The Bible says: Perfect love casts out fear. (I John 4:18.)
Rev. Lucas Johnson wrote a blog called Ferguson and Justice. It’s short. To the point. Johnson is the International Coordinator for Fellowship of Reconciliation. In the blog Johnson talks about what is behind so much of the violence in our world. In particular, he gives us pause to ponder what the streets are like for African Americans in our country. It’s about injustice; yes. It’s about inequities in the structures of power; yes. But the line that caught me is this one:
“People are taking to the streets in Ferguson because they/we are tired of your fear controlling our lives and deeming them worthless.”
Your fear – the fear that lived in George Zimmerman who shot Treyvon Martin; the fear that lived in Darren Wilson when he shot Michael Brown. All the intricacies of the facts don’t trump this one powerful detail: We are afraid of each other.
As you go about your day today be mindful when you find yourself in a situation that elevates your pulse due to fear or anxiety. It’s bad enough when we let fear control our own lives; when we let fear control how we react to the people around us, it can be deadly.
A blessed Tuesday.