JESUS VISITS FERGUSON
I had a ‘near-death’ experience the other night. No, it didn’t travel to Heaven and when I woke up I enthralled the world with the details of my trip (I know Heaven is for real! Not because a boy told me; because God’s holy writ did) Pilgrims, I can’t (neither can anyone else) tell you that the story the little boy told didn’t happen, for scripture records numerous occasions when Jesus and the Apostles had encounters with the Spirit World. Other than the Holy Spirit himself, seldom were they ‘good’ ones. Jesus told the Parable about the Rich man and Lazarus in Heaven. He said that a person in Hell or Heaven couldn’t cross the ‘Great Divide’ between those two places. In the Old Testament, God warned the Jewish Nation to stay away from allowing their bodies to be marked with ink; and, to keep away from any type of sorcery…including Mediums: Fortune Tellers, Palm Readers, the entire spirit world for they were evil.
With these instructions in mind, I do know that God created the Universe and he is in control! Remember, Control doesn’t automatically mean Causation; therefore, If God chooses to have a boy visit Heaven and return home to share this ‘Good-news’, he can. Personally, I remain skeptical, but no Earthling can deny its possibility.
I ate too much Lasagna and it took a Prevacid to bring me back to life. While in agony from my gluttony, and my old ‘pea sized’ brain flickering off and on, I pondered the lessons Pilgrims might learn if Jesus paid a surprise visit to Ferguson, Mo.
I think I had a Visitation…of some kind. It went like this.
Jesus, with his brown skin and wearing ‘Skinny Jeans’’ and a tee shirt: God is not Dead imprinted on it, and wearing Jordan’s Nike Green florescent tennis shoes, walked amongst the throng of people milling about in Ferguson. Some people smiled at him; others razed him; a few spit at him as they remarked: “We don’t need no God around here.” Other men with beards and long hair, and tattoos covering their black skin, said, “Leave the dude alone.”
He observed the people carrying signs: No Justice, no Peace…and a plethora of other signs that indicated violence was imminent if the white police officer: Darren Wilson, wasn’t found guilty and punished…immediately, for shooting a ‘innocent’ unarmed black boy in broad-daylight in the middle of the street as he was trying to peacefully surrender.
Since Jesus knows a thing or two about one being innocent of a crime and being denied justice, he spent the first three days in Ferguson incognito. After watching the ‘peaceful’ legal protest turn into total mayhem and anarchy fueled by evil doers that didn’t live in Ferguson that had an agenda that didn’t include any type of peace, he donned his toga and sandals and began to make his presence known.
There must be some ‘Cowboy’ in Jesus because it didn’t take him long to carry out a plan: cut off the head of the snake. He showed up at the Governor’s manse. Jesus: “Mr. Nixon, didn’t you take an oath to serve all the people of Mo?” He became a nervous twit. “I, I did. Jesus:” If so, why did you stick your oar into this racial hornet’s nest by declaring Ferguson will get its peace and justice for the White police officer will get a quick and swift trial and justice will be served…before you nor anyone knows all the facts surrounding this racial mess? Jesus asked.
“Another observation before I leave, Do you know why there aren’t a few more black officers serving the predominately black city of Ferguson? Governor, “I know, but, I don’t think it would do any good to try and convince the black leaders of Ferguson to speak out about the tiny pool of potential candidates Ferguson has to choose from because a large portion of the citizens of this community can’t qualify for the job. Their criminal records, lack of education, and tattooed bodies eliminate most ‘want-a-bee candidates. The “Uncle Tom’ syndrome still hinders the black boy from stepping on the ladder to success.” Jesus, “If the people of Ferguson knew this truth, would it change things? Remember Governor, “Speak the truth in love; the truth shall set you free.”
Jesus leaves Ferguson and has a quick encounter with the President of the United States…on hole number nine at the swank private golf club in Martha’s Vineyard. Jesus, “ President Obama, I saw your ‘touching’ moment providing support for that Brown family. Son, I thought you did a pretty good job. I’m curious, you failed to mention the Wilson family; was that an oversight or intentional? I mean Michael being black and Darren being white,” he added. Silence, “I know Michael was the town’s ‘Altar boy’…wait… didn’t he commit a crime stealing items from that Convenience Store and roughing up the clerk who confronted him a few minutes before the altercation that cost him his life? Of course I know, but there was video proof, right? So his parents telling the world their son was a ‘good boy’ really wasn’t the whole truth, right? Do you agree with me that before this whole legal thing is finished…and probably justice isn’t going to be served very well, the world will get to know a lot about Michael that his parents and the leaders of Ferguson won’t want the media to know; and perhaps, the media will learn things about Darren they won’t want to report because it will highlight the side they aren’t rooting for? President Obama, “I suppose I should have asked for all of America’s citizens to remember the suffering the Wilson family is also enduring.”
Mr. President, why did you send your Attorney General into that unholy mess?” President: “I, I…” Jesus…: Jesus: “Do you think any political gain is worth stirring the racial divide?” President Obama, “I just wanted to make sure Civil Rights aren’t being violated.” Jesus, “You don’t trust the legal system in Mo? Heaving a deep sigh, President: “It’s complicated…Jesus.” Jesus, “If everyone is concerned about legal justice, how about those looters who have nearly destroyed Ferguson?”
Jesus returns to Ferguson and has an encounter with the Ferguson legal system and its leaders as they are in conference. Jesus: “Mr. Mayor and Mr. Chief of Police, why have you gone days now and you haven’t provided the media and the citizens of Ferguson the facts of the case that your investigation has uncovered to date? If you know facts of truth about how this whole tragic thing happened and you haven’t shared them, why not? People have always shot the messenger; but it doesn’t change the necessity for you all to divulge the truth about this case. Did the officer shoot the man without provocation? Was he in the act of keeling and surrendering with his hands up? Why didn’t the officer use his Taser gun? What is contained in the report officer Wilson turned in?” Stunned silence greets his remarks and questions. Mayor: “We are still gathering the information.” Jesus, “Looters have destroyed your town and you are still gathering data; wouldn’t it be wise to provide the information you have? Perhaps, if this were known, the decent citizens of Ferguson might move to quell the lawless evil doers. The family has called for this, but those who aren’t interested in peace are the enemies of all in Ferguson.” The Mayor, “What you have said is wise; but now we have another crisis: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson will arrive today.” Jesus chuckles. “I see what you mean.
Jesus’ encounter with Jesse Jackson: Jesse, frankly, I’m a bit surprised to see you here in Ferguson. I knew you were in the President’s ‘Political-doghouse…well, you did say some…shall we say ‘less that flattering things about Obama and his lack of political savvy or business acumen; all were truthful statements, but in politics and war, ‘all spoils go to the victor…don’t they’? I see your ‘buddy’ Al is arriving in Ferguson, also. Jesse: “Don’t call him my buddy; he helped put me in the doghouse.” Jesus, “Evidently , it’s ‘kiss and make-up time’…you and Al coming to rescue Ferguson, right? By the way, what are you and Al rescuing Ferguson from? Are you going to beat your ‘bully pulpit’ and demand that those hooligan thugs be jailed for inflaming the racial divide and leaving this poor town in shreds? Do you and Al plan to hold a revival to preach the ‘Good News’ about ME and eternity for all who will accept my grace? From the shenanigans I witnessed, it seems a proper thing to do, don’t you:? Remember my servant’s Paul’s words: “Speak the truth in love.” Son, your track record could use a bunch of that, right? Swords into plowshares; swords into plowshares…seems to be a biblical plan…right?
Jesus encounter with Al Sharpton just after his fiery speech framed by his ‘No Justice, no peace’ rally the black raciest who don’t want justice or peace, raved about.
Jesus: Al! Son you slayed them tonight, didn’t you. Boy, you gave them just what they wanted to hear, right? You’re getting to look a bit ‘long-in-the-tooth; but you still have that ‘fire in the belly’, don’t you? Son, I’m a bit confused and perplexed, not to mention a mite peeved, for I listened to your speech and I’m quite sure you didn’t mention MY name once in all that pontificating…did I miss something? Come to think about it; I can’t recall where you have preached when you made ME the focus, rather than some political agenda. How much are these people paying you to tell them what they want to hear? “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE,” what does that really mean? What will it really look like to you and your people? My father said there was just Jew or Gentile, you’re not a Jew…so what ‘your people’ are you referring to? If the evidence shows the officer feared for his life, will you help the good citizens of Ferguson burn the place down? Al, son, I know you spend a lot of time flitting around coming to the rescue to your poor people who are living in a land where a black man can’t find success or justice: i.e. Like that little Twanny girl who you lied about and should have spent time in someone’s hoosegow Don’t forget that group of white college boys that you and that dishonest prosecuting attorney tried and convicted in the news media, and then it was discovered you had lied again about events you knew to be not true. Some bigots in this country have said the only reason why you aren’t in jail today is because you are amongst the ‘Teflon’ people. Do you know what they mean?
Confessing one’s sins is part of being a child of God’s; repentance is more than just seeking forgiveness; it’s seeking the opportunity to redress the consequences of sin. Al, son, did you write those college boys’ mommas and apologize for your part of a legal fraud that was designed to whip up hate and divisiveness between white and black people for nothing more than political gain, when you falsely accused those college boys of sexual rape and it nearly ruined their lives? True, those white boys were committing sin and they certainly ignored Paul’s warnings about ‘fleeing in the face of sexual temptation; but their sins were between them and me…not so Al Sharpton could increase his popularity with people who don’t desire to solve the racial divide conflict
Al, son, perhaps you missed that history lesson in your Divinity studies about the mission of the church and the responsibility of preachers: if your goal is to become a ‘big man’ on campus…in the Preaching realm, so to speak, shouldn’t your focus be upon changing hearts? Do you recall studying about the Great Awaking? Perhaps, you and Jesse and other cronies of the cloth can just put up a very large tent in downtown Ferguson and begin preaching about how MY work on the cross paved the way for all of mankind to live forever. Use the scripture from Romans about no longer conforming to the pattern of this world, but being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind: from worldly to Heavenly. Don’t you think the people in Ferguson deserve to hear the Good News MY Father has provided? Al, my message to you is the same one I gave to the woman caught in adultery: “Go and sin no more”.
Al, son, preach the word! Preach it in season and out of season. You might want to cogitate on Solomon’s words: “The proud and arrogant man-“Mocker” is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.” Proverbs 21:24 Son, why do you choose to fish in a small pond? Ferguson has had few deaths at the hands of police; yet, you’re here. Why not fish in a Big pond: the city of Chicago has had 5000 deaths last year; few at the hands of a white police officer. Ninety percent have come from a black male. Now, Al, son, that seems to be a ‘ripe’ field for you to plant seeds about MY salvation, don’t you agree? I’d not like to think you are another Simon: when he saw the miracles my servants Peter and John did, he wanted to PAY to get that type of Holy Spirit power so he could make money, fool the people, and proclaim he possessed GREAT POWER (Acts 8:18ff) Al, what are your motives? How many lost souls are you going to save while you are in Ferguson?
Al, son, you are aware of my parable about the sheep and the goats, right. Matthew 25:33-46
Jesus’ encounter with Michael Brown: “Michael by boy, I understand you have become a Social Media darling now! It’s not everyone that gets to have his life on video to prove to the world he is a thief, bully, and a defiant man who doesn’t think conventional laws of safety for all citizens of Ferguson applies to him. Walking down the middle of the street…what’s that all about? Your momma told the world you were a ‘good boy’ who never meant to harm anyone. I know, she didn’t know about that video; but, she has known you could be a star in one for some time, hasn’t she? Perhaps, she failed to listen to her momma’s warnings about a mother’s great fear: “Discipline your son, for in that there is hope; do not be a willing party to his death.” Proverbs 19:18 Solomon was focused upon a Spiritual death; but, in your case, it was an actual physical one, also. Does she have any worries about the Toxicology-report that will surly become part of the Public Domain when the trial comes up?
Michael, can you believe the consequences sin often brings? Whew! All of your town’s people having their lives disrupted; Ferguson will never be the same. Maybe that’s a good thing, you think? Will people of Ferguson ever know the real truth about your death?”
Jesus’ encounter with Darren Wilson: “Darren, my son, why didn’t you use a Taser gun? Five, six shots into that huge frame might have killed the man; but in hindsight, wouldn’t it have been better than a number of bullets into one man’s body; he must have scared the Hell out of you, huh…no pun intended. Son, when you and your nearly all white police force were out and about each day providing protection for the citizens of Ferguson, didn’t it ever occur to you that it would have been wise and very helpful if your ‘backup’ buddy mirrored the racial makeup of a majority of Ferguson’s citizens? What kind of political leadership does Ferguson have that can’t understand how odd that looked, felt, and led to undesirable outcomes. When you had the opportunity, why didn’t you speak up and inquire about this lack of using good ole Common Sense to help the law officers provide necessary protection for Ferguson? Sure, it might have meant some white men and women lost their jobs to add black officers, but it would have saved the town from becoming an international racial scene where all of its social/racial warts were exposed to the world. Just think! It would have kept Jesse and Al from turning your town into a political football that is guaranteed to raise much more confusion than clarity and visceral animosity between the black and white races will be part of its lasting effects.
When the legal system finally starts grinding, don’t you know your fellow officers are probably going to have to don the ‘Riot-gear’ again because you won’t be able to get an ‘impartial jury’ in Ferguson, and it will be necessary to move the trial to another venue? I suppose Al and his gang can move his operational site, but it won’t have the same potential political cachet for him, so I’ doubt he will follow the trail to the new place. It would be great if he did and set up a large tent and held a revival during the time of the trial. I’m not sure anyone will be completely satisfied with the final verdict. The law, man’s sins, and his search for justice often end that way.”
Jesus’ encounter with the citizens of Ferguson: “My fellow Americans and good folk of Ferguson, what has your sense of failed justice wrought? One’s empathy and sympathy for the parents and loved ones of Michael Brown can easily be understood; but, have you praised God for living in the freest Nation in the world that possesses the highest percentage of possibilities the American Jurisprudence system will find a just and legal conclusion for an apparent horrendous crime, before you allowed evil doers to infiltrate your population and perpetuate too much of a national perception of black people carrying out a ruse about caring about justice for Michael so they might loot, burn, and steal property others have shed blood, sweat, and tears to accumulate while providing services and goods that the good folk of Ferguson need and desire? ‘
Why didn’t you seek the help of the police and warn them about these hooligans that came to do irreparable harm to Ferguson? Surely few can say they didn’t know these types of miscreants had arrived at Ferguson’s door? The police knew; but, they were powerless to act without your help. Less than a couple of hundred criminals destroyed the good name and town of Ferguson. Of the thousands of peaceful protesters, why didn’t you join with the police and help them keep criminals from harming the town? How many of those merchants were your neighbors? How many do you suppose will stay in Ferguson after Al and his gang leaves Ferguson? Do you think it will be honorable of Ferguson people to expect the rest of the citizens of the United States to pick up the tab for the destruction and mayhem left in Jesse and Al’s wake?
Question: If Ferguson is nearly two-thirds black American voters, how is it possible for the civic government to be operated by so few white Americans? Do you suppose it is because the black American voters of Ferguson failed to get to the voting venues? If they did vote, perhaps, the Attorney General should be conducting a different type of investigation? If the law system is as corrupt as you say it is, then, use the power you possess: win at the ballot box and change Ferguson into a town where all citizens of every race, color or creed can expect to find justice…or to see criminals suffer severe punishment so that decent folk can walk the streets without fear.
Stop listening to men like Al Sharpton! From everything I can observe, he has never spent more than a few minutes preaching God’s basic principles about family and parental duty: …”Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your foreheads. Write them on your doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9
Good people of Ferguson, ask yourselves is Al’s goal Peace and love? Does he preach MY truths?
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt has lost its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Matthew 5:13
Don’t forget, he should be more concerned with teaching his listeners this truth:
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and PRAISE YOUR FATHER IN HEAVEN.” Matthew 5:14-16
I suggest you be wise and test the purpose and mettle of anyone who might come to Ferguson to offer JUSTICE AND PEACE that isn’t draped in your legal system. If any preacher (Reverend) spends more time trying to gain political advantage than saving the lost sinners of Ferguson, pay him no mind.
It might be true that Ferguson’s police aren’t fit to govern. It might be true the people of Ferguson aren’t treated with respect all LAW ABIDING citizens should expect to receive…regardless of color; but, as flawed as this system might be, the alternative…LAWLESSNESS isn’t punished…which leads to anarchy (like the criminal that looted and burned your city) will leave all terrorized and far worse off.
A lingering question all in Ferguson needs to answer: If Michael Brown had been walking down the middle of the street taunting you and refusing to move so you could pass because you had just received an emergency call that your child had been taken to the hospital, would you have confronted him (he was a big dude)? He had just robbed a ‘mom and pop’ store and physically threatened the clerk/manager. Would you have been overjoyed if a police officer came to your rescue so you could pass by and get to the hospital? Would you have warned him several times and then hit him with your car as you moved him out of your way?
“A wise son brings joy to his father, but a foolish son grief to his mother.” Proverbs 10:1
Doc Christian surmises: by his actions, Michael Brown was not wise; he certainly was foolish. He was not innocent; he was a law-breaker. He died needlessly. By his reckless choice (confronting the law), he changed Darren Wilson’s life! JUSTICE AND PEACE aren’t words one can bandy around and add SOCIAL GOSPEL to define them. Those ‘loaded’ words can’t be filled outside the framework of the biblical truth: Jesus provides peace…it passes mankind’s understanding. Justice is a commodity of one’s perception of what he is owed. As sin flawed people, Jesus made it possible for none of us to receive justice (by anyone’s perceptions) as he nailed our sins and our punishment to the cross.