Jesus Died with His Hands Up, Too

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Promoting fear of the police should not be a Methodist way and yet we have. And it looks like Michael Brown was closer to 300 pounds. If he was indeed advancing upon the officer deadly force would be appropriate. No one should feel good about that but we have been too quick to pass judgment upon the officer. I hope that an impartial review is conducted even in the face of a polarized community. Sooner or later the facts will come out.

Kevin more than 2 years ago

"Jesus died with his hands up too"

One comment describes Michael Brown, Jr. this way; "...closer to 300 pounds" Another; "6ft and
4 inches, 200 pounds". I wonder how tall was Jesus and what did he weigh?

The Exodus Scripture that was my text on yesterday, 8/24/14 was this; "The King of Egypt said to the Midwives, 'When you serve as midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a son, you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, she shall live'. But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the King of Egypt commanded them, but let the male children live." Why was the King of Egypt fearful of the sons of Hebrew women? And, why do a few, certainly not the majority of policemen, fear the sons of black women? I, with many other United Methodist clergy of all races,
have sought to confront the factors responsible for the killing of black boys and men, by black boys and men in our communities. When will there emerge a coalition of United Methodist clergy of all races, who will confront the factors responsible for the killing of black boys and men by white policemen?

Regardless of the size, color or actions of Michael Brown, Jr. he did not deserve to be killed by a policeman. Nor, should his dead body have remained on the street for 4 hours.

Now that his funeral has been held and he is buried, I believe that all of us who have a fear/consciousness of God as did the Midwives, will prayerfully remember and reflect upon why
black boys and men, year-after-year are killed by the police, and would be police, in numbers
that are out-of-proportion when compared to the killings of those who are not black. All of us should be concerned regardless of who we are racially. Michael Brown, Jr. could have been the son of any one of us. We should remember that, whenever the police our protectors, are out-of-control. Next time it could be my sons who are black, or your sons who are not. I have sought, not to demean
and dehumanize Officer Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot Michael Brown, Jr. I therefore could not be "silent" as I read comments that sought to demean and dehumanize Michael Brown, Jr.

It is in moments like this, that we are challenged to reflect on the meaning of the life, death and mission of Jesus. I have found meaning in these words written about Jesus by Kahlil Gibran, many
years ago; "Jesus was not a bird with broken wings: He was a raging tempest who broke all crooked wings...He came to make the human heart a temple, and the soul an altar, and the mind a priest." (THE SECRETS OF THE HEART, 1971). May we in these moments give special attention to our hearts, our souls and our minds. I believe this might be what Jesus would have us do.

Gil Caldwell more than 2 years ago

hands up

As the facts come out it looks more like the officer was defending himself from attack. A 6ft 4 , 200 pound young man is never unarmed. I do not see how a grand jury can indict this officer or if they do how he could be convicted. Rev Burklo has condemned an officer who was doing his duty.








Kevin more than 2 years ago

That's the Faux News version of reality.

Truth is, we don't know for sure yet. This thing will be investigated with a fine-toothed comb. Promoting fear of scary dark-skinned people is not the Methodist way.

George Nixon Shuler more than 2 years ago

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