Must Read Monday: Final MRM of 2016December 19, 2016
This will be our final Must Read Monday of 2016. Join us back here in January for more must-reads and the Christian worldview analysis of the headlines.
Michael Reed lost his wife and two daughters in the Gatlinburg fires. He posted an open letter to the two teenagers charged with starting the fires. The letter reads: “As humans it is sometimes hard to show grace. We hold grudges. We stay angry. We point the finger and feel we have to lay the blame somewhere. It’s human nature and completely understandable. But I did not raise my children to live with hate. I did not teach my girls or my son to point the finger at others. John 8:7 says, ‘Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.’
The letter is getting attention for the extravagant grace extended to the two teens. But how many people will read it and not fully comprehend the forgiveness of which this father speaks? We are the interpreters for our friends and neighbors for the extravagant grace offered by God in Christ which motivates the forgiveness offered in this father’s letter.
Michelle Obama unmasks our national political problem. What do we do if we don’t have hope? The answer is simple and it’s about the source. The First Lady is right in recognizing hope is essential. But hope is much more than a political concept. In fact, it’s not a concept at all. Hope is person. The problem Mrs. Obama seems to miss is the President is not the embodiment of our hope— nor the person in which we find our hope. Read more on this topic here.
Attacks against the virgin birth are nothing new. This article has a host of problems (which I will deal with on tomorrow’s show), but it does prompt the question: Must Christians believe in the virgin birth? Al Mohler’s piece from a few years ago is a must-read on this topic.
If Jesus was not born of a virgin, who was His father? There is no answer that will leave the Gospel intact. The Virgin Birth explains how Christ could be both God and man, how He was without sin, and that the entire work of salvation is God’s gracious act. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, He had a human father. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, the Bible teaches a lie.
According to a new survey by Pew Research Center: “About two-in-three U.S. adults (64%) say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.” This sentiment is the same across incomes, education, and most demographics. We can be encouraged that two-thirds of Americans realize this is a problem. But it should not surprise us. As a culture, we have moved further away from being able to claim truth as a fixed value. So, why does it surprise us in a “post-truth” world that fake news is trending?