Thoughts on Ferguson [Thabiti, Voddie, Chantry | UPDATED]

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Thabiti Anyabwile
Thabiti Anyabwile

Thabiti Anyabwile:

I am no politician or elected official. I’ve been around public policy enough to know that it’s no cure-all. I’m not misplacing my hope. I have no sense that doing these things will fix everything or usher in the kingdom of God.

 

But this I do know: There is no way people of good conscience or people of Christian faith can look at the events in Ferguson and conclude there’s nothing left for us to do or nothing that can be done. No, both pure religion and good citizenship require we not settle for what’s happened in the shooting of Michael Brown and the aftermath of the grand jury’s decision. The Ferguson grand jury has given us our marching orders. They have ordered us to march for a more just system of policing and the protection of all life. We are obligated–if we love Christ or love this country–to find a way forward to justice, a way suitable to the dictates of our individual consciences and the word of God. Perhaps you don’t agree with my feeble recommendations above. Great! That’s freedom in action. Now propose something better and let’s get to work.

READ “The Ferguson Grand Jury Has Given Us Our Marching Orders”

Voddie Baucham
Voddie Baucham

Voddie Baucham:

In the end, the best lesson my children can learn from Ferguson is not that they need to be on the lookout for white cops. It is far more important that I use this teachable moment to remind them that “God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Moments before his death, Michael Brown had violently robbed a man in a store. A man doing the best he could to make a living. Minutes later, Brown reaped what he sowed, and was gunned down in the street. That is the sad truth.

 

My sons have far more to fear from making bad choices than they have to fear from the police. The overwhelming majority of police officers are decent people just trying to make a living. They are much more likely to help you than to harm you. A life of thuggery, however, is NEVER your friend. In the end, it will cost you . . . sometimes, it costs you everything.

READ “Thoughts on Ferguson”

Update 5pm CST: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Why I Believe the Grand Jury Got It Wrong and Injustice Triumphed

Update Nov. 27, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Four Common But Misleading Themes in Ferguson-like Times

Update Nov. 29, 2014: Voddie Baucham was interviewed on FOX News [3 min. vid.]:

Update Dec. 1, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “Spotting ‘Gospel Escapism’ in Evangelical Circles

Tom Chantry
Tom Chantry

Update Dec. 2, 2014: Tom Chantry posted, “What Voddie Said (and Didn’t)

Voddie Baucham posted his thoughts on the Gospel Coalition blog, and while many have linked to his thoughts, it seems to me that most who have interacted or evaluated have either misunderstood or misrepresented his statements. It’s fairly obvious that most have read Baucham’s remarks through their own personal tinted goggles, so maybe I have also. But I’ll tell you what I think anyway, because if I’m reading him correctly, he has said some genuinely wonderful things.

Update Dec. 2, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “One Man’s Justice Another Man’s Nightmare: It Really Could Have Been Me

Update Dec. 8, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “8 Suggestions for Applying the Gospel in Light of Brown, Grant, Gurley, Rice and Others

Update Dec. 10, 2014: Thabiti Anyabwile posted, “The Final Civil Rights Battle: Ending Police Brutality

Dec. 16, 2014 ‘A Time to Speak’ [Race, Church, Next Steps] feat. Voddie Baucham, Thabiti Anyabwile + more [LIVESTREAM 4-6pm CST]
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5 Replies to “Thoughts on Ferguson [Thabiti, Voddie, Chantry | UPDATED]”

  1. Voddie, someone who grew up in the inner city understands the the social climate. He understands the tension between the law and also the behavior of man. He also provides a nuanced perspective. My fear concerning this situation is that people will try to be experts concerning the legal system and thinking that they are doing good, but in reality maybe causing more confusion and problems.

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