Last summer, God revealed a message to me just before the tragic death of Michael Brown. “Alveda, tell the people of the world this: You don’t have to live this way. You are better than this.” Weeks later Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson.
Yesterday, my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center spoke to our nation with these words: “America, we are better than this.” The message is very clear. God values our lives, all of our lives. These words came just after a powerful “2014 Evening of Prayer for Our City & The Urban World” hosted by Bishop Raphael Green and other ministers and leaders in Ferguson.
Bishop Jackson, Niger Innis—National Spokesperson for Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), executive director of TheTeaParty.net and founder of Restore the Dream 2015—and I are part of a growing coalition of socially and ethnically blended preachers and civil rights leaders who are leading the charge to promote peaceful solutions to the systemic issues that are at the root of explosive eruptions across our nation. Right now, the spotlight is on Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury comprised of the peers (blacks and whites) of Michael Brown and Darren Wilson failed to indict Officer Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“A form of justice prevailed in Ferguson. Yet larger issues must be addressed by us all, together as a nation. The evidence has been examined and reexamined, undoubtedly with an understanding of the unique importance of the outcome. Yet we must understand that this is not just a decision on the perceived tensions between law enforcement and the black community. This is not the final say on the value of black men’s lives, of indeed all human lives. This is even bigger than the decision on the actions of police officer Darren Wilson.
“Yes, all of us must step aside and look at the facts; we must discuss and react to this decision passionately, but respectfully.
“There are broader issues that have been brought to light in Ferguson that must be addressed by our entire nation in Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is important that our law enforcement community protects and serves the people with integrity and decency. It is also crucial that when this occurs, the community sees law enforcement as allies.
“The homicide rate among African-American men is far too high. Yet another somewhat confusing mitigating factor is that over 90 percent of the deaths of black males come at the hands of other black men, not white police officers. Are those black lives worth less than those taken by whites?
In the weeks and months ahead, Americans and our leaders must focus on addressing these issues in a thoughtful and inclusive manner.”
“America, we are better than this,” says my friend Bishop Harry Jackson, world leader and Pentecostal Pastor of Hope Christian Center.
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SOURCE: Charisma News