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Friday Feature 9.5.14 – Do We Pick and Choose What We’re Outraged About?

I hope you’re having a great Friday.

Have a look at this week’s most clicked article from Monday’s post. Every Monday I post a handful of challenging articles. On Friday I feature the one article that got the most clicks. This week’s featured article tackles a challenging topic:

On human cruelty and selective application. – by R.C. Sproul Jr.

After you’ve read the article, here are a few thoughts:

1. The human standard.

Some sins seem worse. Law enforcement reserve the word “evil” for particular gruesome crimes. It seems that evil is really only evil as long as it is extreme or we can see it on the evening news.

The standard is that we’re all evil. And, the author’s lack of surprise about what is going on in Iraq and elsewhere should make us think about our own reactions.

2. The double standard.

I believe abortion is the intentional killing of a child. It’s not something unforgivable, but it is a loss of human life. Am I as outraged and gut-sick about the common procedure of abortion in this country, destroying life just as much as knife-weilding terrorists?

Again, Sproul Jr.’s thoughts should give us pause.

Think. How difficult is it for you to apply the human standard consistently?

Act. There are plenty of ways to support those opposing these terrible outcomes. Perhaps developing a plan for consistent response will steer us away from imbalance in our response?

 

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