We are in the heart of the 2012 Primary season. Whenever a major election approaches, questions arise about the candidates’ faith and how it may affect their governing. Questions also arise about the faith of voters and how it should or should not influence their votes. LinC looks at the relationship between faith and politics and how we can participate in the political process, not as members of a political party or supporters of a certain candidate, but as children of God and followers of Jesus. Key Scriptures: Psalm 20; Matthew 4:1-11; 5:14-16; Mark 12:13-17.
One of this year’s most anticipated movies is The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’s best-selling novel of the same name. The Hunger Games is set in the distant future, at a time when an oppressive North American government rules over twelve districts, keeping them in line by enlisting two teens from each district each year to fight to the death. The story raises many profound questions, including whether there is a difference between simply staying alive and truly living. Next week we’ll address that question and explore the difference between being alive and living the abundant life that Jesus desires for us.