When events like what’s going on in Ferguson comes up, sometimes Christians are the quickest to throw in their 2 cents and we (myself included) are often guilty of being too quick to speak. God is not shocked or surprised by any of this and in fact, would call followers of Christ to respond no differently than in any other situation. Those who follow Jesus should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, pray, and ask God to continually search our hearts as we move towards loving others and making disciples.
“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” – James 1:19-21
Ferguson is just one example in the bigger picture of the way believers should conduct themselves at all times, especially in the face of adversity. Here are 3 questions to ask yourself about the situation in Ferguson before you move in to judge or speak too quickly. Ask God to search your heart in regards to these questions and to reveal to you any area of sin that you would need to repent from.
1. Am I Being Discriminatory?
I think most of us would immediately say no to this question, but again, that might be a sign of us being too quick to speak or answer. You know yourself more than anyone else except for God and are quite aware of the fact if you actually discriminate or judge someone before you know them. I’d encourage you that as a believer, the issue isn’t racism, but more of a lack of understanding of how God sees everyone.