Monday, November 14th, in the year of our Lord 2016
By Adam McManus
81 Percent of Evangelicals Voted for Trump
Christians who described themselves as evangelical and born-again gave Trump 81 percent of their votes, up three percentage points from their support for Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, reports the Religion News Service. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton garnered only 16 percent of their votes.
One day after the election, Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition said that “Donald Trump made the most full-throated and aggressive appeal to evangelical voters … since Ronald Reagan spoke to the Religious Roundtable in August of 1980.”
Newsweek Published Commemorative Edition Declaring Hillary Clinton “Madam President”
Newsweek has egg on their face. Strike that. Maybe it’s an omelet! Their Commemorative Edition cover declared “Madam President: Hillary Clinton’s Historic Journey to the White House.” Whoops! 17 copies of 125,000 shipped copies were sold prior to Election Day. No doubt those will soon become collector’s editions.
Trump is “Fine” with Legalization of Homosexual Marriage
In an interview with CBS 60 Minutes on Sunday, President-Elect Donald Trump said that he’s “fine” with the legalization of homosexual marriage.
Leslie Stahl: The issue for them is marriage equality. Do you support marriage equality?
Trump: It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done.
Stahl: So, even if you appoint a judge that…
Trump: It’s done. These case have already gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m fine with that.”
Trump also said he wants to return control of abortion restrictions to the states.
Trump Chooses His Chief of Staff and Chief Strategist
Donald Trump has picked Reince Priebus, the Republican Party Chairman, to be his chief of staff. Priebus has close ties with House Speaker Paul Ryan, and his appointment has been seen as showing a willingness to work with Republican-led Congress to get his agenda passed.
Trump also picked Steve Bannon, who helped lead Trump’s election campaign and is former chairman of the conservative website Breitbart, to be chief strategist. Bannon is more of an outsider, critical of the Republican Party establishment including House Speaker Ryan. It was Bannon who organized the controversial press conference with three women who said they had been sexually abused by Bill Clinton before the third Trump/Clinton presidential debate.
Hillary Supporters Petition Electoral College to Change Their Votes
Fox News is reporting that voters upset that Donald Trump was elected president are scrambling for ways to change the results.
Their major focus is trying to get members of the U.S. Electoral College to change their vote, arguing that Clinton should be the next president because 60.47 million Americans voted for her, compared to 60 million for Trump.
The Electoral College was instituted in the U.S. Constitution. And it is composed of 538 members, with each state and the District of Columbia having one member, or electorate, for every senator or House lawmaker.
Trump won 290 of the electoral votes clearing the minimum 270 required. Since the Electoral College members don’t officially cast their ballots until December 19, Trump opponents hope to reverse the outcome using petition drives to encourage the electorates to switch their votes.
Malaysia Prosecutes Only 1% of Child Sex Abuse Cases; Thailand and Cambodia Refuse to Release Data
Reuters News Service has finally obtained data on the child sexual abuse trade in Malaysia. According to the classified data obtained from Malaysian police, out of 12,987 cases filed in a four year period, only 140 convictions were obtained. That’s just about 1%. Thailand and Cambodia, both nations known for rampant child sex slavery, refuse to make public any data. A senior health ministry official told Reuters, that the data would only “make Thailand look bad”.
John 3:20 says, “Everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come into the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”
Christianity Flourishes in India Despite Persecution
The Church of Jesus Christ continues to blossom in India despite growing persecution. There are nearly 28 million Christians in India, according to a 2011 census. The World View spoke to Amie Cotton from Christian Aid Mission about how the native Indian Christian converts are influencing the Hindus around them.
“The ministries that we assist are telling us that one-on-one evangelism has become more important as Hindu nationalists have attacked open-air events. And because the indigenous missionaries are from that culture, they have an intimate knowledge of the religion, the social environment, and the culture, and are best positioned for sharing personal faith.”
Cotton addressed the opposition that Christian converts face in India.
“They’re seeing the work of our holy God, who is the one true God. You know, Jesus said ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except by Me.’ And Hindus are seeing that, they’re seeing something different with these Christians. And for a native Indian, that grew up Hindu, to become a Christian, a lot of times they’re ostracized from society; there’s a real loss.”
And Cotton asked The World View listeners to pray for these indigenous missionaries.
“Sometimes they lose their family, they lose the village that they live in, so the costs are very high for these indigenous missionaries. And so these Hindus realize ‘Wow, you know, you’re really stepping out, there’s got to be something that you really believe in to do this.’”
Matthew 5:12 says, “Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Bakery in Ireland That Refused to Bake “Support Gay Marriage” Cake Wants to Take Case to Supreme Court
The Christian bakery, Ashers Baking Company, which refused to bake a cake with the message “support gay marriage” wants to take their case to the Supreme Court in London. The initial ruling by a County Court was upheld by Northern Ireland’s Court of Appeals in October.
Marc Arabo Speaks on Genocide of Christians in Iraq and Syria
The Gospel Herald spoke with Mark Arabo, the founder of the Minority Humanitarian Foundation, about the Iraqi and Syrian Christian refugee crisis.
Arabo said, “It’s important to always keep in mind that the Christian genocide has never been a political issue and partisan issue; it’s always been a humanitarian issue. The world has not seen a humanitarian crisis like Iraq and Syria since the Holocaust, it’s a full-blown Christian genocide. Our churches are being destroyed, our museums wiped out, women and children wiped out because of their faith. We are hopeful that we will get some confirmation from Washington that President-elect Trump and the new congress will work together to make sure that they end this genocide.”
Iraqi Forces Work Their Way Carefully into Mosul
Iraqi forces backed by foreign air power are fighting their way slowly and cautiously into Mosul. The Islamic State overran the city in June 2014 with barely a shot fired. Half a million people fled, including the Christian population of at least 70,000.
Christian Today reports that there are 40,000 Mosul refugees and Samaritan’s Purse is helping provide blankets, food rations, shelter, clean water and cooking stoves to help Muslim and Christian refugees alike endure the winter, which can be bitterly cold in the region.
The Islamic State is in its end-game, but it’s had two years to prepare for it. There are tunnels, booby-traps and weapons caches. There are only a few thousand of them, but the damage they can do is terrible – and it’s the civilians who will pay the heaviest price.
Trump Considers Who Will Be Attorney General
According to U.S. News and World Report, President-Elect Donald Trump is considering some big names for the important Attorney General post in his cabinet.
Former New York City Mayor and former federal prosecutor Rudy Giuliani, Congressman Trey Gowdy who headed the House Select Committee that investigated Hillary Clinton’s culpability in the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.