A Christian response to Ferguson

fergusonBy Jerry Newcombe

When will the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, stop? There has been much mayhem – including the police using tear gas – and much looting in the St. Louis suburb. The media covers this story heavily. Some estimate there may be as many media members as there are protesters.

All of this follows the shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer Saturday Aug. 9. Though the facts are sketchy, many are convinced that an injustice has been done.

The reaction has created an additional crisis. Reports indicate that thugs from all over have descended on Ferguson to take advantage of the chaos, to get “justice” “by any means necessary.” How? By putting a small shop owner out of business by looting?

C. S. Lewis reportedly said: “The devil is always trying to trick us to extremes.”

Here we are 51 years to the month (Aug. 28, 1963) after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. articulated his vision for a color-blind society, and some things seem to be worse. “I have a dream …”

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