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CLARITY – 4-24-20 Unity vs. Free Speech


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-24-20

Unity vs. Free Speech

What’s Happening: “Commandant General of the Marines (its top general – four stars), David Berger, issued a letter yesterday explaining his ban on all Confederate symbols, saying that Marines needed to focus on symbols that unite rather than divide. .He stopped short of requiring base or building name changes, but he said it was a leader’s responsibility to address anything that theated cohesion. Some will welcome his move, others will feel it’s an attack on free speech rights. The sentiment is actually a national debate now (there was an incident of a white supremacist driving into a crowd of protesters and killing a woman in 2017 and Dylan Reed posing in front of a car with a Confederate flag license plate – he’s the one who killed en masse inside a black church in 2015 (  ‘I am also mindful of the feelings of pain and rejection of those who inherited the cultural memory and present effects of the scourge of slavery in our country,” the General penned. ‘My intent is not to judge the specific meaning anyone ascribes to that symbol or declare someone’s personally held view to be incorrect.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I don’t see anything wrong with a symbol.”

Biblical Response:  “Obviously, some agree. Still, I understand the General (and Nikki Haley – the Governor of.South Carolina, who banned the Confederate flag from flying in front of the legislature in 2015). There are many who are descendants of lynched black-Americans that have reason to be offended by a reminder of a heinous inequity.”

“However, anyone who can’t control their angry reaction to offense, probably shouldn’t be given a military-issued rifle, anyway. The Scripture says it’s okay to be angry, but we are not to sin (Eph. 4:26). Otherwise, if self-control is not to rule the day (Gal. 5:22), we might as well ban all offensive symbols: the ‘peace’ sign; the swastika; the cross. Don’t find some of these offensive? You just haven’t talked to the right person.”

“Christians? If you are one, you had better learn how to be thick-skinned. In fact, Jesus is referred to as the Rock of Offense (Rom. 9:33; 1 Pet. 2;28). You are guaranteed to be persecuted (John 15:18-19). In fact, if you are not persecuted for your faith, you might well wonder if you are living out your faith loud enough.

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take no offense and, as much as possible, give none either; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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