Must Read Monday: Jerusalem, Judge Appointments, The War for Souls and MoreMay 14, 2018
Israel’s prime minister said President Trump’s decision recognized a 3,000-year Jewish connection to Jerusalem and the “truth” that Jerusalem would be Israel’s capital under any future peace deal(Fox News). Truth matters and the truth is Israel existed as a nation with Jerusalem as its capital a long, long time ago. And the truth is the modern state of Israel established Jerusalem as its capital. And the truth is that in every other case, we recognize the city designated by the country as its capital, respecting each nation’s sovereignty. The truth is not everyone likes the truth, but that does not change the truth.
The U.S. Supreme Court will be issuing several rulings in the coming week(s) including the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
While it is not yet known how history will judge the tenure of Donald Trump as President of the United States, it is possible that the appointment of judges might tip the scales. The appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is certainly having an impact but so are the appointments of young, conservative judges to federal benches across the country.
Justice matters because God is just.
There is a war being waged for the souls of men, women and children. And while we know that this battle is not against flesh and blood, the casualties of war are in fact human beings.
Over the weekend a family – yes, you read that right, mom, dad, and their four kids – carried out suicide bombing missions against three churches in Indonesia. ISIS claimed credit but we recognize that the real motivator is Evil itself.
There is no making sense of such things and we recognize that the world is hostile to God, God’s people and, therefore, the Church. In light of such events we pray and we prepare our hearts and minds to endure as missionaries to a world at emnity with God.
As medical technology advances the moral and ethical questions we face only multiply. The time to seriously think through the morality of having a pig’s heart transplanted into your body or fertility treatments that produce human embryos which will remain frozen for who knows how long and disposed how and by whom – is now. When we need or want what advancing science and technology has to offer is not the time to weigh the Biblical morality. We need to think through the issues when we are dispassionate about them. Which is to say, in the case of this particular story, before we need a new ear.
The press this week will be agog at the wedding of Briton’s Prince Harry to American movie star, Meghan Markle. It is what fairytales are made of and we will rejoice with them as they take their nuptial vows. The Church of England will be on full display as will the confusion which exists about who is the head of the church. It will provide opportunity to elevate the conversation about marriage, why it matters and the eternal reality to which it points. It will also provide opportunity to remind girls and boys that their Prince has come and they too are invited to become a member of the royal priesthood and the Bride of Christ.