Must Read Monday: Constitution Day, Two Different Storms, Gender Changes on NYC Birth CertificatesSeptember 17, 2018
What did you hear yesterday in the Sunday sermon and how are you making the Monday connection?
How does what we experienced and heard yesterday influence who we are today as we enter the work-a-day world?
- Read John 1:1-14. Consider the reality of the cosmos described by John. God is real. God has spoken. The Word has come; we know Him; we are children of God because of Him. So what?
- Read I John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” So what?
- Read I Peter 1 and consider the calling to “be holy.” And then read I Peter 2:4-12. Consider that “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” And consider the calling to “Live such good lives among the people of the world that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”
It’s Constitution Day…
On Sept 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia adopted the U.S. Constitution.
- So, when we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, we do so as we the people, one nation, under God, indivisible. What does that mean today in the context of our polarized conversations and partisan political debates?
- What constitutes “we the people” today?
- What does citizenship mean to you? What does it mean to be a citizen of a particular nation and what does it mean to be a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven? What does it mean to be both?
- 39 brave men signed the Constitution which formed this more perfect union. Who were they? What sacrifices did they make? Like the men if Issachar, I Chronicles 12:32, they were serious men, living in serious times, willing to make serious personal sacrifice for the common good.
Two big storylines today, each with two different threads and all storm related.
- Seventeen people have died as a result of Hurricane Florence, and it’s still raining.
Half a world away: Cat-5 Typhoon Mangkhut wreaks havoc. China evacuates millions, many dead.
- Life is precious and storms are real.
- Not everyone has equal access to information, warning, escape nor rescue.
- As Christians, our care for the most vulnerable, no matter where they are born or under what government they live, matters to us.
2. Then the political storm storyline: a woman has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school (which he denies) and Paul Manafort, one-time campaign manager for then candidate Donald Trump, reached a plea deal and is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
What then are we to say about these things?
- We don’t have to say something about everything in the moment. There are times when the truth needs time to come out.
- We can affirm the importance of truth because truth sets us free.
- We can affirm that confession is good for the soul.
- We can affirm in the Manafort case that living beyond your means is a grave temptation.
- We can affirm the confusion about truth in our current cultural moment. There is both a post-truth bent to how people process reality and a demand for truth that conforms to their preconceived or prejudicial ideas. That, by the way, is not a real pursuit of truth.
- As Christians, we are people who are conformed to the One who is the Way and the Truth and the Life and we are interested in reality, real truth. No matter where that leads.
- The X is intended to be neutral but there’s nothing neutral about it.
- Let’s note the biological reality being denied here: there is real science behind the recognition of two sexes: male and female. Read Genesis 1:27, 5:1-2.
- There is also the introduction of the term gender where the accurate term is sex. But sex has come to mean something else and so the word gender has been adapted to mean what it never meant in prior generations. This is how culture changes and we are watching it happen right before our eyes.
- Christians will recognize the use of the letter X as an appropriation of the one letter designation for Jesus Christ. Think Xmas for Christmas. The X is used
- From all outward measures, Carrie Underwood is wildly successful. But there’s something she longs for that, to this point, she does not have. This is a conversation about life and babies and joy and submission and potentially lots of other things (like how far would you go to have your “own” baby? When would you consider adoption?)
- One in five confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage. This is a conversation into which those who have not miscarried must gently tread. This is also a conversation men need to have as much as women. The grief and fear here is shared by the dad whose babies are now with our Father in heaven.
One more thing..read this and consider to whom you need to send a letter today pleading with them to put their faith in Christ.