Monday, May 9th, in the year of our Lord, 2016.
By Mark Robinette
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was ousted from office more than a decade ago over a Ten Commandments display, and he was subsequently re-elected. Now the God-haters are trying to remove him from the bench again—this time over his effort to block homosexual marriage from coming to his state. According to Fox News, the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission filed ethics charges Friday against Moore, saying he abused the power of his office and displayed disrespect for the judiciary. The charges largely stem from a January 6th administrative order Moore sent to probate judges. In the order, he told them that an Alabama order and law banning homosexual marriages remained in effect despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize homosexual marriage. If found guilty, Judge Moore could face removal from office.
We are certainly at war, Judge Moore. That’s why we pray that you will “put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:13). It is what God is calling us all to do.
Nearly 9,000 people gathered to pray at the state capitol building on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, at evangelist Franklin Graham’s Decision America initiative. With the theme of “pray, engage, and vote,” Graham reminded his largest crowd of the fifty-state tour that Christians cannot restore America merely by rallying behind political parties. They need to repent and turn back to God themselves first before God will heal the nation: “Just look at what Nehemiah did—he fasted and he prayed. And his prayer was to confess the sins of his people, of himself, and of his father’s family. And what I’d like to ask you to do is to hold the hand of the person next to you—maybe a complete stranger. And what I want to ask you to do is I want us to confess the sins of our nation.”
A massive earthquake is well overdue along the San Andreas Fault in California, seismologists told Fox News. With a string of earthquakes and volcanic activity around the Pacific from Japan, China, and Myanmar to Venezuela—and now around Mount St. Helen’s in Washington State—researches are expecting a mega-quake at any time, they said. Hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of damage and thousands of deaths should be planned for, the report said.
A Maine Harrier jet pilot was rescued on Friday evening off the coast of North Carolina after ejecting from the aircraft during a training exercise. After a navy rescue helicopter and crew pulled him from the water, the unidentified marine was transported to a naval hospital in Camp Lejeune. He was listed in stable condition.
Rima Fakih, Miss USA 2010, and the first Muslim to win the title, has reportedly converted to Christianity. According to Christian Today, Fakih converted from Islam in preparation for her marriage to wealthy and well-known Christian music producer Wassim Salibi in Lebanon next week. Fakih, who was convicted of drunk driving in 2012, drew more attention to herself when photos of her surfaced from taking part in a local radio station contest called “Stripper 101.” But now she may have turned over a new leaf.
Announcing her conversion to Christianity this week, she tweeted, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
Presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump said that he agrees with the United Kingdom’s decision to withdraw from the European Union. Meanwhile, conservative Republicans, forming what is being called the “Never Trump” coalition, are reportedly in search of a third-party candidate.
Pray for the Christians of Aleppo, Syria. Recent bombings that have killed hundreds, injured many, and devastated buildings have prompted people around the world to call for a special time of prayer, Open Doors said. One Syrian priest, who described some of the latest attacks on Christians there, including the killing of a 1-minute-old baby he called a martyr, said there are simply “no words to describe the suffering.” Making matters even worse in Syria, an airstrike hit a refugee camp Thursday, killing men, women, and children. Pray for Aleppo, Syria, and the many who are hurting and suffering there. May the Lord comfort them in their time of pain. All Christians are connected together in the body of Christ.
“If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together” (1 Corinthians 12:26).
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.