Vol. 5 Issue 38 | September 20, 2019
Three Things This Week
What it is: Joining the 1.1 million kids allowed to skip school today in New York City, students all over the world are mobilizing in protest of climate change.
Why it’s time to talk: Fueled by the grassroots movement Fridays For Future, students like Xiye Bastida of New York are giving voice to Gen Z’s concern over our apparently perilous future. “People [say] we don’t understand the politics or the science or the complexities of the world…But to want a livable planet—to want a livable future—is not something that we should be fighting for.” To help start educated conversations and learn practical things your family can do to help stem the global tide, check out National Geographic’s Family Field Guide on climate change.
2. Living Underground
What it is: Selena Gomez is producing a new Netflix series following eight families under threat of deportation.
Why it’s humanizing: As Gomez states, “The immigration issue is more complex than one administration, one law or the story you hear about on the news. These are real people in your community, your neighbors, your friends–they are all part of the country we call home.” Beyond the politics and posturing are real people made in God’s image. We don’t have the expertise to prescribe an answer to this global crisis, but we do know God cares deeply about the outsider. Scripture is replete with commands to welcome, honor, and love the stranger. Here’s a helpful timeline to educate you and your teen on the history of U.S. immigration, reminding us that we too were once foreigners in the land.
3. Teen Tech Summit
What it is: Our free online conference created just so you can understand, navigate, and practice new tech habits in your home.
Why it’s helpful: Have you ever wanted a theology of technology? Now you can cultivate one! Staring Kathy Koch, Andy Crouch, Kirk Cameron, and a host of other experts, Axis’ Technology & Teens Summit is currently live so register and watch today!
The Path Toward Transformation
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.”
One of pop culture’s most pervasive lies is the notion that life is all about pursuing the path of least resistance. According to this mantra, a flourishing life means acquiring enough wealth, instafame, or power to ensure you are never in danger of suffering. This myth has crept into the church, as modern evangelicalism is rife with celebrity pastors wearing “preacher sneakers” or the latest self-help book promising your best life now. Life is all about winning, and at all cost.
But Jesus counts the cost. And the cost is the cross.
He proclaims, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” The “way of the Lord” is the long dirty road from Galilee to Golgatha. It is the incarnate way of Christ, and the only path toward true transformation. “Death and resurrection, dying and rising, are again and again a metaphor for personal transformation.” This theme continues in Paul’s letters where he writes to the church in Galatia “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.” If Christianity is about anything, it is about deep and lasting change. A metamorphosis of the mind, heart, and soul giving birth to a new creation. But unfortunately, that newness of life comes only after suffering and death.
As you lead your children into lifelong faith, resist the temptation to sell them an easier path. The road is narrow for a reason. As Bonhoeffer reminds us, “When Christ calls a man, He bids him come and die.”
Keep the Faith!
The Axis Team
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