I have hesitated to write this. My hesitation has manifested in two forms. First, I do not want to add my words to an overheated political debate of which I have no overt stake. Second, I don’t want this to come back years later and get me in trouble. I guess neither of these reservations has stopped me.
In the simplest terms possible, humankind has a problem. That problem is that we are messed up. We are racist, sexist, hateful, prideful, and many other things. The Christian message is that Jesus came to the world, saw all of the things humans struggle with, and he dies on the cross as tribute. That way, when God looks down at us he sees redeemed people. Additionally, we now have a model of who we can be because of Jesus. Jesus kills sexism. Jesus obliterates racism. Jesus breaks down class warfare. Only Jesus. No other name, system, or concept. Only Jesus. That’s the good news.
Now, here’s the bad news: the ‘good news’ has suffered a lot of damage. A message implies that it must be carried. People carry messages. No one is perfect, many men and women have professed that Jesus is their hope, but their actions are exact opposite. For example, many white men say Jesus is Lord, but are absolute racist monsters. Therefore, the message is pure, but suffers due to those who deliver it.
With that said, let’s talk Ferguson. Ferguson is an absolute cluster-cuss right now, heavily aided by media frenzy. A young black man shot by a white cop under unclear circumstances has led to race riots, threats of murder, looting, and a national uproar. Is new policy the answer for Ferguson? What about racial awareness courses? Okay, what if everyone says sorry, will the tension evaporate? I doubt it.