WATCH: Thousands Attend Funeral for Michael Brown as Community Searches for Meaning After his Death

With his speech today, did Al Sharpton establish himself as a national leader of all races, and not just a black leader or a “race hustler”? The video is below; you decide. In our opinion, Al Sharpton got down today on both sides of the issue, dealing with white racism and police brutality, as well as black irresponsibility, and blacks disrespecting each other and killing one another. And, the truth of the matter is, with all of the great speakers in that room, no one could have delivered a better speech than he did. He was the man of the hour. However, Al Sharpton needs to be reminded that if he is going to truly be a “reverend” or a minister of Jesus Christ, he has a responsibility to preach the Gospel. According to the testimonies of those who knew him, Michael Brown did make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Al Sharpton’s duty to those living, particularly while speaking at a funeral, is to pose the question, “If you were shot down in the street, where would you go — Heaven or Hell?” Then he should have preached the Gospel as 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 says, “That Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Romans 10:9, 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” And, he didn’t mention that. –BCNN1

Watch Al Sharpton’s speech at the funeral for Michael Brown below.

Watch the full video of the funeral for Michael Brown below.

The funeral of slain Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown was a celebration of his life, a search for meaning in his death and a battle cry to change policing in America.

In his national eulogy, the Rev. Al Sharpton had sharp words for those who looted stores and rioted in the aftermath of the shooting.

“You don’t understand that Michael Brown does not want to be remembered for a riot. He wants to be remembered as the one that made America deal with how we’re going to police in the United States.”

Sharpton criticized police action against protesters in Ferguson with a call to action. “We have to leave here today and change this.”

“Michael Brown’s blood is crying from the ground, crying for vengeance, crying for justice,” said the Rev. Charles Ewing, the teenager’s uncle. He drew parallels between Brown’s life, death and Scripture. “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.”

Family members remembered Monday that the slain teen said, “One day, the world will know my name.”

Four members of his family recalled memories of “Mike Mike,” as they called him, during his funeral at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis.

“Michael was a big guy, but he was a kind, gentle soul, and before he left this Earth, the day that he was killed, he was out spreading the word of Jesus Christ,” a family friend said.

They urged the crowd of thousands of mourners to “show up at the voting polls,” because “we have had enough to of seeing our brothers and sisters killed in the streets.”

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SOURCE: Eliott C. McLaughlin, Michael Pearson and Susanna Capelouto
CNN