For many days since the tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, people have been writing and talking. CNN even has spent entire shows talking about white privilege. The race issue is a hot topic. Maybe we have not come as far as we would like to think. When a white police officer shoots and kills a black teenager it is not a good day in any community.
The Brown family mourns. We should be praying for them. Any parent who loses a child suffers a broken heart. This family is no different. When all the cameras are gone, another story dominates the news, and the flowers have faded, this family will still be grieving. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and the Brown family needs the church at this hour to be a comforting family.
Also hurting today, is the family of a police officer. He is standing on a line that will either land him in jail or end his career. If he is at fault, then jail time is coming. And it should, if he shot a surrendering unarmed man. This is a time when we must have patience and allow the justice system to work. This is a good time to study Romans 13:1-7. Our justice system may not be the best but I will not trade it. It is one of the reasons people are running over the border to get into our country. You do not see anyone leaving our borders to go south. The police are here for our protection. I thank God for our local force. Many are my friends and are great public servants.
Andy Marlette in the PNJ wrote, “Pensacola is not far from Ferguson.” I have taken exception to that commentary. I believe Pensacola is better that that. I spoke with a young black pastor and community leader about this a few days ago. We agreed that Pensacola has a strong coalition of leaders. I just do not believe we would see rioting in our streets if an incident such as William Brown’s death came to Palafox.
Pensacola is better than that!
I am disturbed in my spirit.
The verdict in the Zimmerman trial seems to have unleashed a deep bottled-up division in America. Add to that the recent Voter Rights Act decision by the Supreme Court and we have some ugly rhetoric boiling up in our culture. It seemed over the last twenty years we had made some great strides in racial connection in America. Now I am not so sure.
I hear white and black saying we need to have a national conversation about race. Then the screaming starts in an 8-10 minute TV segment. There is more heat than light in most of that. But I do believe a conversation is needed. The conversation I am talking about is with someone of different race. Someone whom you do not know very well. Make an invite to dinner at your home. Talk. Get to know one another. Hear the stories about their families, grandparents and children. Make a friend rather than making a point. Hear the concerns each has on each side of the color line. You just might be amazed.
I hear some people say I do not see color. That is true only if you are physically blind. It is a part of what makes each of us who we are. It is okay to see it. It is just not ok to pre-judge because of what you see at first glance. Let’s have some conversations.
I am preaching Sunday on the Woman at the Well. She was a Samaritan. Jesus was a Jew. That was a formula for separation. Jesus tore down the barrier. It all started with a drink of water.
Grace is greater than race.
Gun rights and gun control is currently a hot topic in America. The 2nd Amendment of the Constitution is a mere twenty-seven words. It is straight forward. I do not see how it cannot be understood.
“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The second amendment is not about hunting. It has nothing to do with how many shells it takes to kill a deer. The amendment is about We The People being able to defend ourselves when needed.
The Founders saw the fear of arms being in the hands of the government alone and the people having no power to defend themselves if need be. They did not want the right of the people to bear arms to be infringed.
Now, the issue of permits, mental health, and who can own what is a great dialogue to have. However, when the government infringes on the rights of the people, we are headed down a road that is very dangerous in the long run.
Why did Obama win? Why did Romney lose? I have seen scores of articles and interviews attempting to answer these questions. I am not that smart. And from reading and listening to several others they do not appear very smart either. The situation is that President Obama won reelection and not much has changed in Washington as to the makeup of the government. And unless attitudes change we are in for more gridlock.
I stated in a previous blog post that I was voting for Romney. I did. I have a picture of my ballot to prove it. So now that the President has won how do I respond? I continue to pray and work for revival. I continue to pray for the President and other elected officials. I continue to stand against the social liberalism the President pushes. I will continue to pay my taxes. And I will pay more in 2013 if changes are not made.
America is a GREAT NATION. I love this country. This Sunday is Veteran’s Day. Remember to say thank you. Had we not fought some tough wars in days gone by we would have not been free to vote this week. We have been given a great gift in this Republic. Let’s work to keep it.
Since 1789 forty-four men have served as President of the United States. How many can you name? Not all of them are memorable. Others had great conviction and courage. Those we remember has having made a difference.
Today America goes to the polls again. We need a man to lead our nation out of a mess and into a better future. Pray, vote and work for a better America. This is a very important day in American history.
If you have not cast your ballot, you still have time. Vote. Let your voice be heard.