Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Ferguson: "Sin, Not Skin is the Problem"

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Benjamin Watson, New Orleans Saints tight end, initially wrote on his Facebook page:
"At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts:"
His thoughts have gone viral with more than 800,000 people putting a "Like" on his thoughts and more than 400,000 sharing them with their friends.

I want to share his thoughts as well.

The following is his Facebook post:

Benjamin Watson
November 25:

At some point while I was playing or preparing to play Monday Night Football, the news broke about the Ferguson Decision. After trying to figure out how I felt, I decided to write it down. Here are my thoughts: 
I'M ANGRY because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes. 
I'M FRUSTRATED, because pop culture, music and movies glorify these types of police citizen altercations and promote an invincible attitude that continues to get young men killed in real life, away from safety movie sets and music studios. 
I'M FEARFUL because in the back of my mind I know that although I'm a law abiding citizen I could still be looked upon as a "threat" to those who don't know me. So I will continue to have to go the extra mile to earn the benefit of the doubt. 
I'M EMBARRASSED because the looting, violent protests, and law breaking only confirm, and in the minds of many, validate, the stereotypes and thus the inferior treatment. 
I'M SAD, because another young life was lost from his family, the racial divide has widened, a community is in shambles, accusations, insensitivity hurt and hatred are boiling over, and we may never know the truth about what happened that day. 
I'M SYMPATHETIC, because I wasn't there so I don't know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance. Now he has to fear the backlash against himself and his loved ones when he was only doing his job. What a horrible thing to endure. OR maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led to him eventually murdering the young man to prove a point. 
I'M OFFENDED, because of the insulting comments I've seen that are not only insensitive but dismissive to the painful experiences of others. 
I'M CONFUSED, because I don't know why it's so hard to obey a policeman. You will not win!!! And I don't know why some policeman abuse their power. Power is a responsibility, not a weapon to brandish and lord over the populace. 
I'M INTROSPECTIVE, because sometimes I want to take "our" side without looking at the facts in situations like these. Sometimes I feel like it's us against them. Sometimes I'm just as prejudiced as people I point fingers at. And that's not right. How can I look at white skin and make assumptions but not want assumptions made about me? That's not right. 
I'M HOPELESS, because I've lived long enough to expect things like this to continue to happen. I'm not surprised and at some point my little children are going to inherit the weight of being a minority and all that it entails. 
I'M HOPEFUL, because I know that while we still have race issues in America, we enjoy a much different normal than those of our parents and grandparents. I see it in my personal relationships with teammates, friends and mentors. And it's a beautiful thing. 
I'M ENCOURAGED, because ultimately the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem. SIN is the reason we rebel against authority. SIN is the reason we abuse our authority. SIN is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. SIN is the reason we riot, loot and burn. BUT I'M ENCOURAGED because God has provided a solution for sin through the his son Jesus and with it, a transformed heart and mind. One that's capable of looking past the outward and seeing what's truly important in every human being. The cure for the Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner tragedies is not education or exposure. It's the Gospel. So, finally, I'M ENCOURAGED because the Gospel gives mankind hope.


I have nothing to add to his "thoughts."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.


  1. He seems to be a good role model for young people to follow.

    There's something else on my mind.....I think about a people who have suffered more injustice than so many, and yet it seems to me that we don't so much hear of them protesting about it. I'm thinking there's a lot about them that is a good example also. I was thinking about the Jewish people.

    I think there are more good examples we don't often hear about, and it's good to hear about them when we do, wherever they are and wherever they are from.

    I think about Hebrews 11 which some have called the hall of fame, and Heb 12:1 and Acts 1:8.

  2. Your comments on the radio this morning about those who are agitating the riots were so right. Thanks for sharing yours and Mike Huckabee's perspective in addition to this post.

  3. When man's laws are not in conflict with God's law, they can work for the good of all men regardless of ethnicity. And when men's laws are in harmony with God, will they not determine where sin is, if all the facts are
    there and a honest and impartial jury is involved?

    Though we may never know all the facts about some happening, we should find some confidence that the will of God is most often done in our courts as long as we come into compliance with God to the best of our ability.


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    1. God bless you Spencer and may God bless Italy abundantly in Christ Jesus. Renton, WA


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