The World View in 5 Minutes – 10/12/2015

Monday, October 12, in the year of our Lord, 2015.

By Mark Robinette

Michael Lucas, a former student and football player at Colorado School of Mines, gave his alma matter a $25,000 gift. For it, the school said, he would be allowed to have a personalized locker room nameplate in their new athletic facility. After requesting the engraving to read, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,” and “Your hand will be lifted up in triumph over your enemies, and all your foes will be destroyed,” from Colossians 3:23 and Micah 5:9, the university responded by telling Lucas this would not be allowed.

In fact, according to the OneNewsNow story, after the fact, the school put a restriction on the gift giver saying nameplates cannot include the words “God,” “Lord,” “Jesus,” or even references to Bible verses containing them. Lucas is taking the matter to court. The suit points out the university has approved nameplates for other donors that include, “Give ‘Em Hell!” and “Take your whiskey clear.”

ISIS has released yet another sad and disturbing video of savagery. This time they show the brave deaths of three Assyrian Christians who defied the jihadists’ demands they deny their faith and turn to Islam.  The murdered Christians were among the 253 villagers abducted seven months ago. ISIS demanded $50,000 each in ransom for the remaining Assyrians, now believed to number between 187 and 200. Hebrews 11:35 says these three martyrs will receive “a better resurrection.”

According to Charisma News, Wichita State University renovated the Harvey D. Grace Memorial chapel last May by removing the pews and altar and replacing them with portable chairs to make room for Muslim prayer rugs. Under the terms of the gift to the university the chapel was supposed to be open to all creeds and to all races of people, WSU President John Bardo said in a statement. “Our goal should be exactly what Mrs. Grace set out to do in her gift, to have an all faiths chapel that is welcoming to all religious groups on campus.”

In addition, student body President Joseph Shepard called outrage over the change “Islamophobia.” It is the fear of God that should be the cause of the outrage Mr. Shepard.

“Thou shalt have no other God’s before me.” (Exodus 20:3)

On Saturday, two simultaneous explosions rocked Turkey’s capital city of Ankara killing 95 and wounding hundreds. The terror attack, which seemed targeted at a peace rally being held near the city’s main train station, occurred just after 10AM.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered 1300 police reinforcements in Jerusalem Saturday after a wave of violence on police by Palestinians spiked. Several police were stabbed and survived and five assailants were shot and killed Saturday alone in separate incidents near the gates of Jerusalem’s Old City and Gaza.

The death of Iran’s Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani in Syria this week has dealt a “psychological blow” to elements backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a U.S. intelligence official. The killing of this Revolutionary Guards Corps commander at the hands of ISIS also highlights the extent of Iranian involvement in Syria and the dire straits in which Assad finds himself, Washington-based analysts say.

As Christianity spreads like wildfire across China, with as many as 10,000 converts every day, the Chinese government has begun a systematic attempt to stop the spread of the faith. According to Christianity Today, China’s President Xi Jinping has become “serious” about religion. An article in China’s official newspaper on religious issues alluded to a crackdown on churches, clergy and dioceses in the country. In one eastern province alone, Zhejiang, 1,700 churches have had their crosses removed or been demolished.

It has been a deadly month for high-school football as the fifth player, 17-year-old Roddrick ‘‘Rod’’ Williams, a lineman and tuba player from Burke County, Georgia, died during practice Monday night. His death was heart-related, officials said.

An angry North Arizona University student, accused of drugging and raping a classmate, opened fire on his accusers, also students, killing one and injuring three Friday.

Former Secret Service Agent, Jerry Parr, who saved President Reagan’s life in the 1981 assassination attempt by John Hinkley Jr., died Friday at the age of 85. His willingness to give his life and his close attention to detail, saved the president’s life, doctors said.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man would lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)

Thank you Mr. Parr for doing your duty.

And that’s the World View in Five Minutes.