Coronavirus appears to have made the transition from bats being sold for consumption in an open market in Wuhan, China, and now virtually every country on Earth is dealing with the pandemic that has killed thousands of people, most of them elderly.
Now, as we all deal with the challenges of safe distancing from one another, working from home whenever possible and following the news, here’s something to think about: Would bats not be eaten in Wuhan or elsewhere in China if the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in Beijing were not actively and ruthlessly trying to suppress Christianity?
But what about the other nearly five billion people who are followers of other religions such as Islam, Hinduism or Buddhism, or who don’t believe in any faith? Countless millions of them never hear about Jesus?
Is God just for punishing those hundreds of millions who never hear about Jesus or His claims to be the only way any human being can find the way to eternal Heaven? This video from Reasonable Faith provides a thought-provoking response to that issue:
You’ve almost certainly never heard of Ota Benga, a diminutive young man taken from the Belgian Congo early in the first decade of the last century, and literally put on display in New York City in a cage with a monkey.
There is much discussion in America’s public forums about the country’s historic racism, with the New York Times’ “1619 Project” being among the most notable. But the Times defended putting Ota Benga on display in a cage, as did many of the most respected scientists of the day.
This award-winning documentary produced by Discovery Science is 55 minutes in length, much longer than the typical video I post here on HillFaith. But it will mesmerize and horrify you, both for the evil it documents and the realization that those who promote the narrative underlying “1619” leave out of their account the most important truths.
There was a minor flap in some quarters of the media and other precincts of the intelligentsia a few days ago when a news photo appeared of Vice President Mike Pence leading a White House meeting of the coronavirus task force in prayer.
Among those disgusted/amused/outraged/otherwise non-plussed by the photo was evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, who snapped:
It’s based on a true story and features stars like Shania Twain and Gary Sinese in supporting roles, and, despite the gathering quarantining as a result of the coronavirus crisis, the new movie “I Still Believe” had a highly successful debut at No. 1, according to Christian Post.
“The Lionsgate film, made with a budget of $12 million, brought in over $9 million in ticket sales over the weekend, causing it to rank at No. 1 on Friday, beating out Sony’s ‘Bloodshot’ and Disney’s ‘Onward.’ Weekend totals show the film at No. 2 overall.
“’I Still Believe’ chronicles the story of how the award-winning Christian singer Jeremy Camp fell in love with and married Melissa Lynn Henning, who died in 2001, less than a year after they were wed.”
Go here for the rest of the Christian Post story and here is the official trailer:
If you’ve seen the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy or the “Indiana Jones” series, you saw Hollywood actor John Rhys-Davies. He’s also starring in the forthcoming “I Am Patrick” about the Irish saint.
Rhys-Davies is not a Christian, but he is not bashful about expressing his admiration of and appreciation for the role of Christianity in the development of individual civil liberties we take for granted:
“Everything that we value — everything that I valued when I was a student 50, 60 years ago, which I cannot any longer count on an audience accepting — really comes from Christianity,” Rhys-Davies recently told podcaster Lucas Miles.
Kamara Jones has moved over to the Joint Economic Committee as Communications Director, working for Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA), the bicameral panel’s vice-chairman. Kamara previously served as Communications Director for the Congressional Black Caucus and before that as Press Secretary for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and earned her MA in African-American Studies from Ohio State University in 2010.
Annie Kowalewski nabbed her first job on Capitol Hill and it’s a good one, Policy Analyst working for Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Annie’s law degree is from the University of Edinburgh (I absolutely love Edinburrrow!) and her MA in security studies is from Georgetown University.
Joe Fawkner has arrived in the office of Rep. Carol Miller (R-WVA) as a Senior Policy Adviser. Joe formerly lobbied on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was Executive Director of the Hong Kong/U.S. Business Council. Joe was awarded his BA in international studies from Boston College in 2000 and is MPhil in modern Chinese studies from the University of Oxford in 2003.
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