While social media is getting a lot of blame, consider the rest of the package before just laying an accusation soley there.
The entertainment culture is more dark, more depressive, more evil, more sick, more pornographic than ever before. It all affects kids.
Family life is at an all time low with self-absorbed parents focused on their own selves and not the best needs of their families. Many grow up in broken homes, blended families, or as out of wedlock babies. They lack family stability or even the expectation of having it as their friends suffer divorce, etc.
Evolutionary theory teaches that all are really a mistake on the way to something higher.
Social justice theory teaches that they should either be angry or remorseful for who God made us and the families He did place us within.
There are many potential factors. Funny how saving faith in Christ and repentance unto life solves most of them.
Amen, Wayfarer. How can any other delusionary psychosis be treated as a delusionary psychosis except if someone thinks he or she is the wrong gender? Then it's a civil right. Except it's a civil wrong.
Nebuchadnezzar has a major psychotic (demonic?) episode lasting years. The man thought he was a beast. They put him out to pasture where he could behave like a beast, eating grass and remaining unkempt. His case was special and there wasn't much else they could do. Today, we have a few more God-given tools. Would that mean that old Neb should have received plastic surgery to make him into a beast? Of course not! But you know too well what they do, and our hearts cry with you, Brother.
Those are some of the passages, particularly Noah's grace, that came to mind, US. Thanks.
Since all have fallen short of the glory of God and God and His word do not change, then grace has to proceed thru the OT.
In fact, the only reason there is a universe at all after the Fall is grace. What an incredibly gracious Lord to sustain this universe with all its evil and destruction, including billions of people through their lives who have thumbed their noses at their marvelous Benefactor, without immediately bringing it all to an abrupt end. And that's just what they call "common grace." Then there are those whom He has saved...
Is the controversy over "social justice" really necessary?
Yes, it is. Social justice is a socialism construct in which groups that have historically been "wronged" such as people of color, women, LGBT+, etc receive reparations for the past sins of others against them while being given the opportunity to abuse their supposed/alleged abusers. The basis isn't in seeking justice based on truth but on seeking power like a crazed proletariat trying to through off the elites who are oppressing them. Too often, though, the real oppressor is the Lord Himself who looks on the heart and not the outward appearance. Ungodly behavior cannot be condoned, either against others by Christians or by anyone else. Psalm 2 pertains but the current situation begins to sound increasingly like this passage:
And the fifth Angel poured out his vial upon the throne of the beast, and the kingdom waxed dark, and they gnawed their tongues for sorrow. And blasphemed the God of heaven for their pains, and for their sores, and repented not of their works. - Revelation 16:10-11
Still, this is a difficult topic and you Brothers have been completely accurate in your descriptions. In many ways, the OT did seem to be a works based system that either led to judgement or blessing. In the midst, though, are the accounts of Job, Psalm 73, and others which reflected a system more consistent with the NT than a clean break of works then grace.
I disagree that the OT covenants were not covenants of grace. How could the Lord, knowing that the people with whom He was making a covenant would utterly fail, even venture into such an agreement? Either He was setting them up to be cruel as a trap or He was naive. Neither reflect the true attributes of the Lord nor the way He is described in the OT. There was always grace, but perhaps it was not obtained as abundantly as it is under the NT now the Jesus has come and torn the veil in two and provided a complete payment for our sins. If there was no grace, then there could not have been a Hebrews 11 and today a great cloud of witnesses made up by these and more.
N.T. Wright and company miss the point that while grace was available throught the OT; how could David be a man after God's own heart considering his considerable sin? but then miss too that too many were attempting to live by a works righteousness, i.e. the Pharisees. Paul was brought up amongt these particular people and understood where Judaism was at that time extremely well. I believe that Paul must have been hugely relieved to find grace through faith and that not of yourselves. These people had missed the grace available by not throwing themselves on God's mercy. Luke 18:9-14 must have applied prior to the parab
Just ignore Jim. He so much wants to forward a froward agenda and stories like this give him that launch point. He wants there to be a middle wall of separation or a segregation so he can claim someone has some sort of privaledge.
There is not a middle wall of separation but a great gulf between us and the trice holy Lord Who bridged that gulf through the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe. Therefore, those who believe are those who have true privaledge, yet more than that becoming joint heirs with Christ.
I doubt any college worth its salt simply goes off an SAT score. Of course other factor are considered as part of the entrance package and resume. These scores are only one indicator that a prospective student may have the ability to perform well in school then represent the school well afterward.
So this story seems a little disingenuous and inflammatory.
Ultimately, the whole package of whom any of us truly is or isn't doesn't come from a test score, diploma, job, paygrade, or salary but our identity in Christ. We all have intrinsic worth just because we were formed in God's image. These things we pursue may be necessary steps to fulfill the plans the Lord has for our lives, but they are not ends unto themselves. And I have found that the Lord is more than capable to place each of us where He wants us, no matter how the world may score us.
How is it that this woman is somehow an expert on Biblical theology? Nonsense. She knows a lot about booze and infidelity but not much of any substance.
These people just refuse to have the true and living God as their own.
It would do her well to spend some time hawking through the Bible looking for ways to convict us. Perhaps the Lord would use that to call her to Himself. But more likely, some staffer makes up her talking points...but maybe He'll call that person as well.
One might well categorize the original, source article from the Global Times as "fake news." When the dictatorship establishes the meaning of words like "dishonest" and "untrustworthy as well as the criteria for determining if someone meets its definitions, we know that it's all about the agenda and not the objective truth.
Same thing happens here in terms of labeling. Words like "racist," "bigot," "misogynist," "hater" all get thrown around American society for not upholding the social justice concepts of those forwarding the racial tension, feminism, and LGBT+ agendas.
There is an objective standard found in the Bible. But it comes down to who is going to be God -- the true and living God who created and sustains us? Or will it be the god of our own selves and our own bellies? Does the Lord establish the standard or do we?
Great comments, Frank. Feminists aren't the only ones who think children are a hindrance. I was outside on our street conversing with a neighbor when someone he knew drove up. One of the things the driver told my neighbor was that the children in the neighborhood were an effective form of birth control. In other words, children are a hindrance to these men's lifestyles.
Because the average American adult, at least in our region anyway, is too immature and too self absorbed to care about anyone but themselves, the concept of child rearing is something they really don't want to deal with.
It's that radical self-centeredism that the Holy Spirit breaks through as Ne creates that new heart of flesh replacing the heart of stone as a result and evidence of the newly planted faith in Jesus Christ.