The Supreme Court Leak, Ethics of Canceling Student Loans, and Forgiveness

Following a leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court, John and Maria explore the incredible emotion in the nation.


John Stonestreet

Maria Baer

Following a leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court, John and Maria explore the incredible emotion in the nation.

Afterwards, Maria asks John about the way Christians should respond to moves by the government to eliminate student debt. Is this a concept Christians should get behind? John and Maria explain the trappings of student debt forgiveness and how this proposal could impact society.

To close, Maria asks John to go deeper into some of the ideas he presented this week in a number of commentaries. Notably, John explains society’s problem with forgiveness, touching on a question from Maria on whether forgiveness is a sign of strength or weakness. They finish by discussing the state of books for children, noting that many don’t align with children’s developmental stages and interest in social movements around politics, race, and gender.


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— In Show Mentions —

Segment 1:

It’s impossible to wall off reversing Roe from landmark marriage and contraception rulings

Jonathan F. Mitchell — the architect of Texas’ six-week ban — did not mince his words in a friend of the court brief filed in the Mississippi case in support of the law.

“The members of this Court are bound by oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States,” he said,”not the precedent of this court.”

He said Roe has “taken us to a land” where Supreme Court justices get to recognize and enforce rights “that they think ought to be protected by the Constitution.”

Mitchell allowed that the court could overturn Roe without “cutting the legs from under” Loving v. Virginia, which he said is defensible under the Civil Rights Act of 1866.

But he added: “The news is not as good for those who hope to studpreserve the court-invented rights to homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage.”

He said the court did not have to overrule those decisions if it decided to overturn Roe. “But neither should the court hesitate to write an opinion that leaves those decisions hanging by a thread,” he concluded, calling them “as lawless as Roe.



Segment 2:

Education Department Launches Appeal Process For Public Service Borrowers

The Biden administration has finally launched a formal appeal and reconsideration process for borrowers denied student loan forgiveness under a key program for people working in public service careers.



Segment 3:

Why the World Hungers for Forgiveness

In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” In a fallen world, we are quick to forgive people we like … for things we don’t see as particularly serious. But what if the wrong was serious? What if the person isn’t on my team? In those moments, only a transcendent perspective makes forgiveness a live option



Kids Deserve God Books, Too

Chuck Colson advocated for classical education because of its understanding of and respect for the natural development of kids. Postmodern thinking in education was disrupting what he called the “order of learning” instead of recognizing that the right foundations, known as “grammar” and “rhetoric” in a classical vision, must first be established before children can move on to, for example, making coherent political arguments. Today, however, we’ve got it exactly backward. Instead of teaching third graders their multiplication tables, we’re teaching them to “express themselves.” Instead of teaching high schoolers logic, we encourage them to share their opinion on every subject, as long as it aligns with our opinion, and that anyone who challenges them is a “threat.” 


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