So let’s get a little technical. The Hebrew word for “helper” used in the verse above is the word “ezer”. It is a combination of two roots, meaning “to rescue, to save”, and “strength/power.” This word is used to describe the woman twice, but it is used to describe God 16 times. So we could translate the verse more properly by saying “It is not good for man to be alone, I will make a strength (or power) suitable for him.” (Hard Sayings of the Bible, Walter C. Kaiser)
The peaceful protesters in Ferguson seem to have been motivated by the violation of their life-affirming sensibilities, and rightfully so. The root of the community’s unrest was decades of frustration with the American justice system that had failed them for so long.
At the first sign of unrest, life-denying troublemakers, mostly from outside of Ferguson, rushed in to exploit the situation. They included:
1) The opportunists — Those with no concern for justice or truth, who attempted to manipulate Ferguson’s vulnerable citizens with inflammatory rhetoric. Their chief concern was getting into the headlines to further their grievance industry agenda;
2) The criminals — Those interested in immediate personal gain by looting, burning and stealing property from Ferguson’s vulnerable citizens;
3) The nihilists — Agitators interested in the destruction of the social order for destruction’s sake. They deny that anything is valuable, neither Ferguson lives nor Ferguson property, or peaceful Ferguson values. These nihilists tried to provoke police violence with gunfire and by hurling Molotov cocktails and bottles of urine.
These anti-black intruders and provocateurs had no concern for the tragedy of Michael Brown’s killing aside from the gain the case provided for their own agenda. They neither had respect for Michael’s family nor interest in the true advancement of African-Americans. They were like a tsunami that overwhelmed the situation — sweeping others up in a dominating dynamic of their creation.
- Multiple worship styles created an “us versus them” mentality
- The church did not have the resources to do multiple styles with quality
- The church moved from multiple services to one service
- The Millennial generation has influenced many churches
- Worship wars are waning
- Multiple generations are becoming more accustomed to different types of church music and worship style
You see, if the pie is $10,000 a year for an organization that tells you that 100% of your gift goes to the field, then they are considered a high-quality nonprofit, right? But if the pie is $100,000,000 a year for an organization that tells you 27% of your gift goes to the field, news reports break out with salary breakdowns and outrage over 14% of budget going to fundraising (with is quite average I must say). The ironic thing is, that these investigative reporters would have nothing to write about if ALS did not invest 14% into fundraising because there would have been no bucket challenge in the first place. And nobody is writing articles about the $10,000 organization because few if any know they exist.
Winter Garden Mayor John Rees excused the man’s self-expression when he refused to stand for the prayer that opened the city commission meeting, but had no tolerance for his refusal to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.
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