Must Read Monday: Trump, Religious Liberty, Transgender God? MoreAugust 15, 2016
“Must Read Mondays”– a weekly roundup of a few top news stories dealing with faith, culture and society. We know there is much to read and many things that demand our time and attention. That’s why we want to provide a quick guide to some of our picks of the most important issues popping around the world and how the Christian worldview informs our reading of them.
In speaking to pastors, Trump makes the controversial statement that winning the 2016 election will get him into heaven. However, this statement about his doctrine of salvation, was not the only one that should concern Biblically-minded. He has made a big pitch of his campaign the repeal of the Johnson Amendment, which prevents tax-exempt organizations (like churches) from endorsing a political candidate. Trump argues this move would build churches’ political influence and power, revealing a fundamental misunderstanding about the role and purpose of the Church.
Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart – New York Times Magazine
The New York Times calls this story “unprecedented” in scope and resources devoted to the story, saying it presents the “most clear-eyed, powerful and human explanations of what has gone wrong in the region.” Considering the events in the Middle East often play out only as breaking news on our TV screens, we can read this story as an attempt to pull back the soundbite coverage and understand the human side of these historic events– remembering their are real people involved who really live this out every day.
They’re Coming For Christian Lawyers – Opinion by Rob Dreher
Rob Dreher unpacks the in impact of a new American Bar Association rule on Christian lawyers, and as a result, their clients. In effect, the rule would lawyers from expressing certain viewpoints that the ABA does not like. We also talked with lawyer and Rev. Philip Ashey on this topic Friday (second half show).
Is God Transgender?– Op-ed by Mark Sameth
A Jewish Rabbi writes in the New York Times, that gender fluidity is not only represented in the Hebrew Bible as normal and acceptable, but reflected in the very name of God. When reading about such “scholarship” that misidentifies the character and Word of God, we must be equipped to respond. Today, we will be addressing this question with guest Owen Strachan.
Leaders of New York City Mosque Killed in Daylight shooting– Washington Post
Two Muslim men, one of them an Imam, were shot and killed as they walked near a Mosque following prayer service. Although one of the men had more than $1000 cash on him, they were not robbed. They were both shot in the head. There is no suspect in custody and motive is a matter of speculation. But ask yourself, if this had been a story about a Christian pastor shot and killed outside a church on Sunday, wouldn’t there by more coverage? Then, as we are concerned with religious liberty issues in this country, are we just concerned for those who agree with us? For more information on religious freedom trends, we spoke with Travis Wussow about this issue on Thursday.