By Jonathan Clark
Hindus in India targeting Christians
Christians from the ethnic Kuki-Zo group have faced attacks since May from the Hindu-majority population. The attacks have led to the deaths of 131 Christians and the destruction of 200 of their villages, as well as 360 of their church buildings. The unrest has displaced over 40,000 people.
7,000 joined Britain’s March for Life
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About 7,000 people attended the U.K. March for Life over the weekend.
A press release from the event noted, “A growing number of abortion supporters, comprising various groups, were also present in a counter protest, but it seemed like nothing could dampen the spirits of the March for Life crowd as they sang, danced and prayed their way along the streets.”
VAUGHN-SPRUCE: “I have been arrested twice now for praying silently near an abortion center. I was told my prayers were an offense. When I told the police officer that I disagreed that my prayers were offensive, he became more emphatic. ‘Your prayers are an offense!’ he told me. I’ll tell you what’s offensive here. Abortion pills being sent out to women and teenage girls, through the post, without a doctor so much as speaking to them, let alone seeing them.
“And what is offensive is women in late-term pregnancy, being able to phone abortion providers, who require no scans [ultrasounds] or face-to-face consultations, because they accept the say-so of every desperate and distraught woman who phones them. And these women being posted out [mailed out] abortion pills like they are vitamins.
“What is offensive is that when our country has the highest-ever abortion figures—100,000 of them annually being repeat abortions—the only response we hear, from our government, is to clamp down on those peacefully offering alternatives outside abortion centers.”
Proverbs 24:11 says, “Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.”
Alaska bans males, pretending to be females, in high school girls’ sports
Here’s some more good news!
In the United States, Alaska is the latest state to ban transgenderism in sports.
Last Thursday, the state’s Board of Education unanimously voted to keep men out of women’s sports.
The proposal stated, “If a separate high school athletics team is established for female students, participation shall be limited to females who were assigned female at birth.”
Republican Governor Mike Dunleavy wrote on Facebook, “Thank you to the State Board of Education for acting to protect the opportunity for girls to participate in high school sports in a division that is safe, fair, and competitive.”
At least 23 other states have passed similar measures.
Court: California mandated to pay $200,000 settlement to pro-life group
Good news story number 3.
On Tuesday, the state of California agreed to a nearly $200,000 settlement with Right to Life of Central California.
Represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, the pro-life group sued the state over a law that put censorship zones around abortion mills.
Denise Harle with Alliance Defending Freedom said, “Women facing unplanned pregnancies deserve to have full support and resources available to them when they choose life for their unborn children, yet the state of California unconstitutionally tried to silence the voices of those advocating on their behalf. This is a significant victory not only for our client, Right to Life, but for every other speaker in California.”
Age of U.S. Protestant pastors remains stable
Lifeway Research released data on the age of pastors in the U.S.
The average age of Protestant pastors has remained stable over the past 10 years—53.6 in 2013 and 53.8 now.
Evangelical pastors are slightly younger on average at 53.8 than pastors from mainline denominations who average 54.8.
Overall, religious leaders in the U.S. are aging more along with congregations. Average clergy age rose from 50 in 2000 to 57 in 2020. And those who attend religious services are twice as likely as the average American to be 65 or older (33% vs 17%).
Anniversary of Pilgrims setting sail for America
And finally, today is the anniversary of when a group of Christians, known as the Pilgrims, set sail from England for the New World.
Over 100 passengers boarded the Mayflower on September 6, 1620. After an arduous, two-month journey across the Atlantic, the Pilgrims landed at what is now Cape Cod, Massachusetts on November 9, 1620. By December 18th, the Mayflower anchored at Plymouth Rock, where the Pilgrims formed the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England.
Before going ashore, the Pilgrims signed the famous Mayflower Compact. It stated their effort to plant a colony in the New World was “undertaken for the Glory of God, and the Advancement of the Christian Faith.”
Psalm 33:12 says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom He has chosen as His heritage!”
And that’s The Worldview in 5 Minutes on this Wednesday, September 6th in the year of our Lord 2023. 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.