We live in a broken world.
Regardless of our tremendous technology, immense wealth, medicinal miracles, and extraordinary earth…
…we live in a world full of hurting, broken people in need of reconciliation with their heavenly father and fellow humans.
This week we experienced yet another reminder.
In these times, it’s hard to put into words anything helpful, that doesn’t spark division and unhealthy debate. But I read this very well-written description of what is now called the “Parkland Shooting” and how followers of Jesus should respond. Here it is:
On Ash Wednesday, 17 students were killed at a South Florida high school in yet another mass shooting in what is becoming a uniquely American problem. In fact, here’s the growing list of school shootings since 1998. Politicians are using the crisis to promote their agendas, find scapegoats, and place blame, all while teen survivor David Hogg pleads for answers: “We’re children, you guys are like, the adults. Take action, work together, come over your politics and get something done.” Maybe a child should lead us.
Kids dying at their desks isn’t a political issue; it’s a moral crisis. Offering thoughts and prayers without action is anemic. It’s akin to the admonition found in James: “If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?”
But what can we do, and how do we start a cultural conversation about the systemic violence that threatens to anesthetize us by its normalcy? In this season of Lent, a good place to start as a family is the biblical practice of lament. Lament is the visceral, public announcement that things are not right and refusing to be silent about it. The Bible is filled with stories of God’s people speaking and being answered, crying and being heard. It’s Israel moaning in Egypt, Rachel weeping for her children, and Job sitting alone with his potsherds. Lament means evoking cries that demand answers. It means summoning God, expecting Him to act, and then joining him in that action. It is prayer and action in the midst of pain. Without lamentation, victims remain voiceless and the status quo goes unchallenged.
So cry out as a family. Weep and mourn. Lament the deaths of 17 image bearers. Lament the lack of courage and imagination to keep our kids safe. Lament that politics and power are more important than people. And in so doing, like Rachel, refuse to be comforted until something changes.
Sit with your children tonight and help them understand this isn’t or shouldn’t ever be normal. Remember, they’ve never known a world where schools are safe. Work together as a family to come up with practical ways to help prevent this senseless tragedy. Mobilize them to keep watch on social media, encourage them to take action if they see an alarming post from a classmate, and maybe hardest of all, help them seek out a relationship with that at risk student. Because as we all know, hurting people often hurt other people.
Quoted from: The Culture Translator: Vol. 4 Issue 07 | February 16, 2018
The Culture Translator provides weekly insight into how pop culture, technology, and media are influencing your students while equipping you to start biblically based conversations.
(I highly recommend The Culture Translator to any parent – or anyone who works with or influences kids.)
SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two.
Last week it successfully completed its maiden voyage.
It’s fascinating to watch this massive rocket take off and then see the successful synchronous re-entry and upright landing of two of its expended solid rocket boosters, just as planned.
It’s also fun to see Elon Musk’s red Tesla Roadster launched into indefinite elliptical orbit around the sun!
Success! SpaceX Launches Falcon Heavy Rocket on Historic Maiden Voyage – Space.com (7 min read + videos)
Even though we are blessed to live in America where wealth abounds (and sadly so does poverty), money is still the most common cause of arguments and anger in marriage.
If you’re in a relationship or plan to be, check out this new resource which aims to help Christian couples – you may find it helpful.
Together by Brightpeak Financial (2 min assessment)
In case you missed this recent announcement – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is teaming up with banking giant JPMorgan and holding company Berkshire Hathaway to start a healthcare business that aims to “disrupt an old industry by providing technological solutions and, in turn, simplify and decrease the expenses of the process for consumers.”
Alexa, make healthcare better.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and a team of billionaires are launching a new healthcare business – Mashable.com (2 min read)
Our family has been amazed by Planet Earth II – God has created an incredibly complex, beautiful, and creative natural earth.
“Experience the world from the viewpoint of animals themselves. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II takes you closer than ever before.”
Planet Earth II – Netflix (6 episodes)
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
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