Tuesday, November 25, 2014
i try not to be overly political in these little posts. however, as a native of and resident of the state of Missouri, i am feeling compelled to make just a few comments regarding the unrest in Ferguson.
As a child my mother taught me a very important lesson. When i would come home and go on a tirade about the way that someone acted towards me, she would simply say, "Don't be too quick to judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes."
Now i realize that this statement is not original with her, but there is a great deal of wisdom in it with respect to the situations that we find ourselves.
We live in a country with a judicial system, where people are declared innocent until proven guilty. this process should hopefully alleviate the need for "lynch mobs" or individuals taking the law into their own hands and then using some sort of vigilante justice to appease their wrath.
None of us outside of that grand jury room has access to even a shred of evidence that was shown in this case. Only the police officer and Michael Brown know what happened in those split seconds before the shooting that evening either.
Since we don't have any real idea as to what happened it is our responsibility as citizens to allow the system to work and not try this case in the court of public opinion.
Since we don't know, we should seek to live with the decision that has been made, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. to act otherwise demonstrates that we have failed in more ways than i can list to be a reasonable human being.
It is my hope that we can begin to cease focusing upon our perceived slights and grant people the benefit of the doubt with respect to how we treat them. I realize that my perceptions of others can be greatly flawed if i allow them to only be judged on the merit of my personal experience and feelings.
on a side note, i would really appreciate it if all of those souls who feel it is their duty to comment on every act regarding racial injustice would take the time to heed my mother's advice. those hatemongers and malcontents who continue to stir up strife in our culture need to listen to the words of the Savior they claim to represent, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." (Matt 5:44)
our nation will never heal from the racial scars that we have inflicted upon ourselves until we begin to embrace the truth that we are all flawed souls in need of the healing touch that can only be given by our Savior.
Regardless of your political persuasion, or religious background, we can surely agree that much of the venom that has been spewed from these unfortunate events has done little but to foster an unnecessary divide between us.
May we cease focusing upon our agendas, and begin to embrace one another as the brothers and sisters we truly are on this planet.