How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

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Seeking Truth with Courage and Consideration… or FAIR

March 5th, 2021

There is a new non-profit that launched today: Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism. is their web address.

If you have taken the course I developed, Critical Thinking on  Critical Theory, you will recognize some of of the names of some of the supporters. This is not a Christian organization. Yet, I can’t help but be in awe of the “About” page.

Our Mission

The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) is a non-partisan organization dedicated to advancing civil rights and liberties for all Americans, and promoting a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.

What We Stand For

  • We defend civil liberties and rights guaranteed to each individual, including freedom of speech and expression, equal protection under the law, and the right to personal privacy.
  • We advocate for individuals who are threatened or persecuted for speech, or who are held to a different set of rules for language or conduct based on their skin color, ancestry, or other immutable characteristics.
  • We support respectful disagreement. We believe bad ideas are best confronted with good ideas – and never with dehumanization, deplatforming or blacklisting.
  • We believe that objective truth exists, that it is discoverable, and that scientific research must be untainted by any political agenda.
  • We are pro-human, and promote compassionate anti-racism rooted in dignity and our common humanity.

FAIR Pledge

Fairness.  “I seek to treat everyone equally without regard to skin color or other immutable characteristics. I believe in applying the same rules to everyone, and reject disparagement of individuals based on the circumstances of their birth.”


Understanding.  “I am open-minded. I seek to understand opinions or behavior that I do not necessarily agree with. I am tolerant and consider points of view that are in conflict with my prior convictions.”


Humanity.  “I recognize that every person has a unique identity, that our shared humanity is precious, and that it is up to all of us to defend and protect the civic culture that unites us.”

FAIR Principles of Peaceful Change

Based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Principles of Non-Violence

  1. Exercise Moral Courage. Telling the truth is a way of life for courageous people. Peaceful change cannot happen without a commitment to the truth.
  2. Build Bridges. We seek to win friendship and gain understanding. The result of our movement is redemption and reconciliation.
  3. Defeat Injustice, Not People. We recognize that those who are intolerant and seek to oppress others are also human, and are not evil people. We seek to defeat evil, not people.
  4. Don’t Take the Bait. Suffering can educate and transform. We will not retaliate when attacked, physically or otherwise. We will meet hate and anger with compassion and kindness.
  5. Choose Love, Not Hate. We seek to resist violence of the spirit as well as the body. We believe in the power of love.
  6. Trust in Justice. We trust that the universe is on the side of justice. The nonviolent resister has deep faith that justice will eventually win.

Alright, so there is a worldview vibe to all of this, just as with neoracist anti-racism movements. But, what is more startling is that Christian organizations didn’t think of this first. They even have a creed, for cryin’ out loud!

One has to chuckle that some of the proponents of this organization self-identify as atheist with good news that actually reflects the teachings of Jesus more accurately than most Christian denominations when it comes to the challenges of our day.

So, just because I take wicked enjoyment of “proving” my confirmation bias when it comes to social media, I googled “Fair for all”.

The “celebrity” authors and scholars represented are all quite well-known in liberal/ progressive circles, several contributing to to left/progressive media sources. Not a right-winger as far as I could tell.

So, we have a problem.

They are-

Way too reasonable…

Way too empathetic…

Way too courageous…

Way too…no, I won’t say it, too cliche…too inappropriate…way too…

OK, here goes…The Pledge and Principles are way too Christlike…

How dare they!

So, thank you Google for keeping my confirmation bias intact.

After googling “Fair for all”, Google tried to get me to realize I made a typo… You know what I am talking about. The infamous, “Including results for…” in this case “fare for all.” No, I didn’t mean some obscure food program, though its cause appears admirable.

I am searching for a brand new organization launched and supported by international best-selling authors, journalists and thinkers.

So when I click on your “search only for fair for all” I get an obscure organization fighting racist merchandise at state fairs.

Sounds reasonable to me, Google away. They have 552 Facebook followers at this “fair for all” site.

Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism? Well, they just launched, so I kept googling away. I quit after 10 pages worth of no “fair for all” that I wanted to see. You know Alright, I googled “dana hanson” just to see if I am more well known than these leading authors, journalists, and scholars.

In your face, FAIR, I am the second and fifth person listed on the first page, second video, fifth image. “Pfft…Steven Pinker, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, John McWhorter and the rest of the Board of Advisors…

Alright, enough of my arrogant “dana hanson” self-aggrandizement.

Now, I didn’t want to do what comes next…It is so petty. So, childish. But, I searched Duck Duck Go with “fair for all”.

Are you ready? No, really, are you ready?

OK. Drum Roll, please.

Duck Duck Go? Page one. Second item listed….First is still obscure food organization, but I will check them out.

OK, so I trust people connected to this group, don’t agree with everything I have learned from them, but I do know this is worth your attention.

Introducing Members of FAIR’s Board of Advisors



Who Am I?

March 2nd, 2021

This is not me…

I am not centered on politics. I am not a Republican or Democrat, though I do vote. I am not centered on physical appearance. I am in favor of not stereotyping, scapegoating, or discriminating on physical appearance and so I don’t center my life on race, body type or physical capability.

This is me…

My primary meaning in life is centered on being a Christian, seeking the good of others within the range of my influence, and it is lived out primarily as a husband, father, father-in-law, and grandfather. The life mission I have through these filters is to seek the truth at all possible cost, with courage and consideration, and lead others to do the same.

Ultimately, I am not responsible for everything that happens around me, but I am completely responsible for my attitudes and actions towards what happens around me. This becomes a vocation I have as a student of the Master Teacher, Jesus, and I work in a local congregation and live life in this way as a model, teacher, friend and student with those who are my extended family and new friends I connect with along the way. I also “practice” what God is doing to me and through me, primarily in my neighborhood and day-to-day “joy-starting” with those I come into contact with in my local community.

Yah, so there is that…






On Mass Murder…

August 12th, 2019

With the recent mass murders in our nation, there are reactions that include this one expressed in a LA Times headline, “Two Massacres and No Answers”. As an absolute statement this headline is accurate. Each mass murderer is a unique human being who has choices as to how they to live their lives. We don’t know why people specifically choose to act as they do. We don’t have definitive answers. But we do know there are insights into these murderers, even some commonalities

The most obvious way a murderer will give us insight into what they did is by letting them tell us. They may leave a suicide note/ confession/ manifesto/social media evidence/ etc. This is certainly an insight toward “answers”.

Other than what the murderer’s say themselves, there are also key insights toward “answers” from a spiritual ands psychological dimension. From Sandy Hook to Columbine to the most recent cases, there are commonalities.

Spiritually, these murderers chose to not want God in their lives. None of them were committed followers of the ways of Jesus. Obviously, “love your neighbor” and “love your enemy” are not part of their experience.

Nihilism is the worldview of many of these murderers. Rejecting there is any meaning to life. Rejecting any religious or moral principles, except one. In many of these mass murders, the perpetrator has become a god unto themselves.  Most often these murderers exhibit the “unholy” trinity of behaviors Jesus and the Bible most often speak against. These three responses to life provide the recipe for pure evil: Arrogance, deceit, and resentment.

Arrogance- You are the god of your own universe.

Deceit- You tell yourself lies, deceiving yourself into thinking that you are the only one who is right. You live this deceit with those around you.

Resentment- Your conscious anger toward the world, perhaps your subconscious anger toward yourself, where all of this anger builds up into pure resentment and eventually contempt. Contempt is where you don’t consider other people as worthy of existence.

Psychologically, once again the unhealthy trinity of arrogance (“narcissism”) deception, and resentment. The best psychological insight I have received on this topic is from clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson. In his book, Twelve Rules for Life: An Antidote For Chaos, Peterson speaks about the “why?” when it comes to the despicable behavior of mass murderers in his Rule #6, “Set you house in perfect order before you criticize the world.”

Rather than summarizing his insights, you can listen for yourself. I am including this recording of Peterson reading this chapter. Also, there is this interview clip, where Peterson gives a brief review.


You Can Connect With My Content In These Place

April 11th, 2016

I am currently experimenting with a social media consultant and am generating much of my work to my church website. Here are places you can find content I am creating. (the congregation where I serve as senior pastor)

personal Facebook page

church Facebook page

Facebook page for my book, Reboot: 70 Life Lessons With Dallas Willard

Facebook page for my Grandpablogger blog (my grandparenting site) (I write for Life Model Works) (I podcast for Life & Liberty Magazine)


Psalm 25

April 2nd, 2015

Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭12‬ NIV)

To fear the Lord is like fearing electricity. Amazingly powerful and helpful, but scary none the less.

Psalm 24

April 1st, 2015








Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.


“Those who dwell within” means God owns me…I am so glad he treats me like his beloved son…

Psalm 23

March 31st, 2015








Psalm 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

Yes, there is such a place. On the road to Jerusalem. Here is a picture I took.

Don’t want to be there without my Shepherd…


Psalm 22

March 30th, 2015




We all remember the first words from Psalm 22:


My, God, my God, why have you forsaken me?


Jesus cries out on the cross. But, what we don’t often realize is he is remembering a psalm he must have sung countless times, and the end is glorious.  Testifying to the greatness of God to countless generations, the last words speak of completion and triumph.


Psalm 22:31

They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!


Yes, he has…

Psalm 21

March 25th, 2015






Psalm 21:4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.




This is from a Psalm of David concerning the king of Israel.


The true king, Jesus, asks for this life that he may continue to reveal God to the world through us.


John 17:25-26

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. 26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”


Thank you, Jesus!



Psalm 20

March 24th, 2015






Psalm 20:7

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Chariots and horses of biblical times are the fighter jets, drones, tanks, and Humvee’s of today. Violence and the threat of violence as our ultimate security is not how God designed us to live. These will always let us down in the end. The only thing that can change a violence-fueled world is confidently acting in the ways of God. Modeling Jesus when it comes to facing threat and violence. Forgiveness and and not seeking revenge.



How To Be A Christian Without Being A Jerk

Faith in real life