First Things First

As Hurricane Matthew makes its way northward please remember in your prayers and in whatever material way you have available to you, those who have been impacted by this powerful storm.  Those in Haiti and Cuba, those in the Bahamas — and soon those in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina where evacuations have already started.

On the Culture Front

A Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jordan Peterson, released a video online criticizing the growth of political correctness on campus stating quite clearly that he doesn’t recognize a person’s right to be addressed using genderless pronouns like “they” instead of “he” or “she.”  CBC radio did an interview with him and they didn’t much seem to appreciate his attempt to bring a little bit of common sense to bear in the midst of today’s shifting culture.  You can read part of the interview or listen to the whole thing.

Related:  If you ever wondered if the Bible has anything to say about the issues of gender identity and confusion then might like to read the thoughtful article Kevin DeYoung wrote recently about the issue.

Archaeological Find Shines an Interesting Light on the Old Testament

II Kings 18 tells about the time when Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign at the age of 25.  He ruled for 29 years in Jerusalem and brought about many reforms.  The Scripture tells us that he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD…  One of these things included the fact that he removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah (II Kings 18:4), which refers to the fact that some 2,800 years ago he oversaw a widespread effort to abolish the religious cults and idol worship that had sprung up in Judah.  It was one of the most zealous crackdowns in the history of Old Testament Judaism.  Southeast of Jerusalem, archaeologists have been digging in the ruins of Tel Lachish and in one of the six chambers of the “city gate” they discovered a shrine that once had its walls covered with white plaster and two altars decorated with raised corners — often called horns.  These horns have had their tops deliberately cut off, a sign that it had been part of the attempt to end the spread of other religions in Judah.  Something else they found was even more interesting.  A toilet had been installed by the reformers within the inner sanctum of the shrine.  Tests on the stone toilet (you can see a picture in the article about their find) and the ground around it suggest that it was never used and that its purpose was symbolic.  This was a common way to of abolishing cultic worship by desecrating the space used to worship the false gods — we see this in II Kings 10:27 where it says that they demolished the house of Ba’al, and made it a latrine to this day.  Great pictures of the dig in the article and an interesting support of the accuracy of the Scripture — even 2,800 years ago.