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Ferguson: One Christian’s View

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After the Grand Jury came back with the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, Ferguson erupted. And as I was watching, I couldn’t help but ask one question: How did we get here? Why is the tension so high? Why are people looting and burning down local stores? Obviously, there were peaceful protestors on the streets of Ferguson, but those voices were quickly overshadowed by broken windows, burning cars, and looting.

As I engage people in conversation about last night’s events it almost always comes back to one thing…race. For the sake of clarity, I am a white man in his late 20’s, and my color is used to silence my voice due to recent events. And therein lies the problem. When we boil cases like Ferguson, and others, down to a simply white and black issue we actually dehumanize everyone involved. When people say, “You are white and can’t possibly understand what we are going through.” That ends conversation and creates the impossibility for us to move past race. When white people refuse to engage with the pain and hurt that some communities feel and only focus on the looting and burning, we do the same thing. So, how can we fix it? How can we create a society that treats human beings as human beings? How can we move past the color of our skins and focus on what makes us uniquely human? Glad you asked!

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27, ESV

True compassion and understand will never happen unless we all realize one simple truth: We are all made in God’s image.

All of us have value and worth because God blessed us with it. God is the one who gave us life, and gave us purpose. Yet, we are so quick to make everything racial instead of making it about the human race. As Christians, we grieve with and pray for the Brown family. Not because he was a black kid shot by a white cop, but because he was a human being shot by another human being.

We pray for the Wilson family. Not because a white man tried to enforce the law and shot a black boy, but because he is a human being who shot another human being. We pray and grieve because everyone involved is just like us…human. And if we are going to actually move past the colors of our skin it will come through the power of Jesus Christ himself.

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” -Galatians 3:28, ESV

As a Christian, I understand that when I stand to worship the Creator of everything, I am also standing with people from every tribe, tongue, and nation. And the beautiful thing about the Gospel is that it brings people together under one banner, Jesus, who transcends color, language, and nationality. And when we, as human beings, realize our unique worth given by God and our oneness in Jesus Christ, we will be able to move past racial distinctions. Because in Christ, there is not white or black, have or have not, male or female, we are all one.

Thanks for Reading,

Travis

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A Sermon on Prayer

This is a sermon I delivered on May 4th, 2014 at Windwood Presbyterian Church. It was Youth Sunday, and it was a blast! I hope you enjoy the video…

The Proof for God

God ExistAtheists will ask for the proof of God’s existence. Many Christians will give the Atheist the “design argument”, “Ontological argument”, “Pascal’s Wager”, and/or their own personal experience. The problem with these arguments is that it makes the Atheist the judge and jury of whether or not God exists. These arguments leave the decision in the hands of the non-believer to determine if God is real or imaginary, fraud or true, hoax or Creator. But God’s existence is not determined by his creation. God is God regardless of what we think or say.

Beyond this, giving the Atheist evidence goes against Scripture, because the Atheist already knows that God exists:

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20, ESV)

According to the Word of God, everyone knows that God exists, but they are suppressing the truth with their unrighteousness. So, the Atheist doesn’t need us to prove God exists. What we need to do is point out the inconsistency of their worldview. So, let’s look at the question many Atheists pose to Christians, “What proof do you have that God exists?”

Here is my answer to the Atheist. The concept of proof, presumes the laws of logic. By nature, the laws of logic are universal, immaterial, and unchanging. The answer to the Atheist’s question lies here.

We all have presuppositions. However, many people never stop to think about whether their presuppositions are consistent with their worldview. Most Atheists and Agnostics hold to Naturalism. Unfortunately for the Naturalist, laws of logic, which one needs to use to have any proof of anything, cannot not fit into their worldview. Unchanging, universal, and immaterial laws fly in the face of Naturalism. Their worldview cannot withstand the assumptions of their own inquiry for proof, because they assume the laws of logic are valid without validating them.

So, the answer to the Atheist is this…the fact that they are asking for proof proves that God exists, because only the Christian worldview with an eternal, unchanging, and immaterial Creator, can account for immaterial, unchanging, and universal laws which are needed for proof.

Thanks for Reading,

Travis

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