Mob Rule

Ramon Arias | December 1, 2014

In Mobile, Alabama on October 6, 2012, a black campus security officer Travis Austin, killed an unarmed 18 year old white male, Gilbert Collar, a first year student at the University of South Alabama. Collar was under the influence of drugs. The officer testified Collar charged him repeatedly in a threatening manner. In March 2013, the grand jury, notwithstanding public pressure for an indictment, after an in-depth analysis of the evidence the decision was made to not bring charges against officer Travis. Their conclusion was that the officer acted in self-defense since Gilbert Collar was acting irrational. The autopsy found a chemical called “251–C–NBOMe”.

The Mobile grand jury’s decision caused no riots, violence, or destruction. There was no national manifestation of judicial injustice or racism. As a matter of fact, the nation was not even aware that such a fatal incident had occurred.

The Ferguson, Missouri incident is a totally different story and the world saw it all. A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision of no indictment for officer Wilson exploded in violence, looting, and fires followed by days of nationwide peaceful marches of protest against racial injustice.

On Monday, November 24, 2014, the whole nation was waiting for the grand jury’s decision. After we listened to a clear detailed account of the investigation disproving all the lies that surrounded the fatal incident, the demonstrators in Ferguson only wanted to hear one word “guilty.” Obviously, they didn’t care about the facts or the truth; they wanted their way to be the only way. Forget the law, they wanted mob rule. 

Michael Brown was under the influence of THC, a substance that alters behavior and is found in marijuana. The toxicology report done at a St. Louis University laboratory found 12 nanograms/ML of Delta-9-THC in Brown’s bloodstream at the time of his death. This is no small amount of the substance and clearly reveals that he was no “gentle giant.” 

So, how do we compare these two incidents where the police and teenager’s race are inverted? Why do we have two different social outcomes? Let me simplify it, there is an evil agenda to turn this nation upside down.

The black vs. white race card has been played for the last six years; this is a great setback for the black civil rights progress that had been gained in the last 50 years. Mob rule is used in political situations involving violence and intimidation. The Ferguson riots were well planned and anticipated by those who operate behind the scenes.

Even though only a handful of instigators were among the crowd, they knew how to press the right buttons to engage crowds into lawlessness and violence. This form of mob rule is nothing new in human history; when it triumphs it always has a short existence before national destruction takes place.

Two thousand years ago, the religious leaders of Israel incited the mob and asked Pilate to sentence Jesus with the death penalty. The Roman governor could not find any evidence to carry out such a request, however, the mob rule prevailed and he committed a miscarriage of justice (John 19:1-30). 

If we do not want to be a part of the mob rule, willingly or unwillingly, we need to detox our minds and our spirits from all the religious ideological poison that afflicts American culture. We must continue to search the Scriptures diligently to know who is suppressing the truth of God and sound the alarm. We must couple that with a thorough understanding of our history to know what are the things that we should be doing not only to fix the problems of our present generation but those who are yet to come.

On the other hand, if we continue to ignore the warnings, we know what is next as clearly stated by the Apostle Paul to the Romans:  And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32

We know of the disastrous fall of Rome.  Will America follow in its footsteps?