It was perfect timing, really. Yesterday, Wesley Hill published a blog post titled "The Long Defeat, and the Long Loneliness," about his life as a celibate gay believer. It's a stark, utterly honest reminder of a question that we Christians often fear to ask: "Is God in Christ the sort of God who would ask His children to embrace a lifelong loneliness, a long defeat?"
JOSH: Biblical authority means having the Bible as the source for your worldview. It means trusting God to provide the answers to the big questions in life, such as where right and wrong comes from. In reality, the Bible is not really the source of morality itself. Nothing is right and wrong just because the Bible says it. For instance, lying is not wrong because the Bible says, “Thou shall not lie.” Rather, the Bible says we should not lie because God is truth (John 14:6). The character of God is the foundation of right from wrong, and this is revealed through the Scriptures. Consider another example: killing is not wrong just because the Bible says it. Rather, the Bibles says, “Thou shall not kill,” because God is life in his very character and we are made in His image.
While watching the Olympic Games in Rio a few days ago, I was shocked to learn that the young relative (30 years old) watching with me had never heard about the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the hands of a Palestinian terrorist group at the Munich Games in 1972. This happened 14 years before she was born, but still . . .
As a teenager, I was a member of a swim team, and was glued to the television set for each of Mark Spitz’s seven races. When the attack came, it received the first worldwide coverage of a terrorist event (in part, I expect, because the world’s news media was already gathered there). In the end, thanks both to lax security measures and a deeply flawed response to the attack, all 11 athletes were murdered.
When I looked up articles about the attacks to send to my relative, I was shocked again. Horrific details had been suppressed for decades. For instance, the hostages were tortured as well as murdered, and one was castrated; German officials had denied the existence of reports and photographs before finally releasing them, under pressure, decades later. READ FULL ARTICLE »
It was the fall of 1981. The United States was coming out of a deep recession. Ronald Reagan had been president since January. Among his first acts in the White House had been to dramatically cut spending for social programs. And the woman sitting next to me on an airplane was not happy about it.
She worked for an organization called Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA), and she made it clear she could not stand Ronald Reagan. I asked why, so she described an after-school program she ran that served hundreds of poor children. The program had received about $100,000—almost its entire budget—from the federal government. Reagan had eliminated that funding. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Last week, two articles at The Gospel Coalition demonstrated that (1) racial reconciliation is difficult and (2) it's still worth trying for.
The first (now removed, but discussed in this Washington Post piece) was an article by Gaye Clark about her African-American son-in-law. Though Clark meant well, lines such as “Glenn moved from being a black man to beloved son when I saw his true identity as an image bearer of God, a brother in Christ, and a fellow heir to God’s promises” caused a backlash, with many readers pointing out that a black man cannot and should not be expected to move past being a black man, as that is exactly what God made him to be. The general tone of the piece struck many as unfortunate, with its implications that Clark's daughter's marriage was a hardship or obstacle to be overcome.
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