As dusk fell on Ferguson, the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case blanketed our nation in the chaotic darkness of conflicting emotions and responses. Anger, resentment and betrayal consumed many while others heralded the verdict as just and right. Some protested peacefully while others chose violence. Some applauded the judgment while others wept.
Yet regardless of your, or my, personal thoughts on this case – of which none of us outside of the courthouse have all of the information – the issue itself has re-opened a wound festering too long and too deep in our land. It is a systemic wound affecting each of us, whether we realize it or not. As Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.” We are in this together.
You may not live in Ferguson and the outcome of this case may only exist as a discussion around the water coolers of your life, but each of us in our nation is impacted in some way through the disunity and inequity that continues to smolder underneath the collective conscience of our land. We are still, in many ways, a nation divided. Unfortunately, we are still, in many ways, divided in the church as well.
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