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Must Read Monday: Chibok girls freed, Planned Parenthood 100th anniversary, more

October 17, 2016

must-read-monday-2Chibok girls: Freed students reunite with families in Nigeria– BBC

In April of 2014, 276 Christian young female students were kidnapped by the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. This past week, 40 more girls were returned to their parents in exchange for the release of several Boko Haram militants, but 197 are still missing.

From a Christian worldview, the conversations that could be had here are endless. We could talk about the intrinsic value of every human life and the precious nature of our children. We could talk about the horror of a religion that would tell its fighters that the rape of Christian girls is valiant. We could talk about the need for redemption in each of these girl’s lives, in their families and the communities to which they will return. Their lives are forever altered but years from now we may look forward to the powerful testimony they may yet bring to us all.

Planned Parenthood and progressive hypocrisy– Andrew T Walker

Planned Parenthood marks its 100th Anniversary with a forward look at another 100 years. Andrew T Walker exposes the hypocritical “underlying moral authority at stake in what organizations like Planned Parenthood have done and continue to do under the banner of ‘reproductive justice.'” The organization claims to uphold justice for the underserved and needy while undermining the very ethic of life. Walker writes, “[T]here can never be social justice when innocent life is systematically targeted by legal regimes. It is never right to celebrate self-determination when it means determining that others must die.” We talked about the culture of death tomorrow, Tuesday.

As a part of our culture of death conversation we’ll also discuss euthanasia –

Dutch may allow assisted suicide for those who feel life is over– Reuters

The Dutch government already permits assisted suicide for individuals who determine their pain is unbearable and have no foreseeable cure. However, now, the Netherlands are considering a change in the law to permit assisted suicide for those who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete.”

WikiLeaks emails appear to show Clinton spokeswoman joking about Catholics and evangelicals– Washington Post

In an equal-opportunity bashing, members of the Clinton campaign discuss and degrade Catholic and Evangelical faith as nothing more than a political tool to be employed.  From their worldview, faith is not an authentic identity which informs and motivates all areas of life. Instead, they see it as a private complication that plagues the masses. From the seat a political manipulator, that means that religious voters are part of the game and aligning popular opinion with religious ideas is part of the playbook.  The revelation of the emails is a window into the reality of spiritual blindness. We live in a world that knows about religion but whose religion is the worship of personal autonomy and political power.  This highlights the need for Christians to be salt and light and leaven; living out the gospel in the fullness of its beauty and truth.

Report: Men not at work– Brookings Institute

The Brookings Institute found fewer men are active in the workforce today than during the Great Recession. The report found, “Fifty years ago, about 5 percent of men between 25 and 54 weren’t working; today, it is around 15 percent.  This is bad for them, for their families (if they have any) and for the economy as a whole.” God is the One who created work, in Genesis 1 commanded man and woman to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” We were created to work, it is a good thing. As reflected in the Brookings study, when able-bodied individuals do not work, the work does not work as designed.

So, what’s the Christian perspective of work? I’m so glad you asked!

Work is part of God’s original design. There’s actual work planned for us prior to the fall. So, work is NOT a curse. God put us to work for our own benefit and all work is to be done as work unto the Lord. Genesis 2:15 and Colossians 3:23-24

After the fall, work became toilsome. But God commanded us to work, supplied everything necessary to accomplish the work and God gives success. Exodus 34:21, Exodus 36:1, Genesis 39:2,

The Bible says that there is dignity in all types of work, no one is above working and work builds character. II Thessalonians 3:10 and Matthew 25:23

According to God, work is good and it’s good to work.


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