Ferguson, When the Smoke Clears…

For we know Him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay”, and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.” (Hebrews 10:30-31 NIV)

Monday night, we waited with anxious hearts and unclear minds for the verdict on Darren Wilson. I will wager that we all knew what the outcome would be.  The news, the blogs, social media and even in our own homes we have discussed what the outcome could mean for all of America.

I will not discuss race and politics here or how one side is tired of the criminals and the other is tired of the badge wearing “villain”. I will make some points below of how we as Christ’s followers should think about this and respond.

  • Remember, these were two strangers that crossed each other’s path. No one woke up that day with the intent on harming someone(this is what I believe).
  • As parents, teachers, clergy and other leaders we need to take more responsibilities for our actions and in-actions before crisis like this occurs.
  • The Lord said, “You will know them by their fruits”(Matthew 7:16). So a good person is not judged by their appearance, but by their actions and their character.
  • Remember, judges and jury on earth have one thing in common: they are human like we are. And because of this, they are prone to err.
  • Cops and other executors of the law are also human and prone to err.
  • As Christ’s followers we are not to pick up our swords and stones, but to take up the cross, pray and promote peace.
  • As believers and counselors we must grieve with those who grieve and bear one another’s burdens. Losing a child is not easy. We should not minimize the family’s hurt and pain and anguish.
  • Spend more time with God. Commune with Him. Commune with others.
  • Love one another and in doing so, the world will see God.

Reporters kept asking, “Where do we go from here?”

I’ll tell you where-

To God.

Please encourage one another today and everyday. Many blessings to you all.

-Erica

 

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