in the world. We have more people dependent on the government for sustenance than ever before. Families are under attack and disintegrating before our eyes. Love and respect for humanity has truly waxed cold.
I marched and stood for civil rights in the 60s and early 70s. While many continue to march and protest to bring awareness to this tragic situation we need a real spiritual awakening. In the words of that aforementioned NFL football player, we have to recognize there is sin problem.
This is the time for the church to mobilize and encourage families to stand strong. Changes in legislation and laws are merely a ban aide, the real answer here, is Christ!
This is the Voice of the Overseer