Posted: 03 Dec 2014 11:37 PM PST
"For some people, "justice" depends as much on seeing Brown and family in this light as it does on any true evidence from the scene. We need a boogeyman Brown to assuage our collective conscience about what happened to Brown. And if we can calm the inner voice of righteousness in Brown's case, then we give ourselves permission to conveniently forget that Michael Brown's name is one in a long list of unarmed men killed under suspicious circumstances by police officers....If at the beginning of their encounter Wilson saw Brown as one made in the image of God would Brown be here and would Wilson still be an officer, neither man harmed in any way that day? I don't know. It could have all gone terribly wrong because Brown didn't think Wilson was made in God's image. I don't know. But I do know this nightmare usually features the demonizing of persons rather than celebrating the fact that they're image bearers. And I know that when society does that it's not justice for the demonized; it's a it’s a nightmare.
I rarely link to The Gospel Coalition. If I do, nine times out of ten it's something written by Thabiti Anyabwile. He's probably one of my top three Evangelical voices. And I think he nails it here. I've seen this graphic floating around and it bothers me a good bit. He addressed that well, but hit on so much more. My friend Yolando, who linked to this said "I remember back in August when the "Mike Brown would have started college next week." narrative was being thrown out by people as if that added value to or validated his life. Whether Mike Brown was a college freshman to be or a petty thief, his life was infinitely valuable because he was created in God's image. Whether Darrin Wilson is a upstanding police officer who acted in self-defense or whether he is guilty of murder, he is also an image bearer of God. When we believe that truth about people, it changes everything." She is so right. And it brought tears to my eyes. That truth does change everything. One thing that makes my heart less heavy is being surrounded by such faithful friends who teach me so much.
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 11:06 PM PST
"Let me make one final point that the social science is abundantly clear on. Many of you know I'm a recovering social psychologist whose research interest included procedural justice. That's the study of procedures (usually legal) and how the perceived fairness of those procedures affect satisfaction with the outcomes. The theory, over-simplified, goes like this: In situations where there are perceived winners and losers in a dispute, when people view the procedure for resolving the dispute as fair they have higher satisfaction with the outcome. So, if the process is fair, they tend to feel some level of satisfaction with the outcome even when they lose. That's why this matters. It may not have averted the sinful aftermath of property destruction and looting, but it would have positioned many reasonable persons with greater confidence in the system and better footing to work with others."
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 11:13 PM PST
"Another detainee, Majid Khan, a legal resident of the United States and accused confident of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, was also subjected to rectal feeding. According to a CIA cable released in the report, his "'lunch tray' consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts and raisins was 'pureed and rectally infused'"."
Raise your hand if you think it's okay to shove hummus and raisins up someone. Even if they are a terrorist. NO. America, you're better than this.
On Holiday Fun for Bearded Hipsters:
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 11:19 PM PST
Decorate your beard!
Powerful Quotes for the Week:
If you can only make Christmas exciting with material things, how will the children get a thirst for God? Bend the efforts of your imagination to make the wonder of the King’s arrival visible for the children.
- J. Piper
“The heart of the gospel is the cross, and the cross is all about giving up power.”- Tim Keller
"Seeing comments that conversations about racism and torture are “too heavy” for the season.… Nobody tell them what Advent is really about." -Preston Yancey
The ideas "seeing injustice = hating cops" and "denouncing torture = supporting terrorism" are stupid. Evangelicals, reject false dichotomies- Jared Wilson
“Having to read a footnote resembles having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love.” -Noel Coward