I don't know all the details of what happened in the death of Mike Brown, the black teenager killed by a white police officer. What we do know is that he was shot six times and that there is some questions as to the reasons, the how and perhaps the why was he shot.
As a Christian I am disturbed that in this great nation of ours we continue to struggle to demonstrate to the world the Christian principles of love, compassion, patience, tolerance, and even acceptance of our differences. Jesus demonstrated this when he spoke with and accepted the Samaritan woman even though His disciples felt that he should not.
Racism and injustice is nothing new in our world. You want to think however, that we have learned from our past and we are ready to move forward with accepting differences of others. Unfortunately some are determined to hang onto to their ignorance, blindness and prejudice.
As Christians we have to ask God to help us step out of the things that make us uncomfortable and to step into His love and trust of others.
As our world shrinks in terms of our ability to get around it, we are more apt to come into contact with others who are different from ourselves. How we respond to them and how we treat them will say a lot about our relationship with the Christ we say we love. The Apostle Paul makes it easy for us with his description of what love is and what it isn't: 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:3-8a)
We at Shekinah Tabernacle Gospel Church will be praying for peace in Ferguson and around the world. Join with us because we believe that prayer truly does change things. Let's all agree to take at least five minutes of the day to pray for peace and a peaceful resolution to the issues in Ferguson, Missouri. Let's agree that we will do all we can to make sure that the Spirit, and doctrines of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are being displayed by us wherever we are. God bless you and God be with you.