One of the greatest “selling points” of Christianity is that it has no correlating culture. Culture, as defined by clothing, music, food, or anything that gives a group of people an identity, is virtually non-existent in the Christian faith. The culture of Christians are as various as there are nations in the world, because the faith can be practiced in any cultural context. This is why Jesus’ great commission is so relevant, because He commands us to go into all the world and make disciples. You can’t accomplish this mission with the love of Christ, by assimilating the world into “our” culture; so there HAS to be some cultural tolerance as it pertains to Christian orthodoxy, or what is accepted to be correct belief. (more…)
So here we are AGAIN and unfortunately, lessons have still not been learned, and more black men and women are dead at the hands of police. Now add to that police are also dead at the hands of angry people. I wrote a piece called, Not Like This, back on December 1, 2014, and it is both sad and scary how this message is so relevant today; seeing as though this will be the 3rd time in less than 2 years we are back in the same place [also see (Still) Not Like This]. So here it is again with a few more names and details changed, because this is the same problem on a different day … (more…)
In the world of social media, there is a lot that my “friends” are passionate about. From #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, and let us not forget about #KanyeAndKirk. Then there’s the presidential election and water for Flint. There is so much for all of us to be outraged about, or at least worked up. We live in a sad, sad world, that is full of disappointments, injustice and unrighteousness. But at the end of the day we’ve got to pick our battles. (more…)
“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as WE are.” – Anais Nin, Author
The images surrounding the recent surge of “alleged” police brutality is proof that our perception actually means everything. How we see things makes a huge impact on how we respond to what we see. Yesterday, I had (what I hope is to you as well) the displeasure of witnessing the arrest of Sandra Bland. This entire situation is very unfortunate, especially for Miss Bland, but I know people enough to know that this video may cause even more confusion; driving a wider wedge between sides. (more…)
In the wake of tragedy, we can always be found discussing what happened, why it happened, and who is at fault. It’s human nature to examine problems and find causes. But the key component that we don’t always include are solutions. There is a lot of needed discussion around the topics race relations and police brutality, but I believe the only reason there is violence in the streets is because we aren’t moving quickly enough to solutions that could actually fix the problems. People are tired of talking heads and sound bites. Everyone who has answers, may not really have solutions; so how do we move from rhetoric to solutions? How can you help prevent a Baltimore or Ferguson (or now Dallas, as of 7/7/16) from happening in Your City, USA? 5 Things are needed: (more…)
So here we are, almost exactly 5 months past the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, and there is social unrest in the streets of Baltimore. Unfortunately, lesson have still not been learned, and another unarmed black man is dead at the hands of police. I wrote a piece called, Not Like This, back on December 1, 2014, and this message is yet relevant today. So here it is again with a few names and details changed, because this is the same problem on a different day … (more…)
It has been one week since a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, in the shooting death of Micheal Brown. No matter where you stand on this particular issue, we can all agree that it has captivated the nation for months now, highlighting race relations and the practices of law enforcement. Everyone has an opinion, but only two individuals know what truly happened August 9th.