Friday, April 23, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
Christians are fighting for every square inch of liberty they can get in Michigan. Several bills calling for religious liberty for faith-based adoption agencies have passed the state Senate, and the governor has promised to veto them. Religious protections were denied in Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington D.C., causing Catholic Charities, which operates foster care and adoption services nationally, to shut down in those states, affecting up to one third of the children awaiting homes in each. The Michigan Catholic Conference points out that faith-based adoption agencies in Illinois, Massachusetts, Washington D.C. and California are closing their doors due to attacks on religious freedom.
“LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflict thine heritage” (Psalm 94:3 – 5).
Only 18 percent of Americans are strongly opposed to homosexual pseudo-marriage, according to a recent survey. Nearly half of Americans say they have close friends or family members who claim to be in a pseudo-marriage with a person of the same sex. The USA Today report found that the biblical view on marriage has fallen into a definitive minority by a 51-35 percent ratio.
More American, Australian and English teens want to join ISIS. Stories abound in the media about five Australian youth arrested in a terror plot. A 14-year-old in England is under arrest. And four young men were arrested in Minnesota over the weekend. The lure for young men has been around a very long time. “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause … Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path” (Proverbs 1:10 – 15).
Israel is in the top seven most atheistic countries in the world, with little zeal for God according to a recent Gallop poll. The majority of those living in Israel, a full 65 percent, claim to be atheists or “non-religious.” They still need the gospel. As Paul said, “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” The other six nations that have embraced humanism and atheism include China, Sweden, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Netherlands and the U.K.
North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is expanding faster than ever. At least that is what Chinese nuclear experts are saying, according to The Wall Street Journal. They have 20 nuclear warheads, and they are working on 20 more by 2016. That would be enough to kill about 60 million people, according to research produced by the Universities of Georgia and Harvard. But remember, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).
It looks like Al Gore is losing ground in the automotive industry. People are selling their hybrids and buying SUVs. According to a report covered by The Blaze, 22 percent of people trading in their hybrid vehicles in 2015 drove away in an SUV. That was 12 percent three years ago.
Breitbart reports that Texas pastors have descended on Austin, seeking support for a bill that would protect their religious freedom to refuse to officiate weddings that would “violate their sincerely held religious beliefs.”
Here is one small step for justice in the civil arena! The human trafficking bill finally passed the Senate on Wednesday by unanimous consent. Fines collected from the traffickers should help to pay restitution to victims of kidnapping.
“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:9).
CNN reports that two ice cream producers have pulled their products due to reports of listeria contamination. Jeni’s Ice Cream and Blue Bell have recalled product. Apparently, the listeria bacteria cannot survive at subzero temperatures, but it can transport in certain ingredients like cookie dough and nuts.
“Replace Home Education with Social.” That is what the Communist Manifesto said about homeschooling in 1848. But now, Christian home education is coming to Russia for the second year in a row! The Second Annual Family Education and Discipleship Conference will be held on May 1 and 2 in St. Petersburg. The sponsoring pastor, Andre Furmanov, expects an attendance two times the size of the first year: “As of today, I think, I forgot the exact number, but it’s about 116 people, which is twice as many as were there last year. So obviously the word of mouth is being spread, and people are getting excited about it. I personally have people approach me … and ask me different kinds of questions because they are dissatisfied with the school system, even non-Christians are. And so the people will be from all over the place.” For those with friends in Russia, let them know about the conference. Check out the website at paideiamissions.com.
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.
Thursday, April 23, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
It is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Christians lost their lives at the hands of Muslims. But the United States still refuses to recognize this genocide. In 2008, Barack Obama promised that “As President, I will recognize the Armenian Genocide.” However, according to the Los Angeles Times, the president has announced to a group of Armenian Americans that he will not do so after all. Thus far, 24 nations and 43 states have recognized the genocide, but America will not do it. Is the Middle East gearing up for another genocide? Mark Rushdoony, whose father Rousas barely escaped the Armenian Genocide, told The World View this was a true genocide on a massive scale. “The massacre of Armenians in 1915 was an intentional effort to eliminate the Armenian people from their homeland, and this effort was sucessful. So in all senses of the word, it was an intentional genocide. My grandparents were living in Armenia at the time, which is part of the Ottoman Empire. My father was actually in my … grandmother’s womb, and they escaped while she was pregnant.”
According to Charisma News, Niger pastors have forgiven the Islamic extremists for destroying their churches, and it has strengthened the church in that country. Pastor Zakaria Jadi is quoted, “The Lord is training us; He’s building us. There cannot be increase without hardships. If you want to go to the next level you have to go through hardship.” The Christians have also found closer friendships and associations developing with non-extremist Muslim neighbors after the attacks. Sixty-nine churches and 11 homes were destroyed in the attacks in January of this year. Jesus Christ is head over all things to the church, and He works His purposes in the violence. In Joseph’s words, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today” (Genesis 50:20).
Another terrorist event in Paris was narrowly avoided by the intervening providence of God. French authorities responded to an emergency call to find a 24-year-old man from Algeria who shot himself accidentally in his apartment. Turns out, the man had an arsenal of weapons readied for an attack on local churches. Documents found in the man’s house referenced al-Qaida.
Has the Internal Revenue Service entered into an agreement with an atheist organization to monitor churches? That is the substance of a lawsuit filed April 9 by the Alliance Defending Freedom in Arizona. Judicial Watch has also filed a lawsuit based on the same concern. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement last November that, “The IRS seems set to rely on a group of atheists to point them toward churches that might have criticized politicians.”
William Randolph Hearst’s granddaughter has launched a campaign to label Cosmopolitan magazine as pornography and treat it as such. The magazine published by Hearst Corporation is displayed in almost every supermarket and Walmart in America. Victoria Hearst publicly professes to be a Christian, and she is concerned that her family’s magazine has “declined from a somewhat inspirational women’s magazine to a pornographic ‘how-to’ sex guide. . .”
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality … orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19 – 21).
A potluck has gone bad at an Ohio Baptist church. Twenty-three people were hospitalized, and one died from what doctors call a strain of botulism. Health officials are checking out test samples from homemade canned items from those who attended. A teaspoon of botulism bacteria can kill 100,000 people. The biggest mistakes people make in homemade canning are reusing lids and using insufficient temperature and pressure in the process.
A California farmer is taking his case to the Supreme Court. Fox News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture attempted to seize 47 percent of Marvin Horne’s raisin crop in 2002, and when he refused, slapped him with $700,000 fine. The law under which the seizure is authorized dates back to Franklin Roosevelt’s socialist New Deal in 1937. The same law allows seizures of almonds and plums. In the hearings yesterday, most of the justices seemed to side with the farmer.
There must have been a lot of dinosaurs on the earth when Noah launched the ark 4,000 years ago. Chinese construction workers found 43 more fossilized dinosaur eggs last Sunday in Heyuan city, bringing the total egg collection from that single city to 17,000! “Behold now behemoth which I made with you; he eats grass as an ox. … He moves his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his thighs are knit together. His bones are as strong pieces of bronze; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God” (Job 40:15 – 19, emphasis added). Praise God for His mighty creation!
That is the World View in Five Minutes.
Wednesday, April 22, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
Franklin Graham is calling for a ban on immigration of Muslims to the U.S. from nations with terror cells and said Obama should be held responsible for ISIS. The Christian Post reported that Graham, leader of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, spoke out the day after Islamic State militants released the new mass murder video of Libyan Christians. Graham posted on Facebook Monday, “Can it be that the world is no longer as shocked by Christians having their heads cut off and then ISIS proudly promoting this on video? Such news should leave us horrified and nauseated … the government needs to recognize Islam for the danger it is.” Graham said he held the president responsible for ISIS – for creating a power vacuum in Iraq by withdrawing troops too early. Urging immediate action, he added, “Declare a war on ISIS … use special forces … take air action … put boots on the ground.”
Egypt’s ousted president is getting much more than blame; he is getting 20 years in prison. Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to prison in an Egyptian criminal court Tuesday on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012. Morsi, the country’s first freely elected leader since Hosni Mubarak was ousted in 2011, escaped receiving a death sentence in the case, which Islamists derided as a “farce.”
Middle East Eye reports 1,500 acts of political violence in Egypt during the first quarter of 2015. There is an upside to this, however. According to Victor Atallah from Middle East Reformed Fellowship, increasing numbers of Muslims are disenfranchised with the violence and are drawn to the true Christian faith. “And we are living in very special days, when we see scores of Muslims attracted to the gospel of God’s grace in Christ. It is a fact that growing numbers are disenchanted with Islam. The reality is that the numbers are growing, and they are unprecedented … for the last 1,400 years.”
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is steaming toward the waters off the coast of Yemen. This is part of a mission to beef up security and join other American ships that are prepared to intercept any Iranian vessels carrying weapons to the Houthi rebels. According to the Associated Press, Navy officials said the carrier Roosevelt was moving through the Arabian Sea to intercept a convoy of about eight Iranian ships heading toward Yemen and possibly carrying arms. There are about nine U.S. warships in the region, including cruisers and destroyers carrying board and search teams.
Members of the March for Marriage are on a mission of their own this week. The Christian Examiner reported event organizers feel this year could be their most significant to date. This Saturday’s march is scheduled just three days before the Supreme Court hears vital arguments about marriage. They will decide the constitutionality of state marriage amendments defining the family institution as between one man and one woman. The Family Research Council sent out a press release saying, “The anticipated decision of the Supreme Court positions itself to be the most important judicial ruling in our nation since the infamous Roe v Wade decision declaring a constitutional right to abortion.”
Jesus said, “from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh … What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:6 – 9).
USA Today reported that Christian football star turned sports analyst Tim Tebow is returning to the NFL. Tebow, who signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles Monday, said only God knows what he will do. Speaking to KSAZ-TV in June of 2014, he expressed a desire to make a comeback by faith in God. “I don’t know what my future holds,” he said, “but I know who holds my future.”
God holds the future of Catholic Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph as he voluntarily resigns his office. CNN reported Tuesday that Finn, who has remained on the job for three years after becoming the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted in the church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. Finn was convicted of failing to report child sexual abuse by a priest under his authority. He served two years’ probation but received no jail time or fines.
Two churches in North Carolina were tagged with pro-homosexual messages and sustained thousands of dollars’ worth of damage over the weekend. Bales Memorial Wesleyan Church in Jamestown and Grace Baptist of Greensboro had their windows smashed, flowers pulled out of the ground and parking signs taken out. Spray-painted slogans covered the outside of the churches, which were also hit with eggs, silly string and toilet paper. May the vandals be rewarded according to their deeds.
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.
Tuesday, April 21, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
ISIS has released another video over the weekend, depicting the violent execution of thirty more Christians. These martyrdoms of Ethiopian Christians follow the execution of 21 Christians in Libya several weeks ago. The killers in the video spoke with American accents.
Stories of Christian persecution are reported on CNN and Fox News almost every day. The world is aware of it. The White House is aware of it and issued a statement condemning the killings. Open Doors International reports that 2014 was the worst year for the persecution of Christians in the modern era and predicts that 2015 will be even worse. Persecution has increased sharply in the Middle East and in almost every nation in Africa.
“I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:9,10).
According to United Press International, the FBI has admitted to “overstating forensic evidence” in hundreds of trials. Another recent internal review reported on by The Washington Post has found inaccurate statements in 95 percent of the trials reviewed. There is a reason that God’s Word calls for two or three eyewitnesses in both the Old and New Testaments. “A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established” (Deuteronomy 19:15).
Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa won the Boston Marathon Monday, and this time he keeps his medal! After winning the marathon in 2013, he returned it to the city in memory of the lives lost in the bombing that year. Delisa took the 26-mile course in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 17 seconds.
Arkansas’ governor would not sign it. Indiana’s governor would not dare sign it. But Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, vehemently defended his state’s religious freedom bill on KSLA News. House Bill 707 is edging toward a final vote in the Louisiana Legislature.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is warning Christians to stay out of the military until the current president is out of office. He called military service a “hostile working environment” on Jan Mickelson’s radio show over the weekend: “There’s nothing more honorable than serving one’s country, and there’s no greater heroes to our country than our military. But I might suggest to parents I’d wait a couple of years until we get a new commander in chief that will once again believe one nation under God and believe that people of faith should be a vital part of the process of not only governing this country but defending this country.” Huckabee is expected to formally announce his presidential run on May 5.
The World Health Organization has descended on a small town in Ondo, Nigeria. Their mission is to investigate the cause of a disease that has killed 18 people within 24 hours of showing symptoms. The disease attacks the central nervous system, according to the BBC.
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. … You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday” (Psalm 91:1 – 6; emphasis added).
Bloomberg reports that about half of the United States’ federal government assets are tied up in student loans. Here’s hoping the Millennials do not default. Student loan debt has tripled in the last 10 years. “The borrower is servant to the lender” (Proverbs 22:7).
How does the Clinton Foundation pull together assets of $351 million within just 12 years? How does Bill Clinton come within the top 10 of the richest presidents in history within the last 12 years? Most of the major news outlets are asking these questions, especially in regard to the extensive generosity provided the Clinton interests on the part of foreign donors. The question everybody is asking is, Did these foreign donors to the foundation receive special favors from the State Department under Hillary Clinton? Everybody is waiting for an investigative journalist’s report to be released in three weeks. “The king by justice establishes the land: but he that receives bribes overthrows it” (Proverbs 29:4).
You can teach your children the book of Proverbs, God’s book of wisdom, with the Proverbs Family Bible Study Guides available at GenerationsWithVision.com.
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.
Monday, April 20, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Mark Robinette
Senator Ted Cruz is calling on thousands of American pastors to preach and pray for a godly outcome of upcoming court cases on homosexual marriage. The Christian Examiner reported that Cruz sent the letter nationwide Thursday, asking church leaders to preach about biblical marriage on Sunday, April 26, and lead a prayer service on Tuesday, April 28, the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in favor of this ungodly redefining of holy matrimony. Cruz wrote, “If you do not influence your congregation’s understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts? The church has not shared the truth about marriage well: It is time to repent and commit ourselves to courage on this front.” Pointing to the prophet Daniel as an example of the kind of strength and action needed now to protect Biblical marriage, he passionately challenged, “Will we discard an institution, ordained by God … or will we stand in its support? Rightly or wrongly, the Supreme Court will take a stand on marriage this summer. Let’s take ours now.”
As Senator Cruz calls on men of God not to forget God’s Word, an imprisoned Iranian pastor still prays for release and hopes he will not be forgotten. The wife of Pastor Saeed Abedini told the Christian Examiner that the worldwide mass executions in tandem with verbal abuse in prison are taking their toll on him. Mrs. Abedini shared the news after her husband’s father was finally allowed to visit him following five long weeks with no visitation. Telling about the darkness and difficulty in Rajai Shahr prison and how her husband is showing his light there, she added. “Knowing that he is not forgotten and believers around the world continue to remember him in prayer and advocate for him has encouraged him to continue in this difficult journey and to hold on to hope.”
Apparently America needs prayer we will not forget God. Millennials in the U.S. are unfriending Jesus in significant numbers. The most recent Barna study, released April 1, found only 46 percent of millennials have a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. This is down from 71 percent from the Silent Generation and 65 percent for the Boomers. More than half of Americans, however, believe that Jesus Christ was a sinner. Barna Research Vice President Roxanne Stone told The World View that America has a strong Christian heritage, but it is slowly fading, generation by generation. “The idea of Jesus being the Divine God is still something that the majority of Americans want to pass they believe. That percentage does gets smaller as you look at generations. Of course, the oldest generation, Elders, 62 percent of them believe that Jesus is God. A little bit less among the Boomers, 68 percent, a little bit less among Gen Xers, 55 percent. And then there’s quite a drop with Millenials, only 48 percent. They’re the one generation that left the path of Millenials that say that Jesus is God.”
Country music star Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum will not need any help remembering God anytime soon, she said. In fact, recent events have deepened her faith forever. According to The Blaze, the members of Lady Antebellum were traveling along Interstate 30 near Dallas Thursday when their tour bus suddenly caught fire after a tire blew. Providentially, no one was injured. Hillary Scott wrote on Instagram that “EVERYTHING in the back lounge was destroyed from the flames” except one thing: her Bible. The cover was burned but not one page missing. She added. “He is FOR YOU, WILL PROTECT YOU, AND HIS LOVE FOR YOU WILL NEVER FADE. My faith is forever deepened because of today.”
A Michigan auto shop owner set the Internet ablaze after he posted the fire shut up in his bones, saying, “I’m a Christian” and “enough is enough.” Brian Klawiter, owner of DieselTec in Grandville, Michigan, ranted his frustration about being a Christian, white and churchgoing as well as having a job and owning a gun have gotten people labeled, “racists, privileged, bigoted, even conspiracy theorists,” he said. “Too many of us say nothing. Well, freedom of speech isn’t just for Liberals.” He then declared he fully intended to run his business any way he wanted, which would include giving discounts to gun owners and refusing to serve openly homosexual customers. He said he did not need and would not personally accept money from Internet supporters.
Japan’s maglev train broke the world speed record last week by traveling at 373 mph. The Central Japan Railway Company said the seven-car train completed a test run on an experimental track in Yamanashi on Thursday.
Here is a record no one wants to break: the largest delinquent IRS tax bill.
Self-made Texas billionaire Sam Wyly, owner of Bonanza Steakhouse chain and Michael’s craft stores, was hit for a bill for his late brother’s estate larger than any other person in history. The bill was for $3.2 billion. The 80-year-old tycoon said the IRS figures were “baloney” and undermined the credibility of the IRS altogether.
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.
April 17, in the year of our Lord 2015
By Kevin Swanson
The jury has concluded that it is a murder one conviction for Aaron Hernandez. He was an All-American college champion and one of the highest paid players in the NFL, but now he has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Christian journalist Barnabas Piper says there are risks when we turn sports idols into role models. “We often have the tendency to look, especially at the NFL, because they’re flashy, they’re rich, they’re very sucessful, they make a lot of money. But a lot of them are not terribly upstanding people, I mean, a lot of them are as well. But you hear about people who get away with things that normal citizens wouldn’t because they are celebrities. And then this is just an indication that all of that power, all of that money, all of that fame—it doesn’t exclude you from needing to live a godly life.”
The victim’s mother, Ursula Ward, offered forgiveness in a prepared statement before the court on Monday. She said, “I forgive the hands of the people who had a hand in my son’s murder … and I pray and hope that someday everyone out there will forgive them also.” As Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you” (Matthew 5:44).
Persecution.com points out that persecution toward Christians has increased in India over the last year. Activists from several Hindu political organizations stormed a worship service on Sunday, March 15, and beat up two Christian leaders while dragging them to the local police station. Pastors Arul and Omkar were hospitalized for serious injuries, although they expect to return to the ministry soon.
Major disruptions in the Middle East are impacting immigration into Europe. Over just the last weekend, CNN reports that 10,000 immigrants arrived on the shores of Italy. Most will migrate into France, Belgium, England and the Netherlands. Recent ships are bringing immigrants from Nigeria and Gambia, but Syria and Eritrea have expatriated the highest numbers since 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration.
During one voyage this week, CNN reports that Muslim migrants threw 12 Christians overboard midway across the Mediterranean. Italian officials are holding 15 persons on suspicion of murder. The Christians killed were from Nigeria and Ghana.
“Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation. Whosoever digs a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolls a stone, it will return upon him” (Proverbs 26:26,27).
More than two thousand parents from Ontario, Canada, rallied at Queen’s Park in Toronto earlier this week to protest Ontario’s new child sex curriculum. This week marks the sentencing hearing for Ben Levin, the Deputy Education Minister who was responsible for incorporating the new sex education program for the province. Levin has pled guilty to multiple charges of child pornography. Canadian media ignored the protest, but Ezra Levant from the For Canada organization told The World View that more parents are rising up against the sexualization of young children. “What has so many thousands of parents taking to the streets literally marching in the streets is that this sex education curriculum is so wildly inappropriate. It sexualizes children at a tender age, I mean, at the age of innocence when children are supposed to be laughing and playing. It introduces sexual concepts to them in an extraodinary and invasive way.”
Parents, be aware: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matthew 18:6).
Atheists are winning policy battles in Canada too. In another symbolic move indicating a total abandonment of their Christian heritage, Canada’s Supreme Court ruled against public prayer in municipal council meetings. This brings to an end an nine-year battle commenced by an atheist by the name of Alain Simoneau.
The State House in Tennessee has passed a bill that would make the Bible the official state book, against the wishes of the attorney general and the governor.
A 42-year-old northern white rhino named Sudan is the last male rhino left in the entire world. He is kept under armed guard 24-7 at the Kenya Ol Pejeta Conservancy. He joins two females in the same reserve, and … well, we will see what happens. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea … and over all the earth and over every creeping thing (including rhinos)” (Genesis 1:26).
God helped him! Photographer Fitzroy Anderson was following two deer in the woods in Philadelphia when he came upon a quadriplegic man abandoned there to die. Anderson thanked God for helping him find the man. He told NBC Philadelphia, “If it wasn’t for those two deer and God, the young man wouldn’t be alive today.” The abandoned man was treated at a local hospital for malnutrition and dehydration.
The Lord really does “[watch] over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin” (Psalm 146:9).
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.
Thursday, April 16, in the year of our Lord 2015.
By Kevin Swanson
You have paid your taxes as of yesterday … but you are still working to pay for your governments. The Tax Foundation puts the day at which you start working for your own income on April 24 this year (That is up from April 21 last year). Actually, the real Cost of Government Day falls on July 6. The Americans for Tax Reform, including the cost of government regulation with government spending, calculates total government costs at 51 percent of the gross national income.
They used to call this a tyranny … “And (the king) will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards … and you shall cry out in that day because of your king which you shall have chosen” (1 Samuel 8:16 – 18).
A year has come and gone since Boko Haram kidnapped 275 Christian girls in Chibok, Nigeria. Still today, 232 of them are still in captivity … and we will never forget them.
“Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13:3).
ISIS has set a ransom at $30 million for 300 Christian Assyrians they still hold in captivity.
And Americans, Canadians and others are rushing into Iraq and Syria to help defend the towns and cities from ISIS incursions. The New York Times reports over one hundred Americans joining Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Syria.
“Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men, who have planned to trip up my feet. … I know that the Lord will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy” (Psalm 140:4,12).
The American Center for Law and Justice announced that they have filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. The christian legal defense organization represents Victor Gonzalez, former CFO for the Los Angeles Planned Parenthood office, in the suit. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the country, receives half a billion dollars a year of your money from the federal government.
Oklahoma became the second state after Kansas to ban dismemberment abortions. Doctors who violate this new law are subject to fines of $10,000.
Will there be a widespread resistance to Common Core among the public school students? According to The Washington Post, 60,000 New Yorkers have refused to take the Common Core tests, even though the legislature allows them to opt out at this point. Author and journalist Alex Newman says this is a growing movement across the United States. “What’s happening is that there’s an awakening going on in education. Now we are still taking baby steps in terms of where the American public is (regarding) knowledge about what’s going on in our schools. But this Comon Core, I think, is going to arouse a sleeping giant in terms of what parents, teachers and taxpayers are discovering when they look beneath the surface.” Newman believes Common Core has been a gigantic step toward federal control of education for our children.
The Apostle Paul warned us that perilous times would come and “evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse” (2 Tim. 3:1,13). Along that line, Hillary Clinton announced her support for homosexual marriage yesterday on National Public Radio, calling it a “constitutional right.” This is a switch from her 2008 campaign when she opposed the marriage for unnatural relations between man and man.
A West Virginia junior college expelled a straight-A student for spurious reasons. Jacob Berry was homeschooled and lacked an “accredited diploma.” The Home School Legal Defense Association is working toward Jacob’s reinstatement.
There was more TSA groping in Denver. According to CBS Denver, two Transportation Security Administration employees have been fired, facing allegations of manipulating the security systems at Denver International Airport. At least twelve passengers, males, were subjected to homosexual groping by the screener in question.
The state of Louisiana is attempting to pass a religious freedom bill that specifically prevents the state from taking adverse action against any person who “acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction about the institution of marriage.”
An atheist organization has successfully forced a stop to the distribution of Bibles in Oklahoma schools. Apparently, an elementary school teacher was passing out Gideon Bibles to her students, prompting threats of legal action from the American Humanist Association. The school’s decision is summarized by legal counsel: “All teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they are not permitted to distribute Bibles or other religious materials to students in class or during class time.”
“And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:18 – 20).
And that is the World View in Five Minutes.