Presidential Elections and Why Abortion is not the Issue

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.

For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles;

Their bodies are healthy and strong.

They are free from the burdens common to man;

They are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pride is their necklace;

They cloth themselves with violence.

From their callous hearts comes iniquity;

The evil conceits of their minds know no limits.

They scoff, and speak with malice;

Their mouths lay claim to heaven,

And their tongues take possession of the earth.

Therefore their people turn to them

And drink up waters in abundance.

They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”

This is what the wicked are like—

Always carefree, they increase in wealth.

Psalm 73:1-12 NIV

The idea of rich people abusing their power, thinking they know more than God, or having no regard for other people is not lost on the Psalmist. Yes, these people may increase in status, success, and wealth as defined by the world’s standards, but that is not the end of their fate.

This humble reminder is my thought of meditate today. I meditate on these words and share my thoughts not to encourage support of one candidate on another. I have no political alliances.

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Book Review: “Prophetic Lament” by @profrah

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

To believe that the United States has assumed the mantle of blessing from Israel is a faulty assumption. Israel’s exceptionalism arises from God’s grace. There is no scriptural support that the United States has earned God’s favor as an exceptional nation.

– Soong-Chan Rah

Why I picked up this book:

Prophetic Lament book cover

I have found Soong-Chan Rah to be a thoughtful and honest theologian, prophetic voice, critic and lover of God’s church. I was thrilled to hear him speak on this topic shortly after the book’s release and received a copy of it then.

Who Should Read Prophetic Lament:

I believe this is essential reading for anyone who considers themselves a leader in the church. The subtitle speaks for itself, “Call for Justice in Troubled Times.” I don’t think I have personally observed or experienced as much injustice in my lifetime as we are witnessing and experiencing today. I am troubled by the senseless violence, the growing “wealth” gap between the haves and have nots, the abuses against women and vulnerable children, the complete disrespect and disregard for God and his holy standards, the devaluing of black lives and targeting of black men, the destruction of families, the growing hate speech, rhetoric, and false reporting that has become common place in the age of social media, and that’s just to name a few. The temptation of everyone in this time is to blame or ask God, “Where are you?”

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What we need now is Grace and Justice

In light of last week’s events, many are asking the questions, “What can I do now? Where must we go from here? What can my church and community do to move the conversation forward?”

 

I have been mostly silent online because my emotions were running high, and in the public arena I feel a responsibility to speak what is true and only what is helpful. I’m still not ready to write or dialog publicly about the events regarding the killing of African American males, #AltonSterling (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) and #PhilandoCastile (Minnesota), by police. Both of these events preceded and seemingly motivated the #DallasPoliceShooting. Additionally, there was a black man, 22 year old Michael George Smith Jr. of New Jersey, who was found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia around this same time. The medical examiner has called this death a suicide, though social media reported through the hashtag #PiedmontParkHanging that the KKK was rallying or handing out marketing materials just 30 minutes prior to this death. So I have questions.

 

If folks really want to be a part of the solution, then we all have to do the hard work. That work includes education, listening, and learning from others who are different from us. In includes expanding our relational networks, and it includes tearing down unjust systems and structures.

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