Oh my Friend,
“These are the times that try men’s souls”. Thomas Paine, in the midst of the American Revolution, wrote these historic words on December 23, 1776. Today these United States are in deep, deep trouble. Our soul as a nation is being tried in ways we have not seen in decades.
I am sure you have been keeping up with the news out of the Ferguson, MO area regarding the shooting of a young black man by a white police officer a week ago. The young man unfortunately died. However, before all the facts could become known, the media, the President, the DOJ and many more on the liberal left jumped in with their own conclusions to fit their political narrative. Many of those conclusions are turning out to be false now that more “truth” about the events is being released. No surprise there.
But what really gets to me is how the people that live in that community have responded since the events took place. I have no problem with people exercising their constitutional right to assemble and peacefully protest. In fact, I would fight to protect that right as a citizen of this nation even when I disagree with the position of those protesting. However, where in ALL of this mess, is there any legitimate justification for the rioting, looting, destruction of innocent people’s business’s and jobs, and violence towards the police, that has gone on for the last week? Have we truly become such an uncivilized, undisciplined people? Those who are taking these actions appear to really not understand that any legitimate grievance or wrong that may actually exist in this situation is being buried under their ignorant and mob-like behavior.
Remember the movie “Mississippi Burning”? If you have not seen it, while not always easy to watch, I recommend you take the time to view it. (Warning – the language is pretty rough.) The story line is essentially that two FBI agents are investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s and are attempting to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger FBI agent Ward, played by Willem Dafoe, trained in FBI school and a Northerner, runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner (played by Gene Hackman). Well, back to what I want to illustrate. At some point in the movie, the bewildered younger FBI agent Ward turns to his partner and asks “What’s wrong with these people?” He truly doesn’t understand the mindset of the people in the community.
Well, today, my only response to the Ferguson, MO events is the very same question: “What’s wrong with these people?”
Grace and peace.