Reading the headlines through a Gospel Worldview: September 21, 2020
A Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court of the United States of America has died. Her name is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Let us pause there for just a moment before we start talking about replacing her on the nation’s highest court. (If you can’t wait, scroll to the bottom of today’s list.)
COVID deaths in the United States are going to surpass 200,000 (maybe by the time you read this). Don’t make it political. 200,000 of our fellow Americans and nearly a million people worldwide – fellow image bearers of the living God – have died in the first 6 months of the Covid19 pandemic. It is not over – even if we’re over it. What does a faithful response look like? I asked N.T. Wright (back in June) and its a conversation worth hearing again.
Disillusioned now that the pandemic is in month 6? You’re not alone. We have entered the disillusionment phase – and its not close to over yet. Dr. Jamie Aten has been with me on the show on several occasions to discuss disaster response, resilience strategies and to offer all kinds of equipping resources from Wheaton’s HDI. This article is a don’t miss: The Pandemic at 6 months.
How much do you know about the Holocaust? You’ve heard of it, right? If not, you might be an American Millennial or GenZ. The findings of the first ever 50-state survey of Holocaust knowledge among U.S. young adults is discouraging. When asked how many Jews were killed during the Holocaust, 63 percent of Millennials and Gen Z did not know six million Jews were murdered. They are open to more education about the Holocaust. How much do you know and where would you turn for reliable information if you wanted to learn more?
I ask because history is repeating itself. The Chinese have more than a million Uyghur Muslims interred in concentration camps. They are committing genocide and the world is watching. I encourage you to become fully informed and do what you can to intervene. I recently spoke with Travis Wussow about the plight of the Uyghurs.
What’s really going on in the abortion debate in America? NFL phenom Benjamin Watson went on a quest to find out. Here’s what he discovered: Divided Hears of America
September 23 marks 40 days until the U.S. Presidential election (November 3, 2020). What might we do in those 40 days?
- 40 days of prayer (and fasting?) 40 days was the length of time Jesus spent in the wilderness
- 40 days of prophetic witness; 40 days was the length of time between Jesus’ resurrection and his ascension
We have 40 days. What might we do – and what will we do – in those 40 days?
Who will replace Ruth Bader Ginsberg on the U.S. Supreme Court? That is a question asked in two ways:
- Who will the President nominate and will the Senate confirm that nominee before the election or before the end of the term of the current Senate? I’m asking both of those questions to Dr. Mark Caleb Smith on tomorrow’s show. Here’s some reading in advance on the top contenders:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett and Judge Barbara Logoa
- Who among the existing Justices will now take Bader Ginsburg’s place as the most liberal and who will take her place as the most outspoken? I asked that question to Dr. Adam Carrington from Hillsdale college on today’s program. He pointed to Justice Sonia Sotomayor as most likely to function in the role as the most liberal member of the court in terms of her view of the Constitution as a living document. And he identified Justice Elena Kagan as the most likely to serve as a coalition builder and the primary writer when liberal opinions are issued.
- The politics are going to get nasty. They already have. But consider this: whenever you hear criticisms raised about the faith of the nominee (and if the President nominates Amy Coney Barrett you can expect a firestorm of criticism of her Christian faith) remember that you read this about Joe Biden, and this about Pete Buttigieg and this from this year’s Democratic National Convention. If Democrats are going to court the religious vote and exalt the faith of Democratic candidates, they cannot then turn and use a nominee’s faith against them. Or, at least, we should not allow them to get away with it.