Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs. (Proverbs 10:12)
On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The disputed circumstances of the shooting and the resultant protests and racial unrest received considerable attention in the United States and abroad.
Now we await a decision from the St. Louis County grand jury on whether Officer Wilson should stand trial in the shooting. A decision could come any day. In the mean time, the news is full of hateful statements and threats of violence and civil disobedience. What’s a person to think of this sad situation?
Billy Graham, in a statement made before any of this occurred gives perspective and hope, which applies to the Ferguson shooting and other similar events.
Pastor Graham states, “To hate, to discriminate against those who look different, who talk different, who have different national backgrounds, or who act differently from the dominant group, is a universal trait of human nature. I say that there is only one possible solution and that is a vital experience with Christ on the part of all races. In Christ the middle wall of partition is broken down, the Bible says. There is no Jew or Gentile, or black or white or yellow or red. We could be one great brotherhood in Christ. However, until we come to recognize Him as the Prince of Peace, and receive His love in our hearts, the racial tensions will increase.”
He continues, “I pray for Your love, Lord Jesus, to conquer hate or prejudice — whenever these ugly transgressions seep into my heart.”