Ferguson and Forgiveness of Jesus (May we find Beauty in the midst of ruins)

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Now that Darren Wilson has resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, some would say that would bring his chapter in the Michael Brown case to a close. However, some would want a re-trying of charges of some sort whether in Federal Court (even though Mr. Wilson believes that would “clear him” as well) – or personal charges in civil court. These two facts are clear, Michael Brown is dead and Darren Wilson’s livelihood/remaining life is altered. Those two facts won’t change.

My two fears are that 1) Michael Brown did not have God’s salvation through Jesus before he died (therefore eternally separated from God’s grace) and 2) Darren Wilson does not have this salvation now. The only one out of this situation who CAN change is Darren Wilson, the only one who CAN ask for forgiveness of sins from Jesus is Darren Wilson. The only one who CAN ask forgiveness from Michael Brown’s family is Darren Wilson. Mr. Wilson does not have to ask forgiveness, that is his will (given by God, coincidentally enough). Mr. Wilson does not have to ask forgiveness in a public, media saturated way, he can ask in a private moment with the parents of Michael Brown. However, first and foremost Mr. Wilson needs to get on his knees, beg and plead with God through Jesus and ask for forgiveness of his sins so that he may be saved from Hell: . Romans 10:9 – if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

If we, as Jesus-loving-following-obeying Christians, don’t think one second on the eternal destinations of our fellow-man, what are we, (taking a line from Matthew West) angels of apathy? Mr. Wilson is a sinner just like you and me, his eternal address may change because of this tragic event and hopefully his eternal address will change toward Heaven through Jesus. Here is a crazy, unimaginable thought – Jesus HAS forgiven Mr. Wilson. I hope Mr. Wilson receives this forgiveness. Not that we in our infinite wisdom (sarcasm), believe Mr. Wilson DESERVES forgiveness. As much as we don’t have Jesus’ heart and as much animosity we have toward Mr. Wilson, Jesus has ONLY forgiveness. As much unforgiving we have toward the smallest of ills someone else brings us, Jesus has ONLY forgiveness. I hope there is urgency to repent and turn toward God for us ALL. As Matthew Henry writes, “The broken heart is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ; there is no true repentance without faith in him.”

Let us all have a broken heart, that can be softened to Jesus and only he can fix, let us all repent of our unforgiveness and have faith in Jesus.

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