Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know the grand jury chose not to indite the officer responsible for the death of a young black man in a suburb of St. Louis. The result of that decision has been a great deal of social unrest in Ferguson. Looting an rioting and protest both peaceful and violent. As Christians, as people of faith, what do we do in response to the heaping of tragedy on tragedy? How can we make sense of what is happening?
Civil unrest due to ethnic or cultural differences has existed since the tower of Babel. Man was split into different culture groups, which we have mistakenly called “race”. Let’s be clear, humans are all one race, but we have different culture and ethic groups, sometimes based on a similar genetic trait such as the amount of melanin and skin pigment. Cultures often considered themselves better than other cultures or people groups, sometimes leading to killing them, enslaving them, persecuting them or other harmful or shameful behaviors. Continue reading →