Must Read Monday: Judge Kavanaugh, California Bill AB 2943, Mocking God, and moreSeptember 4, 2018
Judge Kavanaugh’s Senate Confirmation hearings are this week. The secular press is full of dire warnings but if you listen to my interview with Ken Starr you’ll see that this Supreme Court nomination comes down to the same legal interpretive question between originalists and those who want to treat the Constitution as a living document and the judicial bench as an activist lawmaking platform.
Judge Kavanaugh has been an ardent defender of Religious Liberty so expect a number of lines of questioning pitting people of sincere religious faith against LGBTQ+ advocates, abortion advocates, and those who want to see the separation of church and state interpreted to mean no Christian influence in the public square.
We’ve been following the progress of a California bill AB 2943 which has been pulled from the Assembly docket by its primary author and advocate. Assemblyman Evan Low who is an openly gay man, has halted the effort to designate paid “conversion therapy” as a fraudulent business practice under the state’s consumer protection law. No one expects this to be the end of the debate and Low is experiencing real blowback from the sexual revolutionary front. So, while this is good news for Christians concerned about freedom of speech, as you will read, there is considerable pain in this conversation for LGBTQ+ advocates. This is not so much a time for Christian cultural celebration as it is time for Christians to lean in and walk with those who are hurting, disillusioned and lacking hope. Might you walk to Emmaus today at whatever pace another person is walking in their grief? Answering their questions and opening the Scriptures to them in the Spirit and wisdom of the resurrected Christ? Who knows, maybe God will make Himself known to them when you sit down and share table fellowship.
Three STD’s are at all time highs in the United States and while the CDC is calling on the government to declare a public health emergency, what we really have is a culture-wide moral emergency. As you read, you’ll note no reference to the sex-obsessed, pornified culture nor the datapoint that this same cohort increasingly do not identify with any religion. These are the nones and as people who worship at the altar autonomy, holiness and purity are unknown ideals.
The Last Thing Mom Asked is a painful read. It is notable that the author never makes reference to any form of spiritual counsel nor drawing from any spiritual reservoir of faith. Neither the mother nor the daughter seem to have any knowledge of God, the gift of life, nor the hope of heaven. If you know someone who is walking through the valley of the shadow of death, go and walk with them!
The article title is so offensive I don’t want to type it. I’ll rewrite it this way: Islam is NOT a laughing matter and God will not be mocked. What makes us laugh or what we laugh at reveals a great deal about what is in our hearts. If you laugh at people in pain or if you laugh at people who are differently made as if they are less than fearfully and wonderfully made, you have a heart problem. For Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman to use her Hulu original series (airing Thursday 9/6) to not only mock God and Christians but now Allah and by extension the prophet Muhammad, is not only the height of arrogance but evidence of just how far the culture thinks comedians can go in making fun of people of faith.
But before we’re too hard on Ms. Silverman, let’s consider new research from Pew that confirms what most of us know: most Americans aren’t Christians but syncretists. Syncretism is a religion plus or a religious blend or a “pick-and-choose the ideas I like and follow a religion of my own making.” In Americans believe in god, psychics and crystals you’ll see just how many Christians aren’t really Christians at all. I know people like this – at some points I may be a person like this! How far does God really intend for us to go in standing out or standing against or standing apart from the culture of our day? How serious is He about the Sabbath or horoscopes or fortune cookies or dream catchers or trinkets picked up on foreign travels that have been devoted to other gods? I talked to a former witch about her view. Listen here.
Being the People of God in the culture today
Today on Connecting Faith, we’re talking with Steven Grcevich about this article and how Key Ministries is equipping churches to serve all of God’s children: Who’s missing from your children and student ministries? Tune in at 1 pm eastern on the Faith Radio network of stations or listen online at MyFaithRadio.com or on the FaithRadio app or later at ReconnectwithCarmen.com.
Finally, a few of my thoughts on Engaging Culture in the face of opposition.