In the aftermath of the Grand Jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the opinions have varied and even been extreme. Just the headlines of media op-ed pages demonstrate the divide. Here’s a sampling.
“Deep South Justice in Ferguson”
“The Ferguson Decision was not a ‘Miscarriage of Justice’”
“No Justice. No Respect.”
NAACP Begins ‘Journey For Justice’ from Ferguson
Churches Urge Continuing ‘Activism’ For Justice in Ferguson
“Justice was Served in Ferguson–This Isn’t Jim Crow America.”
“Do Ferguson Protestors Really Want Justice?”
“Is Al Sharpton Really Concerned About Justice in Ferguson?”
The key word in all of these headlines, in the numerous articles, in protesters’ signs, and the speeches given is, of course, “justice.”
Did the Grand Jury composed of 6 white men, 3 white women, 2 black women and 1 black man, get it right? After listening to roughly 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses, did these 12 men and women render a just decision?
Apparently from the reaction from a cross-section of our nation tell us there is a wide difference of opinion. And it is not all divided among racial lines. Just ask Charles Barclay!
The truth is we will never know. Not for sure. Not in this life time.
Compared to other countries, American’s system of justice is still the best. However, it is imperfect. Innocent people are sometimes convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Guilty people, even murderers, are some times found innocent. Grand Juries may indict people with little evidence. And they may not indict when it seems there is ample evidence.
Human beings are flawed. Our knowledge is imperfect. Our judgement is sometimes skewed. Our prejudices often blind us to the facts. And our personal agenda may take precedent over the truth.
However, there is One who is without fault. Whose knowledge is perfect. And judgment is unerring. And with Him there is no partiality. He is God. His name is Jehovah. And here’s what the Bible says about the Lord’s justice.
For the Lord loves justice,
And does not forsake His saints;
7 The works of His hands are truth and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.
The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
Furthermore, the God of Justice hates injustice. Inequity. Lying. Perjury. And false witnesses. (Prov 6:16-19; Micah 3:1-9)
However, not wrongs will be righted in this life time. Justice will be served. But we may have to wait until the righteous Judge who knows our hearts renders his final verdict based on our deeds (2 Cor. 5:10).
“ For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.” (Acts 17:31, NIV)
There will be justice for Michael Brown. Officer Darren Wilson. The protestors. Ken Weliever. And you too!
In the meantime, let us say and do the things that “make for peace.” Love our neighbor. Not render evil for evil. Do good to all men. And honor God.
Ken Weliever, The Preacherman