Tongan Christian man survives 27 hours at sea, Planned Parenthood abandons harassment of pro-life Texas city, CDC: Prior COVID infection immunity better than COVID shot

It’s Wednesday, January 26th, A.D. 2022. This is The Worldview in 5 Minutes heard at I’m Adam McManus. (

By Jonathan Clark

Nigerian Muslims just abducted 17 girls, set fire to two churches

Last Thursday, Boko Haram Muslim militants carried out deadly attacks on Christians in Borno state, Nigeria.

The ISIS-affiliated group killed many Christians, abducted 17 girls, set fire to two churches, and destroyed two homes.

Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands of Christians in Nigeria to date.

Already this month, Muslims have killed 200 people, burned five villages, and displaced 10,000 people in attacks in northwest Nigeria.

In John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

State Department evacuates U.S. Embassy staffers in Ukraine

On Sunday, the U.S. State Department ordered the family members of staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine to leave the country.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon put 8,500 troops on higher alert for possible deployment to Europe.

All this comes as Russia moves more troops to the border of Ukraine.

The U.S. has threatened sanctions if Russia does invade Ukraine.

Austria mandates COVID-shot

Last week, Austria voted in favor of a universal COVID-shot mandate for adults.

It’s the first of its kind in Europe.

The measure carries fines of $4,000 for violators.

CDC: Prior COVID infection immunity better than COVID shot

new CDC study found that people were better protected against the COVID Delta variant by previous infection than by a COVID shot.

The study used data from California and New York from May through November of last year.

The study found protection against the Delta variant was highest among people with the COVID shot and a previous infection. People with a previous infection and no shot were the next best protected followed by people with the shot.

40 Republicans to Biden: Stop intimidating Christian federal employees

Forty Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are calling on the Biden administration to stop tracking federal employees who applied for a religious exemption from the COVID-shot mandate.

The lawmakers wrote, “From day one, your administration has displayed a consistent attitude of contempt towards Americans who prioritize faith in their lives. Your administration’s attempt to use the power of the federal government to single out Americans who object to the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds is inexcusable and must be withdrawn.”

Biden withdraws COVID-shot mandate for private employers

In a related story, on Tuesday, the Biden administration withdrew its COVID-shot mandate for private businesses with over 100 employees after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against it.

Starbucks will no longer require employees to get the shot in one of the largest corporate responses to the ruling.

Meanwhile, Biden’s COVID-shot mandate for federal employees is on hold.

A judge in Texas ruled the administration cannot require federal employees to get the shot or discipline them for not getting it.

Planned Parenthood abandons harassment of pro-life Texas city

Last week, Planned Parenthood  dropped its lawsuit against the largest sanctuary city for the unborn.

An affiliate of the abortion giant filed a lawsuit against Lubbock, Texas after the city voted to ban abortions last year.

Planned Parenthood gave up on the lawsuit after a federal judge upheld the city’s abortion ban.

Gen Z’ers do not turn to faith when stressed

Springtide Research Institute released their 2021 report on Generation Z or people between 13 and 25 years of age.

The report found many young people are facing stress, but most do not turn to a faith community for help.

However, many young people still identify as religious. And those who do identify as religious are more likely to say they are flourishing in life.

Thirty-eight percent of young people identify as just Christian or Protestant, 16% as Catholic, 24% as atheist or agnostic, 22% as other religions.

Tongan Christian man survives 27 hours at sea

And finally, in God’s providence, a 57-year-old Tongan Christian man survived 27 hours at sea, after a massive tsunami struck the South Pacific country of Tonga this month.

When the tsunami came, it swept Lisala Folau off of Tonga’s island of Atata. Folau is disabled and can’t even walk.

FOLAU: “I felt scared, but my faith in God helped me overcome my fears. When I was in the water, I remember going underwater eight times, and I tried to get air. The sea kept twirling me and taking me underwater. On the eighth time, I thought, ‘The next time I go underwater, that’s it.’ So, I told myself, ‘The next time I come up, and I can’t handle it, that’s it. You’re done.’ So the ninth time, I went under, and came up and grabbed a log, and that’s what kept me going.”

Folau was able to swim nearly five miles to Tonga’s main island.

After the ordeal, Folau said, “And it was the manna of God to me and my family, and the church, as well as Atata. So unexpected that I survived after being washed away, floating and surviving the dangers I just faced.”

FOLAU: “I gave praise and glory to God, because it gave me the opportunity to be able to see my family again.”

Speaking of those at sea, Psalm 107:28-30 says, “Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven.”


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