Monday, August 18, 2014

Racism and Justice

Hey guys!!!  Now this one MIGHT be a little controversial.  Honestly, I don't know.  I don't even really know exactly what all I'm gonna type out yet, so we can go on this ride together.  I just wanted to throw out that disclaimer in case I say some stuff that is not politically correct....which I almost certainly will (and of that I am proud).  Political correctness just bogs down the dialogue and sensors the conversation, but I digress. ANYWAY....here we go!!

So there is a lot of racial tension going on right now in America over the Ferguson, Missouri incident in which Michael Brown was shot 6 times by a police officer (even though he was unarmed).

THIS SHOULD NOT BE A BIG DEAL!!

Frankly, it is annoying to me that people care SO MUCH about this in comparison to the other things going on in the world right now.

I agree that it is certainly bad.  I even believe whole-heartedly that the justice system in America is rigged against blacks (specifically with our drug laws).  But the atmosphere of the country now is like you have to pick sides as if every situation is black and white (pun intended) and there is a right side and a wrong side.

NO!  As Game of Thrones remarks: "there are good and bad on both sides of every war."  I think this phrase applies very well to this situation in Ferguson.  The police officer used excessive force and almost certainly should not have opened fire and killed Michael Brown.  In addition, Michael Brown should not have robbed a store and then assaulted a police officer.

Why do we feel like we have to defend one side or the other or stick up for one or the other.  They were both wrong.  Plain and simple.  White guy was wrong.  Black guy was wrong....And here is another thing that bothers the crap out of me:  if the officer that shot Michael Brown was also black, then NO ONE would care about this story at all, and no one would be rioting in the streets. It would be a local news story that people forgot about in a couple days.  Same goes for if both people were white.  We are always looking at things through a racial lens, and until we shift our paradigm, racism will always poison our country.

Whenever a scenario like this comes about, race-baiters like Al Sharpton (yeah, I'll call him out by name) JUMP at the chance to cause division and to have their voice heard.  It is an absolute shame.  Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the greatest Americans to ever live.  In his day, he preached forgiveness.  He preached turning the other cheek.  He preached civil disobedience.  He sought the Lord and his movement was powerful and his legacy lives on.  Unfortunately, today, the reactions to racial tensions in this country are rioting in the streets, looting of stores, and the promotion of one side against the other.  I know that that is not how most people are reacting, but it is still prevalent.  There are also peaceful protests, and I commend those.  We NEED to begin viewing people as individuals, unique children of God, and not as part of racial collectives...ESPECIALLY in the eyes of the law.

The officer didn't fire at all black people.  He fired at one man.  Michael Brown didn't assault all white people.  He assaulted one man.  Why do we allow propaganda to rile us up and get us at each others throats over something that frankly isn't even a big deal??

OH NO, Braeden said that this isn't a BIG DEAL!?!?  But the news channels are talking about it non-stop so it must be important.  And an unarmed black man was killed by a white policeman! And it is symbolic and represents a much larger problem...so therefore it is important!

So what?  Yeah, it sucks.  I agree.  I wish it didn't happen....but there are currently INNOCENT children being beheaded in Syria and Iraq.  THAT is important.  THAT is a big deal.  THAT is far more tragic and far more concerning.  The biggest shame in it is that these very terrorists (ISIS) that are murdering Christians (including children) were being funded by our own government....with our tax dollars on our behalf.  It is not a conspiracy theory either.  Just a few short months ago the leaders of our government wanted to aid them by bombing the Syrian government in their civil war.  Most people probably don't remember that though.  Thankfully, the war gongs were silenced and we didn't end up bombing the Assad government in Syria.  Still, we already were previously, openly providing aid to these same terror groups who were fighting against Assad (and have now leaked into Iraq) and are now murdering Christians in, but no one seems to care.  It's a shame.

This is one murder in the United States that happened to a GUILTY man.  He has just robbed a store and assaulted an officer.  Believe it or not, situations similar to this happen multiple times throughout any given year....but because one of them was white and one of them was black, their lives are suddenly more important than everyone else's?

7 people were killed in Chicago alone just yesterday...but few care about that.

Thousands of people have died in Palestine over that last couple weeks.  But yeah, this ONE unjust death of a criminal is more important.

And another thing, switching gears real quick.....It bothers me that so many people are blindly demanding JUSTICE for what happened in Ferguson...as if they know what justice truly demands in this scenario...as if they know everything that happened perfectly and that they can be the judge who decides exactly what should be done to bring retribution to this unfortunate situation.  Our inability to deliver justice isn't even the main thing that bothers me though.  It bothers me more that we are SETTLING for justice.

As a Christian, justice is supposed to be the BARE MINIMUM.  In fact, justice can often times be a bad thing, yet we often attribute it as always being a noble aspiration.  True justice is "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."  I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in that world...and Jesus doesn't want you to either.  Justice disallows for mercy and grace.  The old covenant was based on justice....but, THANK GOD, we were brought into a new covenant where GRACE and MERCY super-cede justice.  As Christians, whether we are white, black, mexican, asian, italian, russian, or WHATEVER...we should be focused more on providing forgiveness than seeking retribution.  "Vengeance is the LORD's."  Jesus is the final judge.  Justice is up to him.  Praise the Lord that I am no longer a slave to justice.  If I was, I'd be doomed.  And so would all of you.  

That's all I got for now.....so until next time....PEACE!!!

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