Friday, January 27, 2006

Reading Response

"No blows were exchanged, but occasionally someone from one side or the other would pass through a gauntlet of catcalls and icy stares...She accused them of having taken many of her personal belongings...'They even stole my underwear', she said."
-Salvation on Sand Mountain by Dennis Covington

What are people willing to do because of their faith? How strongly can a group of people believe in something that it causes them to throw common sense, dignity, and basic human morals to the wind? What do holding on to those beliefs despite the costs mean? When is it ever okay to sacrifice love when you believe you must hold on to your truth?

Dr. Money says, "We can respond to these gay rights activists by telling them what we really think," and half of the ACU chapel crowd applauds?!?
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"Crucify! Crucify him!"
He tried a third time. "But for what crime? I've found nothing in him deserving death. I'm going to warn him to watch his step and let him go."
But they kept at it, a shouting mob, demanding that he be crucified. And finally they shouted him down. Pilate caved in and gave them what they wanted.
-Luke 23:21-23, The Message

Is it justice? Why the need to seek it as if we as humans even know what that is? What gives us power as a human to exert our definition of 'justice' over another individual? How would we ever know the full story of anything, and how is violence and hatred ever going to fix or solve what we want changed?

when justice is bought and sold just like weapons of war
the ones who always pay are the poorest of the poor
-"My Enemies Are Men Like Me" by Derek Webb

2 Comments:

At 5:27 PM, Blogger Matthew Smith said...

Derek Webb's wife (Sandra McCracken) has a site where you can listen to her new hymns record (The Builder And The Architect), and read her thoughts on each hymn. Pretty amazing stuff. http://www.igracemusic.com/sandrahymns

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Hi Lisa,
Wow, what a powerful blog. It gave me chills reading it. I thought the same thing when I read that book, how is it that people can be so intolerant and heedless when it comes to treating others with decency. It's kinda the same thing that happened in the crusades and now with the terrorists, willing to take lives for religion.

 

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