Wednesday, October 5th, in the year of our Lord, 2016.
By Adam McManus
Vice Presidential Candidates Debate Abortion
Last night, the vice presidential candidates, Republican Mike Pence and Democrat Tim Kaine, debated each other at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
In a rare moment on the national stage, they went toe to toe on abortion. The difference was striking. Despite his claim to be a good Catholic, Kaine defended the murder of babies, even in the third trimester.
“We really feel like you should live fully and with enthusiasm the commands of your faith, but it is not the role of the public servant to mandate that for everybody else. So let’s talk about abortion and choice. We support Roe v. Wade. We support the constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister, but then make their own decision about pregnancy. That’s something we trust American women to do that. Governor Pence wants to repeal Roe v. Wade. He said he wants to put it on the ash heap of history.”
By contrast, Pence’s commitment to the pro-life cause flows out of his salvation as a college freshman.
“For me, the sanctity of life proceeds out of the belief, that ancient principle, where God says, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.’ What I can’t understand is with Hillary Clinton, and now Senator Kaine at her side, is to support or practice partial-birth abortion. The very idea that a child that is almost born into the world could still have their life taken from them is just anathema to me. I can’t conscience about a party that supports that. Hillary Clinton wants to repeal the long-standing provision in the law where we said we wouldn’t use taxpayer dollars to fund abortion. For me, my faith informs my life. But it all, for me, begins with cherishing the dignity, the worth, the value of every human life.”
Dr. Richard Land on Voting for Trump
Dr. Richard Land, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary [www.ses.edu] is a member of Trump’s evangelical advisory board, and he told The World View of the consequences of a Clinton presidency.
“What we’re looking at here is an election that could decide the fate of the country for the next 40 years. If Mrs. Clinton is elected, it’ll be four more years of Obama, only worse. Political scientists will tell you that if you want to fundamentally change the United States federal government, you need 12 years. Eight years won’t do it, you gotta have 12. If you have Mrs. Clinton, you will have 12. And the cake will be baked. At the end of four years of Mrs. Clinton, if we turn her out of office in four years, the damage will have been done. We will have a federal judiciary that will be extremely hostile to traditional understandings of marriage, traditional understandings of religious freedom for 30-40 more years. And we will have permanently circumscribed our economic prospects and we will have condemned our children and grandchildren to living lives with a much lower living standards than the ones we have now. If Mr. Trump wins, if he doesn’t turn out as good as we had liked him to be, in four years, we will have a do-over. We can change direction. But if Mrs. Clinton wins, the cake is baked. Let’s just hope that our goose isn’t cooked.”
Dr. Land spoke to the concern that neither Trump nor Clinton is a biblically qualified civil magistrate.
“I’m totally aware that there are those who say, ‘Well, I just can’t vote for either one of them. Neither Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Trump are biblically qualified to be a civil magistrate. Well, I’m assuming that if you’re a mature American, you have already voted for people who didn’t fit what we would consider to have the ideal biblical qualifications for a civil magistrate. We have a particular challenge this year in that I think we have two particularly flawed candidates. But I think that to say, ‘Well I think I just can’t vote for either one of them, I’m going to wash my hands or I’m just going to write in somebody or vote for one of the minor party candidates’ — is what I call ‘The Pontius Pilate Option’ where you try to bring a pail of water as if that will absolve you of the responsibility. We have to understand the consequences of our actions.”
Former President Bill Clinton Says Obamacare Not Working
And now, former President Bill Clinton says ObamaCare is NOT working, reports Fox News. Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail for Hillary, told voters in Michigan on Monday that the legislation has created a “crazy system.” He says millions more people have health care, but those unable to qualify for subsidies are getting “killed.”
Chinese House Church Leader Tortured
A jailed Chinese house church leader has been tortured by authorities to extort a confession since his arrest last December and is now suffering from serious diseases, reports Christian Today. Yang Hua, who is suffering from liver pain, wrote a letter to his wife in which he said, “You shouldn’t be too anxious. It is best to remain peaceful and wait for God. God is omniscient. I believe that
He never makes a mistake. Let’s carry the cross and hasten down the road to heaven, until the day we meet the Lord.” Persecution against Christians in China has increased sevenfold since 2008 according to China Aid.
”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:10)
Judge Roy Moore Suspended
Joe Godfrey, Executive Director of Alabama Citizens Action Program, spoke to The World View about the suspension of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore who dared to affirm traditional marriage in the face of the Obergefell Supreme Court decision last June.
“I am not surprised by the suspension of Judge Moore, but I’m very disappointed because I feel that it was an attack on religious liberty in America. I admire Judge Moore for his stance — that marriage is between one man and one woman – because, in this case particularly, he was standing on constitutional law.”
Godfrey is hopeful that Chief Justice Moore will be exonerated and restored to his former position by his former colleagues.
“It is my hope that the Alabama State Supreme Court will overturn the decision of the Court of the Judiciary. But my sense of the likelihood of that happening is based on the fact that in the past the court has demonstrated that it is a very conservative court, and very careful to adhere to the state constitution and the Constitution of the United States. I believe that it’s very possible they could overturn the Court of Judiciary’s decision.”
If the Alabama Supreme Court fails to restore Judge Moore, he will remain suspended without pay through January, 2019, the remainder of his term.
European Space Agency Produces 3D Map of Milky Way
The European Space Agency announced it’s finalizing a monumental 3D map of the Milky Way next year, reports Christian Headlines. Scientists will plot a billon stars—just 1 percent of those in our galaxy—on the Gaia Mission map. Orbiting the sun at slow speed, the 33-foot-wide Gaia spacecraft has two telescopes that gather data with a measurement precision akin to gauging the diameter of a human hair from 600 miles away.
Truly, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1)
Christian Colleges Hiring Security Guards
A number of Christian colleges are considering hiring armed security guards to monitor their campuses in hopes to prevent on campus attacks, reports Christian Headlines. Thirty-eight percent of private colleges in the U.S. hire armed security guards. Earlier this year, Jerry Falwell Jr., the chancellor of Liberty University, encouraged his students to get concealed carry permits.
Norwegian Children Can Now Legally Change Gender
Norwegians as young as six can now legally change their gender using an online form—without a doctor’s approval, counseling, or surgery, reports the World News Service. The law, adopted with a 79-13 vote by the Norwegian parliament in June, makes Norway the fifth country in the world to pass a similar law.
Genesis 5:2 says, “He created them male and female and blessed them.”
Chick-fil-A Most Polite Fast Food Chain
Chick-fil-A has been ranked as the most polite fast food chain out of 15 fast food chains. Chick-Fil-A employees reportedly said “thank you” in 95.2 percent of drive-thru encounters, reports Aol.com. In contrast, McDonald’s employees said “thank you” in 78.4 percent of drive-thru encounters. Their courtesy and smiles are paying off. Chick-fil-A made nearly $4 million per store, compared to the $1 million made by individual KFC stores.
Pakistani Man Shoots 18-Year-Old Sister After She Marries Christian
A Muslim Pakistani man claims he had “no choice” but to shoot his 18-year-old sister to death after she married a Christian man. The Associated Press has released a chilling video from a jailhouse interview in which 24-year-old Mubeen Rajhu, his hands in shackles, explained that he walked into the kitchen of his family’s home, fired a single shot into his sister Tasleem’s head as his mother and another sister looking on. In the brother’s mind, she had brought shame on the family and it was his duty to kill her to protect their honor.
Honor killings have been on the rise in Pakistan and women are victims, by far, more than men. In 2015, the number of honor killings rose for the third straight year with 1,184 killed. Of that total, 1,096 of the victims were women.
American Missionary Fined for Bible Study in Russia
A 55-year-old American missionary in Russia named Donald Ossewaarde was fined $630 for violating Russia’s new “anti-sharing beliefs amendment” when he posted fliers on apartment bulletin boards inviting Russians to his home Bible study. Ossewaarde’s appeal has been denied, reports Fox News. Anyone, including Russians, who preaches outside of a church or a designated religious center, faces stiff penalties.
Russia Deploys Anti-Missile System in Syria
Russia has deployed an advanced anti-missile system to Syria for the first time, three US officials tell Fox News, the latest indication that Moscow continues to ramp up its military operations in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
Hurricane Matthew Makes Landfall
Hurricane Matthew– a Category 4 storm– made landfall in western Haiti yesterday with wind speeds reaching 145 mph as small towns and villages in the hemisphere’s poorest country braced for life-threatening winds, rains and storm surge. A Hurricane Watch is in effect from Fort Lauderdale to Daytona Beach with winds of 74 miles per hour. And South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said yesterday that she plans to issue an evacuation order today so that one million people can safely leave the coast.
And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.