Argue your case with your neighbor himself,
    and do not reveal another's secret,
lest he who hears you bring shame upon you,
    and your ill repute have no end.

-- Proverbs 25:9-10

 

Last week, the Atlantic published a story which claimed Trump made disparaging comments about American soldiers according to four anonymous sources. Not surprisingly, the story quickly fell apart as many sources were willing to go on record by name disputing the account and the story's author gave a pretty pathetic excuse for why his sources wanted to remain unnamed. What is disappointing is that some Christians who should know better (such as David French) decided to traffic in this anonymous story. My point in this post is not political and has nothing to do with Trump. It has to do with personal relationships, unsubstantiated rumor/gossip, due process, and our obligation to rely on multiple named trustworthy sources when passing along potentially damaging reports. Anonymous reports can be used to damage presidential candidates, but they can also be used to damage relationships and communities. They are a form of gossip, and thus forbidden by biblical law.

I spent several of my years growing up living in the North Shore area of Chicago but during most of that time, my dad actually worked in Kenosha, WI. To see Kenosha up in flames is sad. It's repeat of the violence we have seen break out in other cities across our land.

 

In my previous post on BLM, I claimed that the main problem facing blacks in America is the same problem facing virtually every ethnic group in our land – the breakdown of the family. It is not racism or white supremacy, but fatherlessness, that best explains the plight of blacks today. Whatever reforms need to be made in policing and criminal justice (and there certainly are some!), these kinds of reforms will not solve the problem unless the black family is rebuilt. Ironically, dismantling the nuclear family is one of the planks in BLM’s agenda, so BLM actually stands to make things worse, rather than better, for blacks.

 

Last Monday’s Bostock decision from the Supreme Court is likely to have far reaching implications. The majority opinion (authored by Trump appointee Gorsuch, an obvious disappointment) is somewhat open ended, but it is still ominous for Christians who are concerned with religious freedom in the American public square.

With all the cultural chaos swirling around us, several of you have asked how to best pray for our city and nation. There is neither time nor space to give a full overview of how I believe we should look at our current situation, but here are a few thoughts in the aftermath of George Floyd’s tragic death and the protests and riots that have erupted in response: