What goes through a person’s mind who decides to lead the police on a mile speed chase through city streets and when finally stopped does not listen to what the police are telling him? Does that person think they are going to get away? Do they think they are Bonnie and Clyde? Do they think they are above the law? Do they think the police will not shoot them is they threaten them? Well, it certainly must be one of these things or a combination and none of these things are thinking.
Same for the protestors. Do they think this man was shot simply because he was black? Do they think destroying property accomplishes anything but blight their own neighborhood or that it will cause the judge to change his mind? Do they think the next time a person commits a criminal act and the police are looking to arrest him they will not shoot the guy if he threatens him? Do they honestly believe this officer left his home and went to work that night with the idea that he was going to kill a black man tonight? Well, it certainly must be one of these things or a combination and none of these things are thinking.
Now, no one except the officer knows what actually took place that night but clearly the judge, looking at the evidence, did not believe it was murder. Clearly the police investigation and the D.A. did not think much of the evidence until 5 years after the incident when a cowardly prosecutor gave into political pressure which to me is the most egregious aspect of this case. A woman decides for her own political gain that she is going to possibly put a man in jail for life so that she can win some votes. Now that might be thinking but it is evil thinking and evil thinking is not really thinking it is imagining what YOU can GAIN at the expense of someone else.
This entire tragedy in St. Louis is captured by Genesis 6:5 – Every imagination of the thoughts of a man’s heart are to evil all the time. There is no thinking by anyone only imagining.