Must Read Monday: Bride of ChristApril 4, 2017
This is the story of Melissa, but it is also a great metaphor for the story of Christ’s love for us. Melissa was beaten and stabbed repeatedly by an ex-boyfriend, who tried to kill her. She was disfigured and broken. At 20, she thought she would be single the rest of her life because she was “damaged.” But that’s not what Cameron thought. He was one of the first responders who rescued her that day. Cameron asked Melissa to marry him, and she said yes.
Their relationship is a reminder of the relationship between the Savior of the world and His Bride, the Church. Jesus literally died to save us. When we think we are damaged by sin beyond being lovable, beyond anyone ever wanting us— Jesus proves out the power of love, the power to redeem. He invites us to be His forever.
Also— if you are interested in serving domestic violence survivors, check out our conversation with Autumn Miles from Friday.
Still no sign of leader for White House faith partnership office— Religion News Service
Two important posts remain empty in the Trump Administration. One is the head of the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which helps connect faith-based organizations to government contracts and helps represent those groups’ concerns on policy matters. The other is the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. We spoke with Michael Wear, a former White House employee about why these positions should matter to Christians.
Don’t mock Mike Pence for protecting his marriage, commend him— The Federalist
A profile of the Vice President’s wife mentioned some boundaries the Pences hold for their marriage, and the outrage was extraordinary. As Mollie Ziegler Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, notes you don’t have to agree with the “rule” to respect it. We might ask, why wouldn’t we applaud integrity in an elected official? Interestingly, the “Billy Graham rule” is not one rule, but part of a lifestyle with specific boundaries that ensure the integrity of high-profile Christians to protect our witness of the gospel.
Democrats in the Senate now have enough votes to filibuster the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. This means change the Senate rules again— extending a change made in 2013 by Democrats who were in the majority to require a simple majority vote on executive appointments. The change applied to all appointments other than the Supreme Court. This is a national lesson is “you reap what you sow.” Most Americans are so disgusted at this point by the rancor as to tune the whole things out.
In repealing HB2— or the “bathroom law” requiring people to use a bathroom of the biological gender, among other things— the Governor of North Carolina bemoaned that we are not living in a “perfect” world. When we hear that phrase, perfect world, what does that mean? A perfect world was what existed before sin entered the Garden, when man and woman were in perfect relationship with each other and with God.
A mudslide killed more than 200 people in a small town in Colombia. Let’s continue to step outside our American-focused mindset to think about what is happening in other places.
Just who are these ‘People of Faith’ anyway?— Christianity Today
What do we mean today when we talk about people of faith? Our country used to have a generally “Christian” culture.