By Kevin Swanson
Pakistani pastor killed by two gunmen
Pastor William Siraj was shot in his car on his way home from church last Sunday, reports Dawn News.
News channels showed emergency services removing the pastor from the car as people chanted “Long live Jesus Christ” while carrying his body on a bed through the streets to a house, reports Reuters.
This comes eight years after the major terrorist event in the same city which took the lives of 81 Christians.
Christians are a minority in the Muslim-dominated country of Pakistan and are regularly subjected to targeted acts of violence.
Indian pastor beaten severely by radical Hindus
A mob of radical Hindus attacked Pastor Rakesh Babu in his home. He told International Christian Concern, that “I tried to run away after receiving a couple of hits on my head and my back. They chased me and continued to beat me until I collapsed. I could hear someone saying, ‘Kill him, kill him!’”
He has faithfully pastored 100 Christians in Byaspur, India for 15 years.
Pray for Pastor Babu’s full recovery, and that his assailants would repent and believe in Jesus Christ, Who loved us and gave Himself for us.
In Matthew 5:43, Jesus said, “I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
Rent is up 10% in 50% of America’s large cities
As of January of 2022, rent inflation is up over 10% in over half of America’s largest cities, and the prices are up 15-28% in about one-third of the cities.
That puts the overall inflation rate for rent at 14%, according to Zumper’s National Rent Report.
Despite Trudeau’s insults, Canadian truck convoy raised $9 million
A convoy of thousands of freedom-loving truckers descended on Ottawa, Canada’s capitol Monday, protesting the state’s severely restricting measures for COVID-19.
The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, accused the truckers of “hate, abuse, and racism.” Another convoy of trucks has been blocking the Canada-U.S. border at Coutts, Alberta, reports The Globe and Mail.
Tucker Carlson of Fox News talked with Sheldon Andreas, a Canadian trucker and pastor, to get his perspective.
ANDREAS: “There’s just been a stifling of freedom and a stifling of unity in Canada for two years. A lot of people are fired. Man, you can’t even go into a grocery store without getting into an argument about a mask or whatnot. Just a wonderful sensation to see unity once again in Canada.”
CARLSON: “It’s beautiful to watch from below your border, I have to say. You’re being snarled at, but you’re smiling back. The government seems to be doing all it can to prevent you from peacefully protesting its fascist policies. Are you worried about the repercussions?”
ANDREAS: “Not at all. I mean, some of my friends have been arrested for pastoring their churches. We’re fully prepared to smile and push through for the greater good. We want to see Christ glorified in the church and out of the church. So, we’re pushing forward, come what may.”
CARLSON: “Are any media in Canada supporting you or at least arguing that you should have a right to express your views?”
ANDREAS: “Not that I know of Tucker. I think maybe Rebel News is built some positive stuff about the movement, but the mainline media is much the same in the USA. These guys are not our friends. They’re coming after us. They’re slandering really good people.”
Thus far, $9,462,920 has been raised to cover fuel for the truckers.
The GoFundMe site explains the thinking behind the Freedom Convoy. “We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, and now it seems it is happening here. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive. It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to these mandates.”
True North, a news site with a conservative editorial position, exposed 11 ridiculous convoy stories reported by the mainstream media. Take a look through a special link in our transcript today at www.TheWorldview.com.
North Korea tests missile
The North Koreans shot off another intermediate-range missile on Sunday, the first major test in three years.
But, keep in mind, Proverbs 16:7, which says, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Republican legislatures rushing to outlaw abortion
Nebraska lawmakers are seeking to ban all abortions. Florida legislators are working on a bill to restrict abortion to 15 weeks, and Arizona state legislators are working on their own Heartbeat Act (similar to the Texas law).
Meanwhile, the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee nixed a Heartbeat Bill on Monday, by a vote of 4 to 4, reports the Idaho Capital Sun. It would have protected the baby if a heartbeat was detected, typically at the sixth week of pregnancy.
Idaho and South Dakota least regulated states
George Mason University’s Mercatus Center has revealed that Idaho and South Dakota are the least regulated states in America. The most regulated states are California, New York, Ohio, and Illinois.
U.S. Census data also puts Idaho at the top of the list for the fastest growing states in the country.
Californians moving out to escape the leftist agenda
Not surprisingly, Californians are moving out of the Golden State in droves.
This population migration will produce a slight impact on the U.S. Congress.
California lost one congressional seat, and Montana, Oregon, and Colorado will each add a congressional seat, reports The Deseret News.
Worldview listeners gave $90,000 in food to Niger, African Christians
And finally, The Worldview in 5 Minutes has just learned that one of our radio interviews last year on the starvation crisis in Niger, West Africa resulted in $90,000 worth of food relief in 13 villages!
Missionaries Julie and Ken from SIM Africa report that this initial fundraising led to an 18-month relief project that is bearing much fruit.
Specifically, Julie says she wanted to share “how thankful we were for your help in a time of deep crisis. May the Lord continue to open the eyes of our lost brothers and sisters through kindness, generosity, and love shown by Christians!”
Praise God! And thank you Worldview listeners!
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Tuesday, February 1st, in the year of our Lord 2022. 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.