Chieh Huang started an Internet company in his garage two years ago. Now he employs more than 100 people. The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Huang knows that his success is not his own: "I can't do what I do . . . without people putting in a lot of back-breaking and hard work," he says. So he's decided to pay for the college educations of his employees' children—not from company profits, but with his own money.
One beneficiary of Huang's generosity will begin college in the fall. His tuition for four years will exceed $100,000. He said that Huang is "definitely a hero" and says he wants to "help other people and follow in Chieh's footsteps." However, Huang insists he's no hero: "I am the completely opposite of a hero . . . What's I'm doing is the right thing."
I didn't know about Chieh Huang before reading his story, but my ignorance makes his benevolence no less real.
Continuing with what I didn't know in today's news, the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) opened yesterday in Los Angeles. The world's largest video-gaming trade show spotlights the juggernaut this industry has become. Video games will sell $92 billion this year, more than films ($62 billion) and recorded music ($18 billion) combined. I last played a video game decades ago, but the industry clearly has not missed me.
Nor was I familiar with Nasser al-Wuhayshi before his death was announced this week. The terrorist was second-in-command of al-Qaeda and head of its branch in Yemen; his death is considered the most significant blow to al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden. $10 million had been offered for information leading to his arrest, the same amount as for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the Islamic State. I have written at length on al-Baghdadi, but nothing on al-Wuhayshi. However, my ignorance made him no less a threat to the world.
We're often told that perception is reality, but it's not so.
The Washington Post reports that "gender mainstreaming" is accelerating in Europe, as advocates push for gender neutrality with bathrooms, street signs, and advertising. Unisex toilets have now opened in Berlin.
According to Jesus, however, God made us "male and female" and joins men and women in marriage (Matthew 19:5-6). Therefore, people can change their bodies, but not their God-given gender. Same-sex couples may be married in the eyes of the law, but they're not married in the eyes of God. Reality is not what humans say it is—it is what the Creator and Lord of the universe says it is. (Tweet this)
I can be as misled by my fallen mind and fallen world as anyone else. So can you. So let's seek the mind of Christ by which to understand our world (1 Corinthians 2:16). Let's seek the grace of God for those who are misled by their fallen perceptions of our fallen planet. Let's "shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life" (Philippians 2:15-16).
With God, seeing is not believing—believing is seeing. (Tweet this)
Publication date: June 17, 2015
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