I don’t want to write the hard stuff. I just don’t. I don’t like writing about what is so upfront and in our faces. I’m not a fan of anything that might stir negative controversy. And yet there is something I need to share…
The decision came down from Ferguson last night. Unless you live under a rock, you know that already. Throughout all of this, one strong point continues to brew throughout my soul: This should be about people, not about politics. How is it, that as a society, we can forget about flesh and blood in the midst of violence?
We take sides when we’ve not been privy to detailed information and evidence. We take sides based on race. We take sides based on politics. We. Take. Sides.
What do you think God’s side is?
Let’s just be honest and say that none of us knows all the answers. But what we do know is that there are people hurting on every side. Michael Brown’s family, the family of the officer who shot him, and all the people who rallied in support around both. I can’t help but believe that God hurts for them all. that’s right, I said ALL.
Some might call me ignorant, naive, or maybe even uneducated when I say this, but we need to let hope rise from the ashes of pain on every side. Regardless of how you feel about this decision, there are no “winners.” A young man is dead and another will be hated for the rest of his life.
Can we just pray that all people find hope? Can we pray that all people turn to Jesus for comfort and salvation? Friends, can we just pray?
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.