Thursday, March 9, 2023
Daily Headlines on contemporary issues that impact a Biblical Christian worldview.
“Mississippi bans sex-change surgeries, puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones for minors”…
“Mississippi became the latest state to ban minors from obtaining sex change operations as the list of states banning the controversial procedures is now around a half-dozen.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, signed into law the Regulate Experimental Adolescent Procedures Act Tuesday, also known as House Bill 1125. The Republican-controlled Mississippi Senate previously approved the bill in a 33-15 vote, and the Republican-controlled Mississippi House of Representatives supported it in a 78-30 vote.”
“Large painting of Jesus at Merchant Marine Academy will be uncovered and moved to a chapel”…
“A large painting of Jesus will be moved out of a room at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York, and mandatory events will not take place in its presence.
That decision by the academy, announced on Friday, concludes a dispute over the painting’s fate that pitted religious freedom advocates against conservatives. The religious freedom advocates objected to non-Christian midshipmen being forced to look at the painting. The painting’s defenders saw calls to remove it as an example of progressive overreach.”
“A Once-Religious Society Falls Deeper Into Secularism: Spain Expands Abortion Rights and Trans Rights for Teenagers”…
“The transition from a society that is dominated by Christian influence to one that includes Christianity among its influences to a post-Christian condition in which Christianity has almost no social significance, we’ve seen that in several nations, most importantly, in Western Europe, where the process of what is called secularization has now been well underway for a matter of decades.
But in general, even as I’ve spoken about the geographic fact or the social fact that secularization tends to be most accelerated and most present if you’re in a city, on a campus or on a coast, that’s just a longstanding pattern. It is also true that in Europe, secularization has been far more dominant in the north rather than in the south. That is to say where the climates are colder rather than where the climates are warmer.”
“NYC Mayor’s Comments on Prayer Spark Backlash”…
“New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) sparked a firestorm of backlash for his comments about prayer at an interfaith prayer breakfast in Manhattan on Tuesday. “When we took prayers out of schools,” he said, “guns came into schools. ” In addition, he stated, “Don’t tell me about no separation of church and state. State is the body. Church is the heart. You take the heart out of the body, the body dies.” While Adams’s remarks lack some of the polish we might hope from our political leaders, his remarks are not as radical as some might suggest.
“Biblical worldview: The need for courage”…
“Courage is the operating system that your convictions run on. There’s a reason we talk about the importance of “having a backbone.” Take the skeleton out of a body and the entire thing collapses into a useless pile. In other words, it doesn’t matter if you believe all the right things, or that you believe them strongly — if you don’t have the courage to take action, your convictions are ultimately worthless.
And right now, what so many Christians (and pastors) across our country need more than almost anything else is courage.”
“‘In God We Trust’ Would be Placed in N.C. Legislative Chambers Under New Bill”…
“A North Carolina legislator introduced a bill this week that would require the national motto “In God We Trust” to be placed prominently in both legislative chambers, saying it would serve as a “constant reminder” that legislators are serving God in their elected roles.
The bill, H.B. 215, would direct the legislative services officer to display “In God We Trust” directly “above and behind the dais of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate.” The bill references the motto’s usage in Washington, D.C.”
“‘Christian America’ Isn’t Dying. It’s Dividing.”…
“Recent demographic analyses suggest that Christians will constitute a minority of the American population in less than 50 years—which has understandably caused some alarm among believers. But most of the anxiety is misplaced.
This is not the first time that prognosticators have predicted the imminent end of Bible-believing Christianity. Such predictions have been circulating for the past hundred years. There are good reasons to believe that orthodox Christianity in the United States is not likely to retreat in the same way that it has in Britain or much of Western Europe.
Instead, it will transform—and the result is likely to be disconcerting to believers and secularists alike.”
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