Tag Archives: nonviolence



After Charlottesville’s disaster on Saturday, while waiting in my car for some friends with whom I was going into the park to try to love some people toward Jesus, I broke into tears. I just sat there and cried––overcome by the sadness of it all.

I’m appalled and grieved by the demonically inspired hate that one group of humans can have for another, by that hate turning violent and murderous, by our President’s wet noodle, obfuscating seesaw remarks about it, and by the adolescent rhetoric and sloganizing that, predictably, has followed in the media.

Let’s be clear, this isn’t about “free speech.” You can’t have “free speech” if someone brings a gun to intimidate those they despise. You can’t argue with the armed, especially if they have friends in the White House. Continue reading


Resisting Racism and Other Injustices the Jesus Way

A older white guy wearing a red ‘Make America Great Again’ hat asked my friend the other day, “Were you one of the NIGGERS rioting in Oakland last night?”

Troubling times. Very troubling. Solutions anyone?

selmaMartin Luther King Junior offered his own solution to troubling times called, “Nonviolence and Racial Justice,” which was printed in the Christian Century in February, 1957. The entire article is one of the greatest ever written on the subject of how a Christian or any morally anchored human resists evil. Part way through he defined “nonviolent resistance” in five precise points. I quote only the points and some of his explanations (without commentary from me). Read the rest of his article here.

First, this is not a method for cowards; it does resist…

The nonviolent resister is just as strongly opposed to the evil against which he protests as is the person who uses violence… This method is passive physically but strongly active spiritually; it is nonaggressive physically but dynamically aggressive spiritually.

A second point is that nonviolent resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding…

The end is redemption and reconciliation. The aftermath of nonviolence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness. Continue reading

Where is your brother? (Part 1 of 2)

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Violence solves no social problems; it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Through the vistas of time a voice still cries to every potential Peter, “Put up your sword!” The shores of history are white with the bleached bones of nations and communities that failed to follow this command. Martin Luther King Jr. on “Nonviolence and Racial Justice” 1957


I dubbed last week “Murderers’ Row” for all the murders we had in our country in a row between the police and African-Americans. The morning after the Dallas killings I woke up with my mind looping with God’s question to Cain, “Where is your brother?” Surely you’re familiar with the story about history’s first recorded homicide in which one brother killed the other and then tried to hide the evidence from God.

I get nervous whenever the Spirit starts asking me questions. I know that he knows the answers before I give them, so I suspect this is just one of his tricks to get me to admit something I don’t want to admit. And this particular question, “Where is your brother?” is no exception to that rule. God first asked it of Cain, then he asked me, and now I pass it on to you for your consideration. “Where is your brother?”

But since the conversation between killer Cain and the Lord is full of questions, let’s work up to it. God made a total of five inquiries in the narrative! In light of current events, let’s unpack each one.

His first question was a preemptive strike to avert a jealous brother’s disastrous mistake.

“Why are you angry?  Continue reading