Must Read Monday: Giving Tuesday, Caravan, Asylum for Bibi and MoreNovember 26, 2018
Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday
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I have searched this morning for a headline related to the thousands of Central Americans amassed on the Mexican side of the U.S. border in Tijuana that isn’t obviously seeking to create or reinforce bias in one direction or the other. I could find none. I recommend you read widely as the same people are described in both wildly euphemistic and dysphemistic terms. Simply Google “caravan” and click on news. Read coverage from multiple outlets. #PraytheNews and consider the equally weighty humanitarian and national security concerns. Join me tomorrow on Connecting Faith when my conversation partner will be Matthew Soerens who convenes the Evangelical Immigration Table in his role with World Relief about what exactly is happening at the U.S. southern border and how Christians can positively engage in efforts to bring about much needed comprehensive immigration reform.
Religious persecution and hatred are read. Asia Bibi, is a Christian mother who was working as a day laborer in rural Pakistan a decade ago when Muslim co-workers accused her of blasphemy against Islam’s prophet. She was convicted and spent the last several years on death row. While prayers were answered a couple weeks ago when the high court of Pakistan overturned her conviction, Asia Bibi, her family, attorney and the three judges who rendered the ruling all face a vigilante campaign for their executions in the name of Islam. Read more here and do what you can to help: Asia Bibi and her family need asylum now.
The headline in the New York times reads: Retrieving body of missionary killed on remote Indian island is a struggle, placing the emphasis on the challenges of international law and territorial incursions. But the social media debates swirling around the death of Christian missionary John Allen Chau reveal a deep hatred of those who would seek to share the gospel of Christ. At issue is evangelism to unreached people and the willingness of Christians to go and die if necessary that all may know there is a God and He has come to redeem.
What does an authentically Christian witness look like in America today?
You know by now that I have a passion to see Christians fully equipped to get off the sidelines and into the cultural conversations of the day in ways that honor Jesus. I want Christians to be authentically Christian across all interactions. I want us each and all to cultivate the mind of Christ on the matters of our day and then apply the mind of Christ in ways that bring about redemption in relationships, systems, politics, the economy, etc. This article provides a view into the challenge we face to re-establish an authentically Christian witness in today’s America: Trump’s Christian Apologists are UnChristian.
Related: new from Pew Research – Where Americans find meaning in life
We often observe that ideas have consequences. We look to biblical examples like Daniel and his friends who faced a range of consequences because of the stand they took for their convictions. Consider Stephen. Actually, read Hebrews 11 and consider the consequences of convictional faith. Now consider the convictions and consequences in this ongoing drama on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Did you think your church was free from federal taxes?
It’s supposed to be but unless one provision in last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is changed, every 501c3 religious non-profit and potentially every house of worship in America will be paying taxes in the new year. Read more here: Stop the tax on houses of worship