A Kingdom Response to COVID-19

We are in the midst of a pandemic.

And while history is no stranger to plagues and pandemics, we have not seen a pandemic like this in America or the world in general in over one-hundred years.

In a previous post, “Will This Be the Church’s Covid-19 Legacy?,” I asked whether the Church would be remembered for being a super-spreader of the virus. It’s a fair question.

But maybe the better question is, “What should the Church’s Covid-19 legacy be?” As one committed to continuing to see the advance of the kingdom of God on earth, I want the Church’s legacy in this pandemic to be a positive one, as it has been in other plagues, such as the Plague of Cyprian and the Black Plague, where the Church actually gained credibility and Jesus-followers as a result of its response to pestilence.

So, here is a best case scenario of how the Church could be remembered 50, 100, 200 years from now if it can pivot in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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On Climate Change

I exited the left/right game a long time ago.

It became clear to me neither the left nor the right’s political philosophy was rooted in the Word of God.

Consequently, here I have always attempted to approach political issues from a different perspective.

I would mention though that before exiting the left/right game I was definitely a right-winger. I only mention this because I’m confident if I offend any by this post, it will be my friends on the right.

I don’t know much about climate change. I’m not a meteorogist. I don’t even watch the local weather on television. But like most people, I have an opinion. Continue reading “On Climate Change”

Same-Sex Marriage, America, and the Kingdom—3

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Same-sex marriage is here for the present in America.

The question is where does it go from here?

There are at least four possibilities for America.

One possibility is that same-sex marriage becomes generally accepted and those who oppose it become more isolated and marginalized. Along with that will come other consequences.  The Apostle Paul will be labeled a homophobe and the Old Testament considered largely irrelevant–how can a God who gives his nation homophobic laws be considered relevant in a society that accepts same-sex marriage as normative? Continue reading “Same-Sex Marriage, America, and the Kingdom—3”

Response: The So-Called “Right-to-Die”

NeedleSo, I received an email from an attorney friend of mine implicitly endorsing the so-called “right-to-die.”

It contained a statement from Dr. Peter Goodwin, who helped create Oregon’s right-to-die legislation.

Goodwin made the statement before he decided to end his life last year at 83 because of a terminal condition.”Life is unfair,” Goodwin told The Oregonian, but “Be fulfilled . . . be happy with yourself. Recognize achievements and be proud of them then go on to further achievements. Know what you want to do and do it. Be happy. Know good friends. Be in love.”

How Jesus Helped Me See Discrimination

Diversity HandsI am Caucasian.

Growing up Caucasian, I never experienced discrimination because of my race.

I was raised in a fairly conservative home, politically speaking, and by the time I was starting law school I believed race discrimination was a thing of the past in America.

By the end of my first year of law school I had joined the most diverse church I had ever known and made a lot of friends in the church who were not Caucasian.

The year was 1988, an election year, and because Jesse Jackson ran for president, race was part of the discussion during the election. Continue reading “How Jesus Helped Me See Discrimination”