Issue 21 | June 26, 2015
*** This morning in a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court released a decision that gay marriage will be legalized in all 50 states. While we find this deeply upsetting, we urge you to be wise as serpents and gentle as doves in your public dialogues (especially on social media). ***
3 THINGS THIS WEEK
What it is: A digital “personal assistant” (think Siri) for your home
How it’s good: Connects all your devices, makes you more efficient
How it’s bad: A tool for consumerism; could decrease face-to-face interaction
What it is: Swedish gamer with most-ever (37+ million) Youtube followers
How it’s good: He’s authentic; shows how one individual can influence lots of people
How it’s bad: Vulgar, no substance
“CHEERLEADER” BY OMI
What it is: Current number 4 song on Billboard’s Hot 100
How it’s good: Encourages staying faithful to one’s partner
How it’s bad: Encourages valuing of women based on how they fulfill a man’s needs
SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW: ABORTION DRONES
Four women’s rights groups in Germany and Poland are sending abortion drones into Poland to deliver abortifacient pills on June 27. Because Poland has stricter anti-abortion laws than the US and many parts of Europe (though Europe in general has stricter policies than the US does), the groups are hoping to not only “help” women, but also to stir up the potential to have the laws changed. However, because it won’t be hard for Poland to shut them down, these drones will probably have the most effect in the political realm.
Obviously, this is heartbreaking because it means unborn babies will be killed in the short term. But it’s even more heartbreaking because the potential policy changes would open the door for the killing of babies to be legalized in more countries.
Yet the whole situation brings a question to mind: Are we (the Church) as cunning in doing GOOD as evil is cunning in doing EVIL? How are Christians being creative in bringing God’s restoration to the world? There are some great examples, like balloons to take provisions across the north Korean border, the Drop Box, Save the Storks' crisis pregnancy mobile units, etc. But it seems that the shrewdness and ingenuity of Christians is hard to come by, possibly because we forget to celebrate creativity and cunning. When was the last time we encouraged students to think of innovative ways to sabotage the enemy?
Discussion Questions: How can the words from Matthew 10:16 admonish us? How can we become shrewd and innocent at the same time? What are some things about the world that break our hearts and baffle our minds? How can we be more shrewd/cunning in combating those problems?
THIS WEEK’S TOP GROSSING MOVIES
- Jurassic World, PG-13—(Spielberg) Over-consumption, evolution, ethics of science
- Inside Out, PG—(Pixar) What if feelings had feelings?
- Spy, R—Implausible action, humor, and ridiculousness; identity
- San Andreas, PG-13—Action movie about scientifically impossible scenarios
- Dope, R—Race, identity, drugs, growing up in the inner city
- Insidious: Chapter 3, PG-13—Communicating with demons
- Pitch Perfect 2, PG-13—Friendship, relationships, acapella
- Mad Max: Fury Road, R—Freedom, redemption, sacrifice, survival
- Avengers: Age of Ultron, PG-13—Ethics of technology, what makes a hero
- Tomorrowland, PG—(Disney) Ethics of technology, utopia