On freedom, guns, and cameras

My question for any who may read this is pretty simple: do you feel more free when you are in the presence of people with guns or people with cameras? I’m seriously interested in reading your answer below and perhaps some comments as to why.

I’ll go first.

I feel more free when surrounded by cameras than guns. I feel more trapped and threatened with guns around. And here’s why.

After studying my Bible each morning, I typically switch to reading the news from a few different sources. This morning I read about the NRA convention this weekend in Nashville. And nearby an article about another shooting (to death) of a black man in Tulsa back on April 2nd while he was subdued by a white policeman quoted by the AP report as immediately saying, “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.” The AP report just happens to have been based on actual police video and voice recording. So I’m thinking about the whole issue. Freedom. Guns. Cameras. And about the least of these, my brethren, who are really my Lord Jesus being “done it unto” all over again. And then I breathe a prayer of thanksgiving for cameras. That’s right. For video recordings.

Jesus says in John 8:32, “…and the truth will set you free.” Can I get an Amen to that?

Having spent most of my last 40 years working as a mental health professional aimed at helping my clients come to terms with reality, and learning to love and be loved as the anti-dote for their emotional fears, I’m pretty big on getting at the truth in my counseling sessions. Over the years I’ve asked folks many times, “so what would you see and hear if your story had been captured by a movie (video) camera while that whole thing was happening?” Somehow knowing the truth has always seemed mentally healthy to me. And very helpful in freeing us from our fears.

That’s why I’m so big on Jesus. And freedom. And cameras. But not guns. It’s why I evolved academically and professionally from therapist to pastor. And why I think Jesus is especially “good news” and “truth” for a United States of America that today is culturally INSANE and plain batshit crazy in believing that our freedom is threatened by cameras but protected by guns. That’s why I feel personally most free around cameras but not guns.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

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