Sin, Racial Bias, and Ahmaud Arbery
What does sin look like?
Even in the midst of a nationwide pandemic, you cannot run from the violent aggressiveness, profiling, and, ultimately, tragic and senseless deaths that haunt our nation. Specifically, I am speaking of the senseless death of Ahmaud Arbery.
It was stated, “He (Ahmaud Arbery) looked like a burglar.” This statement prompts the question: What does a burglar look like?
Why did, and does, it take a video to prove guilt or innocence? This young man was shot and killed while jogging. How can we justify the death of an unarmed young man going for a routine jog that ultimately had him running for his life? This tragedy is reminiscent of the shooting of Walter Scott in 2015 in North Charleston, South Carolina, where a police officer claimed he was acting in self-defense. However, a video later followed that disputed that claim.
Many African-Americans want to know where the justice is before it is on video… because most of this stuff is not captured on camera, yet it happens every day. We need a justice system with which everyone, regardless of color or ethnic background, has confidence.
Ahmaud’s tragic death makes no sense. I cannot process, condone, or understand the pointless killing of anyone… especially when it looks like it was racially motivated.
It is at times like this that I lean on the Word of God. In this case, Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV), “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Mark Crear, Ph.D.
MCD Executive Director
Mark Crear, Ph.D., is a Two-Time Olympic Champion, motivational speaker, life and business coach/consultant, published author and ordained minister; he also has a resolute sense of faith and purpose. Mark is currently president of Mark Crear Ministries, Director of the Multi-Cultural Division (MCD) of American Associations of Christian Counselors, AACC). Dr. Crear has earned his degrees (AA, BA, MA & Ph.D.) in Sociology, Christian Counseling & Christian Theology from Mt-Sac, ITU and the University of Southern California (USC). Mark is currently president of Mark Crear Ministries, which by using the metaphor of hurdling from his own medal-winning Olympic experiences, He teaches his clients, that hurdles are an inevitable part of life. His message is about conquering the hurdles of life through Faith, Focus and Forgiveness.