Fox News reported on Monday that many people spoke at the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson on Aug. 9. The funeral was held at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis where the church's sanctuary which seats about 2,500 was filled to capacity. Brown’s uncle, Pastor Charles Ewing, gave a passionate eulogy and made many parallels of his nephew’s life and death to the life and death of Jesus Christ.
The pastor compared the time frame of Brown's death with the time frame of Jesus' death on the cross saying Brown died around noon which is the sixth hour on Aug. 9, and Jesus hung on the cross between the sixth and the ninth hour. Pastor Ewing continued by comparing Interstate 70 in St. Louis to Israel being in captivity for 70 years.
The pastor didn't stop there but compared Brown's life to the story of Cain and Abel when Cain asked God: ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ Pastor Ewing said this is a question we should ask one another. Ewing says that, like Jesus had prophesied his own crucifixion, Brown predicted his own death too. The pastor also compared police officer Darren Wilson to “Judas” who betrayed Jesus Christ; yet he suffered the consequences later.
Pastor Solomon Williams joined in on the religious comparisons to Brown by calling him a “martyred beloved son.” He said that we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are called according to his purpose insinuating that Brown was called and died for a purpose. Williams concluded by saying, “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.”
The New York Times reports that Brown called his father weeks before his death talking about seeing Satan, angels and God. Brown's father and stepmother recognized changes in their son before his death.
It was a tragedy that Brown was killed at such a young age. His death has impacted a nation, but this writer who is a Bible teacher thinks the pastors were stretching it when they compared the teenager's death to Jesus' death on the cross. There is absolutely no disrespect for Michael Brown's family, but the comparison Pastor Ewing made didn't even make sense about Interstate 70 being in St. Louis and the Israelites were in bondage for 70 years in comparison to Brown's death. Neither did it make sense about the time and date of Brown's death compared to the time of Jesus' death. Pastor Williams called Brown a martyr. A "martyr" is a person who dies for the sake of the gospel which doesn't fit the description of Brown. Watch the video above to hear for yourself the comparisons that were made when Brown was compared to Jesus.