History can be troubling. Good, bad, or ugly, our heritage cares not about opinion or feelings. While atonement plays a social role, history will not be rewritten. Historical records simply are.
In an age where trusted media sources can be scarce, free speech is constantly on trial. You may speak freely in America, but every day that speech becomes costlier for you, your family, your business, your church, your friends, and your future.
Everything that you say – well-meaning or cringe worthy – can be used against you in the court of public opinion. Lest you think this is simply a ‘trap,’ please understand that Scripture suggests a remarkably similar standard, “man will give an account for every idle word spoken.” (Matt 23:36). That standard actually suggests this may, in fact, be a biblical “test of the tongue.”
New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was recently asked a simple question: would he support players taking a knee during the national anthem? His answer: That the flag reminds him of his two grandfathers who served during WWII and that he didn’t support any disrespect for the flag or their service.
The media took his answer to mean that he wouldn’t support the fight for justice.
This interpretation was used to sow division within the NFL and teammates, and led to a public apology. To his credit, Brees surrendered his personal right to defend his grandfathers’ honor and decided to embrace his teammates’ earnest cry for reconciliation. Note that it is always possible to voluntarily relinquish a personal right, it’s quite another when another takes that right away by force.
With the fragile state of our national unity, we must no longer assume that every word spoken is intended to offend or betray. We must afford grace to those with differing viewpoints – regardless of poorly-used words, offenses, nationality, faith, creed, or lifestyle. Speak the Truth in Love is a valid standard!
If America is ever to reconcile and move forward, Americans have to start offering to each other the benefit of the doubt. Peace and reconciliation will only happen when that sort of grace is extended as a common courtesy.
As Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
We are all made in the image of God, set forth for a purpose: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Here are a few stories we want to put on your radar as you enter the weekend:
President Trump is expected to sign an executive order that recommends several innovative solutions on the subject of police reform. He is expected to reject a reduction in police funding, propose professional standards in use of force, and encourage social workers to have a presence within police forces. These reforms appear to be substantive and principled.
Planned Parenthood has been caught, again, lying under oathabout its baby body part sales scheme. They lie to their clients; they lie to the public. Is there a lie Planned Parenthood won’t embrace in order to continue their death march or conceal the sale of baby body parts?
America is witnessing the first hostile takeover of a city in its history. Anarchists in Seattle have taken over a section of the city after the police abandoned a precinct building. They’re calling it the CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone). President Trump has warned local leaders: get it under control or he will.
We’re living in challenging times, where the experiment of America is facing serious tests. But with empathy, integrity, and a belief in the philosophical underpinnings of the U.S. Constitution, we believe America will emerge and return to her place as the shining city upon a hill.