It’s about the spirit of anarchy, not statues

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Jacques Ellul, looking back in 1948 at Adolf Hitler’s incarnation of spiritual evil, wrote: “Confronted by spiritual danger, Christians [ignored the power of prayer,] called men to arms and fought with material weapons. We have conquered on the material level, but we have been spiritually defeated.”

Today, we face the same danger: a society in thrall to death spiritually but Christians obsessed with the physical manifestations of anarchy. Perhaps many will rally to fight for “law and order” — but we will suffer defeat nonetheless, because we refuse to wage the spiritual battle and live in sacrificial neighborly love for the (spiritually and materially) suffering, weak, and oppressed all around us.

It’s not about the statues. It’s about the spirit of anarchy that compels people to tear down an unjust system when they have no idea how to replace it with justice. Only God, through his people, can establish #truejustice.

Create true justice God’s way

TV news is no different than the entertainment programming: They put the actors onscreen, not the executive producers.

The rioting you see on TV today — and the inevitable blowback from opposition — is just the storyline. The actors are but pawns in service to kings and queens whose only concerns are money and power. The storylines are just fodder for viewers who the kings and queens hope to manipulate into actions that serve their purposes.

Street activists and rioters are fools, as are the ones who defend the unjust status quo. Do not allow yourself to be counted in either camp. Though the word pops up everywhere, none of these people understand ‘justice’ as the Creator intends it.

“Human anger does not produce the justice God desires.” (James 1:20) and “The Lord executes righteousness and justice to all who are oppressed.” (Psalm 103:6).

Systemic injustice in this country is real. Denying it is an insult to the Creator of justice. But the solution lies in caring enough to cross barriers, develop deep relationships in which people from separate worlds can listen to each other’s stories, understand our common humanity and different struggles, and together find solutions that help people in desperate need enter the Kingdom of Abundant Life.

Injustice inspires revenge, but “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) And he means vengeance upon both the oppressor and the rioter.

Get out of your comfortable bubble and take a risk. Refuse to stand with angry people bent on violence. Align yourself with the God of Justice and look for the opportunity the Lord wants to give you to be a peacemaker.

Otherwise, you are nothing but a pawn of evil souls who care only for their own welfare.

Coronavirus Could Crush the Poor – US News

COVID-19 could catch fire among the nation’s low-income residents, experts say, but with the crisis comes the opportunity for a just response.

A makeshift homeless camp in downtown Salem, Ore. (Photo: Andrew Selsky)

US News — The protocols for helping stop the spread of the novel coronavirus are by now familiar: Wash your hands frequently, avoid crowds and telecommute.

For millions of homeless, low-income or disabled people, however, running water can be a luxury, remote work isn’t an option and social distancing in a shelter or densely packed public housing is next to impossible. Never mind the difficulty of self-isolation or getting medical care for coronavirus concerns.

As a result, conditions like those in some of the nation’s largest cities, including COVID-19 hot zones such as Seattle, New York and San Francisco, could accelerate the spread of the potentially deadly virus through the nation’s most vulnerable populations, according to homelessness activists, housing officials and advocates for low-income communities.

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