I haven’t said much about the decision made in the Mike Brown case. I’ve liked and shared a few posts here and there, but haven’t spoken out too much on it, except for one post on Instagram. I decided to blog about it because it breaks my heart to see how much division this tragedy has brought. I see it throughout my newsfeed on Facebook, I see it in comments posted on peoples’ Instagram posts.
I am a bundle of mixed emotions. I believe NFL player Benjamin Watson truly said it best (link to his post: http://www.khq.com/story/27489010/nfl-player-benjamin-watsons-ferguson-post-on-facebook-goes-viral). Like Benjamin Watson said, it all boils down to a sin problem and the answer is Jesus.
What breaks my heart the most about all that has transpired in the Mike Brown case is everyone telling people how they should feel and that they are wrong for feeling a certain way. That is not right. You see, how someone who has had certain experiences views the events in Ferguson may be polar opposite to someone who has had very different experiences. Our personal experiences shape how we view various situations. That’s not to say one perspective or opinion is right and the other is wrong. It’s like my grandpa always says “Opinions are like buttholes, everyone has one.” Everyone has an opinion about what has transpired in Ferguson, and that’s fine. However, it’s wrong for us to tell others that what they think or feel is wrong. What’s even worse is that we are telling others that what the feel is wrong without even acknowledging how they feel. That’s where we are making our mistake. The quickest way to get someone to shut down on you is for you to tell them they are wrong in how they feel about a certain situation without addressing what they feel or trying to understand what they feel. Because of this, we don’t have people agreeing to disagree. Instead we have more and more arguments, more and more hurtful words being said, more and more division. It shouldn’t be that way.
I honestly believe that if we try to see things from the other person’s perspective, acknowledge what they are feeling, and ultimately walk in love, there would not be so much division. Ephesians 4:15 says it best,
“Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.”
For those of us who are Christians, we are ultimately called to a higher standard. This is a time for us to show our lights in this dark world. This is a time for us to show the world the love of Christ. It’s okay for us to be or not be upset about the events in Ferguson. It’s okay for us to agree with or disagree with the decision made. Each and every person has that right. However, we do not have the right to tell others how to feel or think about the situation. Also, if you feel that you can’t respect others’ right to feel and think what they do, then it may be best to not say anything at all in order to keep from sinning.
Each and every one of us hold multiple titles: daughter, son, wife, mother, husband, father, African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, Latino, etc., but for those of us that are Christians, we are a Christian first and foremost and we must never forget that despite what is going on in this world we live in. We as Christians are here to show Christ and we have to remember that.