On May 13, I was picking up area children and bringing them to my inner-city ministry, the Jesus Party, on Bates Street in Lewiston. The corners of Park, Knox, Spruce and Bates streets were blocked by police cars.
The next morning, I was confronted with the front page of the Sun Journal that pictured a man being arrested by police for shooting off a gun in a crowded section of the downtown. The smile that was on the gunman’s face was unbelievably disturbing.
I would imagine that he has framed the front page and is being admired by his friends.
I would rather have seen the front page show the gunman’s face shoved into the pavement and the foot of the police officer on the back of his neck. I wonder what kind of facial expression he would have displayed if that had occurred.
In the same edition of the paper on the Religion page, the Rev. Michael Ambler of Bath stated he did not think that a church can, or should, allow the front-page news of the day, whatever it is, to necessarily set the agenda for any given Sunday. I disagree, and this week my sermon, with Bible and newspaper in hand, will be, “Take a lesson from a loser.”
Some may question my love and concern with the tone of this letter, but my love and concern is for the children and elderly who live in the neighborhood.
The Rev. Douglas Taylor, Lewiston