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 →
Regarding Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit out the national anthem, I made an appeal in Part 1for dialog over diatribe. This story has obviously hit a nerve about the racial tension in our country, and of all people on the planet, Christians should be the first to at least engage in level headed conversation about it rather than a knee-jerk visceral reaction. That’s not to say that after our debates we’ll all come to the same conclusion. But at least we’ll be able to say that we put as much effort into listening as we did into pontificating.
I wanted to share a couple more observations about the controversy…
First, I wanted to point out that Kaepernick broke no laws by his method of protest. There’s no law or any NFL policy that I know of that says the players have to stand during the singing of the national anthem. It’s a great tradition, but not a rule. The Scripture sanctions civil disobedience at appropriate times and places, but this is not an example of that. What the quarterback did was certainly distasteful for many but not illegal. Continue reading →