Must Read Monday: Indonesia Tsunami, “God Friended Me,” the Korean Peninsula, and MoreOctober 1, 2018
Breaking: California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed #SB320 which would have required public universities in that state to supply abortion-inducing pharmaceuticals through state funded health care facilities on campus.
#PraytheNews: Deadly Tsunami in Indonesia
Life is fragile and many people live on the edges of danger. In Indonesia, a nation of islands which are part of the Pacific’s actively volcanic Ring of Fire, people live in densely-populated, low-lying areas. When the earth shook in the heart of the sea, as happened on Friday, there was nowhere to flee from the 18 feet of water which arrived. Even as our prayers arise and resources stream into areas still inaccessible, we acknowledge just how fragile life really is. We also acknowledge the truth of the Scriptures that all creation groans with eager longing for redemption. Read Psalm 146 and Romans 8.
Progress toward peace on Korean peninsula: troops from North and South Korea have started removing some of the more than 800K landmines buried along their border.
The news that members of the military from both North and South Korea are working together to remove more than 800,000 landmines between them is a tangible step in the making of real peace. The people of the Korean peninsula are one people, literal families, divided by a civil war which technically never ended. It seems that the impossible dream of restoration and even reunification are now within reach.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.” But what makes for peace?
From a Christian worldview – and in South Korea nearly 30% of the people are Christians – peace is made through Jesus Christ who brings down every dividing wall of hostility between us. We put flesh on the Gospel of peace by removing landmines – instead of trying to blow up our neighbor, we seek his welfare. Let us pray for the making of peace in Korea and let’s be peacemakers right where we live – bearing witness to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.
Whom do you friend on social media – and who reaches out to friend you? Although there are theological challenges in attempting the kind of programming CBS has undertaken in “God Friended Me,” let us not miss the cultural moment as ministers of reconciliation to declare that indeed, God desires to be in a restored relationship with each and every person through His Son, the Savior, Jesus Christ. Read II Corinthians 5.
Do you know the name Kanye West? He’s now just Ye
Identity is the issue de jour in America. The revelation of God’s name is an interesting conversation hook here. Read Exodus 3.
Words matter because communication matters. And communication is necessary for a culture to survive and thrive. Mutual agreement on the common meaning of words is important – and so is understanding the meaning of words which may be uncommon to us but are now common in the culture. Enter Scrabble. Read John 1 to be refreshed in the power of the Word made flesh.
Imagine having NO access to the Bible in your language. What we take for granted is only now, in 2018, becoming a reality for others. Last week we lifted up the story of the Indonesian teenager adrift in the Pacific for 49 days. He read his Bible every day. That Bible was not in English but in his own language – through the efforts of a Bible translator. The Word of God never goes forth without accomplishing the work for which the Lord sends it. But in order to understand and study and make it their own, people need to be able to hear and read it themselves. Prayer of thanksgiving today for Wycliffe!
Some pepper, to go with the salt…