A crowd of family, friends, music stars, civil rights leaders and preachers gathered at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Monday for the memorial of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old robbery suspect who was fatally shot by local police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo.
Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made parallels of his nephew’s life and that of the life of Jesus Christ.
“Michael Brown was 18 years old. He was shot around noon. Our Lord and Savior hung on the cross — now compare our time frame 12 o’clock to the Jewish time frame which is at the sixth hour. Michael Brown died on August the 9th. Jesus hung on the cross between the sixth and the 9th hour.”
Pastor Ewing continued his Jesus comparison by tying the St. Louis area’s geography to biblical numbers.
“If you look at the demographics of St. Louis, Missouri, we are known for the Gateway to the West. Now Holy Spirit said ‘well, look at 12 gates of Israel.’ The East gate that Jesus is going to walk to is shaped like an arch. Look at Interstate 70 rides 2, 153 miles from Maryland to all the way to Utah. Jesus spent 70 hours. Israel went into captivity for 70 years.”
The pastor went on to compare Brown to the story of Cain and Abel:
“Abel are mentioned in this passage seven times. Abel is mentioned in this passage 14 times. Brother is mentioned in this passage seven times. The question that Cain asked God — because his sacrifice was not acceptable because God is required before we come to him that our sacrifice is accepted before him.
Cain asked God: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ This is a question we should ask one another. God’s purpose for this to happen — even though we can’t fully understand. But at such a time as this, God is shaking his fist.”
Ewing says that, like Jesus had prophesied his own crucifixion, Michael Brown predicted his own death too. The pastor also compared police officer Darren Wilson to “Judas.”
“Michael Brown prophetically spoke of his demise. Not giving justification or legalizing this officer — it does not give him the right to take his life. Judas when he betrayed Jesus Christ — he yet have to suffer the consequences.”
Brown’s uncle closed his comments by comparing Brown’s situation to other mass shooting incidents.
“There is a cry being made from the ground not just for Michael Brown, but for the Trayvon Martins, for those children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, for the Columbine massacre, for the black-on-black crime — there is a cry being made from the ground and God is hearing the vengeance of his slain.
Because God has heard the cry of the blood coming from the ground. He has made a remedy in the person Jesus Christ. That’s why someone said there is a fountain filled with blood that flows… people of God, the nation, we must remind ourselves the question ‘am I my brother’s keeper?'”
Pastor Solomon Williams joined in on the religious comparisons to Brown by calling him a “martyred beloved son.”
“We know that all things work together for good to them that love God. To them who are called according to his purpose. We see and hear the shared and spilled blood of Michael screaming through others for justice and justice will prevail. Justice shall prevail.”
“Our dearly beloved, bereaved family hold your head up high for your martyred beloved son. The devil did it for harm but God will turn it around for good.”