Who had ever heard of Ferguson, MO, before the recent uproar as a result of the death of a young black man by a local white policeman? The news is wall-to-wall with very disturbing images splattered across the screen, getting worse each day.
The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back happened today as I was driving home from Costco, listening to talk radio. I have heard many politicians spout Scripture to justify their positions, but, Rev. Louis Farrahkan went over the top as he ranted “an eye for an eye…,” leaving it up to your imagination as to what he was suggesting needs to be done.
I have my own bias as to this incident, but I wondered what would Jesus do or say?
Matthew 6:14-15 NIV
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 18: 21-22 NIV
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times? Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
Luke 6:37 NIV
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luke 17:3-4 NIV
So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says , ‘I repent,’ forgive him.
John 8:7 NIV
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”
What would Jesus do? Something to think about.
As believers, let’s commit to pray.