Five for Friday: 50 Anniversaries, 10 Commandments, One ‘Christian Airline’

CHICAGO, IL (January 11, 2019) – Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.

50 Things Turning 50 This Year

Fifty years ago, Paul McCartney was out of step with the rest of the Beatles as they crossed Abbey Road while Neil Armstrong took one small step for man and a giant leap for mankind on the moon. Neil Diamond sang of his love for “Sweet Caroline” and Johnny Cash lamented how hard it was to be “A Boy Named Sue.” The Brady Bunch joined us in our living rooms while the original Star Trek ended its mission to explore strange new worlds.

Why Do Christians Want to Post 10 Commandments, Not Sermon on the Mount?

Pastor and author Andy Stanley asks why Christians push for the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public spaces rather than the one commandment we received from Jesus: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34).

From the article: “While Jesus was foreshadowed in the old covenant, he did not come to extend it. He came to fulfill it, put a bow on it, and establish something entirely new. The ‘new’ Jesus unleashed made the faith of first-century believers formidable. Their apologetic was irrefutable. Their courage, unquestionable. And the results were remarkable. Dear Christian reader: Why? Why? Why would we even be tempted to reach back beyond the cross to borrow from a covenant that was temporary and inferior to the covenant established for us at Calvary?”

Religion Is as Important as Ever

Sociologist Eboo Patel writes that failing to include religion in our cultural conversations—whether in young adult novels or in diversity training on college campuses—ignores the fact that religious identity is not just personal. “It’s a civic issue, part of our common life together.”

From the article: Donna Freitas “highlights that writing about sexuality or race in young adult novels is much more readily accepted than writing about faith. Religion, she says, is the last taboo in young adult literature—the identity about which we ought not speak.”

In Rehab, ‘Two Warring Factions’: Abstinence vs. Medication

Drug treatment facilities are becoming more open to using medications to help patients overcome addiction, but strong resistance remains.

From the article: “More than 70,000 people in the United States died of overdoses in 2017, and opioids were the main driver. But nationally, 49 percent of the nearly 3,000 residential programs that treat opioid addiction still don’t use any of the medications proven to save lives….Even so, that is an improvement over 2016, when 58 percent weren’t using any of them.”

This Cessna 414 is the smallest of Judah 1’s three aircraft.

World’s First ‘Christian Airline’ to Cater to Missionaries

The Federal Aviation Administration has accepted Judah 1’s application to move from being a private operator to a full-fledged airline. Founder and CEO Everett Aaron says the company will be “the first and only Christian airline.” It will only fly passengers who are members of mission teams. It will not charge fees for luggage and cargo, which it also promises will never be lost.  The airline hopes to have a fleet of 20 aircraft over the next five years.

From the article: “Sometimes, according to Aaron, missionary cargo like Bibles have been known to get stolen as well. ‘I found out Bibles are one of the largest black market items in the world. People steal Bibles and sell them.’”

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Stan Friedman is the news and online editor for the Covenant Companion and is grateful for the opportunity to serve in a job that combines his newspaper and pastoral ministry experience. He has been to 15 Bruce Springsteen concerts in four cities and listened to “Thunder Road” an average of at least once a day for 41 years.

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  1. I was shocked to read Andy Stanley’s article on the 10 commandments, which he says Jesus regarded as outdated. On the contrary, Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter . . . will by any means disappear from the Law.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
    When the rich young ruler asked Him, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”, Jesus responded by quoting some of the 10 commandments. (Mark 19:17-19) When the Pharisees asked Him, “What is the greatest commandment in the Law?” (Matthew 22:37) Jesus answered with what we now call the “Two Great Commandments”, both of which come from the Old Testament, which Stanley says that we should feel free to ignore:
    “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind and with all your strength.” (from Deuteronomy 6:5)
    “Love your neighbor as yourself.” (from Leviticus 19:18)
    Unlike Jesus, Stanley says, “Participants in the new covenant (that’s Christians) are not required to obey any of the commandments found in the first part of their Bibles.”

  2. I am in agreement with the Andy Stanley article that there is something odd about Christians desperately defending the posting of the Ten Commandments in public places. However, I strongly disagree with Stanley’s suggestion that oddness is in the fact that the “old covenant” has been “replaced” with the new as if the Decalogue no longer applied to Christians. And Stanley’s assertion that the old covenant “was inferior” is at best simply wrong and at worst one of the seeds of anti-Semitism. This article did not need to be passed along by the Newswire.

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