I wish I could say that I'm surprised by this, but sadly its par for the course. I've seen too much of the church...too many of the huddled masses...too many shut doors to expect anything less. I recently heard an Army vet from the Iraq war tell how much they respected the enemy, and how little they respected some on 'our side'.
When pushed, she said the enemy was out in the streets, risking their life for what they believed, while 'our side' was behind keyboards (sic) and not willing to engage. So, if we don't engage in the streets, and the enemy is...and our kids are in the streets... No surprise.
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This past weekend we studied 1 Corinthians 8-16. We read how Paul implored us to value the conscience of others over our conscience, and even over our own rights. That is, even if we had the right to do something, if that something interfered with another coming to salvation, we should put that right down.
We are now seeing how an idea that is held by many, and epitomized in a single person is beginning to cause many to sin. Those with opposing ideas are more and more frequently resorting to violence to support, to insist on, to claim their 'right'. This is so contrary to what the body of Christ has been called 'up' to.
Maybe this is not the time to demand our 'right'. It could very well be the time to be silent, to pray, to become again familiar with the sin that is in us. To acknowledge that we could be wrong. Lets reassess our goal- which should be to win others to Christ.
I watched 10 seconds of this without sound, then clicked away. I saw it again later, but again I could only watch 10 seconds without sound. The third time, the transcript of what was being said was presented, but, I could not watch anymore.
I dared not turn on the sound. My stomach turned.
How do guys like this pass the psychological stability tests? Who authorizes giving them weapons? Why are they so angry? I couldn't imagine this happening to a white couple (married or not), but my focus went to the children. Who could do this to ANY child?
Oh, wait, 'we' recently separated a 4 month old child from her mom at 'our' southern border. Who could? We could! They represent us! When we proudly declare our citizenship, we are owning this behavior.
Lord, come quickly.
In Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, he strongly admonished the church (not the man) because they had not acted against the evil man that had his father's wife. They tolerated the evil, thus Paul came against them. They were held to a high standard. They were to enforce God's precepts. They were to call out evil.
Although this occurred outside of the church, it is still evil. The prevailing though is: "what do they see?" What is it that the police see? We see the young, unarmed man, kneeling, hands on is head. What is it that the police see that would cause such a reaction?
Secondarily, what is the good thing for us to do if we see something like this in our neighborhood? Are we to passively continue our day? Are we to intercede?
Uncle Drew is the American version of this phenomena...however, in the version from India, not one time did the younger disrespect, ridicule, or laugh at the elders. Their outward expressions remained stoic...compassionate even.
That is what made the great reveal cause my eyes to leak. Family. Love. Respect. Community. One Boat. Call it what you want, but I'd say it resembles what Paul encouraged the Corinthians to constantly be aware of: One Body.
As we go through life, the constant is that there are no constants! Every thing changes. The highs and good times fade away, and the bad and sorrowful times then show themselves. And we live through them all. The old testament has a phrase that could help us if we kept it in mind: "...it came to pass." In the KJV, God uses that phrase over 400 times.
This is a Netflix film based on the case called 'The Central Park 5'- where five African American boys were accused of raping a white woman. This film depicts actions from arrest, through President Trump calling for their execution, to their being fully exonerated.
For me, it is a horror film (I can't watch them...stomach can't take it) that many of Black Americans live. Seeing it on the screen would bring back too many suppressed memories of life here in the USA.
I pray that for those that do watch it, a light will brighten and lead them to Isaiah 1:16-17, 10:1,2 and ultimately to action. We Christians have been called many times to seek justice- especially for the powerless, for the stranger, for the sojourner.
Rise, o Church.
Absalom: had a beautiful sister.
Amnon: also had a beautiful sister, that he lustfully desired.
Tamar: was the sister of these two brothers
David: the father of these two brothers
Jonadab: Amnon's friend.
Amnon shared his lustful desires with his friend, Jonadab. Instead of rebuking Amnon, Jonadab encouraged the wickedness, and helped him devise a plan to carry out this deed.
Thus, Amnon raped his sister, Tamar.
King David heard of the plan, but did not intervene. Even after his own daughter was raped, King David did not act on her behalf.
Absalom's anger eventually led to him killing his brother Amnon for raping his sister, however: "the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God"
So many men failed Tamar. So many family members failed Tamar.
What could each of those men done differently to protect Tamar?
Be men. Act with love.