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Hey there, I'm Sunny Shell, a wretch saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ the Lord. I'm married to the most incredible man on earth, who loves Jesus more than he loves me, and we have two precious adult sons.

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McKinney Pool Party, Police Misconduct, Race Card and The Christian



By now many of you have heard about the McKinney pool party melee that's exhausted the social and news media-merry-go-round. You've heard about the one police officer's misconduct and the accusations of racial discrimination. Many (too many) have been discussing this and shared their story with obvious bias for either the pool party attendees or former Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt (who resigned yesterday, May 9, 2015).  

So, why am I adding to this story? I'm talking about this because I have yet to read or hear anyone share this story based on the precepts of God Almighty. As a Christian, I choose to see this entire incident and all involved, by the standards of God's holiness and righteousness.

But before I discuss the McKinney issue, I want to share that I'm Asian and therefore understand racial discrimination. I grew up in Virginia during the 70s where we still had some segregation, though the laws prohibited it (white neighborhoods, black neighborhoods, white schools, black schools, etc.). I still vividly remember being only five years old and having an adult white man (accompanied by 2 others) chanting, "Ching chong, ching chong, go back to Hong Kong". Then he lunged at me as if he were about to hit me, but he spit in my face instead and roared laughing as he walked away. Things like that happened often...too often, and it was always very disconcerting and extremely frightening.

Aretha was one of my dearest friends all through elementary and some of middle school. I practically lived at her house. She's black, I'm Asian, and we were nearly inseparable. I spent the night often, went on her paper routes with her, and even tagged along to dinners and other engagements with her extended family.

In middle school, I met some wonderful friends, both black and white and in particular, my sweet friend Stacey who I remained close to throughout our high school years.

During my elementary school years, I often wished Aretha's mom was my mother and actually, called her "Mama" because she mothered and loved me well. During my middle school and high school years I always wished Stacey's mom was my mother because she was so loving, attentive, understanding and kind. I always felt so safe and well-loved by these to precious women God put in my life. And though we could see our different races, it never affected the love we had for one another.

Some people say they don't see race. And I believe them...if they're blind. But if a sighted person tells me they don't see race, they're simply lying. We all see race. I see race, and you see race. However, to see race and to discriminate are two very different things. I know I'm Asian, I can see that. I know my husband of 23 years is white. I can see that. I know our children are mixed. I can see that. I recognize that I have friends of various races, but their race doesn't determine my relationship with them. Seeing the difference with my eyes doesn't make me a racists. Making a distinction in my heart is what makes me or anyone, a racist.

Though I'm now 46 years old, I still get discriminated against. Depending on where I am, I still get strange and unkind stares and sometimes ill-spoken words by those who not only see that I'm Asian, but make that distinction in their hearts. What do I do about it? I don't ignore it. I pray for them because their wicked behavior is evidence that they don't know any better...but I do.

As my darling husband puts it, though we can visually see different races, in God's sight, there are only two races, that is, only two kinds of people: those who are saved and those who are not. And because my Father's greatest concern is the condition of a person's heart and not the color of their skin, this is my greatest concern too.

There are many articles that tell portions of the story. Therefore, in order to help you get as much of the truth as possible, below are links to articles that include video footage as well as photos that will help us all see the bigger picture—the effects of human depravity.

[WFAA News] Backstory: What led up to McKinney incident

McKinney Pool Party Organizer, Tatyana Rhodes, Lawyers Up – Likely Trying To Avoid Civil Liability….

Who's responsible? Tatyana Rhodes is responsible for for lying about the party being a graduation/birthday party (her invitation says it was a #dimepiececookout), and for exploiting teenage girls and using them as sex objects for her "Dime Piece" parties where she usually charges a cover fee (the McKinney party was a free "Dime Piece" event that she organized in order to sell tickets and promote another one of her paid events). Tatyana's mother is responsible for aiding and abetting her daughter's madam-like business (I wonder if she pays taxes on this?). Former Police Cpl. Eric Casebolt is responsible for not doing his job—bringing peace and order to the community. His cursing, man-handling and abusive behavior towards children (possibly belligerent children) was inexcusable, immature and very unbecoming and unexpected of an officer of the law. The two white women who physically fought with Tatyana are responsible for not being mature and sensible enough to have simply left the pool and called the police rather than involve themselves in an altercation with an arrogant and immoral 20-year-old. The parents of all the teens who attended this party are responsible for not teaching/training their children well and for excusing behavior I hope, they wouldn't allow in their own homes. The children attending the party are responsible for forcibly entering a private neighborhood pool and disrespecting adults and the other children and families already at the pool. And lastly, the news media is responsible for their biased and poorly investigated reporting that turned an already exhausting situation into a bonfire of false accusations, gossip, outcry for purported but unsubstantiated racial discrimination, and the outlandish terrorist-like death threats targeting the police officer and neighbors of the Craig Ranch community.

Conclusion: Before I'm a woman, a wife, a mother, friend or Asian, I am a daughter of the Most High God. And because I am such, I'm held, like former Cpl. Casebolt is held, to a higher standard. Like Casebolt, I expect to be jeered at, cussed out, and mistreated in various ways whenever I intercede in a situation where emotions are high and rationale is low. Knowing this, the first action I take is to get on my knees and pray; to intercede in prayer for all involved, asking God to give me wisdom from above (James 3:17-18) so that I might do good and not harm to all people. The second action I take is to enter the situation with the peace and reasonableness I want others to emulate. Then whenever and wherever possible, I open my mouth, so that what's in my heart (the Gospel of Jesus Christ) may effortlessly flow out so that all who have ears, might hear, repent, and be saved.

Christians, let's not do what the world is doing. Let's not pick sides based on the color of someone's skin. But let us do what God Almighty has empowered us to do through Jesus Christ—sow God's peace with love, truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The McKinney pool party melee happened for the same reason why any painful and disconcerting incident happens; because we're all sinners in desperate need of eternal salvation, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Pray for the salvation of all involved since we don't know who is or isn't saved. Pray for God's truth to be revealed and for His peace to reign in the hearts and minds of all who are responsible for this tragic event. And pray to see if God might use you to help bring His truth, grace and peace to the community of Craig Ranch, the McKinney Police Department, news media or anyone who needs a personal demonstration of what true love and honor looks like (John 15:13).

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3 comments:

  1. Great article, Sunny. I live a few miles from Craig Ranch so have seen this story ad nauseum right from the first report which I saw on Twitter. I have just one little bone to pick with you. I believe that God created one race. We are different on the surface (skin) but the rest of us is the same. I think the idea of different races is unbiblical. I grew up in a Christian home and learned the song, "Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, red and yellow black and white....." and it impacted the way I saw people. And yes, I know people aren't red and yellow any more than I am white, but it made the point! Sadly people don't think that way as racism has been pushed so that people think we are more different than we really are. I go to a smallish church full of people of all nationalities and literally from around the world. We love it and believe it is a picture of what heaven will be like. It is pretty sweet to see the different colors and features on the peoples of the world. I'm so sad that people look at those differences as a means to discriminate against others instead of appreciating the God who created the differences. I think Ken Hamm refers to people as of one blood and that is how we should see all humans, not as different races. My brother who is white married an Asian gal and oh my, do they have adorable kids! Blessings to you!

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  2. Thank you precious sister Sandy.


    Regarding your comment about different races being unbiblical, I've never heard that before. Would you please cite the Scriptures you're referring to? I'm always interested in learning more about what's in our Father's holy Scriptures. :o) For my part, the first one that comes to mind about God creating different races is Genesis 11:8-9 (the tower of Babel). The next passages that comes to mind is Genesis 17:4-6 and Revelation 5:9.


    The fact that there are many nations (races) demonstrates the grace of God in saving people of all races and displays His glorious work of the diversity and uniqueness of His creation. I think the fact that God did create so many different races speaks to His awesomeness and helps us to love others as He loves us (to see passed the exterior and look at the interior).♥

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  3. Not sure even how I stumbled on to your blog sunny, but I agree with sandy that you have written a good article about the McKinney pool party. I just wanted to jump in about the race issue. Sandy had a good reference in pointing to Ken Ham. He is president of Answers in genesis and he has a book and a DVD entitled "One Race." He just held a conference at our church a month or so ago and it was very informing. Genesis 11:7-9 speaks of God confusing the language of the people at the Tower of Babel. Note that all it states is that He confused their language and the people were dispersed. the people went to different parts of the earth where they congregated together because they stayed with people they could communicate with. They had children who in turn were taught the language and so on. People took on different shades of skin tone and other physical differences do to their environment. development of different characteristics within the same species is the only true type of evolution. Speciation is a myth. If anyone is truly honest, white people are not truly white, they are varying shades of tan and black people are varying shades of brown. The same skin pigment is in ALL people, there are just varying amounts. It is more proper to call people of varying skin colors people groups than races. It would be also better to refer to people as light tan or medium brown or dark brown. You get the idea. racism is a learned thing and if we changed our terminology, maybe in a few generations we could really make some headway towards eliminating racism. There is so little difference genetically between the "people groups" it i
    s negligible. Organs can be transplanted from any people group to any other. There is more genetic difference in persons of the same people group than there is from one people group to the next. Thanks for your writings Sunny! God Bless!

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