Must Read Monday: Blasphemy Laws, Climate Change, Atheism, and Brett KavanaughOctober 8, 2018
Our Must Read Monday – and our must read every day of the week – is the Bible. We must read the Word of God to:
- Know who God is and who we are in right relation to Him,
- Clarify our thinking about everything else,
- Gain God’s perspective on the days in which we live and how our days fit into the full scope of redemptive history,
- Prepare for the good works He has prepared in advance for us as His Kingdom Ambassadors in the midst of the kingdoms of this world, and
- Not lose hope.
God has got this – whatever the this is today. The question is: has God got you in the midst of this? Whatever else you feel the need to read today, we must read the Bible first. John 1 is a good place to start for cosmological perspective and eternal hope in Christ.
A women is on death row in #Pakistan for speaking her mind. Today is her last appeal. She is a #Christian convicted of having expressed her conscience in regard to Islam’s prophet. #ReligiousFreedom
Blasphemy laws may seem arcane, but they persist in many nations around the world. Blasphemy laws not only suppress free speech, free expression and evangelism, they are used to privilege one religion over all others. Blasphemy laws are used against religious minorities who speak out against a majority belief system. Blasphemy laws are inconsistent with a pluralistic society. True pluralism does not say “everything is true,” but rather allows differing truth claims to compete freely in the public square.
Climate change is real. God has placed us as stewards or managers of the Earth. And the time has come to work the garden or suffer the consequences.
Yes, total click-bait. But is also raises good conversational questions for engaging with people whose ideas are not nearly as Christian as they are syncretistic. Current research reveals many Americans are not Christians but syncretists – a blend of beliefs that include some of the historic tenets of the Christian faith but also New Age and ideas drawn from other religions. In an honest examination of your own sincerely held religious beliefs (tested by the way you actually live your life), how do you compare to the research findings?
Define everything. That’s the new rule in reading, to understand, and writing, to be understood. What do the words evangelical and revival mean when professed atheists are part of the group making a statement?
Franky Schaeffer is a professed atheist – who also professes to believe in God.
Confused? Yes. And intentionally confusing. He is also identified as part of a group who define themselves as leading an evangelical revival of evangelicalism. How do you understand those terms and who gets to define those terms today?
Circling back to Brett Kavanaugh, now the 114th Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. What shall we say about these things? Depending on what and who you read, you’d think that Kavanaugh is potentially the Christ or the anti-Christ. He is neither. He is a jurist who now serves his country as one of nine justices who, together, comprise the third branch of our Constitutional republic. How he understands and interprets the Constitution is what matters. He will influence which cases the Court hears and he will influence how those cases are decided. Let us pray for him in the same way we pray for all those in authority over us – in the spirit of First Timothy 2:2.