What should the Christian response to Ferguson be? Well, first of all, it should be immediatly practical and based on the Bible’s wisdom. Right now as I write this, blacks are rioting in Ferguson. That’s the first challenge we Christians must take on.
We can get the Blacks to stop rioting based on the wisdom of the Bible. It’s really easy. Here’s how:
Missouri Governor Nixon should shut off all EBT cards and food stamps until the rioting stops. This will work so well that he can send the cops home and save all the overtime pay.
The blacks in Ferguson act like animals because the state treats them like animals. The state feeds them and houses them like animals. So when they get angry, they stampede like a heard of brute beasts.
ferguson is a zoo
Ok, you want to act like animals? Animals get hungry eventually. So when these rioting animals duck into a store to grab some Cheetos, their ebt card won’t work. How then will they tame their munchies?
Steal the Cheetos? They can. But delivery trucks don’t restock a store that’s being looted. So eventually that store full of food will be gone. Their munchies will grow to full blown starvation. (It takes a lot of energy to throw bricks through windows during a late November cold snap!)
When the food runs out and with no ebt card to replace it, the blacks will be faced with a choice: starve to death or stop acting like animals.
Yup, the same process that I used to train my dog Leona is the same process that we can use in Ferguson to train these blacks to act like dignified men. In fact, it’s the same process that God uses to train us in godliness. Hunger.
Read what Paul the Apostle says about hunger in his second letter to the Thessalonians:
Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
In this passage Paul lays down a rule. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. When people don’t have a job to do, they become busybodies. And busybodies keep themselves occupied by rioting.
Right now some people are like, “Jimmy not all black people in Ferguson are unemployed. Many of them have jobs.”
Yea. Many black people in Ferguson had jobs at places that were destroyed by the rioters. So do they really have that job anymore?
The Christian church can confront the problems people face, or it can coddle people in their sin. When we speak frankly to one another, it’s difficult at first, but in the end we can correct someone’s error and improve his life. When we coddle someone in his sin, he is worse off.
Do you think the residents of Ferguson are better off or worse off after they smashed windows in their own neighborhood? I’d say that they are worse off. So despite my strong words to begin this post, I am more loving of black people than the President of the United States.
This is Christian love. We don’t coddle people caught in sin. Even if it’s a whole race of people, we confront that problem. The Bible has answers to problems. We who know the truth have an obligation to share it.
Read what Paul the apostle wrote in his letter to Titus concerning Creatans:
One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”
This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.
Was Paul racist against the Cretans? Sounds like it to me. But he commanded Titus to rebuke them sharply. Otherwise the Cretans would start rioting about police brutality when one of their own breaks the law.
I think that for me to obey this, I should rebuke black Americans sharply. Ok. Here it goes.
Black Americans, you should be ashamed of yourselves! Rioting? No. It’s time to stop assaulting police officers. It’s time to go to work and feed yourselves.