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.
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I have heard a lot of people say that gay people can’t change. Well, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield’s testimony refutes that view. Here is her story found on the Authors on the Line podcast (23 minutes):
Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to forgive anyone’s sins…that includes you!
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Recently, I was directed to an article entitled, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” by Mary Elizabeth Williams. Williams is a writer for Salon.com, and her words are utterly disgusting. In her article this is what she has to say:
Here’s the complicated reality in which we live: All life is not equal. That’s a difficult thing for liberals like me to talk about, lest we wind up looking like death-panel-loving, kill-your-grandma-and-your-precious-baby storm troopers.
The true reality of Liberalism and post-modernism is this: “All life is not equal”. Not only is there irony in the fact that we just celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but Liberals are always saying something like, “We fight for every person.” The truth is this, Liberals lie when they say all people are equal. If you thought that quote was disturbing, just wait. The next sentences say this:
Yet a fetus can be a human life without having the same rights as the woman in whose body it resides. She’s the boss. Her life and what is right for her circumstances and her health should automatically trump the rights of the non-autonomous entity inside of her. Always.
Here, we see the natural progression of the Humanist/Liberal mindset. Since the baby is dependent on the mother to survive, that unborn child’s rights are not equal to the mother’s. This raises a plethora of questions that the pro-choice advocate must answer. Here they are:
#1 Since the mother is autonomous and the baby isn’t, what about the newborn? The newborn is dependent on the mother for years before he/she could ever be autonomous. Does that mean the newborn doesn’t have equal rights with the mother? Is the newborn’s right to life non-existent, because the baby would die if left alone?
#2 What about the developmentally disabled man who could not live without a person to help him? Does he not have the right to life, because he is not autonomous?
#3 What about the elderly woman who cannot live without an oxygen tank? Does she not have the right to life because she can’t breathe without that tank?
Most pro-choice advocates would answer those questions with a resounding NO, but the problem is that they have absolutely no grounds for their answer. If you truly believe that autonomy is the threshold for equal rights, you must be willing to kill millions of other people living outside of the womb. If not, your arguments are emotional and illogical. Now, you might be thinking, “This article couldn’t get any more nutty,” but you would be wrong. Later, Williams says:
My belief that life begins at conception is mine to cling to.
And in the same paragraph Williams ends her article with this:
In an Op-Ed on “Why I’m Pro-Choice” in the Michigan Daily this week, Emma Maniere stated, quite perfectly, that “Some argue that abortion takes lives, but I know that abortion saves lives, too.” She understands that it saves lives not just in the most medically literal way, but in the roads that women who have choice then get to go down, in the possibilities for them and for their families. And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing.
This last paragraph is the culmination of the Liberal mindset. In Williams mind the life of the mother is more important than the life of the unborn, at all times, and it doesn’t matter if human life starts at conception. Human life can exist without the right to that life. According to Williams, if the mother doesn’t want the child, she can have an abortion because her rights trump the unborn’s.
Many may say, “Well, maybe she was talking about a life threatening situation.” The problem is that Williams never brings this point up. Even if this is the case, abortions are hardly ever needed to save a mother’s life. I see Williams saying that the woman’s choice trumps the babies rights to life, because she is autonomous. Then Williams ends with these words, “A life worth sacrificing”.
Apparently, these little lives are worth sacrificing, because the pregnancy is unwanted. I guess the baby is worth sacrificing because carrying him/her to term would cause too much trouble. If this is true, then I suppose it’s alright for a person to sacrifice their parents when they need to have 24/7 care. If you hold the pro-choice view, you have no choice but to advocate for the sacrificing of the developmentally disabled person. The Liberal argument for abortion depends on the lack of autonomy. If this is true then the Liberal must deal with other people who are not autonomous. If they are consistent then they are utterly disgusting. If they are not consistent then their argument can be thrown out.
Allow me to end with this.
I know a God that came in flesh. His name was Jesus of Nazareth, and he gave himself as a sacrifice for sins. It doesn’t matter if you have only lied once or have aborted your unborn baby, Christ can cover all sin. Christ’s self-sacrifice is sufficient to forgive you. I pray that God opens your heart to understand the greatest sacrifice humanity has ever seen.
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