By Jonathan Clark
First anniversary of America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan
International Christian Concern released a situational overview on Afghan Christian minorities.
Most Christians in Afghanistan converted out of Islam. Such conversions are banned by the Taliban. Even allegations of conversion can lead to death.
Christians there have to hide from the Taliban or try to escape. Those who stay become internally displaced persons and don’t even receive the humanitarian aid designated for them because of their isolation. Those who escape often face discrimination in neighboring Pakistan, Iran, or Turkey.
Please pray for our suffering Afghan brothers and sisters in Christ.
Psalm 17:11-13 says, “They have now surrounded us in our steps; they have set their eyes, crouching down to the earth, as a lion is eager to tear his prey . . . Arise, O LORD, Confront him, cast him down; deliver my life from the wicked.”
Pentecostal Cuban Church upset with perversion promotion
The Pentecostal Christian Church of Cuba recently renounced its membership in the Cuban Council of Churches. The denomination denounced the council’s resolution to promote sexually perverted lifestyles.
Cuba’s Communist Party uses the council to control official religious activity in the country and silence free evangelical churches that dissent.
Other denominations in Cuba are expected to withdraw from the council and will likely face harassment from the Cuban dictator.
Acts 5:29 says, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Biden backed down: Allows religious schools in lunch program
Last Friday, the Biden administration granted an exception for religious schools from its interpretation of Title IX.
Title IX bans discrimination on the basis of sex in educational institutions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently interpreted Title IX to include a ban on discrimination against people living sexually perverted lifestyles. This meant the Food and Drug Administration would no longer fund lunch programs for schools that do not accept such lifestyles.
In response, Grant Park Christian Academy in Florida sued the Biden administration for violating their religious liberty. New guidance from the FDA now grants all religious schools an exception from the Title IX interpretation.
Idaho Supreme Court greenlights two pro-life laws
Last Friday, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled that two anti-abortion laws can go into effect, rejecting a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood.
One of the laws prohibits abortions on babies with detectable heartbeats and has a private enforcement mechanism. The other law is an abortion ban triggered by the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
The ruling stated, “In Dobbs, the Supreme Court held that the United States Constitution does not explicitly or implicitly contain a right to abortion and returned the ‘profound moral question’ of abortion to the ‘people and their elected representatives.’”
Trump-endorsed candidates did well
Candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump won their primaries in state and federal races last week following the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
Breitbart reports Trump’s endorsement record stands at 192-11.
Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 riots, seven lost their primaries or chose to retire.
After blasting Trump, Liz Cheney lost big
Cheney’s impeachment vote in January 2021 resulted in a censure from the Wyoming GOP and county delegations.
She was also criticized by Republican leadership for agreeing to be the vice chairwoman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, as well as arguing the 2020 election wasn’t stolen, reports the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle.
Listen to Cheney’s concession speech from last night.
CHENEY: “Two years ago, I won this primary with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear. But it would have required that I go along with President Trump’s lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic. That was a path I could not and would not take. (cheers)
“And tonight, Harriet Hageman has received the most votes in this primary. She won. I called her to concede the race. This primary election is over. But now the real work begins.” (cheers)
Not only does Liz Cheney plan to continue the investigation into January 6th, but she has hinted at having presidential ambitions.
35% of teens use social media constantly
A new Pew Research report found 35% of teens say they use a social media platform almost constantly. And about half of teens say they use the internet almost constantly.
The five top platforms teens use almost all the time are YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook.
In terms of general usage, 95% of teens say they use YouTube; 67% say they use TikTok (which has skyrocketed in popularity); 62% use Instagram; and 59% use Snapchat. Over half of teens admit it would be hard to give up social media.
99-year-old woman welcomes 100th great-grandchild
And finally, a 99-year-old Pennsylvania woman recently welcomed her 100th great-grandchild into the world!
As an only child, Peggy Koller wanted to have a big family. She and her husband William had 11 children, 56 grandchildren, and now 100 great-grandchildren.
Peggy’s family said faith, family, and working out keep her going.
BABY’S FATHER: “She works out twice a day, which is insane.”
BABY’S MOTHER: “I think faith is the other one I’d say. Faith and family really gets her going.”
Psalm 127:3 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, August 17th, in the year of our Lord 2022. 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.