Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Politics or Devaluing Life? Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and the US Soldier

I am angry. I am sad.  I am troubled.  Why are some brothers and sisters in Christ using the death of a young black man to further drive home their distrust and disdain for President Obama?  As a resident of North St. Louis County I can tell you firsthand that the death of Michael Brown is NOT a liberal vs. conservative fight to be fought.  So why then are people trying to make it one?   The fact that Obama chose to send a White House representative to the funeral of Mike Brown seems to have a great number of conservative social media users upset.  

Comparisons are being made to the funerals of fallen law enforcement officers in photos like this…

And once again the name of Trayvon Martin is being drug through the mud with photos like this…

There are those that say we live in a post-racial society.  They say, “race-baitors” want us to believe otherwise.  No true Christian wants to believe that prejudice lives within them.  No true Christian wants to believe they themselves are “racist.” However, racism at its most basic form is the belief that one race is superior to another.  It means valuing one life over another.  

Is the life of a soldier more valuable than the life of a young black man?   

Is the life of a police officer more valuable than that of an unarmed civilian? 

Even still, is the life of a police officer more valuable than that of an armed criminal? 

Still not understanding what I am saying?  

This is the face of a parent that just laid his child to rest...

This too is the face of a parent that just laid her child to rest...

See a difference?  I don't. Grief does not discriminate. 

If you, my Christian brothers and sisters, believe in the value of life from conception to the grave and beyond, then please, I beg of you, STOP using ANYONE’S death to push forward your own smear campaign. ALL life has value thus every life should be respected in death.  

Matthew 22:37-40   “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and first commandment.  And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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