Matthew Soerens is the US Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief. Noah Filipiak interview Matthew about a biblical response to undocumented immigrants, the Mexican border, Syrian and other Muslim refugees, and much more. The episode closes with a poem called “Home” by World Relief’s Jacob Mau (www.jacobmaumusic.com) Continue Reading…
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Whether the rest of America wants to admit it or not, black people have to fear for their lives every day living in this country. They’ve been trying to tell us this for years now. I do hope we start listening soon. Please watch this 4-minute video of Charles Kinsey, a black therapist helping a patient in North Miami, trying to tell a police officer not to shoot him only to be shot by the officer and handcuffed. The video is not graphic and the man lives; most of the video is the man talking about the baffling experience:
It’s unlikely that something like this would have happened to a white person.
Now moving forward, this is what we need to pay attention to:
- Will this police officer be fired?
- Will this police officer go to court?
- Will this police officer have to serve jail time for this?
- While what you see in the video is bad, it’s not the core reason for Black Lives Matter and other related protests. The core reason is that these things happen over and over again without the officer being held accountable whatsoever.
If you can watch this video and think that the officer shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions, you really need to check yourself.
And if this officer gets to do this and then walk free with no repercussions, we all should be in an uproar, as well as scared for our lives that this is the justice system we live in…or at least scared for the lives of our black brothers and sisters.
It is good and right (and biblical) to protest unjust justice systems.
None of this villianizes police officers. One officer committed a very awful crime. This officer needs to face the penalty of our legal system for this. If they do, it will create a safer world for all police officers and will allow us the peace of mind to separate the good officers out from the bad, thanking the good ones profusely for their work. If they don’t, it’s only going to make a lot of people very angry and some lunatic is going to start shooting police again. The verdict lies in the hands of our legal system. Have they learned yet or will they continue to let unjust acts go unpunished?
All Christians know the Bible is full of commands to love and help the poor. The Old Testament is chock full of them, and the New Testament only adds to the pile.
Proverbs 14:31 “Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.”
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Psalm 82:3-4 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Isaiah 56:6-8 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Matthew 25:34-46 (hover over reference to read)
Galatians 2:10 “Only, they asked us to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.”
James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 2:15-16 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
1 John 3:17-18 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
And the list could truly go on and on and on…
So if we know we are to love and help the poor, why do so few of us do it? And even fewer do it well?
Read Bob Lupton’s Compassion, Justice and the Christian Life if you want the full version of this, but in a nutshell giving handouts to the poor only makes things worse.
There is a time for handouts in temporary and/or crisis situations. But indefinite handouts lead to dependency and dependency is a guarantee someone will never get out of poverty. Continue Reading…
I attended a prayer vigil for Pastor Saeed Abedini this past Friday at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. It was one of 500 vigils held in 35 countries around the world, commemorating the two year anniversary of when Pastor Saeed was incarcerated in an Iranian prison where he is tortured for his Christian faith.
Saeed is an American citizen with a wife and two children: