Tuesday, September 4th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Kevin Swanson
Kavanaugh’s Confirmation: 2 Pro-Abort GOP Votes & 4 Democrat Swing Votes
US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings begin today in the U.S. Senate.
Here is where the votes lie at present. The Republicans hold a 51-49 lead in the U.S. Senate. At this point, two Republicans may not vote for confirmation – Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Senator Susan Collins of Maine.
Democrat Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Doug Jones of Alabama are swing votes. Manchin, Heitkamp, and Donnelly are running for re-election in heavily pro-Trump states this November.
We remember what Daniel told King Nebuchadnezzar, “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, for wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.” (Daniel 2:20-21)
During the confirmation hearings, Christians are listening carefully for Kavanaugh’s comments on Roe v. Wade. Will he call it “settled law” or will he leave some opening for a reversal of the Supreme Court decision that sentenced 60 million babies to death?
Who Will Replace McCain & Flake in Arizona?
The late Senator John McCain’s replacement may also help the Kavanaugh appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since his recent death, Senator McCain’s replacement is in the hands of Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey, and he has yet to make the announcement. In 2018, Governor Ducey signed two pro-life state laws, including what some have called “the most comprehensive restrictions” on live birth abortions in the country.
Also, in last week’s primaries, the Republican nomination for the other Arizona Senate seat went to a moderate, Representative Martha McSally, who opposes abortion funding and favors a ban of abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke Gaining on Pro-Life Republican Ted Cruz
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas leads in the polls for his re-election bid, but his opponent is closing in.
The Democrat candidate, Beto O’Rourke, was behind by an average of 7 points in several June polls, and he followed by an average of 3 points in several August polls.
Myanmar Barring 95% of Humanitarian Aid from Its People
More accusations of human rights abuses against the Myanmar military have surfaced. A human rights group, called “Fortify Rights”, has issued a report stating that the Myanmar government and military are blocking aid to the displaced people groups in Kachin State, many of whom are Christian or Catholic.
The report goes on to accuse the military of killing, raping, and torturing civilians. Sadly, only 5% of humanitarian aid applications for organizations seeking to help the Myanmar people have been approved by the government this year.
Pastor Mark Robinette of Mission to Myanmar is almost daily in contact with the people caught in the conflict and he says they are in more need of prayer now than ever.
“It is heartbreaking how innocent people get caught between conflicts. Here you have the government and you have this predominantly Christian group in Kachin who are resisting the government. And it seems as though the poor, the needy, and the hurting always get caught in the middle of these situations and take the brunt. May the Lord deliver them in their time of trouble as they call on Him, as we join them in prayer that He would save them from this difficult time.”
Trump to Pakistan: Cancelling $300 Million of Foreign Aid
The Pentagon has opted to cancel a $300 million foreign aid outlay to Pakistan.
The United States is concerned that Pakistan is still providing sanctuary for the Taliban in its western regions.
Christian Parents Want State Voucher for Christian School Tuition
A lawsuit filed in a Maine court could help Christians who wish to use state vouchers to send their children to Christian schools.
Alan and Judy Gillis tried to use the state voucher to send their children to Bangor Christian Schools, but were rejected on religious grounds. First Liberty filed a suit claiming discrimination.
The state court rejected similar appeals in 1997 and 2002, but this time may be different. In 2017, the Supreme Court ruled in the case Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer that state monies could not be withheld purely on religious grounds.
Hymn Writer to Pastors: Stop Featuring Simplistic, Trite Worship Songs!
Hymn writer Keith Getty told The Christian Post that he’s telling pastors to feature “deep songs of the faith, songs that help their minds and emotions taste the beauty and richness of God that they can carry with them through life, rather than just over-simplistic, trite, short-term material.”
And most importantly, let us remember to: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God all day long! (Colossians 3:16)
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, September 4th in the year of our Lord 2018. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldView.com. I’m Adam McManus. Seize the day for Jesus Christ.