LOS ANGELES — A prominent black Christian leader who works with youth states that he believes justice was served by the grand jury in Ferguson yesterday, asserting that teenager Michael Brown had “not been raised properly” and was headed down a dangerous life of crime. He is warning that if parents do not train their children in the ways of the Lord, more incidents like Ferguson will occur in cities across America.
Jesse Lee Peterson, a California pastor, president of the organization BOND (the Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), and leader of the BOND Leadership Academy for youth issued a statement Monday night applauding the jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
“The decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson proves that our justice system works,” he stated. “The outcome shows that justice prevailed despite a concerted effort by rabble rousers, corrupt civil rights ‘leaders,’ Attorney General Eric Holder, and even President Barack Obama, who attempted to tip the scales of justice and convict the officer without due process.”
“Emboldened by irresponsible public statements made by race baiters like Al Sharpton, and Eric Holder, the professional community organizers have been planning to create havoc in Ferguson for months. Some are looking for an excuse to loot and riot,” Peterson continued, his statement issued just as protesters turned violent Monday night, burning down businesses and police cars, and smashing storefronts while stealing goods and liquor.
Peterson told Christian News Network that he believes at the heart of the issue, the responsibility lies with parents to train their children to live uprightly.
“I have said from day one when we saw the video of Michael Brown robbing the convenient store that this is not some innocent little kid tiptoe-ing through the tulips,” he said. “He was not raised properly, and my concern is that if these families don’t get married and by example raise their children in the right way to go, that we’re going to be seeing more of this.”
Peterson noted that Brown’s biological parents are not together, and stated that single parent homes are a significant problem among African Americans, which in turn is harmful to the children.
“Seventy percent of black children are born out of wedlock,” he said. “They’re not being raised by a father and mother together, and a lot of mothers who have these kids don’t take time to guide them in the right way to go. And so, when they go out into the world [they are] lied to by the race hustlers and poverty pimps who want to use them for their personal gain.”
“We’ve got to restore the family,” Peterson said, advising that such is his daily work at BOND. “If the parents don’t turn back to God, love Him with all their heart, soul and might, get married, and by good example guide their children in the right way to go, it’s never going to get better, because that is the order of God. … According to the Scriptures, God advised us to train our children up in the right way to go, and when you do, you don’t have to deal with this stuff when they go out into the world.”
He stated that he was also concerned that some black leaders seemed to be stirring up unnecessary racial tension between blacks and whites, when the heart of the matter lies in the responsibility of every parent, no matter what race, to raise their children in righteousness.
“If we don’t stop them from lying to the young black Americans who are coming from single parent homes and don’t respect authority, don’t have a sense of morality, we are going to see more and more incidents like this,” Peterson lamented.
“The president of the United States sent three representatives from the White House to a thug’s funeral. And I thought that was evil at work, because these so-called leaders—these adults—are telling other young black people who have not been raised in the right manner that [if] you go out there and attack cops, you rob liquor stores [and] you get killed, we’re going be there for you. We will support you.”
He said that ultimately, the issue has nothing to do with race, but everything to do with the battle for the souls of men.
“We have to understand that this is a spiritual battle between good and evil, right and wrong,” he said. “It has nothing to do with color; it has nothing to do with male or female. It’s good versus evil, right versus wrong, the lie versus the truth, and God has commanded His children to overcome evil with good. … American Christians have gotten away from telling the truth, and the lie is out of control right now.”