February 19, 2021
Pause for a moment and consider how the landscape is changing around you.
Buildings and neighborhoods and the internal guts; the airport and the layout of your grocery store…
But this week in Atlantic city, the people paid to park and watch the implosion of Trump Plaza…
In the nation’s capital, people seem to be getting used to working their way through the new traffic patterns required by barricades, fencing, razor wire and National Guard troops. But I want to take note of something that happened in D.C. this week that was missed by many. The facade of the Newseum, which sits halfway between the White House and the Capitol building, which featured huge panels of Tennessee marble engraved with the lines of the First Amendment, was defaced – intentionally and permanently – as the panels were removed and put into storage.
Since 2008, no one could avoid the 75 foot declaration that ““Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Now, several of the panels are gone – and the rest will be removed in March – as the Freedom Forum was forced to sell the building and close the Newseum two years ago.
It’s a stark reminder of how even that which is carved in stone can be collectively stored and often once something is out of sight is it also out of mind.
Made me think of the 10 commandments – given by God to Moses, written in stone by the finger of God and now upon our hearts by the Spirit. I don’t know that I had ever considered the word with which the commandment begins: the word is “remember.”
Exodus 20:8f says” Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”It is just one of the many memory prompts in the Bible.
Let us remember our Lord, Jesus today in our walk in the world God has made.
Matthew Hawkins – Former Policy Director for the ERLC
We haven’t and cannot forget about the Uighur people (pronounced “Wee-gur”). Matthew and Carmen touch base again about this “slow burn” of a genocide. They also discuss some of the immigration legislation, religious news, and abortion headlines coming out of the White House and the various states in the U.S.
Dan DeWitt – Cedarville University and Theolatte
How does one redeem boredom, be a Christian in the workplace, and see the value God gives us? Leave it to Dan to have thought these things through and help us bring the mind of Christ to bear on the real world experiences we have.