Friday, June 26, 2015

Swimming hard through an incredible amount of legal flotsam and jetsam

If I imagined modern life as a swimming competition, I would say that principled Americans are having to swim hard through an incredible amount of legal flotsam and jetsam while holding course toward the objective of ordered freedom. The Supreme Court justices joining or concurring in the decision of Obergefell v. Hodges concerning same sex marriage seem to have joined the imaginative tradition of their historic peers in Dred Scott v. Sandford and Roe v. Wade.



Friday, June 19, 2015

It is wiser to confess, "If perpetuating slavery would have meant a comfortable life for me, I would have gone along with it."

John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” Jesus Christ

It is long past time for the church of Jesus Christ to pursue complete reconciliation of its people, black and white. Otherwise the people of the troubled world outside the church will have good reason to doubt the authenticity of our faith and of the gospel that Jesus entrusts to us.

Reconciliation involves confession and repentance.

Looking at our American heritage from slavery, and the current reawakening of racial antagonism, I think it is necessary to put aside the defense "I never enslaved anyone." It is wiser to confess, "If perpetuating slavery would have meant a comfortable life for me, I would have gone along with it." We consume goods from other nations that enslave their people. This convinces me that acquiescence to slavery is not dead.

May God grant that in every transaction of my life I shall invest myself in valuing other people, and refrain from justifying walls of separation that devalue them. Then may the gospel of peace flow freely!



Thursday, June 4, 2015

Contestant or Onlooker?


Action photography was my hobby in high school. It earned me a place on the school newspaper and yearbook staffs. This entitled me to watch football and basketball games from the sidelines instead of the bleachers, to photograph the action. It felt almost like being involved in the game. But I wasn't in the game - only watching and making images of it.