Whether or not you feel justice was met with the Grand Jury’s decision in Ferguson, MO, this scenario has only served to proselytize one thing: the sinfulness of mankind. This post could be spent pouring over the evidence against Officer Darren Wilson, choosing to say that he acted in a way that he should have. This post could also claim the innocence of Michael Brown, indicting Wilson where the jury did not. It could also present the incredible hoopla that the mainstream media played in distorting and blatantly misrepresenting this case.
At the end of the day – officers are granted the means by which they can terminate life, legally. There is much wisdom in not committing crime – especially in attacking a cop in any manner. The use of deadly force is authorized for officers for a reason: they are meant to come home to their own beds that night. Many who criticize police officers fail to recognize that there are plenty of people, drug induced or not, who get their rocks off by attacking cops. In many cities, it is a badge of honor to kill a cop.
Some officers abuse the right they have to protect themselves. Many cops in the history of police work have killed for lessor reasons than what we have seen in Ferguson. Some cops have raped, stolen, beaten, killed, and acted in a host of other ways that do not benefit their respective roles.
However, cops and criminals have one grand thing in common: sin. Sin is a worldwide epidemic. We see this in groups like ISIS, Hamas, Boko Haram; yet we also see it with groups of ordinary people. We have extreme examples in our history that have portrayed the depth of man’s depravity, such as the Holocaust and in the genocide in Rwanda. We have seen the depths of man’s depravity in “lessor” instances with rapists, murderers, and the like. And yet Humanists will say that people are generally good. Sure, we have some “bad eggs” – but in their heart of hearts, people want to do good.
The plain fact of the matter is that this is utterly untrue. Romans 1 has indicated that man, rejecting God in place of the organized system of this world, has been subjected, or handed over to their own depravity. Specifically, Romans 1:21 shows that though man knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or give Him thanks. Because of this, their thinking became foolish, and their senseless hearts were darkened.
Sin, then, is not simply what you do – but what you are. In summation, men are foolish, wicked, blinded, unthankful, idolatrous, and darkened. All of this because they refused to worship the Creator, worshiping the creation instead. Thus, sin is a result of obstinately misplaced affections. Whatever is not produced, as a result of faith in Christ, is sin.
Thus, if all of those whom have rejected God are foolish and darkened in their thoughts, the resulting aftermath in Ferguson is not a surprise. Truthfully, I don’t think anyone in America was all that surprised to see rioting in Ferguson after the jury did not indict Darren Wilson.
Yet scripture also indicates that the conception of abortion being turned into a women’s choice, the racial inequality that still exists, the raping of men, women, and children, the murder of another person, sexual promiscuity and the subsequent degradation of marriage, lying, stealing, slandering, enviousness, etc. are the result of this same process. The unbelieving man is foolish, senseless, and darkened.
For the one who trusts in Christ, there is hope. Yet this hope is not presently in this world or in the hopes of seeing it get better. The hope is in the person of Jesus Christ. The gospel then, is indeed, good news. This gospel transcends man’s innate ability to be in love with the darkness, indicating a new heart, softened, lightened, and being made complete so that the senseless beast may be transformed into a wise, properly worshiping man.
The injustice of mankind is not what happened to Michael Brown. The injustice of mankind is not simply the sins we have committed against one another. The injustice of mankind is bound within failing to meet three things that John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, remarks of in his letters:
- The love of the truth in the collective faith handed down from the apostles.
- The love of God that is synonymous with loving the brethren.
- The love of obedience to the commands the Lord has given.