i believe that there is a coming crisis to the church in america. it is not a crisis of identity, or theology, or even a crisis of relevance. i believe that this crisis is something more subtle, more understated, and more entrenched than most would admit.

as i look around the christian landscape that i see before me i am struck with the realization that we are rapidly becoming a church that allows our ends to justify the means by which we operate.

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darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – dr. martin luther king jr.

these words by one of the great leaders of the american civil rights movement speak to the heart of what social justice should be about. however, there is a gap between what is commonly thought about social justice (and by effect, what we are presented as social justice in media) and what it means for social justice to happen.

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take a look at the image above. what do you see? do you see a duck facing to the left or a rabbit facing to the right? this, one of the most famous optical illusions, is a great illustration of one of the most fundamental truths about the human experience: perception dictates what we understand about reality. to quote obi wan kenobi as he explained to luke why he lied (and to do so on may 4th), “so what I told you was true… from a certain point of view.”

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subtle reflections upon the blatant and obvious



that is a word that has some teeth to it. that is a word that is so deeply rooted in the human experience that we embody its meaning while excluding it from our vernacular. that is a word by which i have lived too much of my life.

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