Reading the headlines through a Gospel Worldview | June 29, 2020
A plague of locusts is swarming across Africa and South America. Deseret news is reporting that the fourth wave will be 8000 times larger than the last one. And in South America, both Argentina and Brazil face catastrophic losses of critical food crops. Lives lost in 2020 to the COVID19 pandemic may well pale in comparison to the millions the World Economic Forum are predicting will starve to death. Plagues are real and they arrive in a variety of manifestations. Let us not fail to concern ourselves with the concerns of those who face not one plague, but many.
Who or what are parents? Who or what is a family? What is your theology – and theology in practice – of adoption? All of that is prelude to the conversation provoked by a Wall Street Journal article called: Families persist with U.S. adoptions amid pandemic. Because its behind a pay-wall, I’m going to share a the article’s lead:
When Eric Emch and his husband Alan Lane began trying to adopt a baby two years ago, they didn’t count on a pandemic. In March, they were hunkered down at home in New York City when they learned they had been matched with a girl due in May.
After that phone call, the adoption checklist they had expected to follow evaporated. Messrs. Emch and Lane couldn’t get to know the birth mother, Alicia Ayers, face to face. They received their baby, Margot, not at the adoption agency’s offices—which were closed because of the pandemic—but on the sidewalk outside the hospital. They finished their paperwork on the drive over, and their contact at the adoption agency notarized the documents over FaceTime.
Three observations: The Supreme Court issued its ruling in the Obergefell case, redefining marriage in America, in 2015. First comes love, then comes marriage and then comes Margot – and what is created is a redefined family where the mother is only essential only as the baby carriage. There are generational and socially systemic worldview issues not to be missed.
So, today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in the June Medical vs Russo case out of Louisiana. You’ll read headlines revealing the bias behind the outlet posting the story. So, if you read that the Court has upheld women’s rights, you’re reading an outlet which supports abortion without any restrictions. Conversely, if you read the Court has put the interests of the abortion industry above the interests of women, children and health, well, you’re reading an outlet with an expressly pro-life worldview. Here’s the ruling itself.
I am disappointed at the failure of the U.S. Senate to advance the JUSTICE act proposed by Senator Tim Scott. If you missed it, his speech is worth a listen.
Click bait: An article about the Bible is trending at the Wall Street Journal! (Ok, maybe its actually an article about weed. Did I make you look?) As you read this and other headlines today, ask yourself: “What does God have to do with this, and, what does this have to do with God?” I find there are many times references are made to the soul, or inspiration, or a divine nudge, or an anthropomorphized reference to intuition. That’s your invitation to step in and, like the apostle Paul, make others aware of the reality of the God unknown to them.
Here are three examples:
- An article in the NYTimes about all the things COVID19 patients have left behind when they die in the hospital. Wide open door here to talk about life and death, what we possess and what we leave behind.
- USAToday has a piece up on Story Behind the Song: Journey’s Faithfully. In it, the writer refers to a “Holy Spirit moment” when describing how the song came to be. That sounds to me like and opportunity to talk about the shy member of the Trinity. Who is the Holy Spirit? What does He do? Is the inspiration of the song writer the same or different than the kind of inspiration the writers of the Bible experienced?
- I was driving on Sunday and NPR re-aired an episode of Radio Lab which I now know is from a few years ago. Not only did it make we wonder what happened to these people in the years since, but it is GREAT fodder for conversation about faith, doubt, marriage, the power of singing in the experience of faith,… Listen and let me know what you think. How would you have responded if YOU had been the person this guy met on the road while biking across the country? What do you make of the ceiling tile and the pastor at the Arby’s in Kentucky? If the girl were your daughter, how would you have counseled her about the prospect of becoming yoked in marriage to this individual?