Biblical Worldview News:
Capitalism Benefits the Poor; Media Effects on Children; Trail Life USA succeeds
March 2019 – According to Star Parker (photo above), founder of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, President Donald Trump is using capitalism quite effectively to help America’s poorest citizens. Parker believes Trump’s policies are helping low-income Americans who have not previously been participating in the nation’s economic prosperity.
With unemployment at historic lows, Parker is excited over Trump’s executive order to establish the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council to implement Opportunity Zones previously created in the 2017 tax bill.
Opportunity Zones are designated areas within all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories where poverty often stands at twice the national average. Private investors in these zones will receive preferred tax treatment, thereby encouraging economic growth.
During remarks at the White House signing ceremony for this executive order, billionaire BET network founder Bob Johnson said the president’s new tax programs “will cause people to invest money where before they saw risk, now they will see opportunity. And that combination of putting money into communities will allow for those communities to become vibrant, to become safe, to create ownership, and, most important, to contribute to the well-being of this country.”
Study examines media effects on children
March 2019 –By the time a child is 17 years old, he or she will have been exposed to an average of 60,000 hours of media. In December 2018, the National Institutes of Health began a study to examine the impact of screen time using smartphones, tablets, and video games on 11,000 children ages 9 and 10. The study will follow them for 10 years to determine the long-term effect of media exposure.
The first round of MRIs conducted on subjects in this study found significant changes in the brains of kids who had more than seven hours of screen time daily. For example, researchers found a premature thinning of the outer cortex of the brain in these children, which may indicate earlier brain maturation. This early in the study, the impact of such changes is uncertain.
Scouts stumbling, Trail Life thriving
March 2019 – Boy Scouts of America is facing bankruptcy. BSA embarked on a downward spiral with its 2013 decision to welcome homosexual boys to its troops. Soon thereafter, it opened the door to homosexual leaders, and then quickly added girls to the mix.
In December 2018, BSA announced it would remove the word boy from its name and become Scouts BSA in February 2019.
Ironically, Girl Scouts of America has sued BSA for changing its name.
“Families have voted with their feet,” said Rob Swarzwalder, senior VP at Family Research Council. He said BSA membership dropped by almost one-third from 2014 to 2018.
In contrast, Trail Life USA (traillifeusa.com), a Christian scouting group for boys founded in 2013, is growing steadily, offering many of the same outdoor adventures and character development components once taught by BSA.
Trail Life CEO Mark Hancock ob-
served, “As organizations that help boys, we’re either going to bring clarity to that or we’re going to contribute to the moral confusion boys are experiencing.”
He attributes Trail Life’s 35% membership jump in 2018 to the group’s unapologetic Christ-centered mission.
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AFR helps disciple kids, save unborn lives
March 2019 – Last fall, American Family Radio partnered with Samaritan’s Purse to urge listeners to send more than 6,200 Christmas Shoeboxes to needy children.
Furthermore, AFR listeners pledged funds to provide more than 11,000 copies of The Greatest Journey Bible and discipleship studies for children.
“Please pray that the children who participate in TGJ really will find Christ and begin their greatest journey,” said AFR general manager Jim Stanley.
Featuring Pre-Born Ministry, in mid-January, AFR listeners pledged to provide 2,949 ultrasounds for pro-life pregnancy resource centers. Pre-Born reports that 80% of the abortion-minded women decide to give their baby life after experiencing an ultrasound.