Must Read Monday: Crosses, Missing Kids, and Washington D.C.October 22, 2018
As always, the Must Read Monday list begins with the Bible.
Our family is reading and re-reading John chapter 1. Yesterday, it seemed to finally click with the youngest child at the table. It clicked that the Word who was with God in the beginning (Genesis 1) was also Jesus, the Word of God made flesh. “Jesus is God and Jesus is the Word of God!” he exclaimed. Amen. The next oldest child connected a few more dots, adding, “Jesus is also the living Word, right?” Which led to a conversation about Hebrews 4 and the connection between the Bible and Jesus and Colossians 2. It was quite a feast leading us all to savor the Savior, tasting and seeing that the Lord is good!
So, what are you thinking about today? What’s on your mind? How are you thinking about what you’re thinking about?
Chances are, if you’re like most Americans, the goings-on inside the Washington D.C. beltway is not top of mind. You’re thinking about family schedules and paying the bills and how to negotiate Thanksgiving with multiple family expectations. You’re trying to figure out how to manage everything that’s on your plate and help your neighbor who has more than they can currently bear.
If you’re like most of us, you want the people who are being paid by our tax dollars to do their jobs efficiently and effectively and without causing additional stress to those of us who are trying to do our jobs and raise our families. You want those who are elected to make and enforce the laws of the land to do so in ways that uphold our core values as a nation, protect the citizenry, and do as much good as possible with the limited resources available to them through our tax dollars.
We don’t want them to spend all their time trying to get us to hate their political opponents and we certainly don’t want to see and hear constant ranting. Do your jobs. Do what we sent you to Washington to do and stop filling our social media feeds with your childish name-calling.
ICYMI: Hidden Tribes by More In Common
Remember the conversation we had here about the suit brought by the Freedom from Religion Foundation and the historic memorial to WWII veterans known as The Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland? Come to find out, when families and communities seek to heal from the loss of trauma, they still turn to the image of the cross. Crosses are part of the memorial for Texas school shooting victims in Galveston, Texas. While I recognize the difference between a permanent memorial in the shape of a cross on government owned land (as in the Maryland case), I also recognize the reality that there is comfort in the cross of Christ which the FFRF seeks to eliminate from our public consciousness.
Today, see the cross.
See the cross in window panes and telephone lines and at every intersection. See cross walks and cross ties and cross stitch. See crosswords and avoid cross words. Point out crosses in the landscape to others and even as people decorate for Halloween, point out the cross in the crossbones. The Cross is powerful and we are its witnesses in the culture today. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, take people to the cross of Christ today.
Jayme Closs is still missing – as are thousands of other kids across the U.S.
This story brings so many others to light. Spend time today praying for the families of these missing kids and for the kids themselves.
This morning’s sexual revolutionary headline:
From the article:
“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.”
- How and by whom is gender defined?
- Is it narrow to define “gender as a biological, immutable” reality determined by DNA at birth?
- How is using the definition of gender as male and female, xy and xx chromosomes, “drastic”?
- Do those who self-identify as transgender not already enjoy the same protections under federal civil rights law as everyone else?
- What is this really all about?
Answer: Title IX which are civil rights protections put in place related to women. Specifically women seeking to compete in collegiate athletics. Think about the conversation and implications for Christian colleges and the NCAA if you want to know some of the conversations being had about all this behind closed doors.
As we head toward Halloween…
And…witches hexed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday.