Sometimes, believe it or not, I don’t even feel like offering an opinion or critiquing something. This time, you decide which opinion related to Ferguson, MO you prefer.
In a sermon, Brian Owens offered, “We are not surprised by the lawlessness of man, the arrogance of politics, the irresponsibility of the media, the dishonesty of religious leaders, the false teaching of self-proclaimed modern prophets or the inability of government to bring justice, fairness, equality and peace to this world. . . . Our kingdom is not of this world. We can’t be distracted by things of this world. . . . It is when we love without hypocrisy that people see the glory of God.” – Brian Owens, Ferguson Heights MO Church of Christ
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A scholar named Tanya Brice believes Christians ought to be “active in disrupting a system in which blacks are much more likely than whites to be killed by police.” Brice said, “Heaven is our real home — that’s what folks said during the institution of slavery. . . . I think that Christians should be in the streets and at the policy table to effect these changes. I think we should use the words of the prophets,¹ from our sacred Biblical texts, as support for what we do, as our voice against injustice.” – Tanya Smith Brice, Dean of Education, Health and Human Services, Benedict College, Columbia SC
Both quotations are taken from the January 2015 Christian Chronicle.
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¹ OK, one comment: Brice’s advice to re-appropriate words spoken millennia ago by God’s prophets manifests her lack of understanding of the situational nature of most prophecy, not to mention her lack of scholarly approach to scripture.