5 police officers were shot and killed by a sniper this past weekend…an action that appears to have been racially motivated. Some in media are even going as far as claiming government conspiracy here–a staged response to police targeting black people unfairly.
I don’t pretend to know people’s (or gubment’s) motivations for hate. Does hate need a motivation other than itself? Is it really necessary to label a crime as a “hate crime”? Isn’t all violent crime a hate crime?
With the relentless videos being replayed by the media it is very easy to succumb to hatred ourselves…wanting revenge for those we feel are victims of injustice. I know the feeling. As a victim of child abuse myself, anytime I witness a parent being violent with their child, whether physically or verbally, I find my blood starting to boil, I place myself in that child’s position, and I want to step in and defend the defenseless.
Imagine being the King of Kings, creator and witness of all crime! How is Jesus able to stand it all and not want to succumb to hate himself and wipe out the entire population? Every time I feel myself wanting to avenge others I remind myself of this fact…we have a loving Father that knows all, witnesses all, and yet he still chooses love.
I know this video is a little bit old but it’s funny as all get out!
Why in the world do we need ridiculous costumes to set us apart religiously from one another? Jesus pretty much destroyed hierarchy didn’t he? Yet, we attempt to make ourselves appear more important with our Sunday (or Saturday) dress-up nonsense. Makes me sick.
Cults wear costumes. Actors wear costumes. Loving people and sharing community with one another does not require a costume.
Thanks for stopping by Truth Search! We are reviving the New Silver Street Church…but not in the same way we did things before. We have undergone many changes as a people and as followers of Christ. We don’t have a building anymore. No more tithes. Mo more staff. No more programs. We don’t really need these things do we? Neither did Jesus and his disciples right? We still gather together–but organically in our homes, cafes, and wherever we randomly choose to meet together on any given day.
We are still the same small group of simple Christians gathering together to share our journeys we have always been–but more enlightened now I suppose. We no longer proclaim to have all of the answers. We just want to pursue truth just like you. We know that this spiritual journey can be difficult and lonely and we have come to learn that the best approach to spiritual enlightenment for many is not from a pulpit but rather from the “togetherness” that attracted many of us to Christianity in the first place.
We are all searching for truth aren’t we? Some of us look for it in a church with a steeple, right? There are many paths to truth. We don’t claim one path is superior to another. But there is only one truth and our hope is that we can all get there together no matter what path we choose to arrive at truth.
We still believe Jesus is Truth. That is not the search we are struggling with–thankfully. But we our search is for the How of walking with Jesus. What is the best way to walk this journey? We do not proclaim to have all of those answers but hopefully together we can all figure that out or at least share the journey.