The Wisdom of Uniqueness
When we live in denial, we confuse our own rejection of the truth with our own uniqueness and creativity. The truth is every bit as unique as we are. Truth defines us. We can’t redefine truth anymore than someone else can redefine us.
Individual creativity seeks to learn which things we can and cannot define, from having the courage to express the ideas we can.
Foolishness is the rejection of truth’s uniqueness. When our own foolishness fails, we always think the universe is trying to manipulate us, when, maybe, the universe, and its Author, are trying to teach us something. · · · →
Crack Down—On What? Our Choice
Excessive force among police is too high because the stakes have been too low. Tolerating excessive force is a slap in the face to good police.
To have lasting peace, the nation must choose only ONE first priority:
1. Defend good police, 2. Avenge victims of excessive force, or 3. Crack down on excessive force.
If no. 3 is not our first priority, then the nation will be divided between nos. 1 and 2, which means lawlessness and danger everywhere.
Excessive force isn’t just a police problem. It comes from a national-cultural commitment to escalate every conflict as fast as possible. Americans—deescalate? We need revival. · · · →
American Conflict Snowballs
Wright or wrong, justified or not, trained police shouldn’t kill people. Soldiers do that. Police “serve” and “protect”. Lately, it seems that younger police are more interested in “catching the bad guys”.
Only a few bad apples ruin the barrel. Most police are good… for now. But if we continue to praise the good police and ignore the bad apples, we could be looking at nation-wide lawlessness as good cops say, “Forget this incompetent government, I’m protecting my family.”
If an officer is justified in killing someone, he should be honored to end his own career. He serves, after all. · · · →
Don’t Oppress the Foreigner
As an American living on the opposite side of the world for almost 6 years, I have found one problem with laws of almost every country: They don’t pause to understand foreigners, good or bad. Caesar, child of an illegal Mexican immigrant, taught us to understand dogs so we can master them.
To have rule of law, the law must understand people—citizens, foreigners, small businesses…
But, American Churchianity… Try to understand someone outside their Sunday morning groupies? Fat chance! Immigration is out of control because we neglected to understand.
Bible policy: don’t oppress foreigners, don’t follow pagans, lest ye be judged.
Leviticus 19:34, Jeremiah 7:6, 22:3, Zechariah 7:10; Leviticus 20:23 · · · →