We have a saying in our home that we use frequently with our kids. It is pretty simply put: “There is no good excuse for bad behavior.”
- Violating the rights of another (Eph. 4.28, 1 Thes. 4.6)
- Not honoring the God given authority placed over you- your parent, your teachers, your employer, and your government (Romans 13.1-7, 1 Peter 2.13-17)
- Not keeping your commitments (James 5.12, Ecclesiastes 5.4-6)
- Peaceful protests
- Organize a group of concerned citizens to peacefully put measures in place to improve relations with the local police to help change the culture between the neighborhood and those trying to protect it.
- Clean up the streets, educate the younger generation, put pressure on the gangs to move out or disassemble. Let those committing crimes know that you won’t tolerate it anymore.
- If you still don’t trust the police, then evaluate the benefits of installing cameras on street corner for a time to protect the citizens and the police. Yes you would be giving up a right to privacy but it might be a trade worth instituting if you are truly concerned.
- Get involved in the local government.
- Or take doing good even one step further and organize a group of Michael Brown’s peers and family to visit the cigar shop he robbed and the sales clerk he roughed up and apologize to the man for that behavior and look for ways to support his business. Someone owes that man an apology on behalf of the group of people who behaved badly toward him. There was no good excuse for that either.