Must Read Monday: Castro dies, November Adoption month, Trump transitionNovember 28, 2016
Fidel Castro did not believe in the existence of a God other than himself. He was a self-glorifying, self-interested person. And how he’s dead. The death of a committed atheist whose worldview led him to lead in ways that had disastrous consequences for millions of people over many generations should remind us all of the importance of worldview. What we believe matters because ideas have consequences.
Castro outlived the Soviet communist empire and he outlived his own ideas about his own prowess. But what he did not outlive was the reality of death. For Christians looking for a way into the Castro conversation, you need look no further than the ashes now touring the nation of Cuba – indeed this is a man who is now ashes to ashes and dust to dust. As we consider the transition that will now take place in Cuba we are reminded that we are in the midst of our national leadership transition in the United States.
Why We Adopted a Child with Special Needs– The Gospel Coalition
November is National Adoption Month, and we are highlighting important stories about adoption during this time. Rachel Baxter and her family were already raising a child with special needs when they decided to adopt a Chinese child with Down Syndrome. We had the opportunity to talk with Rachel on Monday’s show. Listen here.
The Pope issued a letter stating while abortion is a “grave sin” which takes innocent life, “I can and must state that there is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father.” This raises our question as to who can forgive sin? One of the primary reasons for the Reformation was the Biblical conviction that Jesus was a sufficient mediator for all our sins.
Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is known as both an education reformer and an activist and philanthropist in the Christian community. What types of policies could we expect from a Secretary DeVos? Given her faith background and involvement, those who know her say she is not likely to pursue culture wars typical to the “Religious Right”– nor was she a Trump supporter during the campaign. Rather, she is described as someone who is deeply interested in how politics and education benefit the greater good.
Another important Christian worldview story related to this nomination is Jerry Falwell Jr.’s claim he declined the offer to serve in the President’s cabinet as head of the Department of Education. He said that he “couldn’t afford” to be away from Liberty University for more than two years and Trump was looking for a 4-6 year commitment. Some have interpreted the statement to suggest Falwell didn’t want to take the pay cut. (Cabinet secretaries make $250,000 per year. As the President of Liberty University, in 2012 he was making more than $800,000. That number is likely higher today.)
Much could be said about a Christian educator and leader who thinks they can’t afford to take a pay cut that itself is ten times the average household income of America’s families. But the bigger issue is the missed opportunity. If you want to influence not only the next generation but successive generations, you influence the systems of education. The content of the subject matter and the character of the teachers, the learning environment and the overall vision of what education is designed to produce. How could a career Christian educator and a person who knows the value of discipleship and classical Christian education pass up the opportunity to overhaul, influence, reshape and reform the American educational system?