Must Read Monday: Supreme Court, Iraqi Christians, beware of fake news, more
The Supreme Court will “consider a Virginia school district’s challenge to Obama administration guidelines requiring schools allow transgender students to use restrooms matching their chosen gender, rather than birth gender.”
We should remember several things:
- the Supreme Court decides which cases to take, and which ones to pass. This gives the court power to weigh in on, or not, different issues. If four justices want to case then the court hears it. So, in this season during which the court has four justices who were appointed by Democrat Presidents (Clinton and Obama) and four justices who were appointed by Republican Presidents (Reagan, Bush, and Bush) the decision to take a case can be very partisan.
- If you’re saying to yourself, “I thought there were 9 justices.” You’re right. But the Court is still short one justice since Antonin Scalia passed away in the spring and the Senate has refused to consider President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland.
- This case will likely be heard in April and decided in June and there are currently seven similar cases pending around the country. The case the Supreme has agreed to hear could be potentially be decided on procedural issues alone but if the court chooses to address the transgender issue directly the decision could be precedential in much the same way that the Obergefell decision has national implications for marriage.
- The appellate court decided the case at stake here in favor of the transgender student, but SCOTUS put a stay on the appellate decision until it could review the Administration’s policy. This means, if SCOTUS would have stayed out of the issue and declined the case, the student would actually have won the right to use the bathroom of the gender corresponding to their current gender identity.
Mosul is liberated from ISIS control. Now what happens? This is an issue we have been following closely. Last week, Juliana Taimoorazy the Founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, gave us an update on Christians returning to Mosul to rebuild their lives after ISIS. She shared what needs to happen now to create a safe, diverse place for religious minorities in Iraq, post-ISIS.
We want to be a part of the cultural discussions happening in the public square, and we want to approach those conversations as God’s ambassadors. Part of doing that means being informed and aware of what is happening – and what is actually NOT happening. There is news, fake news and a myriad of takes or viewpoints on the news. Sorting it all out is difficult and the task is further complicated by the explosion of social media. How do you know what to believe, who to follow and what to trust?
There’s something out there called “click bait” which is specifically designed to get you to click on a link to bring in money for the creators of the story. Fidelity to the truth is not the point. Clicks are the point. So, here is today’s public service announcement: Not everything you read on the internet is true. As a consumer of information, and a responsible member of the social media world, each of us needs to do our due diligence before blindly sharing a bogus story and spreading more untruth.
Love your neighbor enough to speak truth– The Gospel Coalition
If you don’t know Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, you need to. She’s speaks into the issues of identity with the authenticity of a woman has literally been there and done that. In her first book, “The Secrets Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert,” she exposes not only herself but the church in relationship to the LGBT movement.
Here, writing for the Gospel Coalition, Rosaria Butterfield provides a grace and truth-filled response to those Christians who would call LBGTQ relationships “holy.” Our sinful nature and Christ cannot abide together. When we become a Christ-follower, we die to self, taking up the cross of discipleship to bring every part of our existence into submission to Him. She says: “Calling God’s sexual ethic hate speech does Satan’s bidding. This is Orwellian nonsense or worse. I only know who I really am when the Bible becomes my lens for self-reflection, and when the blood of Christ so powerfully pumps my heart whole that I can deny myself, take up the cross, and follow him.”
And for further edification and equipping, I commend to you the recent posts by two of my personal favorites:
Bruce Ashford posted “7 Pro-life articles and books you should consider reading”
Albert Mohler posted “How will we live now? Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How should we then live’ after 40 years”
What and who are you reading? Let me know on Twitter @CarmenLaBerge or post a comment on this post.
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