It’s Thursday, August 8th, A.D. 2019. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at www.TheWorldview.com. I’m Adam McManus
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldview.com)
Pence spearheads group critical of China’s religious restrictions
Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Security Council met with a group of religious leaders on Monday in Washington, D.C. to discuss religious freedom issues in China.
The meeting included the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore, China Aid founder Bob Fu, and Open Doors USA CEO David Curry.
The group discussed ways to hold China accountable for its persecution of religious minorities. Christians in particular have been targeted by the Chinese government with dozens of arrests and many churches being shut down.
North Korea’s ongoing forced abortions
Another major human rights violator and persecutor of Christians is North Korea.
Experts recently spoke to Fox News about North Korea’s under-reported horror of ongoing forced abortions.
Defectors from North Korea often try to escape to China, but are sent back only to fall into concentration camps where they face forced labor, sexual violence, and even execution.
Pregnant women are generally forced to have their babies killed in terrible ways that leave the mothers unable to walk or even dead. Women who try to hide and save their babies have been killed.
Psalm 5:6 says, “You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.”
Israel’s new satellite will bless Africa with internet
Israel’s Spacecom launched their Amos-17 satellite on Tuesday from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in partnership with SpaceX.
The state-of-the-art satellite will be providing television, internet, and phone services across the continent of Africa.
Africa has the fastest growing population in the world, but lacks the internet compared with other parts the world.
GOP & Dem Senators agree on “red flag” mental health gun laws
In the wake of two mass shootings last weekend that left 31 people dead and dozens injured, President Trump met with the families who lost loved ones or those who’ve been wounded in Dayton, Ohio yesterday afternoon and El Paso, Texas last night.
There seems to be bi-partisan support for “red flag” gun laws sponsored by Senators Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, and Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, reports the Associated Press.
These “red flag” laws would take guns away from people believed to be dangers to themselves or others. President Donald Trump has signaled support for the plan.
7,000 Syrian immigrants protected from deportation
Last week, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an 18-month extension of the temporary protected status for about 7,000 Syrian immigrants who fear deportation back to the war-torn country.
Among the refugees are many Christians who could face persecution, detention, torture, and death if they returned.
Christian funeral home case: “Transgender” employee’s foolishness
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will take up the case of Christian-owned Harris Funeral Homes in Michigan which fired an employee who pretended to be the opposite sex.
The issue in the case is whether the 1964 federal Civil Rights law, which prohibits employment discrimination over ethnicity and religion, also applies to sexually perverted lifestyles.
The National Religious Broadcasters said the case would have major implications for religious liberties.
Boy Scouts reveal 800 sexual abuse case over 8 decades
A new lawsuit was filed in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas on Monday containing previously unreported accounts of Boy Scouts who said they were sexually abused in the organization.
The report involves 800 cases from almost every U.S. state over the last eight decades.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 reminds us, “For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”
Americans turning against Big Tech
Americans are quickly changing their views of tech companies, according to a new Pew Research study.
Only 50 percent of Americans think Big Tech companies have a positive influence on society, down from 71 percent four years ago.
During the same period, negative views of tech companies have nearly doubled from 17 percent to 33 percent in the wake of data privacy violation, censorship, and election interference by companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook.
Parents gave their lives for 2-month-old son in El Paso shooting spree
Andre and Jordan Anchondo gave their lives for their 2-month-old son, Paul Gilbert, during the recent El Paso shooting at Walmart that took the lives of 22 people.
When the shots began in the store, Jordan, 24, reportedly threw herself over her son to shield him, while Andre, 23, jumped in front of his wife to protect her. Both parents died, leaving their son and two daughters.
A GoFundMe page for the family has already raised over $30,000.
The morning after the shooting, Texas Governor Greg Abbott tweeted, “Our hearts will forever be with the people of El Paso. We pray that God will touch all affected with the healing and hope only He can provide.” The governor included Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, August 8th in the year of our Lord 2019. 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.