It’s Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Jonathan Clark
Chinese Christian elder on trial on trumped charges
On Monday, Qin Derfu, an elder from Sichuan’s Early Rain Covenant Church in China, faced his trial on trumped up charges, reports International Christian Concern.
Officials have kept Qin along with Pastor Wang Yi in custody since last December on charges of running an illegal business.
Qin’s wife, Xiao Hongliu, was finally able to see her husband at the trial, commenting she “returned home accompanied by the police. The prosecutor accused Qin Derfu of running an illegal business, and the lawyer defended for his innocence. Qin Derfu also testified [for himself] that it is not a crime to have [Christian] faith. We pray and look up to God for the result— justice is in His hand.”
Hungary has given $26 million to help Middle East Christians
On Tuesday, the government of Hungary convened the second International Conference on Christian Persecution, drawing 650 church leaders and politicians from 40 countries.
Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán said, “Christian values lead to peace and happiness,” and “protection of Christianity is an obligation for the Hungarian state.”
Hungary has given about $26 million in aid directly to suffering believers in the Middle East since 2017.
President Donald Trump commended Hungary’s stand for religious liberty as the two countries agreed this month to a rebuilding project in Qaraqosh, the largest city in Iraq with a Christian majority.
Matthew 25:40 says, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.”
President Trump will designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorists
President Trump announced Tuesday that he would be moving forward with a plan to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups.
In a radio interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump said, “Look, we’re losing 100,000 people a year to what’s happening and what’s coming through on Mexico.”
This comes after Trump promised to “wage war on the drug cartels,” following a deadly attack on U.S. citizens in Mexico earlier this month.
Trump said Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has rejected his offer to “go in and clean it out,” but that “at some point something has to be done.”
70 percent of Americans support religious freedom
A new study from the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom found that a solid majority of Americans support robust religious freedom protections.
Across multiple cultural dimensions, the study found public support for religious freedoms to be well above 70 percent.
The report summarized its findings that “Americans are uncomfortable with the idea of the government penalizing groups and individuals for living out their religious beliefs.”
738 babies saved through 40 Days for Life
Pro-life volunteers in 855 cities and 61 countries participated in the annual 40 Days for Life from September 25 to November 3.
40 Days for Life President Shawn Carney said, “It was the largest year in the history of 40 Days for Life” with 738 babies saved from murder in the womb and five abortion workers walking away from their jobs.
Proverbs 24:11 says, “Deliver those who are drawn toward death, and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.”
Fewer American women having babies
The National Center for Health Statistics announced yesterday that the U.S. fertility rate declined in 2018 for the fourth consecutive year, reaching a record low of 59.1 births for every 1,000 women able to bear children.
The total fertility rate in 2018 was 1.73, below replacement levels for the general population.
The median age for childbearing in the 1970s was 21 for women and 23 for men, but in 2018 it was 28 for women and 30 for men.
Texas Governor testifies to God’s goodness, despite wheelchair
And finally, Texas Governor Greg Abbott testified to God’s goodness in his life even through an accident that put him in a wheelchair.
The 62-year-old governor has been paralyzed from the waist down since 1984 after an oak tree fell on him while he was jogging.
Last Friday, Abbott posted an inspiring video of a man in a wheelchair doing a climbing wall with just his hands to which a Twitter user responded that if he ever ended up in a wheelchair he would commit suicide.
Abbott replied, “That’s what I thought before I ended up in a wheelchair. I’ve done more AFTER the accident that left me paralyzed than before that accident. With God, all things are possible.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 28th in the year of our Lord 2019. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.