Daily Devotional for Wednesday November 26, 2014

Ferguson Epilogue

(Genesis 1:26,27; Deuteronomy 10:17; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 3:28)

Ferguson Epilogue. Like so many of these tragedies, Ferguson was not about policing, it was about parenting! In the wake of the grand jury decision not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, the REAL PROBLEM none of the networks or exhaustive news coverage of this tragic event never told you was about parenting! Fraudulently portrayed as "Ward and June Cleaver" by the media, Brown's birth parents were never married, both have other children by other partners, and he was being raised primarily by his maternal grandmother as so many children in minority communities are!

Just like in the death of Trayvon Martin I pray for and have sympathy for the parents of Michael Brown in their grief of losing their son. However, I submit to you that if they had been real parents PRIOR to his death, this sad tragedy most likely would have been avoided. I know to some that may sound very cold to put blame on the parents, but that is where a big portion of the blame lies.

Just like in Trayvon Martin, the autopsy of Michael Brown showed he had marijuana in his system at the time of the incident. A look at Brown's social media made it apparent that he was infatuated with smoking pot, guns, and being a gangster. It was leaked early on that Brown had a significant juvenile record for all types of various crimes. Any responsible parents would know their son was involved in committing crimes at a young age, smoking pot and glamorizing a gangster lifestyle, and there was something is seriously wrong.

*For all of those black hosts and commentators in the media over the past months lamenting what to tell their children, that is simple. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love others. Don't commit crimes. Don't assault a police officer. Don't fantasize about and try to emulate the hip-hop culture that is about illicit sex, drugs, violence and DEATH! Explain to your children why those black "entertainers" who make millions glorifying a culture of drugs, violence and death are NOT of God but of satan himself and are NOT to be admired but shunned!

As I have shared with you for years, the breakdown of marriage and the family is the number one issue in our culture, since it is the foundation of our culture. Over 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock. The poverty rate amongst blacks is at an all time high and has only gotten worse with our first black President. There are FUNDAMENTAL and FOUNDATIONAL problems in the minority communities that are leading to nearly half of black young men ending up in prison, and the blame is on the churches in those communities!

The churches in minority communities used to be the social and spritual heart of those communities. Sadly, that is no longer the case. The majority of the last 2 generations of young blacks have abandoned the church. It has never been part of their life. They see the church as nothing more than another hustle. Without the parental nurturing and supervision, they have gravitated to the gangs and a life on the streets. Death or prison is the natural end for such a life.

This was never a difficult case to understand and it was NEVER about race. >From day one this was about a young man, Michael Brown, who robbed a convenience store, than when confronted by police, assaulted the office, went for his gun, and than ran away before stopping and charging the officer. If he had lived, Brown would be in jail on many different charges. Despite the lies of the media and those using this tragedy to advance a political agenda, Ferguson was never about anything more than a young man high on marijuana who made horrible decisions to not just get high that day, but commit strong-armed robbery and than assault a police officer which cost him his life.

Let me say from a personal perspective, I found the post-verdict coverage appalling! I blame the media for the rioting that resulted in the horrific scenes we saw coming out of Ferguson. MSNBC and CNN not just support and promote the killing of innocent babies and the radical homosexual agenda, they are now little more than a forum for race baiters ginning up the masses to commit acts of violence. It is no surprise to see faux Reverends Sharpton and Jackson, but there was no shortage of others filling the airwaves to fan the flames of racial hatred.

It also sickens me that President Obama, with all of the real national and international issues of import he has to deal with, had to chime in to fan the flames of racism! Add to President Obama is AG Eric "fast and furious" Holder chiming in with threats of DOJ involvement regarding a violation by Officer Wilson of Michael Brown's civil rights. While Holder and the DOJ is dealing with their clear involvement of running guns to Mexican drug cartels, THEIR violation of the rights of reporters and citizens by illegal wiretaps, they seem to have time to become involved in an issue the justice system adjudicated simply to exacerbate racial tensions in the nation!

Equally as sickening but not surprising were the irresponsible, disgusting, and violence-inciting comments of many pro athletes and celebrities with huge followings on social media. Worst of all though were so many black pastors fueling the charged atmosphere after the verdict with incendiary comments. Of all people in our society who should rise above satan's sick game of division, it should be men called by God to lead the people in ways of righteousness, not add to the hatred and division that already exists.

Sadly, the TV networks, most commentators, even the President and Attorney General, took the side of young man with a criminal record who that very day had committed a strong-arm robbery before assaulting a police officer and going for the officer's gun over the police. The way the police in Ferguson and across the nation were demonized during this whole tragic affair was despicable. Over and over these past three months was treated in the media as the good guy, while the police were cast in the role of villain. Police officers in this nation put their very lives on the line every day for their communities. To demonize the police to advance a racial/political narrative should repulse all people who love law and order.

Of course, while this high-profile trial gave a platform to those who seek to divide people by skin color under the guise of civil rights, there is never a mention of the hundreds of young black men being killed in the streets of our nation's cities every single day. Why are several thousand black babies aborted each day, adding to a culture of violence and death our children grow up in that says human life is not precious or has no value? No, that would require a real conversation and a real debate about why that is happening and how to stop it. It is much easier to create a "made-for-TV" race controversy even if the facts have shown from day one, facts even the FBI's investigation showed, never existed!

This is not just a "black" problem. It is a problem for people of every skin color in 2014. The lack of parenting and parental nurturing and influence is rampant in all neighborhoods today. Once again, it is simply the byproduct of a culture that has turned marriage into little more than a legal date or abandoned it all together, and the better percentage of several generations who have never been to church. It is a problem that will continue to get worse, and the ONLY answer is to work on turning these young adults to followers of Jesus Christ.

I love you and care about you so much. Sadly, with the help of true minions of satan like Al Sharpton (What "Rev" supports killing babies and the homosexual agenda?) and major cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC, along with the most racially divisive President and Attorney General ever, racial divisions are alive and well today. They may be worse than they have ever been in several decades. The Michael Brown tragedy is not even a real issue in the scheme of things since it was about a young man assaulting a police officer and being killed in the process. However, it does give us a glimpse into where the real problems are in our culture.

Unless we get back to bringing young men and women to faith in Jesus, unless we get their parents saved and they understand their Godly role in the life of their children, unless we create a culture where life is precious and people have worth, nothing will change. That is why I have shared with you for years that the only hope and answer for each person and this nation, is to turn back to God and His Truth and bring the lost and hurting the real hope that is only found in a relationship with Jesus Christ!

His love and service,

Your friend and brother in Christ,

Bill Keller