If I was/were a (white) pastor in St. Louis I would…


  • Pray for God’s peace to come in the midst of chaos and brokenness.
  • Not rush to judgment that the black community is looking for a reason to riot and loot.
  • Pray that God would remove from me any feelings of prejudice and racism that exist and replace those feelings / attitudes / actions with love and acceptance.
  • Not assume that I know what is really going on in that community or how they feel about the injustice that has occurred.
  • Pray that God would help me know how to feel and what to pray for the Brown family and for the Ferguson community.
  • Urge my congregation to use their energy and influence to work towards a peaceful resolution and not a display of power or revenge.
  • Pray that God would not let the church ignore this as a community problem that belongs to the government to fix.
  • Offer church resources to the local police department and volunteer as a crisis chaplain with St. Louis County.
  • Pray that police officers would be cautious, deliberate, fair, and protected during the conflict. Pray that the Darren Wilson and his family would not be victims or be used as political pawns in the days ahead.
  • Reach out in partnership to a church in the Ferguson area for support and sharing asking God to help us heal and look forward together in unity.
  • Pray that I would never lead my church to be so focused and selfish on our needs that we would be paralyzed by fear instead of mobilized by faith.
  • Decide deep within my heart not to let this story be over when the rioting stops, the TV cameras are put away, and the next story of injustice grabs the nation’s attention.
  • Pray for God’s people to be ambassadors of hope and reconciliation today, tomorrow, and forevermore.

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  (Romans 12:15-18)


* August 24, 2014 – It has been a week since I posted this. Hundreds of people of been arrested, dozens injured, millions of dollars in property damaged, a huge hit to the St Louis economy, and a black eye on the city overall. While there have been over 400 views of this post, only one comment was made. That means that I am either A – a lousy writer, B- out in left as a social/theological critic, or C- saying things that white suburban Christian doesn’t want to discuss. God help us because all three points may be true.


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