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Response to Al Sharpton

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

i try not to be overly political in these little posts. however, as a native of and resident of the state of Missouri, i am feeling compelled to make just a few comments regarding the unrest in Ferguson.

As a child my mother taught me a very important lesson. When i would come home and go on a tirade about the way that someone acted towards me, she would simply say, "Don't be too quick to judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes."

Now i realize that this statement is not original with her, but there is a great deal of wisdom in it with respect to the situations that we find ourselves.

We live in a country with a judicial system, where people are declared innocent until proven guilty. this process should hopefully alleviate the need for "lynch mobs" or individuals taking the law into their own hands and then using some sort of vigilante justice to appease their wrath.

None of us outside of that grand jury room has access to even a shred of evidence that was shown in this case. Only the police officer and Michael Brown know what happened in those split seconds before the shooting that evening either.

Since we don't have any real idea as to what happened it is our responsibility as citizens to allow the system to work and not try this case in the court of public opinion.

Since we don't know, we should seek to live with the decision that has been made, regardless of whether we agree with it or not. to act otherwise demonstrates that we have failed in more ways than i can list to be a reasonable human being.

It is my hope that we can begin to cease focusing upon our perceived slights and grant people the benefit of the doubt with respect to how we treat them. I realize that my perceptions of others can be greatly flawed if i allow them to only be judged on the merit of my personal experience and feelings.

on a side note, i would really appreciate it if all of those souls who feel it is their duty to comment on every act regarding racial injustice would take the time to heed my mother's advice. those hatemongers and malcontents who continue to stir up strife in our culture need to listen to the words of the Savior they claim to represent, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..." (Matt 5:44)

our nation will never heal from the racial scars that we have inflicted upon ourselves until we begin to embrace the truth that we are all flawed souls in need of the healing touch that can only be given by our Savior.

Regardless of your political persuasion, or religious background, we can surely agree that much of the venom that has been spewed from these unfortunate events has done little but to foster an unnecessary divide between us.

May we cease focusing upon our agendas, and begin to embrace one another as the brothers and sisters we truly are on this planet.

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KINGDOMBOUND317 11/26/2014 1:37AM

    After reading your post, I found your language to be a bit disturbing as well as confusing. Your mother was a very wise woman to give you that proverb, "Don't be too quick to judge someone until you've walked a mile in their shoes." You made some valid points and I was fully with you until you broke away from your mother's advice because her advice goes both ways and is conducive to both sides of this spectrum.

As the savior stated in Matthew 5:44-45 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Just like some of the demonstrators who are just adding fuel to the fire, you just did the same thing with your offensive language by calling them hatemongers and malcontents. Where is the edification in this statement? Now that this has been brought to their attention, now what? Did you give them a way out of their sins through the Word of God?

When the Savoir addressed the adulterous woman he said in John 8: 10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

He told her how to correct her sin when He said go and sin no more. He never called her an adulterous woman even though she was one. He gave her a way out through telling her how to come out of her sin through the Word of God. Those people whom you referred to as hatemongers and malcontents have shoes which have not been walked in.

As for the others who didn't incite riots but peacefully protested, all they wanted was for ALL the evidence to be given to a court of law so that the court could decide. Just as you stated and for the most part I agree with you, "Only the police officer and Michael Brown know what happened in those split seconds before the shooting that evening either."

Now I DO NOT condone or support Al Sharpton, his theology, or his views; however I pray that we which walk in the Word of God will do as Jesus said and pray for them not call them out of their names.

James 3:8-10 But the tongue can no man tame; it is a restless evil, it is full of deadly poison.9 Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God:10 out of the same mouth cometh forth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

I feel your pain and frustration but we cannot fall in the trap of Satan because Jesus has given us a road map on how to deal with these events. I pray this is received in love and edification.

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SUNSET09 11/25/2014 7:20PM

  There is so much we don't know and I believe totally in what your Mom instilled in you as my Mom stated, Do unto others....................... God is love and I think we should let out justice system do the work we are playing them for. These riots and unrest will not bring anyone back and we're only hurting our own neighborhoods. I pray for the families involved and the City of Ferguson! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRACED777 11/25/2014 4:55PM

    I agree! Thanks for blogging on this topic!

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SHORTSTORY2 11/25/2014 4:04PM

    Thanks for blogging about this. So sad to see such violence so our of hand. It isn't going to help. We need to pray for our country. This racial problem is getting worse when we worked so hard years ago to get rid of it. I know there will always be people who don't like others for some reason or another, but when civil rights leaders organize riots---peaceful or otherwise--we are going about it wrong.
I pity the people who live in Ferguson and towns near by. It must be frightening. Hopefully with the holiday season upon us people will have other things to do and stop this madness.

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CALIMAN1 11/25/2014 2:50PM

    Agree with everyone else...well said and I really appreciated your blog.

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NELLIEH1 11/25/2014 1:47PM

    emoticon emoticon The venom does do little to heal unnecessary divides amongst us all. As sinners in need of the Saviour, we must truly listen to one another for any kind of restoration to begin to take place.

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BILLBILLBILL 11/25/2014 1:46PM

    Great Perspective. What a different world it would be if we all followed the Savior's teachings at the Sermon on the Mount.

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Monday, November 24, 2014

the radical weather shift has forced me indoors for my running this week. i can handle the colder temps, but the 20-30 mph wind is more than i feel like dealing with early in the morning. we are trying to get some things done so that we can head to my folks for Thanksgiving. We will travel on Thursday since it's only about 90 minutes away. our oldest daughter and her fiance are heading the Oklahoma to spend time with his family.

Enjoy your Monday

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GRACED777 11/25/2014 6:10AM

    Happy and safe Thanksgiving to you and your family, brother!

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THEEXERCISER 11/24/2014 4:54PM

    Have a great day!

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Faithful Servant

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Our church family took the time to honor our senior adult/evangelism minister, Clyde Chiles, who is retiring this year. We were able to have a couple of gentlemen share about how the Father had used he and his wife to change their life.

Good day.

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NELLIEH1 11/23/2014 10:01PM

Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

today, my wife, our youngest daughter and i are going to Columbia to get new phones. It's always nice to spend the day together. Hopefully, the weather will remain nice. It's a little cool and cloudy but nice to have temps back in the 50's.

Enjoy your Saturday

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NELLIEH1 11/22/2014 9:07PM

    Have a blessed worship time tomorrow!

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SURVIVOR61 11/22/2014 4:34PM

    Same to you and your family. It is a very precious commodity, time and when you do have it take advantage and spend as much of it with your children when you can. Time fly's by all too fast and before you know it they will be all grown up and on their own, and you will be wondering where the time went. Enjoy your weekend my Brother!!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

my wife took a day off from work, so we've actually been hanging out on my day off. getting ready to pick up Olivia and then chill some more at home.

Enjoy your Friday

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SURVIVOR61 11/21/2014 10:00PM

    God Bless my Brother and enjoy chilling with the family emoticon

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NELLIEH1 11/21/2014 8:41PM

    YAY for you three!! Blessings...and stay warm! Nellie

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NELLIEH1 11/21/2014 8:41PM

    YAY for you three!! Blessings...and stay warm! Nellie

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MARGOH12 11/21/2014 4:57PM

    Have a great time together

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ITSMATT 11/21/2014 4:01PM

    You too! Days off are nice.

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