Michael Brown, the unarmed 18 year old boy who was shot by a police officer sixteen days ago, is being laid to rest today, in an overflowing homecoming service. Last week, his stepfather requested that the protests cease for this one day, out of respect for the family, a request that seems to be being heeded by most.
Meanwhile, we continue to make sense of what we’ve been seeing, these past few weeks. Today, on CNN’s On Faith blog, the Rev. Fred Robinson argues that the changes needed for the church, post-Ferguson, will run much deeper than we may realize.
To end situations that are happening in Ferguson will require more than a re-coloring of the pews.
Could it be that through persistent poverty and societal brokenness God is screaming at the church? Challenging us? Waiting on us?
Overcoming unjust systems through personal success and hard work (which has become the cornerstone of much of white, evangelical theology) is not God’s main desire: transforming structural evil is.
Read the whole article here.