May 8, 2019
Carmen’s opening commentary on the shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado is a call to each of us and all of us to intentionally engage with young people who drift to the periphery or become confused about who they are, where they belong and what they’re in the world to do.
Carmen says in today’s open: “Many young people have NO one to talk to and certainly no one who is listening to the point of having their heart. If you want to change the world and potentially prevent the next kid from slipping over the edge into despair, then don’t drink alone (coffee!), don’t eat alone and don’t put buds in your ears when you ride the metro.” Carmen advocates that all of us make everyone our business.
Be the interested audience in the life of another person today – and let them talk.
Drew Griffin from Providence Magazine joined Carmen to discuss:
- The BBC, reporting on a study ordered by the Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt finds the persecution of Christians in some parts of the world at near genocidal rates.
- Religious persecution is not exclusive to Christians. We talked on Friday with Matthew Hawkins about the rise in anti semitism and the persecution of the Jews. Muslims are likewise persecuted in places like China where all religion is outlawed. Drew and Carmen discuss the plight of the Uighurs, a Muslim minority in China who have been rounded up – a million of them – into concentration camps where they are being actively re-educated (brain-washed).
- Carmen and Drew also discuss the on-the-ground realities in Israel and the deadly exchange with Hamas over the weekend.
The Bible talks a lot about Israel. In the Bible, at various points, Israel is a person, God’s chosen covenant people, a place, a land, a promise. We talk a lot about Israel because Israel is significant not only in the past but in the present. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem and we visit the holy land but many of us do not have a firm grasp in our minds what is really going on. In May of 1948, as the British Empire ended their mandate and withdrew from Palestine, five Arab nations sat on the border – ready to invade. At that moment, David Ben-Gurion, the leader of the Jews, stood in Tel Aviv and declared the establishment of the State of Israel – marking the rebirth of a Jewish nation in the Holy Land after 2,000 years in exile.
In I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel, author Craig von Buseck tells the epic story of Israel’s rebirth— promises made, promises broken, and ultimately the fulfillment of the ancient prophecy that this people would indeed return to their Promised Land.