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It’s Ferguson… Again

12:06 AM EDT Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Now that the grand jury’s decision has been made, the entire world is watching and waiting to see what happens next. While violence is never the correct response, leaders must be smart about how and when they communicate.

Given the upset that everyone knew this decision would generate, I question, why would the authorities announce it at 8:30 PM local time?

The verdicts in the O.J. Simpson, and Travon Martin trials were both announced early in the morning; and there was no after violence in either case. I wonder what would have happened if the leaders in Ferguson had chosen to wait just a few hours to announce the decision in the early morning hours; instead of early evening?

I do not condone violence. However, the time of the announcement, may have actually been the match that lit the flames of violence in Ferguson.

Therefore, the story tomorrow will not be about the grand jury, or the decisions made by the District Attorney, or even the evidence presented. Rather, it will be about the violence.

Violence is wrong; but, tonight’s protests could have been minimized if not avoided.

Protesters and Police – We can be smarter

Protesters and Police – We can be better

Protesters and Police – We can be peaceful

Tonight’s events did not have to happen; timing is crucial and distressed people should not be baited into more anxiety.

Announcing the decision at night was the bait. And that is why it’s Ferguson….Again.

 

The Consequences of Ferguson

 “…and the Lord God clothed Adam and his wife with garments made from the skins of animals.” Genesis 3:21 (Living Bible – TLB)

Scripture tells us in Romans 6:23 that, “The wages of sin is death.”

The very first death occurred on the same day as the very first sin. It was the death of an innocent animal that God used its skin as a covering for the nakedness’s of the now newly aware Adam and Eve.

Much about what happed in Ferguson is still to be understood. Evidence needs to collected, leads must be investigated and people need to calm down. However, if trends continue it appears that some skins will need to be handed out.

  • Skins – For the police and the way they have handled the situation
  • Skins – For the media, covering the situation as if it were a rock concert instead of a human tragedy and a plea for justice and harmony
  • Skins – For the rioters who have made the situation worst by adding violence upon violence
  • Skins – For a nation still unable to come to terms with the difficulties and issues of race
  • Skins – For me, because I have failed to speak more about these issues within this blog

Shortly after receiving their skins Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. Man’s relationship with God continued to decline so much so that God brought fire and flood to cleanse the Earth of our sins.

Scripture tells us in Romans 6:23 that, “the wages of sin is death,” however, the text continues to say….”but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Despite our sins God is ready to remove our skins thru His free gift called forgiveness. The consequences of Ferguson require justice, caring and compassion.   The consequences of Ferguson require, the restoration of integrity, and the balm of healing. The consequences of Ferguson require the love of Jesus Christ and requires each of us to follow God’s commandment, “love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34) God expects that of us and the consequences of Ferguson demand that we respond affirmatively.