March 24, 2021
Important Questions for Engaging in Social Justice Biblically | Providing Education Overseas to the Poor
Boulder Colorado Shooting
There was a mass shooting yesterday at a grocery store in Boulder, Colo. It is going to drive conversations in many places today. One of the 10 victims was identified early enough for reporters to get comments about him. That individual was a Boulder police officer killed in the mele.
Reading from the Wall Street Journal’s story this morning:
“The police officer killed was Eric Talley, 51, a member of the Boulder department since 2010.
Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said Officer Talley was the first officer to respond to reports of shots fired at the supermarket around 2:30 p.m. The chief, fighting back tears, called his actions “heroic.”
Officer Talley had seven children, the youngest 7, said his father Homer Talley.
“Above all else he loved his family and his Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.
A computer scientist by training, Officer Talley joined the police force later in life because he wanted to protect people, Homer Talley said.
Recently, Officer Talley told his father that he wanted to take on a less dangerous job as a drone operator at the department so that he would always be there for his family.
“It’s rough as you can imagine, but we know where he is,” Homer Talley said. “We have comfort in our faith.”
While there are many threads you might pull in a conversation about a mass shooting and this particular mass shooting, as a Christian, focusing in on the particular people – and the way the people who were asked about Officer Talley so quickly made reference to his faith in Jesus Christ, is significant.
When I die, I want those who are interviewed to have Jesus be the first and last thought.
Thaddeus Williams – Author of “Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth”
Confronting Injustice without Compromising Truth: 12 Questions Christians should ask about Social Justice was written because Thaddeus believes that “social justice is one of the most epic and age-defining controversies facing the 21st-century church.” He believes that we need discernment as we attempt to face this giant task of fighting social injustice in our communities. For a review of the book and more information about it, first go here for the review and second, go here for more information.
Dr. Jimi Cook – Be the Change Volunteers
Dr. Cook had a life changing experience on a trip to Zambia. It catapulted him to start the organization Be the Change Volunteers (BTCV). He desired to give access to education for children around the world. In fact, there are 260 million children around the world with no access to education. These children need books AND tuition. For more information on this work, go to bethechangevolunteers.org.