Episode 495

Virtual Reality Reaches Lost, ERLC Urges Revisions on Proposals & Being A Good Mom

Dec 6, 2023

While gamers are looking to escape from the real world, many often make real life connections while in a virtual world. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission hosted ethics leaders from across the U.S. last week. And, most parents wonder if they are a “good mom or dad”. In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Haylee Williams says this might not be the best question a parent could ask.

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While gamers are looking to escape from the real world, many often make real life connections while in a virtual world.

Missionaries Justin and Michaela Knippers know this to be true from their work and their own personal experience. The Knippers use an online platform to befriend other people hanging out in a virtual world and to patiently share the hope of Christ with them. Just as someone else did with them many years ago.

They say the VR world often attracts people who are introverts or people are struggling with depression or anxiety as it offers a way to escape reality.

The Knippers say it takes skill to be an online missionary but there is great need among the lostness.
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The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission hosted ethics leaders from across the U.S. last week.

They heard from Katie McCoy, director of women’s ministry at the Baptist General Convention of Texas. She spoke about the importance of teaching biblical ethics to the next generation in the midst of cultural challenges related to sexuality and gender ideology.

She told the group, “Vulnerable adolescents may not realize the undertow waiting to sweep them away, but they are nonetheless caught in the current of cultural forces. They are influenced by a confluence of social, political, educational, and even medical activism.”

McCoy encouraged the group to discern the times, understand the world in which we live, and speak with informed and studied conviction.
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Most parents wonder if they are a “good mom or dad”. In a piece in the Baptist Press Toolbox, Haylee Williams says this might not be the best question a parent could ask.

As a mom, she writes, “First, the work of caring for my home and for my children is good and godly work.  God has given us the job of raising the blessing of children for His glory. It is good for you and I to pursue God’s glory in our most mundane and boring tasks.

Second, the pursuit of the approval of man regarding my performance can be sinful idolatry.

She means that if your goal is only to hear someone tell you that you are a “good mom”, your focus is on being praised – even if it is by your own child – rather than seeing your responsibility to be a parent as an opportunity to worship God.

She writes, “If my work is dedicated merely to serving man, then I am missing the point and the proper motivation of why my work matters.”

You can read the full piece and learn more about our daily emails at Baptist Press.com.

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