Thursday, September 8, 2016
By Kevin Swanson
Clinton Currently Holds More Electoral Votes Than Trump
With just months left to go in the presidential campaign, the George Washington University poll found Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton “locked in a virtual tie”. However, the Washington Post analyzed the electoral map and found that Clinton holds 244 solid votes right now, and Trump only 126.
Most Mainstream Protestant Pastors Don’t Talk About Pro-Life Issues from the Pulpit
A new Barna Group study found nearly six out of ten mainline Protestant pastors have never spoken to pro-life issues from the pulpit. And in the past six months, only one in ten mainline Protestant pastors have addressed the murder of the unborn. Sadly, most women getting abortions identify as Christians. The World View spoke to Lisa Stover, National Programs Coordinator for Students for Life of America, about the deafening silence from the church on the pro-life issue.
“I think partially, this could be from pastors maybe just not knowing how to talk about it, or maybe a lack of emergency, for understanding how much it affects those in their congregation. And on top of that, maybe they are worried about offending those in their congregation, maybe losing members in their congregation who may be offended by the topic. So I think that could be a fear on their part, and so maybe they kind of shy away from it because of that.”
Isaiah 58:1 says, “Cry aloud; do not hold back; lift up your voice like a trumpet; declare to my people their transgression, to the house of Jacob their sins.”
American Teens Having Just as Much Fornication but Fewer Pregnancies
American teens have not curtailed their fornication, but they have fewer pregnancies and abortions. Study results just released by the Journal for Adolescent Health found teen births have dropped 36% in 6 years, while their sexual activity has remained about the same. 86% of sexually active teen women are using contraceptives, and the preferred methods are long-acting contraceptives that will produce abortions, like the IUD.
Marrying Oneself is Increasing in Popularity
A new perversion of marriage is becoming popular: sologamy, the practice of marrying oneself. It is most common among women, according to Christian Headlines. Some have gone as far as having their own marriage ceremonies.
Chinese Parents Begging School Teachers to Teach About Christianity
Despite China’s persistent persecution of Christians, Chinese parents are now “begging” teachers to instruct their children in Christianity. Sean Elgut, headmaster of Veritas Christian Academy of Virginia, told CBN News, “Chinese parents start to realize Christian education is beyond textbooks. The parents want their kids to live with faith. They are begging us to teach them about Jesus.”
US Navy Plane Encounters Russian Fighter Jet
A Russian fighter jet buzzed a US Navy reconnaissance plane in the past week over the Black Sea. Defense officials indicated the Russian fighter flew dangerously close while the American aircraft was in international airspace.
Pastor in New York City Supplies Weapons to Assyrian Christians
New York City pastor Bill Devlin has spent around $4,000 out of his own pocket to supply weapons to the Nineveh Plain Protection Units, an Iraqi government recognized group of Assyrian Christians defending their homeland from ISIS. Weapons supplied include grenades, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and AK-47 rifles, according to the Christian Post. The leader of the group, Behnam Aboosh, told Devlin he was the first to offer such practical assistance against the far better equipped, Islamic militants. Christian Today reports the Nineveh Plain Protection Units liberated the “traditionally Christian village” of Badarneh this past week after two years of ISIS subjugation.
Nehemiah 4:14 says, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses.”
Two Students in California Diagnosed with Leperosy
In southern California, two Indian Hills Elementary School students have been diagnosed with leprosy according to an unconfirmed report. Taking precautions, Jurupa Unified School District officials notified parents of the situation last week, according The Press Enterprise.
Ten Siblings Stick Together After Death of Parents
The Palombo siblings, 10 in all, are a great testimony to the grace of God through trials. They lost their father, who was a firefighter, during the 9/11 attacks. Twelve years later they lost their mother to cancer. The Palombo 10 decided to stick together and help raise one another. Their ages range from 15 to 30. Twenty-one-year-old Patrick said their parents, “instilled in us the importance of being together, eating together, praying together.” Twenty-six-year-old Maria shared, “If we had all separated, we’d be a mess… When there’s suffering, there’s joy at the end of it.” Some of the Palombos spoke to CNN about their father and their Christian faith.
“One thing that really drove him, I think more than anything, was his faith. He felt blessed, definitely, to have so many kids.” “Joey’s the third, and I’m the fifth.” “Of course it’s hard, you know like, how could God allow this? How could we go without a father? But I think, you know, with the faith my mom… if anything it strengthened it, right?” “Yeah.”
James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.”
Mom Launches Book Company to Teach Christian Doctrines to Small Children
A Christian mom in the US also understands the importance of teaching children about Christ, even when they’re young. Danielle Hitchen, mother of two, launched her book company Catechesis Books in February, reported the Christian Post. Her first project is a board book entitled Bible Basics: A Baby Believer Counting Primer. Danielle’s goal is for toddlers and babies to begin to learn about Christian doctrines and not just Bible stories. The book integrates theological concepts with Scripture verses and illustrations. It is Danielle’s hope that our children “never know a day apart from the Lord.”
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.