Just thought this was a intriguing comic on the whole Arizona Immigration law, given that land once belonged to Mexico. Honestly, I think it is a complex issue and I refuse to fall into either the liberal or conservative camp on this one. I liked what Robert Gelinas asked on his blog… not whether or not we agree with the law, but rather what Christian principles were people applying to arrive at an faithfully christian response. Obviously, many people found scripture to justify both sides of the argument. I just wonder if God is pleased with either answer. Ultimately, whatever our response is to the law, we must be convinced that it is a demonstration of our love to God and our love for others (specifically, undocumented immigrants).
According to Glenn Beck “Social Justice” and “Economic Justice” are code words for communists, socialists, and Nazis. He warns his listeners to beware of churches and religious leaders who dare to talk about such things. Here is a part of his dialogue…
“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”
Well, if he is right, then that would make me a Nazi. Not only me, but I would have good company with Jesus who started using justice as a code word. Take a look at Luke 11:42 and Matthew 23:23. Jesus not only talks about justice, but he curses those who neglect justice, which he calls a “weightier matter” to other religious activities.
If I am going to be slandered, I am okay with it if it is in following Christ. “Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others” (Matthew 23:23).
A great internal debate throughout christian history has been on the subject matter of war and violence. Is there such thing as a “Just War”, and should Christians participate in war or any acts of violence?
Let’s begin the dialogue, freestyle with me and briefly tell me what you think… (biblically that is).
Had to throw this clip in cause it was funny. Jon Stewart is actually challenging Keith Olbermann for being too nasty (I know it sounds like bizarro world, right?). Enjoy.
On February 4th, 1913, Rosa Parks was born. She is now famously thought of as the “mother of the civil rights movement” for courageously sitting down on that city bus, so that the African American community could finally take a stand. It was her faith and resilience that gave her the strength to make that courageous move. We remember her today, and her faithful commitment to God’s principles of love, justice, and equality. Happy Birthday Rosa Parks!!!
The brilliant Dr. West shares words of challenge and encouragement with our President.
What do you think about the idea of supporting the President, while also critiqueing him and keeping him accountable? Blind and biased critique or support will never be good, especially in a democracy, right?
This picture captures what will hopefully be a more globally diverse future for American foreign policy, in which we are strengthening America’s relationships around the world. At the least, it’s a new look for the White House.