By Jonathan Clark
Monday honored Coptic Christians in Egypt
Monday marked the second annual Global Coptic Day, observed to spread awareness for Christians in Egypt and their historic contributions.
Coptic churches experience state-sponsored oppression and Islamic extremist violence. Open Doors ranks Egypt as the 16th worst nation for Christian persecution.
President Donald Trump issued a statement on Monday in support of Christians in Egypt saying, “Tragically, far too many people the world over face persecution on account of their faith. . . . I hope today’s observance is filled with prayer and joy, and provides those celebrating with a renewed sense of purpose and faith.”
1 Corinthians 12:26 says, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.”
33 N Korean and Chinese guilty of nuclear illegality
The U.S. Justice Department indicted 33 North Korean and Chinese individuals last week for advancing North Korea’s nuclear program with $2.5 billion in illegal payments.
It’s considered the largest criminal enforcement action taken against North Korea.
Northern Ireland Assembly takes a stand against abortion
The Northern Ireland Assembly voted this week against any imposition of abortion legislation on the province by the United Kingdom.
Westminster passed legislation over Northern Ireland, legalizing the murder of unborn babies. Since March, 129 babies have already been killed in Northern Ireland.
Some in the province’s Assembly now want to overturn the U.K.-imposed pro-abortion legislation.
Trump budgets $50 million to advocate for religious liberty
On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order, directing the State Department to budget $50 million annually for programs that advance international religious freedom.
The order makes religious freedom central to U.S. foreign policy and foreign assistance.
In the order, Trump stated, “Religious freedom, America’s first freedom, is a moral and national security imperative.”
Trump: “These are acts of terror”
The National Guard activated about 16,000 troops this week to stop the riots in major cities following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Already nine people have died and dozens have been injured during the riots.
On Monday, President Trump held a press conference stating that justice would be served in the case of the tragic death of George Floyd but that violent riots would not be tolerated.
TRUMP: “These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror. The destruction of innocent life and the spilling of innocent blood is an offense to humanity and a crime against God.”
Immediately after his comments, Trump walked across the street from the White House to St. John’s Church which rioters had set on fire on Sunday. Trump stood in front of the historic church for several minutes, holding out a Bible and talking to reporters.
Peaceful protests in Houston and Fort Worth
After eight days of protests across the U.S., violence and riots decreased significantly overnight Tuesday.
Prosecutors charged former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of George Floyd after footage emerged of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck. The autopsy report found that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
An estimated 60,000 people joined a peaceful protest in Houston, Texas in memory of Floyd on Tuesday.
Romans 12 reminds us, “As much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. . . . Beloved, do not avenge yourselves . . . Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
COVID-19 will zap nearly $8 trillion in U.S. economy through 2030
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the economic impact of coronavirus lockdowns will reduce economic activity in the U.S. by $7.9 trillion dollars over the next decade.
This amounts to a three percent drop in nominal Gross Domestic Product adjusted for inflation.
SpaceX sends first manned spacecraft to Int’l Space Station in decade
Elon Musk’s SpaceX partnered with NASA to send the first manned spacecraft to the International Space Station from the U.S. in nearly a decade.
Astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley launched from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, successfully docking at the ISS on Sunday.
Listen to the audio of the historic launch.
ANNOUNCER: “Five, four, three, two, one, zero. Ignition. Liftoff of the Falcon 9 and the Crew Dragon. Go NASA. Go SpaceX. Godspeed Bob and Doug!”
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Virginia Worldview listener likes balance, brevity and Bible
Reese Bintz in Blackstone, Virginia wrote me at Adam@TheWorldview.com to share what he liked about the newscast.
He wrote, “I love the fact that you guys reflect my Christian worldview in the stories you choose to cover. There are a ton of stories that mega news agencies cover that do not interest me and only waste my time. You guys do a great job finding the stories that I am actually interested in as a follower of Jesus Christ.
“I love the diversity of your content. When it felt like 98% of public news was only talking about the coronavirus, you guys not only were covering the relevant parts of the pandemic, but still had time to cover a lot of other news subjects that were not mentioned anywhere else in main-stream media. You guys do a great job of resisting sensationalism.
“I love that you guys incorporate and reference Bible verses that relate to current news that you just covered. It is a wonderful way to demonstrate that the Truths of God never change, that His words and His teachings are just as relevant today as they were when they were recorded 2,000 years ago.
“I love that you guys stick to the facts. You deliver the information on what is going on. You might mention a Bible verse that relates to the story. But then you just drop it and move on. You let us think. You don’t tell us what to think. You cover more topics in five minutes than other news sources can in an entire hour sometimes.”
Reese concluded, “I hope the Lord will bless you guys with all the money and resources and people you guys need to keep this service running for many years to come.”
15 new donors gave $2,920 yesterday
Toward our goal of raising $15,000 by Friday, June 5th to keep The Worldview in 5 Minutes on the air, Worldview listeners had already given $2,965 by Tuesday night.
Our thanks to Wednesday’s new donors including Robin in Concord, North Carolina who gave $5, Diana in Houston, Texas who gave $15, and Tom in Littleton, Colorado who gave $25.
We’re also grateful for Danielle in Brighton, Colorado, Karine in Quincy, Washington, and Todd in Groveport, Ohio – each of whom gave $50.
We appreciate Richard in Livonia, Michigan, Michael in Robins, Iowa, and Mark in Lakeside, California – each of whom gave $100. We’re thankful to God for Abigail in Sellersville, Pennsylvania and Michael in Wake Forest, North Carolina each of whom gave $300.
And finally, we praise God for Michael in Wake Forest who also pledged $25/month for 12 months for an additional gift of $300, Renee in Pulaski, Pennsylvania who gave $325, Robert in Newport, Washington who gave $600, and an anonymous donor in Louisiana who pledged $50/month for 12 months for a gift of $600.
Those 15 new gifts yesterday total $2,920. Ready for the new grand total? Drum roll please. (Drum roll sound effect) Our new total is $5,885. (crowd cheering) We are $9,115 away from our $15,000 goal this Friday, June 5th.
I still need to find 15 listeners to pledge $25/month for 12 months or give a one-time gift of $300. And another 7 listeners to pledge $50/month for 12 months or a one-time gift of $600. I wonder if there might be two people who would each consider a gift of $1,200.
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What would God have you do?
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Thursday, June 4th in the year of our Lord 2020. Subscribe by iTunes or email to our unique Christian newscast at www.TheWorldview.com. Or get the Generations app through Google Play or The App Store. I’m Adam McManus (adam@TheWorldview.com). Seize the day for Jesus Christ.