Another Devastating Earthquake Hits New Zealand, Hundreds of Children Gone Missing From UK Care Homes, Trump Adjusts Tax Cut Plan

Wednesday, November 16th, in the year of our Lord 2016

By Adam McManus

New Zealanders Stranded After Earthquake

Thousands of Kiwis are still stranded in the region of Canterbury, New Zealand near the epicenter of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake after being rocked by a deadly wave of powerful aftershocks, reports CNN.

The World View spoke with Kris Baines of Christchurch, New Zealand about how this earthquake and the one in February 2011 are opportunities to talk about Christ.

“I think they provide huge opportunities. When we had the last earthquake we did lots of outreach. And I guess essentially, on an informal level, particularly in Christchurch, pretty much everybody you met, for several years, if you started your sort of normal conversation about the weather, it would go from the weather to how did you go in he earthquakes. And so that was a huge opening, a huge opportunity to share the gospel.”

Baines gave The World View listeners ideas on how to pray for New Zealanders following the earthquake.

“Certainly, there are people who are very affected; we’re just finding out more of the news from where the earthquake hit. There’s a little town called Kaikoura that we’ve been to many times, it’s just under two hours away, and they’ve been completely shut off. The roads have been completely demolished, the infrastructure is destroyed, there’s no sewage, there’s no water, there’s no power; they’re now bringing, actually, a ship, a USS warship from the States to help them with evacuating people.”

Hundreds of Children Are Going Missing in the United Kingdom

Hundreds of what are believed to be trafficked children have gone missing from United Kingdom care homes with more disappearing at “an alarmingly high rate”, reports Christian Today.  Almost 600 children disappeared last year with more than 200 still missing, according to government figures compiled by the English chapter of End Child Prostitution in Asian Tourism which called it a “national disgrace.” The top three nationalities of missing trafficked children were Vietnamese, British and Albanian.

Trump Adjusts Proposed Tax Rates

President-elect Donald Trump originally proposed dramatically lower tax rates for Americans at 10%, 20%, and 25%. CNN Money reports that his tax plan was seen by experts and deficit hawks as just too expensive, potentially costing between $6 trillion and $7 trillion. However, Trump has adjusted his proposed tax cuts to mirror House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan of 12%, 25%, and 33% tax rates for individuals.

Ben Carson Declines Trump’s Offer of Government Position

Dr. Ben Carson has reportedly turned down a position within the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump, reports Red State.

While many political commentators speculated that Carson was coming out in support of Trump in order to get a position within Trump’s administration, the neurosurgeon proved that speculation wrong by turning down a position in Trump’s cabinet because he felt unqualified.

Texas Board of Education Will Vote on Whether to Remove Creationist Passages from Curriculum

The Texas Board of Education may vote to remove creationist passages from science curriculum, reports The Christian Post.

For example, in September, a panel of educators created by the Texas Education Agency voted to scrap requirements for students to “evaluate scientific explanations concerning the complexity of the cell,” which allows students to analyze the creationist belief that the structure of cells and their functions are too complex to have developed through evolution.

But the final decision for the change in curriculum will be voted on by the Texas State Board of Education sometime early next year.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

Indiana University Sues the State in Order to Continue Experiments on Aborted Baby Brains

Indiana University has no shame. Not only was it caught selling the brains of aborted babies purchased at $200 each, reports Life News, but Indiana University is actually suing the state of Indiana in order to continue their grisly experiments on the brains of aborted babies purchased through the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.

Texas Considers Bills Against Abortion

A new Texas bill would ban late-term abortions on disabled babies, reports the Dallas News.  Another Texas proposal would amend the state constitution to extend the rights of life and liberty to unborn babies and completely prohibit abortions.

First Republican Wins Oregon Statewide Office in Over a Decade

Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Powerful words from Romans 12:19. Those words are demonstrable in the failed bid for re-election of Brad Avakian, the radical leftist Commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. He was the bureaucrat who slapped a Christian bakery with $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Even the liberal Oregon voters figured Avakian was too liberal. The political victor was Dennis Richardson, a known social conservative, who is the first Republican to win statewide office in 14 years.

Planned Parenthood Advised Parents of Martin Luther King Jr’s Niece to Abort Her

Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., said that Planned Parenthood told her parents to consider aborting her following her conception. Thankfully, her father disagreed, reports Life News. Sadly, King told students at Colorado State University this week that she had two abortions herself. Alveda, who is now pro-life, criticized the abortion giant Planned Parenthood for targeting black women and their babies for abortions.

Cliff Barrows from Hour of Decision Radio Program Passes Away at 93

Do you recognize this signature opening?

“This is the Hour of Decision.” 
All hail the power of Jesus’ name, Let angels prostrate fall.
“How do you do everyone, and welcome once again today to another broadcast of the Hour of Decision, brought to you through the auspices of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Cliff Barrows here inviting you to stay tuned for these next few moments of song and spoken word.”

Cliff Barrows, who hosted the weekly Hour of Decision radio program heard around the world for more than 60 years, died at the age of 93. Since the first Billy Graham Crusade in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1947, he traveled the world with Billy Graham as his music and program director. Barrows died at the Carolinas Medical Center in Pineville, North Carolina following a brief illness.

Secret Software on Some Devices Sends Texts and Location Information to China

Have an Android phone? Listen up! The New York Times reports that there is secret software in some Android phones which sends your texts and geographical location to China. Shanghai Adups Technology Company, which wrote the software, confirmed that the code runs on over 700 million phones, cars and other smart devices.

Fyli, Greece Has until the Year 4144 to Pay Off Its Debt

The clock is ticking. And will be ticking for a long time to come. Local Greek governments have been given a whopping 2,129 years to repay their debt, reports Fox News. Fyli, Greece which has a population below 50,000, managed to rack up more than $500 million in debt. Fyli has until the year 4144 to become debt-free. It’s not clear what sort of punishment they’d face for missing the deadline.

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.