It’s Wednesday, June 17th, A.D. 2020. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus.
By Adam McManus. (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Dozens of soldiers from India and China killed in border dispute
Dozens of troops from India and China were reportedly killed in a dispute along a contested area of their shared border – the first bloody clash between the two countries in decades and an event with the potential to spark even more violence, reports U.S. News and World Report.
American intelligence believes 35 Chinese troops died, including one senior officer. The incident took place during a meeting in the mountainous region between the two sides – both of which had agreed to disarm – to determine how the two militaries would safely withdraw their presences from the region. All of the casualties were from the use of batons and knives and from falls from the steep topography.
According to the U.S. assessment, the Chinese government considers the casualties among their troops as a humiliation for its armed forces and has not confirmed the numbers for fear of emboldening other adversaries.
North Korea bombs building on border with South Korea
The North Korean state news agency, KCNA, reported yesterday that the office was “completely ruined.”
South Korea’s vice unification minister, Suh Ho, who co-headed the liaison office, said the bombing was “unprecedented in inter-Korean relations,” calling it “a nonsensical act that should have not happened.”
Trump’s executive order prohibits police chokeholds
President Donald Trump signed an executive order yesterday encouraging police departments nationwide to enact policies that prohibit the use of chokeholds that restrict airflow except in situations where the use of deadly force is permitted, reports the Christian Post.
Weeks after the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a Black man, who died after now-fired white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee down on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes as other officers restrained his back and legs, Trump announced a new wide-ranging executive order in a ceremony held in the White House Rose Garden.
TRUMP: “We’re joined today by law enforcement professionals and community leaders. Though we may all come from different places and different backgrounds we’re united by our desire to ensure peace and dignity and equality for all Americans.
“Today I’m signing an executive order encouraging police departments nationwide to adopt the highest professional standards to serve their communities. The standards will be as high and as strong as there is on Earth. The vast majority of police officers are selfless and courageous public servants. They are great men and women. When others run away from danger, police run straight into harm’s way often putting their lives at stake to protect someone whom they don’t know or never even met.”
Attorney General Barr schedules executions of 4 death row inmates
On Monday, Attorney General William Barr ordered the scheduling of executions for four death-row inmates convicted of murdering and, in two cases, raping children — in what would be the first federal executions since 2003, reports Fox News.
He said, “The American people, acting through Congress and Presidents of both political parties, have long instructed that defendants convicted of the most heinous crimes should be subject to a sentence of death.”
The last federal execution took place on March 17, 2003.
Although a district court tried to prevent the Bureau of Prisons from carrying out the executions, the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected the injunction, allowing Barr to schedule the dates of execution.
Genesis 9:6 declares, “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind.”
Colorado homeschool immunization exception born out of prayer
Yesterday, The Worldview reported that Colorado had passed Senate Bill 163 which “tightened requirements” on immunizations for children. However, the Lord mercifully provided an exemption for homeschooling families.
CRAIG: “There were a few of us that gathered outside of the Capitol building on Friday afternoon and just were crying out to God for mercy. We know that He controls the hearts of kings and turns them like a river wherever He chooses. It was just amazing to see Him work over the next 24 hours. By the end of Saturday night, we had an exemption for homeschoolers, literally the only group of people that will not be subjected to these burdensome requirements.”
Craig said that God orchestrated the COVID-19 quarantine to kill other bills that were worrisome for Christians in the state.
CRAIG: “Of course, the COVID-19 situation shut down the legislative session for a period of time. And really that killed a couple of the bills that we were worried about, just because there wasn’t time. When they reconvened, they decided not to pursue them further.”
May this be a good, powerful reminder of the words in Proverbs 21:1. “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: He turns it wherever He will.’
Church to remove General Robert E. Lee from stained glass window
An Idaho church has decided to remove Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a stained glass window in its sanctuary that also features George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, reports the Christian Post.
Cathedral of the Rockies, a United Methodist Church congregation located in Boise, announced the decision to change the window, which dates back to 1960.
The leadership stated, “The Gospel of Christ Jesus compels us and our Baptismal vows embolden us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression”, labeling the Lee image “divisive and hurtful.” Furthermore, they said, “We believe this section of our window to be inconsistent with our current mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. … Symbols of white supremacy do not belong in our sacred space.”
Apparently, the inclusion of General Robert E. Lee in the stained glass window in 1958 by a committee was a nod to inclusion for the southerners who had moved to Boise.
Retail spending up by 17.7%
American shoppers ramped up their spending on store purchases by a record 17.7% from April to May, delivering a dose of energy for retailers that have been reeling since the coronavirus shut down businesses, flattened the economy, and paralyzed consumers during the previous two months, reports the Associated Press.
Canadian Worldview listener appreciates stories on cultural battles
William Moore, who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, wrote me at Adam@TheWorldview.com. He said, “The regular reports on the worldwide church are really helpful and encouraging, as well as the frequent updates on such important Biblical issues like abortion and Christian freedoms.”
New donors gave $1,325. Still need $12,175 to hit this Friday’s goal
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We’re grateful to our new donors including Racheal in Greentown, Indiana who gave $25 and Laura in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin who gave $50.
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Reaction to the Supreme Court’s redefinition of the term “sex”
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to redefine the term “sex”, applying it to so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”
Denny Burk, professor at Boyce College and president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, compared it to the controversial 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which struck down most legal restrictions against abortion access.
Burk called on supporters to “Pray for Christian business owners” because “their ability to operate their business in accordance with their religious conscience just took a major blow. The Supreme Court just [eviscerated] religious liberty. Cannot overstate how disastrous this decision is.”
COVID cases rise in Alabama, South Carolina and Oklahoma
New cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in Alabama and South Carolina in the second week of June compared to the prior seven days, as 17 U.S. states reported weekly increases in the spread of the novel coronavirus, reports Reuters.
Alabama’s new cases rose 97% to 5,115 for the week ended June 14. South Carolina’s new cases rose 86% to 4,509. And in Oklahoma, where President Donald Trump plans to hold an indoor campaign rally on Saturday, new cases rose 68%.
Justice Dept. seeks to block publication of John Bolton’s book
Yesterday, the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against former national security adviser John Bolton, seeking to delay the publication of his book scheduled for June 23rd, which the suit alleges contains classified information that could compromise national security, reports the Wall Street Journal.