Ferguson's real tragedy
The news of senseless violence in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri is tragic. The legal system was thoroughly applied to a delicate situation that had already been prejudged by those who were ignorant of the facts. Some allowed anger to control them, so they looked for someone to blame for the rage and pain they felt. The result is the same product sin always yields – destruction. The irony is that the destructive rioters were calling for justice, yet the victims whose cars and businesses they burned will not see justice for the crimes against them. Sin never makes sense.
Shaking my head as I watch the news, I am convicted to ask, "Are those around me seeing a Christian example they can emulate in crisis?" Will the generations behind us learn to blame others and always assume the posture of a victim, or will they learn from us that we must humble ourselves and be responsible servants? Frankly, most of the leaders I see are always looking for someone to blame. That is a very bad example that disqualifies a leader instantly.
Pray for the people in Ferguson and others who live by the rule of vengeance. Pray for ourselves, that we will humble ourselves before God and man to serve Him and to let Him be God over situations that we cannot control. Remember Hebrews 10:30, "For we know Him who said, ‘Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.’ And again, ‘The Lord will judge His people.’"
Next week is the week of prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Think about it this way, the tragedy of Ferguson is multiplied many times over every day in the lostness and suffering of people without Christ in the nations of the world. We must pray, go and give with an intensity we have not previously known.
Read the stories about international missions on BRnow.org If you do not have a prayer guide for the week of prayer, visit the IMB website for your daily prayer guide.
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