Must Read Monday: Public Shaming, Child Brides and Normalization of TransgenderismJune 25, 2018
The disconnect: Those engaging in the shaming cannot see the destruction they are bringing to their own cause.
The connecting point: Shaming and public humiliation were wrong in 1642 when the Puritans did it and shaming and public humiliation are wrong in 2018 when liberals are doing it. We need a restoration of civility and genuine tolerance if we are going to live peaceably with those with whom we have political, ideological and religious differences.
The headline: In South Carolina, pregnant girls as young as 12 can marry. There have been 7,000 child brides in 20 years
The disconnect: Sin begets sin and sin blinds us to the truth. A culture that worships at the altar of autonomy and does not protect children is a society headed for destruction.
The connecting point: Sexual abuse is wrong. Using a child for sex is wrong. Marrying a juvenile sexual assault victim whom you have impregnated is wrong. And yet, it’s still happening – in America – and it has to stop.
The Headline: An Evangelical Guide to Populism (1)
The disconnect: Much of what passes for communication today is actually miscommunication because what the reader hears is not what the author means. We hear words bandied about but are we sure we know what they mean today, in the context in which they are being used and by the particular author using those words?
The connecting point: Words matter and understanding the words being used in cultural conversations means spending some time thinking about what we’re thinking about.
The disconnect: Perception of reality has become, for many, all that matters. And the global perception of American evangelical Christianity is disconnected from the Gospel of Jesus Christ and seen instead as a populist conservative political ideology.
The connecting point: The over-identification of evangelicals in the U.S. with one political party is giving evangelicalism a bad name. This article appeared in Reuters, an international news agency headquartered in London. They feed stories to the world.
The Headline: Have the culture wars killed Christian unity?
The disconnect: Are you looking at the question through temporal or eternal eyes? In what is Christianity based? Visible institutional unity or those who abide in Christ and He in them? While the church is a visible, often fractured human institution, the Church is also an invisible, indivisible eternal reality. As we strive for the good of the former, we declare the purity and dexterity of the latter.
The connecting point: The Bride of Christ, the Church, is One (indivisible), holy (undefiled), catholic (small c, as in universal), and apostolic (small a, consistent with and continuation of the church of the apostles who were with Jesus). Although we experience an imperfect unity of the body of Christ here and now, the true unity of the Church cannot be assailed.
The disconnect: In our pornified culture where people get rich selling sex toys, how do we have a meaningful conversation with healthcare providers who are willing to explore (exploit) children as they grow?
The connecting point: This is an intensely emotional hot topic today. Just this week my 14- year-old stepdaughter raised concern that a popular tween author she’s reading has introduced a trans character – who later is actually revealed to be gender fluid. The effort is clearly to normalize transgenderism through desensitizing young readers. Talk with your kids TODAY about God’s good design of human beings, identity, sexuality and relationships.
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