Where I Stand…Today
Systematic racism exists in America .
Any form of racism is an attack on the image of God in man and a sin against the Incarnation, thus against the Christian faith.
Protest until there is change… protest can be a holy act.
I affirm that black lives matter, as do the brown ones I’ve advocated a lifetime for.
The focus today on our black brethren may help win justice for all.
The kingdom of God expects nothing less than the pursuit of justice and righteousness for all.
I believe police brutality exists and myriad measures should be taken to end it and measures taken to prosecute those who perform it.
We have all seen videos of gross examples of violence and murder at the hand of the police,
We have not seen the thousands of times a day that law enforcement aids those in need, assists those in crisis, and prevents violence.
Those actions are not deemed worthy of either video or comment, though they occur exponentially more often than the acts of brutality.
We see what we want to see…I want to see it all and with clarity.
I believe the coronavirus pandemic is real.
I also believe that the economic catastrophe created by the pandemic is real.
I wear a mask, wash my hands, and pray for those at work and those without.
Solomon is dead and wisdom is unnecessary on social media, which rules in proxy for missing leaders.
I believe the real “opioid crisis” is the denial of essential medication to those who live in chronic pain and legitimately need it.
You don’t end criminal behavior by torturing the innocent.
I believe in the right to freely assemble, to free speech, and all the other gifts from God codified in our Constitution.
I also believe that those rights are granted to the most ignorant and venal among us and unless they are able to freely avail themselves of such, the noble and wise will lose them as well.
The desire to “cancel” those who disagree with us, will inevitably lead to our own cancellation, eventually.
I believe that my age and enculturation brings both significant wisdom and significant deficits of wisdom in righteously judging culture and cultural change.
I may be comfortable with things as they are that need changed and may also see the value of preserving some things which ought not be discarded.
I’m learning and looking for where I may be wrong.
Listening to all voices is the only way to wisdom…
My hope is that in hungering and thirsting for righteousness, I will be filled…