THE SEINFELD EFFECT: Recently I was talking to my father about making financial investments. Do we go ahead and invest in stocks and shares or in land as is the norm for the whole world, or do we take the 'Christian' view that God will provide and what we are given right now is to be given away. There can be no generalisation, I realise - each of us has to live based on our revelation from God. But as one of my friends told me recently, not long ago, investment in the stock market would be considered gambling and hence taboo to a Christian!! The truth of the matter is that Christians often do not often set their own world view based on revelation from the Word of God. Rather, we allow the prevalent 'secular' value system to insidiously affect our judgement and decisions. This article (talking about the issue of homosexuality) calls this unconscious conditioning the 'Seinfeld effect', where we suppress what we really think with what we have been taught to think is “enlightened opinion.” This response from a Christian perspective ended with this memorable quote from Luther - 'If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages there the loyalty of the soldier is proved. And to be steady on all the battlefields beside is merely flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.' Something to think about... (HT: TC)
WHAT ABOUT CONTRACEPTION: While on the topic of changing values, here are two posts from Randy Alcorn (Eternal Perspective Ministries) on the subject of contraception, giving both sides of the argument.
LEST WE FORGET: This has been a terrible week for our brothers across the border. One month has passed since the massive floods that have affected 18 million people, more than the Indian ocean tsunami, the Kashmir earthquake and the Haiti earthquake combined. But aid efforts are still in the initial stages as this Oxfam report suggests, due to the many factors at play in the troubled region. Then the cricket spot-fixing scandal broke early this week to add insult to the already suffering people, for whom (like all of us here in India), cricket is almost a religion. And worst of all, amidst all the crises that beset them, is the news of a suicide bombing at a (minority) Shiite rally in Lahore that has killed at least 43 people and injured more than 100. Let us uphold the people of Pakistan as they move from one disaster to the next and pray that God's grace and love will minister to them during this terrible time.
HOW MUCH DO WE HAVE TO BE GRATEFUL FOR: As we live our (generally) sheltered lives and search for trifles to complain about, remembering the people of Pakistan will do us some good. But here is a story that will stop our whining in its tracks and hopefully encourage us to count our blessings and live life as Liu Wei says, like its wonderful. This video is a must-watch. (HT: Z)