The Gospel and the Police State

“We have to remind ourselves – just because we can do something doesn’t mean we should do it.” – Philadelphia Chief of Police

If we become a fear based culture, anything done in the name of keeping us “safe” will be impossible to argue against.  It is not the libertarian cry of “losing our freedoms” that should motivate the Christian living in a progressively intrusive state – the Christian should be motivated by rejecting fear as a motive for their actions.  Those who believe the gospel should not be persuaded to act based upon fear-mongering.  This includes the way we raise our children in our homes and the way we vote in the voter’s booth.

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Breaking Bad: a Proper Response

20131007-180241.jpgTrying to catch up on some details of Breaking Bad before last week’s finale, I ran through several episodes on my Apple TV.  One of the episodes was “Hermanos” in which a young Gus Fraim is forced to watch his friend and benefactor murdered by a drug lord.  The scene is pure brutality.  The victim shot in the head at point blank range, blood spurting everywhere including onto Gus, who is shoved to the ground next to the open-eyed corpse.  I did not actually notice my wife sitting next to me.  She came in and sat down working on her computer silently.  Then she said, “I can’t take this, Bubba.”  And I looked up to see tears streaming down her face.  “I can’t watch something like this…”

I realized that of all the many people watching Breaking Bad, this one had the proper response to the whole story.  I love this person and her true heart.