Prisoners of the Moment

What is the best and worst movie you’ve seen? Most likely you thought of two separate movies. I didn’t. I thought of the movie Prisoners. Confused? Let me explain.

This post contains spoilers, but the movie is so bad that I am doing you a favor.


Cobra Effect: Part 2

Last week I ended my post by encouraging us to quit debating policy and instead love those around us – this is how we will create racial unity. But recall that we are to love as Jesus loved us, which is different than how our culture tells us to love. This love is costly, it requires sacrifice.

We see this in the way that Jesus loved us incarnationally, a biblical word to describe how Jesus left heaven to become human. Jesus pursued us. Jesus went out of His way to love us.

Love is not simply being kind to the people we interact with while we pursue our ambitions. To love someone means sacrificing our desires and ambitions for their good. Are we willing to do that? Are we willing to sacrifice our careers, our vacations, our free time, our money, and our comforts to love someone else?


Cobra Effect: Part 1

This post was written in the summer in response to the racial tension.

In Britain controlled India, the city of Delhi had a cobra problem. As a solution, the government created a bounty on cobra heads. Entrepreneurs started breeding cobras to collect an easy bounty causing the government to end the bounty. Without the bounty, the breeders released their cobras making the cobra problem worse than before.

We need a solution for the current racial and societal unrest, but we also need to understand that unintended consequences are a reality and that our solution could make the problem worse. I don’t say this to discourage action but rather to encourage us towards wise action.

We act wisely by acknowledging our inability to fully understand the problem and the appropriate solution. We act wisely by acknowledging there are no unintended consequences for God. God hates all evil and racism and wants to defeat it, and He has promised He will defeat it through His Church, so we should listen to his instructions.