WR019 – Week in Review – for the period ending August 15, 2014 (Concluding Episode)

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Hi, I’m Mike Gantt and this is my week in review for the period ending Friday, August 15, 2014.  This episode is unique because I am bringing this podcast to a close, at least temporarily.  The purpose of this episode will be to explain why, and to make clear my podcasting schedule for the immediate future (which is, basically, to limit my future podcasting to the Scriptural Christianity podcast.)

Due to the unusual nature of this episode, I did not break it up into segments.

Total time elapsed is 44:46.

Unless otherwise noted, all scripture references are to the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

Forgetting the Christians


In planning and delivering assistance to Iraqi refugees, the West—and particularly the United States, which has taken primary responsibility—should not ignore the plight of Christians. It may seem odd to voice this concern. After all, President Obama specifically mentioned Christians in his statements about American action. But Mideast Christians are often an afterthought for the United States, and it seems they are in this situation again. A Wall Street Journal report, which quotes unnamed members of the Obama administration, indicates the threat of genocide against Yazidis was the primary factor in the American decision to intervene. “This was qualitatively different from even the awful things that we’ve confronted in different parts of the region because of the targeted nature of it, the scale of it, the fact that this is a whole people,” the official said.

That is a rather myopic view of the situation. We’re offering assistance to 40,000 Yazidi refugees whom ISIS has driven from their homes and threatened to slaughter. Great—we should. But in the weeks before ISIS turned on the Yazidis, it had displaced more than 100,000 Christians from their homes and driven them into the desert.

(3 min read; 700 words)

Forgetting the Christians | Mark Movsesian | First Things.

Churchgoing Christians Who Support the Redefinition of Marriage Are Generally Lax About Sexual Morality

This study would lead you to conclude that churchgoing Christians who favor same-sex marriage get their sexual morals from the same source as the general population does.

In any case, churchgoing Christians who favor same-sex marriage are capitulating to societal norms on other sexual issues as well.

(6 min read; 1,556 words)

Tracking Christian Sexual Morality in a Same-Sex Marriage Future | Public Discourse.

Joe Carter Is Trying to Find the Facts About Barbarism in Iraq

I wrote recently about the disparity of news reporting on atrocities the Middle East.  Joe Carter has seen some of the same reports, and used his sources to scrutinize their trustworthiness.

I appreciate what Joe Carter is doing in his post. The two key paragraphs come at the end:

While it is possible that children are being beheaded by ISIS in Iraq, there is currently no credible evidence to support that claim. We should pray this report turn out to be just rumor and that whatever other crimes are being committed, that God is sparing the children of Iraq from “systematic beheading.”

As Christians, we have a duty to champion the truth. We should avoid spreading unsubstantiated claims and inflaming dread and panic by playing on people’s natural disgust of harm to children. ISIS is an organization that has committed heinous acts of violence and violated the human rights of many of our fellow believers. But we must not partake in the spreading of lies, even if it is against our enemies.

I agree with Joe and I hope children are not being beheaded, and that the reports about this are false.  However, even if that’s the case, it’s not as though all is well where ISIS is in control.

(3 min read; 600 words)

FactChecker: Is ISIS Beheading Children in Iraq? | TGC | The Gospel Coalition.

Doing Evil in the Name of the Lord

This a report about a doctor who says he does abortions for Jesus.

There are lots of people in this world claiming to be doing things on God’s behalf, and some of them – like this doctor – are simply deluded.

Beware.  Just because someone claims to be doing something in Christ’s name does not necessarily mean that they actually are.  Be discerning.

Of course, it doesn’t take much discernment to realize that Jesus is not telling doctors to do abortions.  Some situations, however, aren’t as easy to assess.  God will help you.  Always look to Him for wisdom, and He will show you the right path.

(3 min read; 663 words)

FIRST-PERSON: Aborting in the name of Jesus –.

Who Are The Yazidis and Why Is ISIS Attacking Them?

The Middle East is a complicated place with a lot of different countries, ethnicities, religions – and factions of each.  Here is a news report from a couple of days ago which helps unravel one particular thread: the ISIS assault on the Yazidis in Iraq.

As you will read, and as you will see in the video clip, what is happening to the Yazidis is happening to Christians and others as well.  ISIS’s terrorism seems indiscriminately directed toward any people who are not adherents of the ISIS-approved forms of Islam.  At the very least, they are as dangerous and as hostile to peace-loving people as Al-Qaeda.

I continue to be puzzled and frustrated at why American news media is giving so little attention to the various brutal persecutions that are taking place throughout the Middle East.  Yes, this is a report from ABC News but it is buried in a sea of other reports, many frivolous by comparison.  The enormous pain and loss being experienced by various and numerous innocents is receiving no prominence.  Sad.

Who Are The Yazidis and Why Is ISIS Attacking Them? – ABC News.