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Friday Five: Should Christianity Be Convenient?

On Fridays, we bring you the week’s best from around the web. This week’s round-up includes a letter of advice to college seniors, a warning against convenient Christianity, and more.

Garbage Collecting for the Glory of God by Joseph Sunde, Acton Institute

Garbage men and women serve the common good, and often do so without much honor or praise. Next time the garbage truck rolls around, as we hear it’s rattle and rumble—and  many of us will still be comfortable in our beds—let’s say a prayer for these dutiful workers, and thank God for the good their service does for humanity.

Younger Generation Faces a Savings Deficit by Josh Zumbrun, The Wall Street Journal

After a flirtation with thrift after the recession, young Americans have stopped saving. Adults under age 35—the so-called millennial generation—currently have a savings rate of negative 2%, meaning they are burning through their assets or going into debt, according to Moody’s Analytics.

 “No Such Thing as Convenient Christianity by Peter Chin, Christianity Today

By its nature, Christianity is inconvenient. The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us what true ministry looks like: it requires that we selflessly sacrifice our time, our safety, our money, and, yes, even our convenience, to serve those who are in need.

What the Election of 1920 Tells Us About 2014 by Nicholas Freiling, Values & Capitalism

The American voter is not as hopeless as some pundits might insist. While the Republican victory last week was hardly a vote for austerity of the degree Harding promoted, it proves that the American people aren’t blind bats following the government carrot-on-a-stick wherever it might lead. They weren’t in 1920, and they aren’t today.

An Open Letter to College Seniors by Lauren Carl, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

The decisions you face seem significant, and they are. But they are not the last choices you will have to make. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and flurry of senior year, but if you were to ask any recent graduate, you’ll find that the hype and flurry continues after graduation, and you’ll soon find yourself reevaluating the job or school or other choice you made.