November 25, 2014

How Christians should deal with Darren Wilson and the Ferguson Decision

by F. L. Anderson 

A pastor from Ferguson asked a black congregation if they would pray for Darren Wilson. There was no response. He than asked if they would pray for his family. Only one person said they would. 

Events, like the shooting of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and the subsequent trial or grand jury decisions serve to draw out underlying tensions. These events have the potential to release pent-up anger, and even violence. How we choose to respond to these events, reveal very quickly what kind of Christians we really are.

Let's talk about how a Christian deals with anger, bitterness and frustration.

There is nothing wrong with being angry. It is what we do with the anger that God is concerned with. If you are angry, do not let it become sin. Ephesians 4:26 NLT Here, the apostle Paul doesn't tell us that we shouldn't feel or be angry about something, but he points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If our anger is vented thoughtlessly, it can hurt others and destroy relationships. If anger is bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. If we nurse our anger, we will give the devil an opportunity to divide us.

What can you do to vent your anger?

In the case of the George Zimmerman and Darren Wilson decision, a protest march or boycott can help relieve some of the anger and frustration. However, prayer is always a good relief. Think about how God would have you handle the situation. Many times, we think that getting back at someone for a wrong done is the way to ease our anger, but that would be a sin.

Dear friends, never take revenge, leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19 NLT

When it came to revenge, Dr. King knew that the greatest revenge was done by God. No one does it better. Let God do His job, instead of trying to do it for Him. God is righteous and just, we can always trust that He knows what is going on and that He will see to it that justice takes place.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind Romans 12:2 KJV

If you can’t change the person or circumstance which has angered you, change yourself. Anyone can return evil for evil, but it takes a true lover of Jesus to allow love to flow from our hearts, instead of hatred. Even if your mind wants to take revenge, talk to God about giving you  the will-power to offer forgiveness. It might not change the external problem, but it will change your internal ability to handle the situation. #iTEACH

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