This coming week, we’ll be taking a break from our Ezekiel series because it is time for the next quarterly Current Events week. As always, for Current Events, I do a Google search scouring the headlines to see what everyone is talking about that we can bring biblical teaching to bear on.
This week the headlines were pretty much the same as they have been for the past couple years. Covid, political battles between red and blue, climate change, racial justice. There is the ongoing investigation into the tragic Alec Baldwin movie set shooting death, which had me thinking about America’s fixation with guns. Also, Elon Musk, the new world’s richest man, agreed to sell 10% of his Tesla stock, so I could talk about wealth disparity. I’m always fascinated by human spaceflight, which was in the news. I even wrote two pages of material about the collapse of evangelicalism. All of these are important topics, and ones that we need to consider from a biblical perspective. But ultimately, I decided on a completely different current event, and I thank my wife, Michelle, because it was her idea.
Here’s a hint, we’re going to talk about an ongoing humanitarian crisis half a world away, but one that also hits very, very close to home, at least for those of us who are part of the family of Faith Church. I was amazed then, when I turned on the news this morning, and this crisis made headlines overnight. Maybe you saw it. It involves an American journalist thrown in jail in a faraway land. See if you can find the story, take a guess how it matters to us and then we’ll talk about it further next week. More hints are in the photo above!