Cruising the Christian News sites, I see the current big money items.
1. Vanity toys: Can you take him seriously? I prayed for a bicycle, and before that a used car for my working wife. That doesn’t make me holier, but I can guarantee that there’s no way we would use money for such things as personal luxury aircraft, even if it was offered. I’m not worried about the demons on mass transportation, but the bogus security theater called TSA.
2. Anti-abortion campaigns: I agree abortion is taking a human life, and it’s typically done for sinful reasons. However, I don’t approach it from Anglo-Saxon tribal law, as America does. I approach it from Biblical Law, which is radically different. A woman is responsible to God and her husband for her child’s welfare until it’s weaned and other people start having to invest care and resources in that young life. Yes, the Bible presumes an extended-family household, but God never granted the clan-tribal authority to any secular state. The issue is that only folks related by DNA or covenant have any say in the matter. So a child’s survival up through weaning is by no means the state’s business, nor that of strangers with no vested interest (that’s not just a financial interest, either).
3. Lawsuits: By the same token, we shouldn’t fight every little thing the state demands that we don’t like. It’s like poking a stick in an ogre’s eye — get ready for the bludgeon. All the more so when you live in a near-communist state like Oregon, it’s foolish to make trouble by rejecting government/community demands when you are engaging in public commerce. A lot of Christian activist money and resources were wasted on a lost cause; there’s nothing noble about that.
There is some better news, though. New collections of fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls have been turned over to scholars. An effort to decipher some of the encrypted Hebrew among these recent finds reaffirms something in Scripture (Leviticus 26:3-12 defining shalom) and in our teaching with perhaps an older version of the text. Also noteworthy was fresh support for Nehemiah, something lacking among the Dead Sea Scrolls previously.