What Ferguson Teaches Us

What Ferguson Teaches Us

*Updated 11/25/2014– The Verdict is in and Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. My response is still the same:

As I await the verdict for the Michael Brown case, my heart plunges a little deeper. History has repeated itself again yet parts of the church have remained silent–cloaked behind cultural differences and innuendos. A harsh reality is this: many have not forgiven nor forgotten what transpired a little less than 500// 50// 5 // 3 years// 3 months ago. Ferguson has caused old wounds to fester and it needs true healing not a band-aid but true internal surgery. At the core, this is not a #‎race‬ issue, a #justice issue nor a ‪#‎political‬ issue. This is a ‪#‎sin‬ issue. This is a #heart issue. Our heart is deceitful. we honestly cannot trust it. The headlines prove why. ‪#‎Hate‬ and harboring offense are both seen as sin in GOD’s eyes. God is not most concerned with your church. He is most concerned with HIS church. God’s passion is His people.Don't Shoot - Chelsea
Wrong is wrong and if an action elicits a wrong response then it is sin. I commend my brothers and sisters (all people groups) who are brave enough to call out injustice and in their own relationships seek mercy. We are all found guilty in lauding our offense over Christ’s call to be ONE body. As followers of Christ, we cannot choose our privilege nor our right over Jesus’ call to truly love one another especially if we claim Him to be LORD of our lives.

It is not ‘us’ versus ‘them’.

It is ‘we’.

ALL LIVES MATTER


The enemy is an opportunist. He cares nothing for the offender nor the offended but seeks opportunity to divide. Choose differently


‘Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose,

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.’ (Philippians 2:1-5 NLT )

Love

‘If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.’ 1 Corinthians 13:1-2

Think about this:

When the verdict is given, many lives will change forever.

Some one will be vindicated but no one wins.

How will you choose to respond?

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  • Freely Destined

    Wow this gives me goose bumps, thanks for bringing this(our issues) to the light.

    • We, the church must be the one to lead change. As we see in the scriptures, the law failed at governing the matters of the heart. It further illustrated our sinful nature.

  • Every time I hear something about this shooting it just makes me sad as a mother of a black boy. My own son is still young, but I know there will be a time where people may judge him and think the worst of him simply because he is black.

  • A Woman The World Deserves

    This still makes me so sad.. You are right. It is not a race issue or a political issue.. This all stems from sin. Completely breaks my heart.

  • Danielle K

    This is all so sad and I just hope things don’t get ugly when the verdict comes out tonight.

  • Satan delights in this, unfortunately!

  • Alonda

    You’re right this is such a sin issue. Good for you for speaking up about it.

  • Great post Kim! The real enemy is not the one we can see.

  • Well written and thought-provoking! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Megan Elford

    You are right on. We live in a sinful world and race issues seem to be a catalyst for the sinful desires of many people.

  • His church, right on! I get really tired of Christians arguing about this church or your church or my church. GOD’s church meets all over the world, in lots of different ways, as long as they are truly seeking obedience to the bible, we are all one family of Christ, white, black, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Baptist, Lutheran, old school, new school. We are a body of believers and those of us who adhere to Christ truly with a heart for His bride need to be one voice for Him.

  • Tara Joy

    Wow! On point completely! “The enemy is an opportunist and doesn’t care about the offender or offended”, seriously no truer words. amazing post!

  • Great post and well written, Kim. Like you say when the verdict is given no one will win.

  • Nikki @ www.MBAsahm.com

    This is such a horrible case and you’re right on so many points. Situations like this make it so hard to move forward. Thanks for writing about this.

  • Denise Dukeshire

    I am not religious, but do actively seek out articles and posts on Ferguson to try to keep up to date with the issue. I think it really highlights the fact that America is in fact not ‘post racial’ and may open the eyes of many white folks that previously thought that it was. If any good can come out of this situation may it wake people up to the plight of others and to allow them to recognize their privilege.

  • Stephanie Schramm

    Well written. Great post

  • Janell Kremer

    I am so glad that you brought up 1st Corinthians 13. That’s God’s truth, and that’s what’s missing here. I’m hoping and praying for God to work in people’s hearts. A situation built upon hurt and anger is impossible to overcome on our own. We need God’s help.

  • Brenda

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! We need more posts like this.

  • What a thought provoking piece – thank you for sharing!

  • Whitney

    I actually just heard about this tonight. Great post!

  • Great post, I love reading this.

  • Jamie Knupp

    Very insightful, thank you for sharing!

  • Kristine @ BDSP

    “The enemy is an opportunist and doesn’t care about the offender or offended” – YES!!! Thank you for sharing this post and for speaking up!

  • Katie

    Well, we now know the verdict. From beginning to end, the moment that this happened until now, has proven that we as Americans still have a lot of prejudice – both black and white – and that we are not one nation united under God, but divided in many ways still. I pray for unity and healing in this land.

  • That is why I don’t put my trust in man and put my trust in God. The man has always let us down. Great post!

  • Beautifully written! I could not have said it better. Sharing this!

  • Freely Destined

    I would like to see the church collectively show up on the streets, be proactive, united in love for each other when we face these tragedies. This is not just a black problem, this is our problem, like a cancer in our country. Why isn’t there more discussion in our churches to address these issues?

  • Beautiful Post. I am praying for all involved and continue to hope we as a society can make better choices for our Future!

  • Like you mentioned, “no one wins.” I hope that we can all talk about this with love and compassion, so that we can learn from each other and hear people’s hearts.

  • Patti Estep

    Very touching piece about a very sad situation.

  • Joy Aletheia Stevens

    I wholeheartedly agree with every word of this post. My heart is grieved by the pain happening there. I wish there was a word that could be said to help bring resolution and peace and love, but I know that my words won’t reach far here. However our prayers have lasting purpose! We need to pray for all involved in this, that they can truly know Christ and His love! I used to be very political, but I have long ago realized what this country needs is not more politics or policy, it is Christ!

  • Caroline Barnes

    We are so lucky to be living in our country and I find these situation so sad. Thanks for this great post, we really have lots of reason to be thankful.

  • You’re so right that no one wins in this situation.

  • Joanna

    Thank you for this great post on such a difficult subject !

  • Susan Mahlburg

    My heart goes out to not only Ferguson, but our country. This is definitely an issue that both hit close to home, but transcended boundaries.

  • A Book Long Enough .

    Regardless of the verdict a mother still grieves for the loss of her very young son. It is an absolute tragedy. And I do believe racism pervades our culture.

  • You are spot on when you say it is a “sin” issue. This world will never be at peace because of sin. I really like your response to this.

  • Trinity

    Amen! I love that you didn’t focus on the verdict, but focused on what the enemy is doing. I truly believe he is dividing up this country! It saddens me that so many people are getting hurt. My heart goes out to Ferguson and they are definetly in my prayers!

  • Coralie Scott

    I think you put it aptly- there is no winner here. Even with the verdict, there is no winner & had the verdict been different there still would not have been a winner. The entire situation is a flashing billboard of how far we have still got to go.

  • It’s a really sticky and unfortunate situation. No innocent life should be taken, just as no innocent business owners should have their life’s work taken when their business is burned to the ground. There is a lot of sin all around!

  • Thank you for this piece. I really liked your words here: “As followers of Christ, we cannot choose our privilege nor our right over Jesus’ call to truly love one another especially if we claim Him to be LORD of our lives.” Amen!

  • Lisa Rios

    This world is full of sin & people dont understand that no one can achieve anything out of this. The only thing we can do is to trust the God & move ahead.

  • Powerful thoughts. The whole Ferguson thing makes me sad. I am so tired of situations like it arising over and over again. As followers of Christ we are to love each other but everyone in this world do not follow Christ. We live in a fallen world filled with sin. We must stay prayed up and continue to spread the good news.

  • You’re right, no one can win in this fight, but luckily we already know who has won the war! It is so sad and difficult to deal with situations like these, and we can easily become consumed with the problems of this world, but we can take heart because our Redeemer has overcome the world. Thank you for sharing.

  • Freely Destined

    Thank you Kim for this insightful truth filled forum of discussion. The wisdom of God shines through you.

  • this is absolutely beautiful and probably the best, most gracious and yet convicting series of words i’ve read in regards to the whole ferguson catalyst. <3

  • Your words spoke directly to my heart. My flesh wants to be indignant and without understanding and my pride interferes with truth-on all levels! As you said:
    “The enemy is an opportunist”.

    The prayer for unity needs to be moved to the forefront of churches…and even more so to our hearts on a daily basis.
    Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom!
    Stopping by via Becoming Minimalist.