Why Are They Leaving The American Church?

This is a link that a young man sent me very recently.
I encourage you to read it.

http://johnpavlovitz.com/2014/08/15/church-heres-why-people-are-leaving-you-part-1/

Does this article,
and the comments which follow it,
have any resonance with what you are seeing

in churches that you visit
or in your own church
or in Christian schools?

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Retired Air Force Officer Takes On The Police State

“All politics is local,” they say, and by that they mean that local politics trump national politics. Well, not exactly always, I would say; but at least sometimes.

Similarly, it would seem that all men who lose a son take it personally. That is, they are interested in knowing what happened and why, even if the rest of the world does not care, and even if the standard narrative is disrupted. Again, not always — but sometimes.

Such is the case in the link below, where an Air Force lieutenant colonel had a son who was shot by a police officer — in the head, at extremely close range, in the presence of the young man’s mother.

The police self-investigation determined that the officer was not at fault, and he continues in police work to this day, a decade later. But the father hired a private investigator and eventually brought suit against the police. He won, and was awarded a hefty monetary judgment.

Unwilling to simply rest at that point, the father, now retired, has continued a campaign to re-establish police accountability to the community. After several years of effort, he has had some success in his home state of Wisconsin, where the legislature recently passed a law requiring outside investigation of such cases, rather than simply relying on the police departments’ “in-house” investigations, which rarely find the police officers to have acted incorrectly.

The recent concern about the Ferguson, Missouri, police department and its relationship with the local community prompted the father to write the post which is linked below. It also prompted him to begin that post with this paragraph:

‘ After police in Kenosha, Wis., shot my 21-year-old son to death outside his house ten years ago — and then immediately cleared themselves of all wrongdoing — an African-American man approached me and said: “If they can shoot a white boy like a dog, imagine what we’ve been going through.” ‘

Here is the link:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/what-i-did-after-police-killed-my-son-110038.html#.U_d2P2-sFmD

Real News Network Video On Ferguson And The Police State

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=12259

This 13-minute inteview with Kevin Alexander Gray touches on the long-standing problem of the American Police State as it has been targeted against the black community.

I would suggest that ALL Americans, not just blacks, need to understand what is at stake here, and think about where and how they want their principles and opinions to count.

Comments pro and con are much welcome.  This is, I think, a serious matter.

Buzzfeed: Two Stories About How People Respond To Violent Death In Their Communities

Case 1.  Yemeni bridal party drone strike massacre

http://www.buzzfeed.com/gregorydjohnsen/wedding-party-drone-strike

Case 2.  Arkansas middle school juvenile massacre 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/djpeisner/the-ghosts-of-jonesboro-fifteen-years-after-a-notorious-scho

 

In the second case, 6 people were killed and several more were wounded.  The 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were tried as juveniles, incarcerated, and released on their 21st birthdays as free men.  The community that they terrorized 15 years ago, however, has had trouble recovering from what happened.

In the first case, about 12 people were killed and several more were wounded.  The perpetrators are still at large and are apparently still working in responsible positions in the American National Security Complex.  I have not yet found out how the terrorized community, in this case, is handling this.

Your comments are always most welcome.

Amazing Chutzpah

     There is an old Jewish joke used to describe chutzpah — a yiddish word for that attitude of mind that is part daring, part crazy, part incredible.  The joke goes like this:

     A Jewish young man is brought before the elders on charges that he murdered his father and his mother.  He is found guilty and faces a severe sentence.  He then demands clemency on the grounds that he is an orphan.

     That is chutzpah.

     I would say that the following report also illlustrates chutzpah:

Netanyahu: Would Have Been a ‘Moral Mistake’ Not to Attack Gaza Schools