Liberty and Justice for All: A Moral Imperative


Last night, in Ferguson, MO, the grand jury provided its decision of no indictment for police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African American whom he shot multiple times and killed. Our heartfelt prayer extends to Michael Brown’s parents, immediate and extended family as well. Our hearts ache again and again as we are left stunned by the decision.


There were many responses in America and around the globe as the world once again watched how our democracy would play out. I personally sat in unbelief once again, but have seen thisbefore in the Trayvon Martin case and countless others. Where is the justice? I have served as a police chaplain for more than 32 years and have seen my share of shootings, suicides, accidents and situations that result in death. I’ve been through the training and know the different ways to handle various situations.  However, anybody who is unarmed, shot multiple times and killed is very disturbing to me.


Liberty and justice for all is a moral imperative. In Micah 6:8  reads, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”  If the majority of our non-ethnic churches would use the pulpit to preach against racial implicit biased behavior, which is the message of Jesus, then I believe that the world would be much further along in our attitudes towards each other. The moral imperative that we must teach in our schools is that everyone’s life is valuable and that you must be just in your actions and deeds towards all people. But instead, we live where racial biases are taught and exhibited throughout the very fabric of our society.  Officer Darren Wilson shared that Michael Brown looked like a demon; something evil, as he approached him…but what does a demon look like?  Yet, the fact remains that Michael Brown was unarmed. These types of statements have caused individuals to demonize African Americans and think of us as less than human and worthy of death.  Although people of color are not convinced that there is “liberty and justice for all” in the United States, we will continue to push forward in meaningful dialogue and legislation to achieve this goal.  


G.A.I.N. has been asked to partner with other organizations and meet on December 2-3, 2014 in Ferguson, MO in an effort to continue to bring healing and reconciliation, and to continue dealing with the senseless killings of African Americans and people of color.  We must stop the racial implicit biases. This is a moral imperative. 

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