This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
The Easy “Wisdom” of Cynicism –Derek Rishmawy
…default cynicism isn’t the same thing as biblical discernment. Discernment seeks out truth and falsehood. It sees as much as it sees through. Ironically enough, being too cynical can make you undiscerning, rendering false judgments, leaving you open being deceived, not positively, but negatively.
In other words, being “wise as a serpent”, is a lot harder than thinking everybody’s a liar all the time.
The Unwritten Law That Helps Bad Cops Go Free
Officers aren’t omniscient, and they can only react to the facts as they perceive them. Absent corruption, incompetence, or malice, most officers are going to make reasonable choices in high-stress situations.
Some, however, will fail, and it’s imperative that juries understand that not all fear is reasonable, and some officers simply (and wrongly) panic. Perhaps some have unreasonable fear because of racial stereotypes. Perhaps some have unreasonable fears for other reasons. Perhaps some have a brutal habit of escalating force too quickly. But every officer must uphold the rule of reason, a rule that compels a degree of courage, a measure of discipline, and a tolerance for risk that is inherent in the job that they’ve chosen.
The vast majority of officers are up to that challenge. A few are not. They must be held accountable. Justice demands no less.
I absolutely love this piece from Amy Medina…
Surprise! We Need to Learn from Christians from Other Cultures –Amy Medina
It’s easy for us, as foreigners, to come to Tanzania and point out what they are doing wrong. Those deficiencies pop up to us broadly and clearly. But I wonder, what if a Tanzanian Christian came to the States and was given a voice in the white American Church? What deficiencies would be glaringly obvious to him? …
The truth is that every culture–including every Christian culture–has blind spots. We have our hierarchy of sins and our hierarchy of godliness, and we know we are right and no one can say otherwise.
But that is dangerous.
… I think sometimes western Christians assume they have the trump-card on what Christian culture should look like….but why? What if an African (or Asian, or South American) Christian holds to the authority and inerrancy of Scripture, uses solid principles of interpretation…and yet comes to different conclusions and applications? Is it possible that they could be seeing things that we’ve missed because of our own culture’s influence?
This is why we were created to need each other. And in a country as diverse as America, I wonder why it is so rare that white Christians grasp that truth. Don’t we realize that we are missing out when we refuse to bring other cultures, other colors, other languages into our church conversations? Don’t we realize that even in that refusal is a major blind spot that we will be held accountable for?
And now for something completely different…
The History of Pews Is Just as Terrible and Embarrassing as You’d Imagine –Luke T. Harrington
…seating in churches didn’t really become a thing until parishioners got bored enough to wish they were sitting down—that is, about the time of the Protestant Reformation. In order to emphasize how not-Catholic we were, we began to jettison everything from our worship: confessions, creeds, communal prayer, a weekly Eucharist—basically everything except long, boring sermons. And when your “come to church” sales pitch is essentially “Listen to me yammer about Jesus for several hours!” the response is predictably going to be “Uh, can I at least sit down for that?”
And so, the pew was born…