New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Adam McManus (Adam@TheWorldView.com)
Asia Bibi’s Neighbors Want Her Executed
Asia Bibi’s former neighbors believe she deserves to be executed for allegedly insulting the Islamic false prophet Muhammad even though her confession was coerced, reports the Christian Post.
Bibi is the Christian woman who was falsely accused of blasphemy and, after eight years in prison, was exonerated by the Pakistani Supreme Court of a pending death sentence. The controversial decision to free Bibi sparked widespread unrest and protests by Islamic hardliners in the Muslim-majority country.
Earlier this month, Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Southern Baptist pastor, issued a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to grant Bibi and her family asylum.
Queen Elizabeth: Message of Christmas “Needed as Much as Ever”
Speaking from the White Drawing Room at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II, the 92-year-old monarch, delivered her annual Christmas message.
“The Christmas story retains its appeal since it doesn’t provide theoretical explanations for the puzzles of life. Instead, it’s about the birth of a child and the hope that birth 2,000 years ago brought to the world. Only a few acknowledged Jesus when he was born, now billions follow Him.
“I believe His message of peace on earth and good will to all is never out of date. It can be heeded by everyone. It’s needed as much as ever. A very happy Christmas to you all.”
Indeed, upon Jesus’ arrival, angels proclaimed, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”, recognizing His magnitude. Jesus will show us the way to peace by demonstrating how to live with others under God’s Commandments.
The Queen’s grandfather, George V, began the tradition of the monarch’s Christmas message to the Commonwealth back in the 1930s, reports the Christian Post. Elizabeth has carried on the tradition since she started her reign as queen in 1952. Her address, which aired on both the BBC and ITV, was the most-watched program on Christmas Day with over 6.3 million viewers.
Trump: I’m Ready to Negotiate with Democrats
On Saturday, President Trump called on Democrats to “come on over and make a deal” as the partial government shutdown enters its eighth day with no agreement in sight, reports TheHill.com.
Trump tweeted, “I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security. From what I hear, they are spending so much time on Presidential Harassment that they have little time left for things like stopping crime … !”
While the president cancelled his Christmas vacation in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi was partying it up in Hawaii in a $10,000-per-night presidential suite, reports the Washington Free Beacon.
Pro-Life Leader Explains GOP Ohio Governor’s Veto of Heartbeat Bill
As The World View reported last Friday, Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich vetoed the Heartbeat Bill on December 21st which would have banned an abortion if a heartbeat was detected, typically at the sixth week. Sadly, the Ohio Senate was one vote short of overriding Kasich’s veto on December 27th.
You can send an email or leave a voicemail expressing your polite disappointment through links in our transcript today at www.TheWorldView.com. The five pro-abortion Ohio Senate Republicans include Bill Beagle, Stephanie Kunze, John Eklund, Matt Dolan, and Gayle Manning.
Janet Porter of Faith 2 Action, who has been fighting for the Heartbeat Bill since 2011, said that Kasich’s veto was “absolutely heartless.”
The World View spoke to Mark Harrington of Created Equal about the question of why Kasich, who claims to be pro-life, would veto such a demonstrably pro-life bill.
“I think Governor Kasich has plans for the future, and as far as a presidential run, he did not want to be perceived as extreme on abortion.”
Harrington said that he is hopeful that the Heartbeat Bill will be signed into law by Governor-elect Mike DeWine who has vowed to support it.
“We introduced the bill in 2011. So it’s been eight years. It’s passed the House and Senate several times. One time it was vetoed by Governor Kasich in 2016 and then in 2018. We now have Mike DeWine who is our Governor-elect, who has sworn to sign the Heartbeat bill, so it looks like it’s going to get done in the next General Assembly.”
James 1:8 describes Governor Kasich to a “t”. “A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Oldest Man in America, Oldest World War II Veteran, Dies at 112
And finally, Richard Overton, the oldest man in the United States at the age of 112, has died in Dallas. Overton was also America’s oldest World War II veteran who became a volunteer in the army back in 1942 before serving in the all-black 188th Aviation Engineer Battalion on a number of locations across the Pacific Ocean, including Pearl Harbor, reports FaithWire.com.
In 2013, former President Barack Obama said Overton “was there at Pearl Harbor when the battleships were still smoldering. He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God.’”
And Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement, “Richard Overton is an American icon and a Texas legend.”
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31st 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.
Indian Youths Attack Christians During Worship Service
Five youths in India’s Karnataka state were arrested in connection with an attack on a Christian worship service.
About 25 youths armed with clubs, knives, and iron rods arrived on motorcycles when they attacked the worship service in Kowad village. As a result, ten were left injured, including four women. The mob of youths also damaged several vehicles parked near the location of the worship service.
Attacks on Christian and their places of worship have continued to skyrocketed under the rule of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Since 2014, the number of attacks on the Christians community has more than doubled according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India.
Ugandan Man Loses Wife, Children over Conversion to Christianity
In 24 hours earlier this month, a convert to Christianity in eastern Uganda lost his livelihood, wife, and children to irate relatives and other Muslims, reports Christian Headlines.
On December 7th, a leader of the village mosque led a mob to Muhamud Gusolo’s banana plantation in Sironko District and destroyed it after Gusulo’s father objected to him leaving Islam for Christ.
The new Christian convert said, “My wife and children also turned against me. I am a very frustrated man with no family. After being ostracized from my community, … I am very far from my family and reside in a lonely environment in another village.”
Alabama Attorney General: Roy Moore’s Race Tampered With
Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year’s special election violated state campaign laws and said he was worried that the operation could have affected the closely fought Senate race, reports Alabama.com.
Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for giving $750,000 to a group, American Engagement Technologies, that allegedly had ties to an effort to undermine support for Moore and bolster Jones. The new senator has called for a federal investigation into Project Birmingham.
Jonathon Morgan, chief executive of Texas-based research firm New Knowledge, has acknowledged being paid by American Engagement Technologies to experiment on a small scale with disinformation tactics, including creating a Facebook page that sought to appeal to Republicans who might not support Moore.
Proverbs 31 President Reconciles with Husband Who Had an Affair
Lysa TerKeurst, the president of Proverbs 31 and author of the New York Times bestseller Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, announced last June in a blog that her 25-year-marriage to Art had come to an end due to her husband’s repeated infidelity and struggle with substance abuse. However, 18 months later, they had reconciled and participated in a private vow renewal ceremony, reports FaithWire.com.
Lysa wrote, “In the middle of the work He did from the devastation in my marriage, nothing looked like I hoped and everything felt impossible. I prayed a million suggestions to God that never ever came to be. And the number of tears shed in the process about leaked the life out of me. But all the while when I saw nothing, God was doing something. And in His way and His timing, new life came. … Forgiveness is a process. Healing is a long journey.”
Art TerKeurst praised his wife for loving him despite his affair, saying, “The way that you have loved me with grace and forgiveness gives me an undeniable understanding and perspective of how much God loves me. And what He did for me on the cross, you have lived out in my life. You never gave up, you disarmed all of the dark with your grace and forgiveness.”
Lysa wrote, “You, Art, are the great love of my life, I’ve never known love like this apart from you, and I never want to know this love without you. ‘Together’ is my favorite word for us, and what a together we have.”