April 9, 2014
In the wake of cultural conflicts involving Mozilla and World Vision, it's time to envision an alternative to threats and boycotts – especially for Christians.
Great post, Stephen. I was playing with the idea of writing something very similar myself. I agree that extreme tactics like boycotts and blacklists are extreme responses that should only be the alternative after more civil strategies to achieve political ends are tried. Christians especially have a responsibility to demonstrate love and bear with one another.
I love this! Context and community are so important. The Mozilla story, for example, has bearing on my life only if I do something about it in the appropriate context. My opinion online means so little. But as an educator in my local community, this story shows me something about a key failure in our educational system, namely that we are not teaching students how to, as you and Os put it, disagree civilly. So rather than just posting online, or even just trying to talk about it with friends, I try to look at my calling and community and see if and how this can push me to help people, myself included, pursue truth in a better way and teach them how to regard others.
Human rights matter to everyone, but I think the best thing we can do is see how to handle them in context of our calling and community. Thanks for this piece.
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