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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?

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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.  

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Welcome

Welcome to Broken Chains! I am very excited about launching this blog. I will be posting weekly, and if you want to support me, I ask you to subscribe using the registration form at the bottom of the page and to share with your friends.

For my first post, I want to give a brief explanation for why I chose the name Broken Chains.

We all are selfish, and this has brought pain and sorrow into the world. Unfortunately, this selfishness is inherent to us. We are enslaved to our selfishness and thus doomed to an existence of death and destruction. But through the person of Jesus, God provided a way to new life – God broke the chains of our slavery.

Broken Chains is all about responding to this truth. After Jesus healed a possessed man, Jesus told the man to tell the world what God had done for him. In the same way, I want to tell the world what God has done. If you’d like to read more about the motivation and plans for this blog, you can find more information on the about page.

Thank you for your support, and I am excited to see what this blog grows into.