Three Things This Week
1. Environmental Apocalypse?
What it is: The United Nations released a disturbing scientific report forecasting a global climate crisis by 2040 if extreme environmental changes are not implemented.
Why it’s our duty: If true, our children and grandchildren will inherit an earth drastically harmed by drought, rising sea levels, and food shortages. Regardless of your take on the report, as Christians, the theology driving our ecological involvement is centered in the belief that God made a very good world and He’s asked us to take care of it with Him. Therefore, caring for the environment isn’t optional for Christians, it’s a part of our vocation as God’s image bearers. Here’re 28 practical ways your family can steward God’s good creation in daily life.
2. World Mental Health Day
Why it’s necessary: Mental health has long been fighting a stigma of being a personal failure and a burden to be dealt with alone. While mental health awareness has made big strides in recent years, most cases still go undiagnosed in young people. This leads to statistics such as depression being the third leading cause of disease in adolescents and suicide being the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds. By continuing to have conversations about the importance of mental health and reminding teens that there is no shame in seeking treatment, we can help further the reversal of the negative trends that poor mental health can have on our youth and their futures. To get started check out our Parent’s Guide to Depression and Anxiety.
3. The Issue Is Not Unanswered Questions
What it is: The issue is unquestioned answers. This is a phrase that we’ve used at Axis for ten years. We use it to uncover the deeper cultural issues facing us.
Why it’s still important: In her article (note: crude language and divisive politics), this author makes a good point — regardless of her conclusion. She states, “Every generation is a slop-sink of prejudices, norms, and ideologies, and since we humans are more sponge-like than rock-like, we naturally absorb our share of generational sludge.” A perfect description of unquestioned answers. It’s the stuff that we absorb from the culture around us that we don’t even think about. That just becomes normal. There are plenty of questions that we don’t have the answers to and maybe never will. But if we take the time to step back and truly examine the answers that we’ve already been given, then we can decide if they are good and correct answers. Only then can we work to change them. We can accept that “boys will be boys” or we can choose to raise our young men to be the kind of humans that don’t take advantage of others. We can accept technology’s answers that humanity’s worst impulses are valid search results, or we can question the biases and stereotypes that surround us. We live in culture, there’s no escaping that fact. And we will be given answers. What we do with them is up to us.
Top 10 Songs
Last week we referenced Twenty One Pilots new album Trench, which was arguably the most anticipated album of 2018. And so far, it hasn’t disappointed. The group continues to create new music with subtle, if not subversive Christian messages for those with ears to hear. Unfortunately, the rest of pop music continues to produce the same old same old. Here’s this week’s Billboard top 10. (Assume that most or all of the songs below have some kind of offensive language or crude references)
- “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 (Featuring Cardi B)
- “Mona Lisa” by Lil Wayne (Featuring Kendrick Lamar)
- “Lucid Dreams” by Juice WRLD
- “Better Now” by Post Malone
- “Don’t Cry” by Lil Wayne (Featuring XXXtentacion)
- “Sicko Mode” by Travis Scott
- “Uproar” by Lil Wayne
- “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer
- “In My Feelings” by Drake
- “Let It Fly” by Lil Wayne (Featuring Travis Scott)
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