A Pastoral Statement on the Ferguson Decision

(A year into what we normally refer to as “Ferguson,” it seemed a good time to re-blog a post I made when the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision was originally announced)

Dear Friends,

In the wake of the recent announcement of the Grand Jury concerning the death of Michael Brown, I would like to urge the following for the Christ Church family:
Such a decision affects us each differently but the call to prayer for those who are hurting and have been hurt is universal.
Do No Harm.
Exercising impulse control over what you say and choose to post via the social media is essential as we work toward reconciliation and healing on the other side of this decision.
Do All the Good You Can.
This will look differently for each of us, but be conscious of how God might use you during this difficult time. Often listening does much more good than talking.
Stay in Love with God.
Don’t allow disappointment by how some may interpret this decision turn into bitterness in your own soul. By keeping the example of Christ in front of each of us, I believe we will emerge from this challenging time better appreciating one another and better knowing God.

Thank you for the joy of serving as your Senior Pastor over these past eighteen years. In that span, many national and international crises have transpired but we have stayed united around our mission of connecting people to Jesus Christ and we will do so now. Please know that you are loved by this pastor and I hold you, Christ Church and our troubled nation in my prayers and in my heart.


Rev. Shane L. Bishop
Sr. Pastor Christ Church

-Rev. Shane L. Bishop, A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church, is the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois.Shane 2015 Winter

Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it. A Distinguished Evangelist of the United Methodist Church.

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