Reading the headlines through a Gospel worldview | April 20, 2020
Today is a good day to tell on others! Let’s redeem the role of the tattle-tale! I read that neighbors are being encourage to rat each out for perceived failures to comply with various Covid19 related executive orders across the country. To be clear, I support compliance with the law and submission to those in authority, but the whole “ratting out your neighbor” got me thinking about the role of the tattle-tale. Gossip is bad, but people still love to tell on each other. So what if we could redeem that reality and use our desire to talk about others to make good news go viral?
I’m proposing we all start to GossUP!
- John Krasinski’s Some Good News YouTube show, let me encourage you to start today.
- Captain Tom Moore is a ninety-nine-year-old British World War II veteran. He broke his hip and must use a walker with wheels for mobility. That didn’t stop him from walking around his garden 100X before his 100th birthday – and raising $33 million for British healthcare while doing it!
- Then there’s Quinn, he’s 13 and lives in Canada. He saw social media posts of doctors and nurses with bruises on their faces from wearing PPE. And what did he do? Well, see for yourself!
- And let me tell you about Niece! She’s a neighbor down the street. She baked her legendary salted brownies and had the audacity to call and leave a message for us to pick them up from the end her driveway.
- And my husband, let me tell you what he did on Friday night. One friend had an anxiety attack and needed her bee hives rehomed “as soon as possible.” So Jim donned his bee suit, went and picked up the offending hives and drove them to another friend’s property an hour away where they’re all buzzing around happy as can bee! Can you believe it? (the best part were the reactions of other people in the cars on the road since a bee suit looks a lot like a hazmat suit at night!)
There’s talk in my town of all kinds of neighborliness!
Need some inspiration? I have a whole list of GossUP worthy ideas posted on my Facebook page – and I’d love to hear your GossUP there as well!
Now, let’s turn our attention to a few other headlines….
Half of Americans say Bible should influence U.S. laws – which also means half do not. There’s so much in this research to discuss. As you read consider a different set of questions that might be asked:
- on what should a system of justice be based?
- who decides what is just and therefore unjust, legal and therefore illegal, moral and therefore immoral?
- what is the relationship between espoused beliefs and beliefs in practice? Between what we say we believe and how we actually behave?
I’m recalling here the conversation I had recently with George Barna as I reflect on these research findings from Pew.
COVID19 – is that a light we see at the end of the tunnel? If so, who do we have to thank?
The governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, made comments recently worth noting because of their clarity.
“The number is down because we brought the number down.” And emphasized: “God did not do that. Faith did not do that. Destiny did not do that. A lot of pain and suffering did that . . . That’s how it works. It’s math. And if you don’t continue to do that, you’re going to see that number go back up. And that will be a tragedy if that number goes back up.”
There can be no question that Mr. Cuomo, who professes to be a Roman Catholic, has no confidence in the presence, providence, provision, nor power of God. I will simply lift up here the scriptural truths of Psalm 14:1 and Galatians 6:7. Read commentary critical of Cuomo’s comments here, here, and here. And celebratory comments from The Friendly Atheist here.
Several story lines related to abortion are worth following during the pandemic:
Is abortion an essential medical service? Big debate about that.
- several states take action to limit abortions during pandemic
- several states declare abortion an essential service
- courts respond: Tennessee case in point
In a bizarre twist, the former head of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leanna Wen, celebrates the birth of her second child in a very public chronicle called “Know Your Value.” It is interesting to note she is not identified as Planned Parenthood’s former CEO but as Baltimore’s former health commissioner.
Abortion legal in Northern Ireland – evidence of mammoth worldview shift in a nation once clearly Christianized and now governed by a secular ethos. Pro-life people are essentially facing what we faced here in 1972 at the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade. So, what if you go back to that point in time knowing what we know now? How, as a pro-life Christian, might you approach thing differently? The ERLC is coming alongside pro-life Christians in Northern Ireland to consider just that question.