What Michael Brown and Bill Cosby Have In Common
Watching the Ferguson ordeal last night my deepest response was sadness. I am sad that a young man's life was riddled with anger shaped by a culture that led him down a path of bullying and crime. I am saddened that a police officer was put in a situation where he believed he had to pull his gun and shoot a man for fear of his life. I am saddened because people take advantage of the situation and use it for personal gain whether it is the rioters, the activists, politicians, or the media. I am saddened to think that in the long run the deep seeded issues will remain and after a while we will see this scene played out once again.
But I am also saddened because all the while that Ferguson is taking place a childhood icon is revealed to be nothing more then an abuser of power and women. Bill Cosby's attitude and actions toward women is appalling and is symptomatic of a culture that abuses its wealth and position. I am saddened because while portraying the clean cut, family loving, image of the Cosby show he allowed darkness to cast a shadow over its image forever.
The common thread between these two cases is the war that wages in an unseen world. It is a battle between dark forces, against Satanic rule, and demonic powers that lurk in the darkness. Yes, we are responsible for our decisions and actions, but to deny an evil that influences, tempts, deceives, and misleads the deeds of men is to be unprepared against a strong and dangerous foe.
Satan presents himself as both angel and lion, but his aim is the same, to devour. I am not saying that Michael Brown or Bill Cosby were possessed, but the chaos that follows the deeds of darkness are destructive.
The war that wages in the heavenlies spills into the hearts of men and leads them into greed, licentiousness, debauchery, lust, and all sorts of evil. And when given a chance it hits the streets and chaos ensues. As believers we are not to engage the evil one with weapons made of this world. Laws, courts, grand juries, and force can stem its tide, but it will never vanquish it because evil lies in the heart of every man.
Only the weapons of the Spirit, the armor of God, can protect us against evils onslaught. Only the working of God in Christ can go beyond the weapons of this world to pierce the hearts of men. Only the price of the cross and the victory of the resurrection can transform a man from death to life.
It saddens me that the world in which we live is marred by such bigotry and hatred, but there is hope. Not in the world, but in Him who has overcome it. Let not your heart be troubled. I'm just saying.
Ephesians 6:11,12 "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."