THE WALL OF NAMES is dedicated to those who died in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The work is still in progress. Many of the victim’s names have yet to be gathered and documented and many of the victims who rest in the graves are unknown.
Have you ever purposely done physical harm to another human being? Have you ever taken another person's life? Ever enjoyed it? I wonder how it feels? (not enough to want to try it, though)
I can be indignant today over yesterday's unthinkable deeds, but I am unable to prevent such atrocities from occurring tomorrow. It seems easier to register my horror at events in far away places than to stand up to the seeds of like brutality in my own backyard.
What does it take to be a perpetrator of -or accessory to- savagery?
1. Nearsightedness helps...
2. Mental laziness helps...
Life is really complicated. And the way people shield themselves from that complexity is by identifying more or less arbitrarily with a set of opinions and then sticking to those things like glue. People barricade themselves inside fortresses of knowledge. They're very territorial about their ideological structures. And they like to be in there with a bunch of other people who think like they do.
Hence the popularity of highly polarized and politicized cable news shows.
3. Racism helps...
4. An inferiority complex helps...
5. Explosive emotionalism helps...
6. A steady drizzle of paranoid chatter helps...
7. A cauterized conscience helps...
8. Megalomania helps...
9. A skewed view of the "kingdom of God" helps...
For the Christian, it's time to live the Gospel. It's time to sing a new song!
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation," (Revelation 5:9)
(First posted Dec. 13, 2010)
Yes...! As of July 5, 2020, my book is now available on Amazon.com.
It's a new book about an old problem: the cross and the crown… the Gospel and politics… do they mix? Should they mix?
If my words generate some reflection and healthy conversation—as in more light and less heat—I will be satisfied.
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Greg grew up in Menomonee Falls, WI. His ministry began in 1976: 5 years in Central America, 37 in Mexico. Church planting and discipleship have been his passion.
"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." -Matthew 13:44
GREG'S other BLOG
Concise devotions in Spanish and English, along with some lengthier essays… Designed for personal spiritual growth and to help anyone studying English or Spanish as a second language to improve their skills… Rev 14:6