Wednesday, March 14th, in the year of our Lord 2018
By Adam McManus
The Pennsylvania Photo Finish
In the special election yesterday in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, Democrat Conor Lamb led Republican Rick Saccone by 847 votes at our deadline, 49.9% to 49.5% in a state where the Republican should have won easily.
Congressman Tim Murphy, a pro-life Republican, resigned the seat after impregnating his mistress and urging her to abort their baby.
Trump Fires Secretary of State by Tweet
At 7:44 am Eastern Time yesterday morning, President Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson through Twitter, saying “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
The President later said this.
“Actually, I got along well with Rex. But really it was a different mindset, it was a different thinking. … You know I wish a lot of good things. I think he’s gonna be very happy. I think Rex will be much happier now.”
More than three hours after his tweet, Trump finally called Tillerson from Air Force One.
The Washington Post reports that it was a humiliating end to a 14-month relationship defined by so much mutual animosity and frustration that recurring rumors of his demise took on the nickname “Rexit.”
In his departure statement yesterday afternoon, Tillerson thanked career diplomats, but pointedly did not thank Trump.
“I received a call today from the President of the United States a little after noontime from Air Force One, and I’ve also spoken to White House Chief of Staff Kelly to ensure we have clarity as to the days ahead. What is most important is to ensure an orderly and smooth transition during a time that the country continues to face significant policy and national security challenges. …
“I’ll now return to private life as a private citizen, as a proud American, proud of the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country.”
In a sign of the tension, Trump made one of his biggest foreign policy gambles without so much as consulting his secretary of state. The president decided last Thursday to accept North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s invitation for a face-to-face meeting.
Trump Assistant Escorted Out of White House
Rex Tillerson’s head wasn’t the only one rolling.
President Donald Trump’s 27-year-old personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday without being allowed to collect his belongings including his jacket.
McEntee was denied a security clearance over online gambling and mishandling of his taxes, reports the Wall Street Journal.
ABC’s Joy Behar Publicly Apologizes to VP
Vice President Pence appeared on Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Show Monday and reiterated that Joy Behar of ABC’s “The View” should publicly apologize for comparing Christianity to a mental illness.
Vice President Pence: “You and I know that criticism comes with public life. But I felt it was important that I defend the faith of tens of millions of Americans against that kind of slander. And I did so. And, you know, I give Joy Behar a lot of credit. She picked up the phone. She called me. She was very sincere. And she apologized. One of the things my faith teaches me is grace. Forgive as you have been forgiven.”
Sean Hannity: “So does mine, but I’m not as good at it as you.”
Vice President Pence: “I said to Joy, ‘Of course, I forgive you.’ That’s a part of my faith experience. I did encourage her. And I’m still encouraging her to use the forum of that program or some other public forum to apologize to tens of millions of Americans who were equally offended.”
Yesterday morning, Joy Behar took a moment to publicly apologize on ABC’s “The View.”
“So, I think Vice President Pence is right. I was raised to respect everyone’s religious faith. I fell short of that. I sincerely apologize for what I said.”
Matthew 6:14 says, “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”
Tennessee’s Pro-Life Vote
Tennessee House lawmakers approved a bill Monday by a 71-17 vote to request a federal government waiver to completely defund abortion mills in the state, reports Life News.
Solar Flare: Evidence of God’s Power
Created last week by an enormous explosion in the sun’s atmosphere known as a solar flare, there is a huge solar storm heading for Earth, reports The Daily Mail.
It’s likely to hit today, possibly knocking out satellites and disrupting power supplies.
Psalm 19:1-2 declares, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
Generations Bible Family Conference in Washington, DC
Join the Generations Team in Washington, DC for the Bible Family Conference on August 10th and 11th with guest speakers Ken Ham, Ray Comfort, and Steve Green, founder of the Museum of the Bible. Build your family on the Rock. Early Registration deadline is March 31st.
And that’s The World View in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, March 14th 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.
Algeria Closes More Churches
The Algerian Minister of Religious Affairs, Mohamed Aissa, ordered the closure of several churches in recent months, telling Ennahar TV that the churches “did not meet the standards required of a place of worship”, reports World Watch Monitor. Remarkably, he denied that he is discriminating against the Christians.
A spokesperson from the Protestant Church of Algeria said “the government is simply implementing the 2006 law of regulating non-Muslim worship. This law is a Sword of Damocles suspended above the churches. It is the legal instrument that the government uses to silence the Church. The purpose of this law is precisely to curb the activities of churches and to control them”.
Vice President’s Awesome Affirmation of Life
Vice President Pence told a lunch hosted by the pro-life group, Susan B. Anthony List & Life Institute, that he had seen more progress in the Trump administration’s first year in office than in his entire life, reports Christian Today.
Pence said, “If all of us do all we can, we can once again in our time restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law.”
Young San Diegan Making a Difference
16-year-old Kevin Barber has helped dozens of homeless people in San Diego, California get back on their feet again, reports the Good News Network.
After watching a TED talk video about the Wheels for Change program in Albuquerque, Barber approached officials in his hometown about paying the homeless residents $11.50 an hour to perform daytime labor shifts picking up trash and erasing graffiti. His mother funded the pilot program which has become so popular that 150 homeless are on a waiting list, prompting the city to possibly fund it going forward.
Barber talked about the dignity of working, saying, “It empowers people and gives them work. We believe this is a win-win for the city, the homeless, and our community.”