Must Read Monday: Evangelicalism, Autonomy, Eugenics and MoreMarch 12, 2018
Four important reads for American evangelicals (particularly if you’re also white)
As you read, ask yourself if you use the term evangelical to describe yourself, what does that term mean to you and what does it mean to those around you? Are you really an evangelical Christian if you haven’t actually, in recent memory, shared the saving good news of Jesus Christ’s incarnation, death, resurrection, Lordship and promised consummation with another person? Would evangelical Christians halfway around the world recognize your version of evangelical Christianity? If you are not actively pursuing real justice (yes, social justice) for all (yes, all) in the culture in which you live, how are you being an active agent of the Gospel in this generation?
I will be talking with Karen Swallow Prior about all this on Friday’s edition of Connecting Faith. Subscribe to the podcast today so you won’t miss it!
The Problem with Autonomy
Autonomy is the idea that individuals are free from any and all external controls. The autonomous self, it is imagined, is able to govern itself fully and freely as it sees fit. The problem with autonomy is that when everyone does what is right in their own eyes, morality is defined moment by moment in the perceived best interest of the self to the exclusion of the greater good or any objective good at all. As you read this article, consider the consequences of this woman’s autonomous worldview. All ideas have consequences, bad ideas have victims, included here are the most vulnerable.
How far is a conversation about eugenics from the reality of IVF?
As horrified as we may be by the thought that children are being sacrificed by abortion on the American altar of autonomy, we must ask if we are equally horrified that children are being preserved in cryogenic suspense until such a time as bringing them to fullness of life fits a family’s plan. And what if that day never comes – or if the freezer fails? Medical conversations are inherently moral conversations but too often Christian counsel is neither sought nor offered on what has become entry-level eugenics. As Crisper technology advances, these conversations only become more complex.
And yes, some people really do want to use genetic engineering to create humanoids and humanzees: https://evolutionnews.org/2018/03/darwinist-david-barash-wants-us-to-create-humanzee/
See Speak the Truth to be more fully equipped for this conversation.
Why does fake news (and bad news) spread faster than truth?
That’s a good question to ponder as we consider passing on to others what we in turn also received. The apostle Paul chooses that language to describe his receipt and transfer of the Gospel. In First Corinthians 11, in a conversation about the celebration of the Lord’s supper, Paul says, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me. For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes’.”
What are you and I passing on to others today? Are we passing on what we in turn also received from the Lord or are we passing on lesser things?
Here is a responsible social media resource: https://reconnectwithcarmen.com/social-media-manifesto/
People often ask for guidance related to kids and the cultivation of the Christian worldview. Dan DeWitt is two books into writing a five book series for kids called The Owlings. Check it out here. Also, check out our resource page on this very important topic.