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Was Justice Denied?

December 1, 2014

After the “not guilty” verdict was rendered on Monday night, my heart became heavy and I could feel the tears swelling in my eyes. This ripped a hole in my heart because a young man that looked like me had lost his life because the officer chose to kill rather than arrest. “Therefore you are inexcusable”. (Romans 2:2a)  We have heard the “not guilty” verdict too many times when our young men have lost their life to senseless shootings. Did not anyone object to the 9/3 make-up of the grand jury”? I had already believed the grand jury would render its “not guilty” verdict before Thanksgiving. Therefore, Wilson could come out of hiding and spend Thanksgiving with his family; while the Brown family mourns their son death and stare at an open placemat and chair at their dinner table. I believe the city of Ferguson had anticipated a “not guilty” verdict. That is why they brought in the National Guard and extra officers. There would not have been a riot with a guilty verdict. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (Psalm 118:8)

With as many people proclaiming to be “Christians”, we would think we would have more followers “fearing God, doing the right thing, and thinking more like Jesus.  In 2014, it is hate, evil and racism surfacing while the “fruits of the Spirit” is hidden. We all need to reflect on where God has brought us from, what He has done for us and how He still loves us in our wrongdoing. Whatever is in a person heart will manifest itself. “You say that you love me but your hearts are far from me”. These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. (Matt. 15:8)

Justice turned its back on the Brown family in dispensing justice for Michael Brown in 2014 but one morning, this injustice will be reversed. God has the final vote and the final say. God does not need a grand jury to determine our guilt or innocence. Don’t be angry and allow this earthly injustice to destroy your faith or your souls. Gods’ wheel of justice may turn slowly but eventually, it returns back to us. Justice delayed does not mean that God does not care. Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. (Psalms 37:1) When Jesus went to the cross, He died for Michael Brown, the officers, the panel of the grand jury and all of us.

God has no respect of person. “Whatsoever we sow, that shall we also reap”. When things happen to us or our families, we want immediate justice. Jesus is saying to us; “vengeance is mine and I will repay. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19) In all the shootings we hear of, justice delayed does not mean justice is denied. We are living in an era where liberty and justice is extended to some and not all.

In 2014, officers can shoot down unarmed black men, be placed on “paid administrative leave” and hide behind the familiar phrase; “the officer life was threatened”. Fifty years ago, blacks was beaten, killed or lynched from a tree. Now, the tree has been replaced with guns and the “system” has served as the rope. In America, there are two systems: “the system and the justice system”. Blacks fall under the category of the system and “non-blacks” fall under the category of the justice system.

We can no longer allow our children to be sacrificed to the wolves. Many leaders believe they have reached their “plateau of success” and deny or forget about the young men that look like them and wearing the same black uniform. 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) It is a very sad day when parents have to bury their twelve year old son because an officer feared for his life. I recently watched a movie entitled “Sixteen Blocks” which depicts corrupt officers covering and protecting one another in corruption situations.  As I watched I could not help but reflect on the underlying truths and real life parallels.

Don’t let this “not guilty” verdict destroy your walk with God. Trials and tribulations may come your way, but hold on. Let nothing separate us from the love of God. When you feel you are getting weak, ask God for strength. When you feel your hand slipping out of God hand, hold on a little tighter. God will give us strength to carry on and He will see us through our darkest night.    Prayer: O Gracious and Everlasting God, we come to you with broken hearts and disappointments. We ask You to cover the families of those that have lost a love one through these senseless shootings. Grant them peace and heal their broken hearts. We know that Your mercy endures forever. When men have forsaken us, You are there to take us in. We know that You will not allow these victims blood to remain silent in the ground. We come to You broken but when we leave, we will be healed. I know that our way is not Your way nor is our thoughts Your thoughts. In our distress, I cry out to You. I ask You to incline Your ear to the words of our mouths. Create in us a clean heart and renew a right Spirit within us. We can’t do it alone; we need You to help us. We are weak but Thou are strong. Hold us with Thy powerful hand. As we walk through the valley of the shadow of death upon this earth, be with us. When death has over taken us, we ask You to bring us home to live with you. Father, we thank Thee that Thy have heard our prayers.

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One Comment
  1. Pastor Fairley, I too was hurt, but unfortunately not shocked…I agree justice shall be served in God’s timing!

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