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When Both Sides Aren’t to Blame

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One daughter burps, the other overreacts with “Gross! You’re sick!,” then the conversation escalates into an all-out cat fight. These scenarios unfold daily in the world where objectivity can look back and see how both sides are to blame. Both escalated the interaction. Both shared in the offense.

There are, however, moral absolutes. Our country was founded on such absolutes. In response to a “long string of injustices” we revolted against tyranny. Both sides used weapons and caused harm. But, one side was throwing off tyranny, injustice, and oppressive monarchy. There was violence on both sides, but they were not morally equivalent.

In recent days in our country, those wanting to spew hate, racism, and white supremacy, while inciting terror, initiated activity to proclaim their views. Those resistant to these views stood in defiance of tyranny. When violence broke out, there were altercations perpetuated on both sides, but those altercations were not morally equivalent.

As a Christian, my personal belief is that we should practice non-violent civil disobedience.  Jesus, taught us to turn the other cheek. In doing so, we heap coals upon our oppressor. They are seen for the evil that they are. Jesus, Ghandi, Bonhoeffer, King, Mandela—all these effectively broke the back of oppression through non-violent means.

While I do believe this to be the Christian approach, I do also recognize that there is a need at times for resistance. When resistance turns to revolution, blood is shed, and violence perpetuated we must stand on the side of justice, freedom, and truth.

When whites supremacy meets resistance from those who want equality and freedom, there is only one side that is right. This is not a political perspective; it is a moral one. If we fail to see the difference, we fail to stand on the side of justice and truth.