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Our World Is Broken

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Orlando. No longer in our thoughts will it be held as just the city where the most “magical place on earth” dwells. As of last week, it has now become a place where one of the most horrific acts of violence and terrorism has occurred. And this tragic event will forever be etched into our memories.

What happened in Orlando was horrendous. Words cannot describe the pain that is still being felt today by the families and friends of those killed and wounded. We should pray for them and the churches around the Orlando area seeking to be present in the midst of the pain.

The tragedy in Orlando has reminded everyone of how broken our world really is. Newscasters, politicians, and even late night talk show hosts have continued to convey the seriousness of this beastly act of terrorism. Everyone is outraged. Things are truly messed up in our world.

But as tragic as the Orlando event is, it is not the only thing that has occurred this past week that shows how broken our world is. In California, a Stanford swimmer, Brock Turner, was given only a six-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Many are outraged by just a slap on the hand, but what makes it worse is the letter Brock’s dad wrote to Judge Aaron Persky before his son’s sentencing.

In the letter, Dan A. Turner, Brock’s dad, said that since his son was found guilty of sexual assault, he isn’t eating much and is full of worry and anxiety. It’s “a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life,” he argued.

“20 minutes of action!” For the dad, it was just a small mistake. Should it cost his son his future? How could a dad see such a crime as just a few minutes of “action.” Part of the answer could be related to what is known as “rape culture” It is predominately found on college campuses in which date rape becomes something that can be deemed as acceptable. The fact that we have something called “rape culture” is heart breaking. And with the rise of pornography and attitudes of self-entitlement, things look bleak. Our world is broken!

We are broken over the hate crime that occurred in Orlando and we want justice to be served. But I find it a bit funny that in other areas of our culture we are not as concerned about justice being handed out. For me, this is a true sign of our brokenness and our need of a Savior. Thanks be to God that we have one in Him!

 

325 Days!

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Well, it’s been 325 days since I have written and posted anything on this site. What I thought was going to be a month or two break turned in to almost a year. I really don’t have a reason why things halted, but I have learned a few things.

First, I have realized how writing, whether anyone reads it or not, helps me to think a bit more clearly about things. William Faulkner wrote, “I never know what I think about something until I read what I’ve written on it.” So from a selfish stand point, writing on this blog has been tremendously helpful to me. It causes me to be articulate about what I think and what I read that I normally would not do. So in that regards, I’m looking forward to getting started back.

Second, though I enjoy the outcome of writing, I have to limit myself in how much I write. Posting something daily is and was way too much for me. I have to be realistic as to what I can and cannot do. Though I know writing is more about perspiration than inspiration, I’m not trying to sweat off that many pounds. This could possibly be why I stopped posting new content back in June 2015. Therefore, I will be posting content on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with a “Quote of the Week” on Friday.

Finally, I’m going to be somewhat more open as to what I write about. Granted, most of the content here will be of a biblical and theological nature, but don’t be surprised if there is an occasional thought about the NBA playoffs, sweet tea, or great places to get chips and salsa. It is here that I am taking C.S. Lewis’ advice that he gave to a 7th grader who was asked to get writing advice from a famous writer. Lewis wrote, “write about what really interests you, whether it is real things or imaginary things, and nothing else.”

Of course I do hope that those who do choose to enter in from time to time and read what’s posted here will be encouraged and challenged. The information on the Internet is not in short supply. There are more articles at one’s finger tips today than was ever thought imaginable. So my prayer is that what I post will be substantial though I am aware that I should be careful not to take myself too seriously.

Happy reading!