Over two weeks after Michael Brown was shot and killed by police officer, Darren Wilson, Ferguson, Missouri has finally settled from a melee, which erupted throughout the city. Peaceful protests have spread from this community– which was virtually off of the map until the recent tragedy– across the world. “Hands up, don’t shoot” is the mantra, #dontshoot is the soundbite.
While Michael Brown’s death is at the forefront of our minds, many people are recognizing a larger social paradigm under which the rate of police brutality has, seemingly, increased and the value of human life has declined. While a comprehensive collection of statistics on the abuse of power by law enforcement agents is most likely a good sociological endeavor, the facts remain that there is a growing mistrust of law enforcement among US citizens, social media being the best resource for a collection of data on this matter. The question becomes how can Americans regain their trust in the people that are charged with protecting their most basic human rights and physical safety? The answer: we must demand change.
In the nation’s capitol local organizations have rallied against unlawful police enforcement tactics and brutality. This past Friday, All Nation’s own Pastor, Reverend Dr. James Coleman was a guest speaker on the radio show, Think On These Things, hosted by Lyndia Grant, giving a poignant commentary on how social justice can be restored in Ferguson as well as nationally.
In his letter to the Romans, the Apostle Paul stated, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12). Everyone should feel empowered to share their perspective and participate in peaceful efforts to ensure that justice is won for any citizen who has ever been abused, harassed, or victimized by the police. It may not be immediate and swift, but it can not happen without the love, faith and commitment of caring individuals. For more information on opportunities to get involved, click below.
Blessings from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
All Nations Baptist Church
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