Christian Voter Guide
AFA Action releases 2016 voter guide
March 2016 – Many Christians want to vote but aren’t sure who to vote for. It’s difficult to sift through the vast amounts of information coming through television, radio, and Internet.
In fact, one study revealed that only 10% of voters feel they have enough information on candidates to be an informed voter in primary or general elections.
Now AFA Action (afaaction.net) can help with its 2016 Voter Guide.
The guide provides an in-depth, web-based, and nonpartisan perspective on the candidates. It allows voters to identify where the candidates fall on a scale from “very liberal” to “very conservative” and everywhere in between.
The voter guide looks at the history of each candidate so voters can see for themselves how candidates have voted in the past; to whom the candidates have given money; from whom the candidates received money; how the candidates answered questions on critical issues; and who endorsed each candidate.
“Changing presidential candidate poll numbers indicate that many voters are uncertain about who they’ll vote for,” said Randy Sharp, AFA director of special projects. “Our voter guide provides them with reliable and factual content so they can be informed and not misled by slickly-produced campaign ads that often hide the truth.”
In addition, AFA Action provides voters with critical tools, such as instant access to contacting elected officials, voter registration helps, apps, and a pledge that supporters can sign to continue receiving updates from AFA Action.
“We encourage our supporters to share the voter guide with friends and family,” Sharp said. “They can also follow us on Facebook at AFA Action or Twitter at @AFAAction.”
Pope Francis defends Abortion?
Has the Pope Fallen Off the Pro-Life Wagon?
Little children it is the last hour: just as you have heard, Antichrist is come, and even now many Antichrists have come to be, by which we know that it is the last hour. 1 John 2:18
Thus sinning against your brothers, and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 1 Corinthians 8:10
Since Christ made it clear (Matthew 24:36) that even he does not know the day and hour when heaven and earth will pass away, I have never wasted much time on people who think they have figured it out. Yet Christ also made it plain to his disciples that they should always be on guard, so “that day will not come upon you suddenly like a trap.” It seems best to heed the familiar motto and “Be Prepared”.
Be that as it may, every now and then something happens that sorely tries my determination to forego the search for certainty about eschatological things. I experienced such a moment this weekend, as I read a story with the headline “Pope calls Italy’s foremost abortion promoter one of nation’s ‘forgotten greats’.” As I read the story I couldn’t repress a rueful sigh. Sometimes it seems as if Pope Francis is determined to purge all humor from the phrase “more Catholic than the Pope.” Will we see the day when any Christian person who refuses to praise those who practice or lure others into practicing the wicked slaughter of innocents (I think they qualify as what the Bible calls “workers of iniquity.”) will fit that description?
What a falling off is there! From one supposed to be the Vicar of Christ, comes praise of one who represents those whom God hates (Psalm 5:5). Emma Bonino has been called the Margaret Sanger of Italy.
Young people positive on everything but …
March 2016 – The Millennial generation (born 1980 or later) has a more positive view than any other generation on every societal institution except church and religious organizations. Compared to older generations, Millennials have a more favorable opinion on the positive effects of small and large businesses, financial institutions, labor unions, the energy industry, national news media, colleges and universities, and the entertainment industry. Millennials’ rating of most types of institutions has grown more favorable in the time between the last poll on the subject in 2010 and Pew Research’s most current poll in 2015.
Only two institutions received a more negative rating by Millennials in 2015 than in 2010 – the news media (still regarded more favorably than by other generations), and the church and religious organizations. In 2010, 73% of Millennials said churches and religious institutions have a positive effect on the way things are going in America. Now, only 55% of Millennials agree with that statement. The change means Millennials have gone from polling with an opinion of the church eight points higher than any other generation to polling six points lower than any other.
gospelcoalition.org, 1/5/16; pewresearch.org, 1/4/16; onenewsnow.org, 1/6/16
Tune in to your teens with listening ear
March 2016 – “When your teenagers are talking about their concerns, stop what you’re doing and listen,” said parenting expert Mark Gregston. “When you pay attention with your eyes … it shows you care about them.”
Gregston, founder of Heartlight Ministries, also suggested that moms and dads ask follow-up questions, letting teens know their words are being heard.
Heartlight (heartlightministries.org) began in 1988 when Gregston and his wife Jan began building a place of hope for parents and restoration for struggling teens. Today, the ministry’s East Texas campus offers a residency program with a rigorous spiritual component to help teens integrate Christian faith into all aspects of life.
Mark Gregston’s radio commentary, 1/1/16
Parenting Today’s Teens by Mark Gregston is a 30-minute weekly radio program heard on more than 1,500 stations, including Saturday evenings on American Family Radio.
Fewer clients, more funding for Planned Parenthood
March 2016 – The 2014-2015 annual report from Planned Parenthood reveals that, while the abortion industry giant received a $25 million increase in federal funding, it saw nearly one million fewer clients come through its doors.
In the 2013-2014 report, Planned Parenthood recorded $528.4 million in government health services grants and reimbursements and 2.7 million patients. In 2014-15, those numbers changed to $553.7 million and 1.5 million patients. The total number of services Planned Parenthood reported for 2014-15 was 9,455,582 – of which 324,000 were abortions – and in the year before, 10,590,433 total services with 327,000 abortions. Of Planned Parenthood’s total revenue of $1.297 billion for 2014-15, $309.2 million came from its non-government funded health services.
Terrorism concern highest since 9/11
March 2016 – Political correctness and media bias continue to disallow any connection, but the American public continues to see the parallel between terrorist attacks and radical Islam. For the first time since 2006, Americans worry about terrorism more than the economy. A CBS News poll in December 2015 found that 14% of voters say terrorism is their top concern, compared to 12% who say the economy.
In addition, 44%, the highest percentage since 9/11, fear another terrorist attack. That fear has been heightened since the November massacre, when a woman (who publicly pledged to the Islamic State) and her husband murdered 14 and injured 21 others in San Bernardino, California.
onenewsnow.com, 12/13/15; nationalreview.com, 12/10/15; Chart source: yougov.com, 12/5-7/15
CDC: gay lifestyle more violent
March 2016 – In the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey measuring violence according to sexual orientation, Centers for Disease Control found that those in homosexual and bisexual relationships experience more violence from their partners than do heterosexuals. While 26% of homosexual men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking, women experience even more violence in same sex relationships. Forty-four percent of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women encounter sexual violence.
In comparison, 16% of heterosexual women have felt endangered or threatened by stalking, 9% experience rape, and 35% experience at least one of the three types of sexual assault from a male partner.
Global responses to persecution vary
March 2016 – At the December conference “Under Caesar’s Sword” in Rome, Italy, researchers from University of Notre Dame and Georgetown University examined how Christians respond to persecution in countries around the globe. Estimates indicate that 80% of instances of religious persecution are carried out against Christians, but Christian responses vary depending on the form of persecution.
In places such as Syria and Nigeria, where Christians are openly attacked, they are more likely to flee, whereas they may try to live quietly and cope under unfriendly state governments in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, or Afghanistan.
While there have been instances of terrorized Christians taking up arms in self-defense in places such as Nigeria, researchers note that these examples have been remarkably few. Far more often, Christians do not retaliate with violence.
“In 2013, dozens of Christian churches were burned down, and the response was to paint on their crumbling walls: ‘Love your enemy,’” said Egyptian Coptic Christian Bishop Anba Angaelos.
In Western Europe and countries such as the U.S. and Indonesia, where persecution is largely faced in attempts to exclude Christian faith from the public arena, Christians actively seek to advocate for themselves by addressing social, cultural, and political issues.
cruxnow.com, 12/11/15; christianitytoday.com, 12/14/15