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James Foley vs Michael Brown

September 8, 2014

James Foley was beheaded and Michael Brown was shot six times. Two families lost a love one. They both were executed; one by a sword and the other by a gun.  It appears, Foley death has more meaning.  Michael Brown and others was executed on U.S. soil by officers that were sworn to protect. What about the young men being executed daily in U.S. cities? Who will be a voice for the deceased or the families of these shootings?

The media is pushing Foley execution forward while Brown execution has been pushed to the back. Neither of these men died by a disease, illness, heart-attack, drowned, auto accident, tornado or hurricane. Both men died because of “hate and a group searching for power”.

Officer shootings of Africa-Americans have become a “norm” in our Country. I am not surprise by what I hear, read or see on television. Foley was executed by outsiders and Brown was executed by another American.  Our Justice System needs revising to remove “gray” areas and hold everyone accountable and not some. Many want to evade the question but I will ask.  Would Michael Brown been granted the luxury to go in hiding if he would have killed the officer?

 Vernon Hood or Brian Nicholas did not have the liberty to hide out for weeks while planning their defense after shooting officers and I don’t believe they received their regular pay from their employers while hiding out. These senseless shootings will continue as long as the system continues giving paid vacation to officers involved in shooting cases. In a war, soldiers have guns to shoot back. In this country, Americans are shot down with or without guns. What ever happened to arresting a person rather than killing that person?

 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Prayer: O gracious God, we come humble before you and ask your blessings upon the families that have suffered the loss of a child, mother, father, sister, brother or other family member. Grant them strength and comfort them in your arms. Father, we stretch our hands to Thee, no other help we know. We ask You to replace love where there is hate. Give us understanding where there are misunderstandings. Grant compassionate where there is no compassionate. Help us to understand that we were all created by You and in Your image. Father, in these dark days and perilous times, be with these families. We know that You have no respect of person and we know that vengeance belongs to You. In these last days, we ask You to replace guns and swords with Your Word. As we plant seed, we ask You to water and increase the Seed, that there will be a harvest to stand against the evil in these last days. As we enlist in your army, we ask you to clothe us with the whole armor. We ask You to bend a listening ear and look upon us with a compassionate heart. If we have done any wrong, we ask for your forgiveness. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers. Bless us with strength where we are weak and hold us in Your powerful hand. Replace doubts with faith. As we submit our prayers and supplications before you, we lift You higher and higher. We magnify Your Holy name. Be our Shield and Strength. We give you the honor, praises and all the Glory to Your Holy name.  Amen

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2 Comments
  1. Great post Pastor. You keep us reminded that we must not forget!

  2. We can NEVER forget! Good post!

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