Reading the headlines through a Gospel Worldview: August 31, 2020
Thirty days has September, April, June and November, all the rest have 31 (except for February – which is just there to confuse us). Happy August 31! Tomorrow is meteorological autumn (not to be confused with astronomical fall which arrives Tuesday, September 22 if you’re keeping track).
My top articles/videos for your consideration:
The Peace Flight has landed! The implications of this seemingly ceremonial event – a commercial flight from one country to another – are hard to adequately express. The UAE – along with nearly every other country in the Middle East – denied Israel even existed. No more. The sands have literally shifted today. More to come…
Three stories on the meaning of marriage: the good and enduring kind, the redefined by the world kind, and the utterly confused about the subject kind. If you clicked on the second or third link you’re now asking: “Why does Carmen subject me to such nonsense?” Because this is how the world is turning. The couple that was married in the first church in their village 79 years ago is the outlier now. As Christians we must seek to understand the story lines of the same-sex couple and the woman whose ex wants her and their kids and her new boyfriend to all live together as if they are a family. My word to describe all this is fluid. People imagine that relationships – including marriage – are fluid. Christians understand that marriage here is intended by God to be a reflection and foreshadow of the eternal experience Christians have with Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom. I wrote this 10 years ago on the subject (so ignore the contact info at the bottom) but the content holds up.
By its very definition, science is never settled. It is always in a mode of discovery. So, before you freak out at the “age of the earth” issue which is an obvious issue in these three stories, take note of the opportunity that we, as Christians, have to invite people to wonder about the Creator behind it all:
- What creatures roamed the earth before the flood? That’s the Biblical worldview way of asking a question about animals that are now extinct. Note the open ended questions in this article about the lystrosaurus (and the statements about time about which the writer seems completely certain).
- Where was your neighborhood before the plates shifted and the continents settled into their current locations? This interactive map allows you to imagine.
- I listened to this interview of Michael McCarthy on the NPR and thought it provided excellent worldview conversation fodder. Listen and ask yourself: do I share his view of nature and the natural world? Do I share his concern for creatures? Does his statement about Easter and sin and forgiveness line up with God’s revelation in the Bible? What does the story about his mother’s death reveal about his view of God and life and heaven? How would my answer to the question, “What does it mean to be human,” differ from the one he offers? What about the interview makes you sad?
#PraytheNews around the globe:
- the Uyghur people who we cannot now unsee in their desperate plight against the Communist Chinese regime,
- a human rights lawyer died in Turkey after fasting 238 days on a hunger strike seeking a new trial,
- the people of Belarus demand President Lukashenko step down, but instead protesters are being arrested,
- Paul Rusesabagina, the person featured in the movie Hotel Rwanda about the genocide of 800,000 people in 100 days, has been arrested on unspecified terrorism charges – he had been living in exile
Two videos to watch, consider and discuss if you missed them: