Most of us are aware of the decision of the Grand Jury yesterday with the case related to Michael Brown’s death, along with the resulting rioting, demonstrations and violence. I’ve been thinking and praying about this for quite awhile & I’m extremely concerned about what is happening in St Louis.
- I’m concerned because there has obviously been a problem that’s been growing there for quite awhile and Michael Brown’s death and the resulting Grand Jury decision is possibly the match that has ignited such a violent outburst of anger and frustration.
- I’m concerned because our nation has had a tumultuous journey in resovling ethnic conflicts.
- And I’m concerned to my core because the idea that violence can solve injustices has never proven to be a constructive road for progress and resolution.
When you look at history in the last century, some of our best leaders who were catalysts for constructive change in very unjust situations include: Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. As we commit to pray for Ferguson and the construtive resolution to this area, let’s consider the wise words of Martin Luther King Jr: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
May Jesus help us to bring peace where there is strife, love for hate, restoration for destruction and reconcilation for isolation.