Must Read Monday (Tuesday): Inauguration EditionJanuary 17, 2017
Did God choose Trump? What it means to believe in divine intervention– Religion News Service
In only a few days, Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States. When it comes to this election or other events, what does it mean for God to be involved in human affairs? If God is God as revealed in the Bible, then yes, God intervenes in history. The question is how and when and why? The why would always be to His glory and to advance the redemptive arc of His plan. The how is through human agency. But judging the when in the midst of a particular moment in time is tricky. I join other Christian and religious thinkers in walking through this question.
The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, which is happening one day after the Inauguration, released a statement this weekend indicating pro-life women were not welcome at their event. Women who want to participate in the March for other reasons— equal pay, childcare, etc— are at odds with the organizers who are turning abortion into a litmus test for feminism or women’s advocacy. For the record, these mean girls can’t have my woman card.
Kellyanne Conway and the Life of Her Party– Opinion, WSJ
Kellyanne Conway is scheduled to speak at the March for Life, becoming the first sitting White House official to address the event. This is the 43rd year of the March. Her attendance is already bringing media attention to the event by forcing news outlets to cover her speech, when they might have ignored it otherwise. From the article:
“I consider myself a member of the pro-life rank-and-file,” she says. “Just one of the tens of millions of Americans who fear the cavalier way innocent human life is treated today.”
Latasha Morrison founded Be the Bridge to equip churches in the work of racial reconciliation. Morrison provides not only practical ways to be involved in racial unity, but also the clear call of the Christian to be involved. She lays out the radical way in which the Christian life is a life of reconciliation.
This article outlines the opposite of what a life of reconciliation looks like. Healing is not going to come through politics or a political leadership— but through the action of everyday people like you.