This is a telling look at China. The changes that have been occurring and will likely still need to take place. Of particular note is the flourishing of capitalism in a country with the governmental authority of China…with 90% of those wealthiest being politicians…a drastic difference between the United States and other Capitalistic economies, where politicians are certainly wealthy, but nowhere near the extent of the founders and CEOs of Corporations. On one end of the spectrum you have the USA fighting about the corporations who carry so much power that they are believed to have politicians in their “pockets,” and at the other end, in the communist nation of China, it’s the politicians who have the power and the money, in a nation with an astounding 500 protests per day.
Regardless of your views on the issue, the moral shift in the landscape has been monumental, and it didn’t happen on November 6th. Election day was merely an affirmation of a shift that has been on the horizon for many years. What does this mean? This is a question that we as Christians must wrestle with as we seek to be faithful to the one true God. The questions that each person must ask themselves are many, but the most important thing to wrestle with is the Christian’s response to governmental actions legitimizing what we read in Scripture to be sinful. There can be no doubt that marriage is the covenant relationship that accurately reflects the gospel, and there can be no doubt that Scripture lays out that covenant relationship as being between one man, and one woman. In reality, should we not expect this?
This article, or rather the drama that it is referencing, is about so much more than sports. Here in Minnesota, we’ve settled into an incredibly uncomfortable acquiescence to the fact that money truly is the root of all evil. In this case it seems that there will be no hero on a white horse galloping in to save the day. The fans have been in the middle of a publicity blitz, with the NHL (essentially the Owners) giving out information that is favorable to them, while the NHLPA (Players association) does the same. Neither side recognize that at this point they’ve alienated what is already a hardcore hockey niche, with the occasional casual fan. The league has spread itself so thin that numerous teams are or have been in financial trouble, and one of the priorities of the lockout has been the prevention of back-loaded contracts…which are given out by…the owners themselves. Commissioner Gary Bettman has now been on-hand for three work-stoppages in his tenure, and while the MLB learned its lesson from the early 90s and quietly inked a new deal amid very little fanfare, and the NFL and NBA both endured contentious lockouts that left fans frustrated, the NHL and NHLPA refused to talk until the last minute, essentially guaranteeing a prolonged lockout. The owners…they make money regardless. The players? They play in Europe or other North American leagues. The fans..they are the ones that lose out. Is this merely what happens when culture becomes idolatrous in it’s pursuit of entertainment? The amount of money is truly the hindrance in every case of lockouts. It’s worth a look in the mirror for all involved.
This article strikes me. Perhaps it’s the fact that caring for parents and grandparents has been outsourced for so long now that it doesn’t really strike a chord with people, outside of the fact that many likely resonate with the costs of placing an elderly mother or father in a nursing home. There is an interesting dilemma here for the modern/post-modern Westerner. The question these days isn’t so much “How do I care for granny,” so much as it is “where can I afford to put her?” A frightening change to be sure. When family becomes subservient to economy, we must recognize that we’ve forgotten the gospel. Even for the secularist it’s shaky ground.