I am a BIG fan of New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson. Last week, we told you about the Facebook post he wrote that went viral, reaching millions of people, with his thoughts on the Ferguson situation.
The popularity of his Facebook post has offered Mr. Watson some special opportunities to reach even more people with his message. Because his post on Ferguson went viral, he’s had several chances to speak with different members of the media about his comments – most recently on CNN. While the conversation centered on the events in Ferguson, Missouri Mr. Watson was able to use his newfound popularity to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to speak to the real problem in Ferguson… SIN.
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 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.
Man, I am so thankful for the testimony and the faithfulness of Benjamin Watson. He is using a horrible situation for good, which is exactly what we all should be doing. Thank you, Mr. Watson, for your wonderful example to us all.
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