Must Read Monday: Redemption, adoption tax credit, state secretsNovember 13, 2017
Christians, this is a picture of redemption that each of us needs to be prepared to interpret to the watching, wondering world. Some might say it’s because white is the color of surrender. But this is a not a testimony to our surrender to evil. Quite the contrary. This is a public declaration of the surrender to Christ who makes all things new and redeems even this.
White is the color of purity, as with a bride’s dress or the robes and horses of heaven. Here you can reference the book of Revelation in a variety of places (Revelation 1:12-14, 3:4-5 4:4, 6:1-2, 6:11, 7:9, 19:11-14, 20:11-15 etc).
Adoption Tax Credit Saved by Both House and Senate— Christianity Today
Happy update: There is still a long road ahead for tax reform, but we are happy to report both the Senate and the House have indicated they are committed to preserving the adoption tax credit. Listen in to our conversation with Staci Thomas, Family Program Director of Chosen, about why this tax credit really matters.
The Times’ top headline today is enough to scare anyone. We want to encourage Christians with a few reminders about true safety and security in the midst of a very not-safe world:
- “I look to the hills, from whence shall my help come?”The Psalmist knew that protection nor salvation were coming from the earth-bound horses nor chariots, nor the kings and kingdoms they represented. Help and salvation is coming from the Lord and from His alone.
- No matter what government we live under, we ultimately live under the sovereign reign of God. Christians must necessarily live in the context of this world as representatives of another ( II Corinthians 5:20)
What it’s like to watch men like Roy Moore as a conservative and as a sex abuse survivor— Op-ed, Washington Post
This is an important read on an important conversation. As Christians we bear witness to the truth that every person is made in the image of God, Sexual molestation of any kind grieves God and turns innocence into fear, self-doubt, and often chaotic self-destructive choices in life. Our nation is awakening to its own crisis of conscience on the reality of sexual predation. How will Christians respond and how are we preparing even now to offer a redemptive narrative to replace the confusion created when people like Roy Moore are also considered “evangelical” and “leaders?”
Why Can’t Addicts Just Quit?— The Atlantic
Cities across America are trying anything and everything to fight the opioid crisis. Knit within stories like this one about the range of ideas to try and help addicts, is the overarching sense of helplessness of friends, families and policymakers in the face of such an existential crisis.
Evangelical Christians are concerned about the existential state of the human soul— and now, political conservatives are catching on that the existential state of the United States is related to her spiritual health.
Billy Graham Has a Far-Reaching Legacy— LifeWay Research
As we join in celebrating Billy Graham on his 99th year, consider the power of one life pressed without reservation into the advancement of the Gospel.