Freddy Gray was dragged, beaten into a coma state and died at the hands of the police with no explanation. In response to yet again another death of a young man without answers the city of Baltimore took to the streets in an angry protest. But was the riot really about Freddy Gray, or was it about the distrust and frustration of all those who have been targeted at the hands of those who are suppose to protect and serve the community instead of killing the community. Well, one brave mother who feared for her sons life stood up to protect him from the violence of the streets of Baltimore, MD out of not just anger but love for her son.
Toya Graham was afraid she would lose her son to the violence of the streets and when she spotted him in the angry crowd of protesters she began to slap him to his haven of rest (home). Toya said her son’s behavior was unacceptable because she has instilled in him the meaning of right from wrong. Michael, her son recognized how much his mother really loved him (priceless) because his mother sought to continue to protect him from the streets and the groups of peer pressure. Can you imagine if every mother and father had gone after their children as this mother did? It would have revolutionized the protest. To long have mothers and fathers set back and watched these things unfold and neglect the common practices of parenting.
We as Christians also have the responsibility to get involved. What if we as Christians had ran down to the scene of violence and took a stand in the streets and fell on our face in the mist of the riot and begin to pray. I believe many of the young people would have followed suit because many of our youth also believe in the power of prayer and have been raised knowing the love of God. Now a spiritual move like that we could have called a ‘defining moment in changing a generation’. Let us continue to pray for healing for our nation!
Written By: Etta Hicks