My idea of God is not a divine idea. It has to be shattered time after time. He shatters it Himself. He is the great iconoclast. Could we not almost say that this shattering is one of the marks of His presence? The Incarnation is the supreme example; it leaves all previous ideas of the Messiah in ruins.
Who we should be disgusted with when private pictures of famous women are leaked without their consent: the person who leaked them.
And that’s it. Really.
A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth.
It is not “black on black crime” that is background noise in America, but the pleas of black people.
There is a pattern here, but it isn’t the one Eugene Robinson (for whom I have a great respect) thinks. The pattern is the transmutation of black protest into moral hectoring of black people. Don Imus profanely insults a group of black women. But the real problem is gangsta rap. Trayvon Martin is killed. This becomes a conversation about how black men are bad fathers. Jonathan Martin is bullied mercilessly. This proves that black people have an unfortunate sense of irony.
The politics of respectability are, at their root, the politics of changing the subject—the last resort for those who can not bear the agony of looking their country in the eye. The policy of America has been, for most of its history, white supremacy. The high rates of violence in black neighborhoods do not exist outside of these facts—they evidence them.
—Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic, "Black People Are Not Ignoring ‘Black on Black’ Crime." (via asuperfluousman)
Jonathan Foreman said that the Church is made up of “the dropouts, the losers, the sinners, the failures and the fools.” I like that.
My friend, Bing, always tells me that the best way to know Jesus is to leave the church for a while. To get away from the congregation and go back to the basics, to a personal and real encounter. In other words: a friendship. I’ve since returned to the church. I don’t always agree with it but I do love it. I don’t always like the culture of the people but I’ve made my decision to love them, forgive them and be kind to them because that’s what God did for me. And I will never be above God.
I am still learning and I’m still a work-in-progress and I am most definitely still a sinner. But in the aftermath of all that has happened between me and the church, I’m learning to re-define love for myself.
Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday during unrest in Ferguson Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest “for failing to disperse.” 8 others were also arrested.
"I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety," Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.” Epstein is currently an activist and a vocal supporter of the Free Gaza Movement.