America prides itself on being “the land of the free” but is it really? From what exactly are we free? Hate crimes are still being committed, racism is still prevalent, intolerance is tolerated, and we as a people still have not learned that vengeance is not a matter that we should to take into our own hands. There has been an uproar from people in response to the police officer in Ferguson who shot and killed Michael Brown, and the ruling that he would not be prosecuted. Riots and protests have broken out, and people are making a lot of noise. Yes, I agree that these issues are serious, and I am glad that attention is being brought to these situations, but what’s going to happen within the next few days and weeks? Is this case going to be “just another story”? As an observer, I am disheartened and disappointed in the state of the world.It is clear that a lot needs to be done to make a sincere effort toward change. It’s a shame that tragedy is becoming the prerequisite for unity. It’s important not to resort to more violence because of an injustice, that solves nothing. Instead of fighting fire with fire, why not fight on our knees? Romans 12:19 tells us to “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGENANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY”” I believe that in order to see the change, conversations still need to happen, we can’t stop talking, just because there is a different headline.
My heart goes out to the families and communities that have been affected by an injustice, and my prayers are with them.