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Regarding Ferguson, Missouri by Tammy Pence

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Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all who are dispossessed. Speak up, judge righteously, and defend the cause of the oppressed and needy (Proverbs 31:8-9; Prov 17:26).

I would like to encourage everyone to read Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile’s two posts:

Here’s a few quotes:

This post is a recognition that evangelicalism is useless in its own back yard, with its own neighbors, while it changes its twitter avatars to identify with persecuted Christians half a world away.

Orthodox evangelicalism is dead to the marginalized because it’s so allergic to the margins. It wants its mainstream, its tree-lined streets of cultural acceptance, its reserve and respectability….the church has turned her head, closed her eyes, and pressed tight her lips.

“Well, the most pervasive mistake I have made was in believing that because our cause was just, we could be sure that the white ministers of the South, once their Christian consciences were challenged, would rise to our aid. I felt that white ministers would take our cause to the white power structures. I ended up, of course, chastened and disillusioned.” Martin Luther King in his book, Why We Can’t Wait

I have been concerned about the militarization of the police (using tanks, etc.). I realize their rationalization is that they want to be as well armed as the criminals. I am ashamed of strong-arm robbery and the rioting and looting occurring in Ferguson. Before the shooting of Michael Brown, I watched the video of an unarmed man, Eric Garner, choked to death by NYC police. What was his crime? He allegedly possessed “untaxed cigarettes.” I love our police protection, but they have options available to them before using deadly force. What has happened to the Protect and Serve attitude vs. looking at community members with distrust and suspicion?

It has been 13 days since Michael Brown was shot and killed. We have not heard the official autopsy results, nor have we heard the officer’s account of what happened. If it was a police officer that was shot and killed, do you think 13 days would go by without information on the investigation? It’s time for Christian people to stand up for justice.   If our leaders won’t show leadership courage then we need to start a grassroots movement.

He has told you, O man, what is good;  and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence – married to my best friend Tammy, a graduate of Covenant Seminary, St. Louis Cardinals fan, formerly a manager at a Fortune 50 organization, and in leadership at my local church. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop, and to use their strengths to their fullest potential. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinder themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony, and Achiever, and my two StandOut strength roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book of the Bible, and Colossians 3:23 and 2 Corinthians 5:21 being my favorite verses. Some of my other favorite books are The Holiness of God and Chosen by God by R.C. Sproul, and Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. I enjoy music in a variety of genres, including modern hymns, Christian hip-hop and classic rock. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace and Tammy’s book Study, Savor and Share Scripture: Becoming What We Behold are available in paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

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