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News Snippets from Around the World

News Snippets from Around the World
News Snippets

Keeping you up to date on what’s happening around the world. Topics include items connected to Christianity and that impact on practising our faith, news on ethical issues, also news on countries who persecute Christians, and topics that affect our culture, additionally ones that impact upon Israel and Jewish people, and those which may possibly be a reflection of end times and associated prophecies.

Note: we endeavour to keep the news snippets updated weekly, but due to time restraints, it may not always be possible to do so.

JANUARY 2021

13th: Donald Trump impeached a 2nd time, charged with ‘incitement of insurrection:’: US House votes 232 to 197, with 10 Republicans in favor; Senate trial unlikely before Jan. 19, so Trump – 1st president in US history to be impeached twice – set to serve out term. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Parler forced offline after losing access to host servers: Head of social media platform popular with the far-right accuses tech giants of trying to stifle free speech: ‘They will NOT win!’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Following Twitter Ban, President Trump Says He May Create His Own Social Networking Platform: President Trump announced that he may potentially create his own social media platform after Twitter permanently banned his personal account in the wake of Wednesday’s attack at the U.S. Capitol. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

10th: ‘There was no violence,’ claims Israeli Trump supporter who raided US Capitol: Brushing off suggestion of wrongdoing, Pinchas Gerby says the FBI could find him in ‘seconds’ if it pleased; 5 people, including a Capitol police officer, died as a result of siege. (The Times of Israel) [link]

9th: Dems set to start impeachment Monday; Senate trial unlikely before Trump departs: Mitch McConnell has informed senators that without unanimous consent, January 20 is likely the earliest a trial could begin, overshadowing start of Biden administration. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Trump finally condemns riot, promises transition, as calls mount for his removal: US president calls chaos in Washington a ‘heinous attack’ as top Democrats press for his ouster, 2 of his cabinet members and other staffers resign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: ‘Begin the Healing’: Franklin Graham Urges Trump to Invite Biden to the White House: Evangelist Franklin Graham is encouraging President Trump to invite President-elect Joe Biden to the White House as a way to help heal the nation and assist the transition of power. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Republican congresswoman apologizes for saying ‘Hitler was right on one thing:’ Mary Miller, newly elected Illinois representative, says she regrets citing Nazi dictator, claims to be an ally of the Jewish community and staunchly pro-Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Police, FBI carry out widespread arrests after storming of US Capitol: Those facing federal charges include West Virginia lawmaker, suspect who constructed bombs made to act like ‘homemade napalm’ and man who broke into Pelosi’s office. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Religious Rights Still Blocked in Sudan, Christian Leaders Say: Officials in Sudan have shown signs of increasing religious freedom, but Christians say roadblocks remain to constructing churches and regaining confiscated properties since the new transitional government took power in September 2019. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

8th: Initial Pfizer study suggests vaccine works against UK virus variant: Research, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, indicates vaccine could also work against South African strain, but more testing needed; Israeli health official welcomes news. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Daily coronavirus deaths in US reach new record of nearly 4,000: Surging transmission claims the lives of 3,865 Americans; president continues to downplay virus. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: Sedition charges possible for pro-Trump rioters; 90+ arrested; dozens charged: Other possible charges for assault on Capitol include civil disorder, destruction of property and rioting. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Congress Certifies Biden as Next President, Trump Vows ‘Orderly Transition:’ Hours after recessing due to a mob that stormed the capitol building, a joint session of Congress early Thursday turned back objections and certified Joe Biden as the next president. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Franklin Graham Urges Christians to Pray for Joe Biden: America Must ‘Work Together for the Good:’ Franklin Graham is urging Christians to unite and pray for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the midst of what he is calling a turbulent time in U.S. history. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Biden blames Trump for ‘domestic terrorists’ who stormed US Capitol: Lamenting ‘one of the darkest days in the history’ of America, president-elect says incumbent ‘unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy’. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Number of Abortion Clinics in the U.S. Has Declined by 35 Percent Since 2009, Pro-Life Group Finds: Operation Rescue, a leading pro-life group, recently published its annual report highlighting a decline in surgical abortion clinics in the U.S. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

7th: Trump commits to orderly transition of power, but still disputes election result: US president’s first acknowledgment he’ll leave office January 20 not posted on Twitter or Facebook due to suspension; aides say he issued it reluctantly, is livid at Pence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: White House officials resign, others consider quitting after assault on Capitol: Deputy US national security adviser, social secretary, deputy press secretary, 1st lady’s chief of staff step down; others said worried about what Trump may do without ‘guardrails.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: ‘Fragile, vulnerable’: Iran, China, Russia mock US democracy after Capitol chaos: America’s adversaries unleash scorn at ‘limping’ democratic system, gloat over images of violence in Washington, while allies urge a return to normalcy. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: 4 die in Capitol pro-Trump riots: 1 shot by police, 3 in ‘medical emergencies:’ Woman shot by police as she invaded US legislature with crowd; police say other deaths were in area around Congress but not linked to violence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Amid violence, Twitter suspends Trump account, threatens permanent ban: Move comes after social media sites take down Trump video and statements that justified mob attack on US Capitol and continue to deny election results. (The Times of Israel) [link]

7th: Guns drawn, lawmakers under desks as pro-Trump mob roams and loots Congress: On the president’s urging, a horde surges into US Capitol, tearing down American flag and unfurling a Trump banner amid clouds of teargas and a deadly gunshot. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Christian Leaders Respond to the Storming of the U.S. Capitol Building: Trump supporters attending a “Stop the Steal” rally-turned-violent-riot, stormed the U.S. Capitol building stalling the certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: Trump backers storm US Capitol, halting Senate meeting to certify Biden win: Egged on by the president, demonstrators breach seat of American government in unprecedented scenes; staffers barricade themselves in offices. (The Times of Israel) [link]

6th: US Congress validates Biden victory, hours after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol: Pence says count ‘shall be deemed a sufficient declaration’ of Democrat’s win, capping a day of deadly violence and extraordinary scenes in Washington. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: US orders aircraft carrier to remain in Gulf after ‘recent threats’ by Iran: Acting defense secretary orders USS Nimitz to halt redeployment, cites threats from Tehran against Trump on anniversary of Soleimani killing. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: US administers 4 million vaccines as death toll passes 350,000 amid new surge: Fauci says there is ‘glimmer of hope’ and possibility of hitting target of 100 million shots in first 100 days of Biden administration, notes current ‘glitches’ in distribution. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Republicans enlist in Trump’s effort to undo Biden win in Congress: 11 GOP senators, senators-elect to vote against certifying election results, even as they acknowledge they won’t succeed in reversing outcome. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: ‘An act of desperation’: UK’s delay of second vaccine dose comes under fire: Experts criticize British policy, which also reportedly includes directive allowing healthcare workers to mix Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca inoculations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

3rd: Israeli task force warns British virus strain spreading, calls for full lockdown: Panel says infection increasing among kids; Health Ministry chief warns virus ‘running amok’; health official says no immediate plan to follow UK lead in delaying 2nd vaccine dose. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: New Year arrives with US hitting a staggering 20 million COVID cases: As raging pandemic deadens holiday celebrations, US death toll passes 347,000; France imposes new curfews; UK reopens field hospitals to cope with surge in cases. (The Times of Israel) [link]

2nd: ‘Eye of the storm’: UK in crisis as cases surge, likely due to new virus variant: British health authorities scramble amid wave of cases that is expected to spike even higher following Christmas, New Year’s gatherings. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: As 2021 dawns, Israel becomes first country to vaccinate 10% of population: Health Ministry announces 950,000 out of 9.3 million have been given first dose of inoculation, including 41% of those aged over 60; daily cases top 5,500 for 4th day in a row. (The Times of Israel) [link]

1st: World hits grim daily record of 15,000 reported COVID deaths on last day of 2020: As global vaccination efforts ramp up, pandemic reaches new peaks, with over 1.8 million people dead and nearly 84 million cases reported. (The Times of Israel) [link]

DECEMBER 2020

31st: Thousands Celebrate in Streets as Argentina Legalizes Abortion: Argentina became the largest Latin American country to legalize abortion, defying public opposition from Pope Francis as well as from the nation’s Catholic leaders. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

31st: Syria’s state media says attack on bus in its south kills 28 civilians: Report calls incident a terrorist attack, without providing details; area where it occurred may have active Islamic State presence. (The Times of Israel) [link]

30th: Bible Purchases Increase Significantly amid COVID-19 Pandemic, LifeWay Christian Resources Reports: Despite the coronavirus outbreak, according to Lifeway Christian Resources, Bible sales increased across the globe this year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: President Trump Is America’s Most Admired Man for 2020, Gallup Poll Says: President Trump is the most admired man in the United States for 2020, according to a new Gallup survey. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Third Christmas tree outside church set alight in northern Arab city of Sakhnin: Graffiti objecting to cartoon depictions of Mohammed spray-painted on wall outside Catholic church. (The Times of Israel) [link 1]

30th: US State Legalizes Infanticide, Removes Requirement to Save Babies Who Survive an Abortion: Massachusetts approved a controversial abortion rights bill Tuesday that pro-lifers call one of the most extreme in the nation due to its language on late-term abortions and on protecting babies who survive an abortion. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: World Vision Failed to Properly Vet, Provided Funds to Group Affiliated with Terrorists: Senate Committee Report: The U.S. Senate Finance Committee said in a new report that World Vision, a humanitarian aid non-profit organization, should have known that a group it funded took part in terrorism activities. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: BLESS Foundation Raises $1 Million to End Human Trafficking, Feed Hungry: A virtual concert held by The BLESS Foundation raised $1 million for five different Christian organizations whose goals range from housing orphans to ending human trafficking and feeding the hungry, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Georgia Revival Sees More Than 200 People Surrender Their Lives to Christ: A powerful move of God is sweeping Hillcrest Baptist Church in Swainsboro, Georgia as part of its ongoing Swainsboro Revival services. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

30th: Survey: UK Teens Are More Likely Than Millennials to Believe in God: A new poll of Britain’s Generation Z finds older adolescents and younger adults are more likely to believe in God than are millennials, the demographic ahead of them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

30th: Christian Chinese Journalist Jailed for Reporting on COVID-19 in Wuhan: Zhang Zhan, a devout Christian citizen-journalist was sentenced to four years in jail for reporting on the COVID-19 outbreak in the central city of Wuhan earlier this year. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: China Cracks Down on Christmas by Closing Churches, Banning Singing: Christians in one part of China were greeted with government-backed anti-Christmas protests in December as part of a nationwide crackdown on Christmas, according to a new report. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

29th: New York Times Promotes a Pro-LGBT Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ with Jesus as a Muslim Woman, US: A gender-inclusive, polytheistic, multi-cultural rendition of Handel’s Messiah is gaining praise from those on the Left for its LGBT imagery and its reimagining of Jesus as a Muslim woman. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

29th: Seven Christians killed near Chibok, Nigeria in Christmas eve attacks: Sources say the Islamic extremist militants previously killed the sevem in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, with another 2 killed in nearby Adamawa State (Eternity News) [link 1]

28th: 1 in 1,000 Americans has died of COVID-19, as country surpasses 19 million cases: Johns Hopkins data show US has been recording at least a million infections per week since early November. (The Times of Israel) [link]

28th: Nashville Police Officer Says God Told Him to Walk Away from RV Moments before it Exploded, US: the police officer is praising God for saving his life after a massive explosion took place from a recreational vehicle on Christmas Day (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

28th: Release International: Christian Persecution Will Increase in China, India in 2021: the international Christian watchdog organization for persecuted Christians worldwide, has predicted in a report that Christians in China and India will face more persecution in 2021. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Late Apologist Ravi Zacharias Did Engage in ‘Sexual Misconduct’, RZIM Board Confirms: the Board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed that sexual misconduct allegations made against its late founder and apologist Ravi Zacharias were found to be true. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

28th: Abortion Clinic Sues Indiana, Says Aborted Babies Should Be Placed in Landfills – Not Buried, US: An Indianapolis abortion clinic is asking a federal court to strike down an Indiana law that requires the remains of unborn babies to be buried or cremated. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

26th: Why it matters the coronavirus is mutating, and what it means for vaccines: An infectious disease expert says the new UK virus variant is likely more transmissible, increasing the need for speedy vaccination campaigns. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: UK scientists test drug to stop COVID-19 developing in those exposed to virus: Antibody treatment could be used to reduce deaths in nursing homes if immediately deployed upon discovery of infection; 10 people injected so far upon exposure to pathogen. (The Times of Israel) [link]

26th: China touts its ‘extraordinary’ success containing virus ahead of WHO probe: Communist Party leaders praise themselves for largely curbing spread of COVID-19, whose origins they have sought to cast doubt on since it emerged last December in Wuhan. (The Times of Israel) [link]

25th: In Christmas address, Pope calls for needy, vulnerable to get vaccine first: Roman pontiff urges leaders of nations, businesses and international organizations to ‘promote cooperation and not competition, and to search for solution for all.’ (The Times of Israel) [link]

23rd: Hungary Adds New Amendment to Constitution Defining Marriage as Union of One Man and One Woman: The Hungarian Parliament authorized a Constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The amendment also has implications for Hungary’s adoption laws, as gay couples will now be prohibited from adopting children, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Poland announces measures to fine social media companies that censor free speech: Poland’s justice minister has announced the creation of a new bill that would protect freedom of speech from social media censorship. (LifeSite) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Missouri Church Packs over 40,000 Meals for Those in Need, US: on Sunday 500 volunteers at Hope City Church of Joplin to pack meals for those in need. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Iraq Declares Christmas an Annual Holiday and Brings Hope for Refugee Christians: despite the waning number of Christians in the country, Iraq’s parliament unanimously passed a law to make Christmas “a national holiday, with annual frequency,” according to Christianity Today. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

23rd: NC Couple Fights HOA’s Demand to Remove Cross from Christmas Decorations, US: A couple in North Carolina fought—and won—against their HOA’s demand to remove a cross as part of their Christmas decoration, according to CBN News. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Joni Eareckson Tada Diagnosed with COVID-19, Says She’s ‘Deeply Humbled’ by Support, Prayers, US: Christian author and speaker Joni Eareckson Tada is requesting prayer after experiencing flu-like symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19 in recent days. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: Amazon Pressured to Drop Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, from Charity List: a prominent left-leaning group is urging Amazon to drop dozens of Christian organizations from its popular AmazonSmile charity because they hold to traditional, biblical beliefs about sexuality. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

23rd: UN condemned Israel 17 times in 2020, versus 6 times for rest of world combined: Watchdog decries ‘surreal torrent of one-sided resolutions’ as General Assembly adopts 2 resolutions singling out Jewish state for censure this week. (The Times of Israel) [link]

22nd: COVID-19 Vaccines Are a ‘Gift from Above,’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams Say, US: The U.S. surgeon general says the speedy development of a Covid-19 vaccine is due to divine intervention. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

22nd: Bayer, Direct Relief to Give Planned Parenthood $80,000 to Increase ‘Access to Birth Control,’ US: Four health clinics that provide contraceptives, including two Planned Parenthood locations, are set to receive part of $80,000 in funding meant to increase access to contraceptives. (Christian Headlines) [link]

22nd: Satanic Temple billboards claim, ‘Abortions save lives!’ US despite another attempt to overturn abortion laws in Missouri, the group is now promoting abortion rituals in an attempt to circumvent the state’s law. (LiveAction) [link 1] [link 2] [link 3]

21st: Ancient ritual bath may mark first New Testament-era find at Jesus’ Gethsemane, Israel: Olive grove where Jesus spent a night of agony, accepted his betrayal, and was arrested ahead of his crucifixion has until now had no physical link to Second Temple era. (The Times of Israel) [link]

21st: School District to Pay $187,000 to Atheist Group over Praying, Singing Hymns during Graduation Ceremony, US: In South Carolina, a school district just settled a lawsuit with the American Humanist Association over allowing hymns and prayers during a graduation ceremony, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Pastor Shot, Killed after Baptizing People, India: A pastor in India was shot and killed in the street in the state of Jharkhand as he was returning home from baptizing believers, The Christian Post reports. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

21st: Christmas service-goers threatened, India: The leader of a Hindu nationalist group in India has forbidden Hindus from participating in any Christian celebrations. (Open Doors) [link 1]

21st: Prime Minister Scott Morrison promotes two Christians to the Frontbench, Australia: Senator Amanda Stoker and Andrew Hastie MP have been promoted from the back bench to the outer ministry by Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (Eternity News) [link 1]

20th: Britain warns new strain out of control as European nations start to ban flights: UK health minister says situation with new coronavirus variant is ‘deadly serious’; Netherlands, Belgium stop air travel from Britain, as Germany considers making same move. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Facebook deletes antivax posts as prosecutors warn against spreading false info: Director of the cyber department in the State Attorney’s Office says dissemination of untruths about the coronavirus vaccine could amount to a criminal offense. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: Trump mulls Sidney Powell as special counsel as Flynn proposes martial law, US: US president entertains conspiracy theories, outlandish schemes to try to remain in office; lawyer Giuliani pushes him to seize voting machines in hunt for evidence of fraud. (The Times of Israel) [link]

20th: 2 more arrested in Austria over Vienna terror attack: Prosecutors to ask that suspects be held until trial for their alleged involvement in November shooting rampage by IS supporter that left 4 dead. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: NATO checking its computer systems after massive cyberattack against US, others: Official says ‘no evidence of compromise’ has been found; confirms NATO uses SolarWinds, whose software was hacked in attack that also affected networks in Israel. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: COVID-19 nearly three times more deadly than the flu, study finds: French research shows coronavirus patients more often need hospitalization and stay in intensive care for roughly twice as long as people with flu. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Olympic Committee accused of ignoring human rights for 2022 Beijing Games, China: Groups speaking for Tibetans, Uighurs and others representing Hong Kong say international body has ‘turned a blind eye’ to systematic violations. (The Times of Israel) [link]

19th: Severe COVID variant detected in South Africa, health minister says: a newly identified strain of coronavirus driving surge in younger patients with more serious symptoms. (The Times of Israel) [link]

18th: Kirk Cameron Defies Lockdown Orders with Christmas Carol Peaceful Protest, US: Actor Kirk Cameron hosted a Christmas carol peaceful protest this week in defiance of Governor Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 lockdown orders. He partnered with “Sing It Louder USA,” a group of concerned citizens angry over the government’s restrictions. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

18th: Thousands of Pastors Go into Hiding in China: pastors across China have disconnected from their computers and phones, destroyed their ID cards which contain microchip trackers and are needed to do virtually anything in China, and have gone into hiding. (Christian Headlines) [link 1] [link 2]

18th: Lauren Daigle Says She’s ‘Saddened’ by New Year’s Eve Performance Controversy but Would Be ‘Honored’ to Perform if Allowed, US: the Christian performer responded to criticism saying she hadn’t officially been offered the position but would be honoured if asked to perform. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: President Trump Loosens Obama-Era Restrictions on Faith-Based Social Service Providers, US: the Trump administration moved to loosen restrictions on religious organizations which receive federal funding to provide social services. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

17th: ‘There Are Many Gender Identities’: Cartoon Network Teaches Children How to Use Different Gender Pronouns: a cartoon strip released by Cartoon Network teaches children how to use gender pronouns in accordance with their chosen identity. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

16th: 76% of People Worldwide Want to Focus on Those in Need This Christmas: Survey: the YouGove PLC survey found that 63 percent of people would prefer it if someone gave a meaningful gift to someone else this Christmas rather than give a gift to them. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

15th: Transformation Church Gives $3.5 Million to Charities, Those in Need, US: in a one day “blessing spree Sunday,” the congregation gave out $3.5 million in donations and gifts. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

14th: In a landmark case, 14 extremists have been charged for attacking a church in Sudan: in a quite rare event, the nine accused people appeared at the criminal court, with one appearing in a minor’s court and several others in hiding, despite so many other cases over many years, never reaching court in Sudan. (Open Doors) [link 1]

13th: US states to start getting COVID-19 vaccines Monday, after shot approved, US: 3 million doses will initially be shipped out for health care workers and nursing home residents as America’s massive inoculation campaign kicks off. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: Anne Frank memorial in Idaho vandalized with swastika stickers, US: Memorial, until recently the United States’ only statue of Dutch teenager killed in Holocaust, was also toppled in 2007 and defaced in 2017. (The Times of Israel) [link]

12th: US approves emergency use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine in bid to end pandemic: FDA gives final go-ahead for nation’s first inoculation in major turning point against virus; Israel expected to follow US lead on approval, has purchased millions of doses. (The Times of Israel) [link]

11th: Churches join voices to deliver powerful ‘Bay Area Blessing’ for Christmas, US: Churches from over 25 Bay Area cities join together on project (The Mercury News) [link 1]

11th: Tasmanian Parliament voting to remove ‘choice’ for elderly, Australia: The Gaffney Bill which is going through parliament is heavily pushed by a pro-euthanasia campaign who seek to remove choices for the elderly and terminal patients. (Hope) [link 1]

10th: There Is Hope on the Way,’ Surgeon General Jerome Adams Says of COVID-19 Vaccines, US: as a new surge strikes the US, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urges Americans to continue practicing safety measures. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: Baylor University Food Charity Delivers 38.7 Million Meals to Children in Need, US: the university’s Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty has sent the millions during the pandemic. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: ‘I Have to Follow’ God, Pastor Says after Court Issues $55,000 Fine for Holding Services, US: a judge held a San Jose church and its pastor in contempt and fined them $55,000 for violating a restraining order. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

10th: Minnesota Nurse Receives Anonymous Letter Calling Her Christmas Lights ‘Harmful’ to Others, US: the anonymous letter stated that the lights were a “reminder of the systemic biases against our neighbors who don’t celebrate Christmas or who can’t afford to put up lights of their own.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Supreme Court Denies Request to Overturn Pennsylvania’s Election Results, US: the request to overturn Pennsylvania’s election results was denied by U.S. Supreme Court, after the results named President-elect Joe Biden as the winner in the state. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Michigan Attorney General Says Being Wished a Merry Christmas ‘Devastated’ Her Son, US: Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan expressed her concern on Twitter over President Trump’s use of “Merry Christmas.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Gethsemane Church in Jerusalem Is Set Ablaze by Arsonist, Israel: Israeli police arrested the 49 year old man as a result of the incident. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: Extremists kill Christian villagers in Indonesia: On 27 November, extremist group, East Indonesia Majahidin, killed four Christians in the Lemban Tongoa Village. (Open Doors) [link 1]

9th: Thomas Jefferson’s Name Removed from Elementary School So Students Can ‘Feel Safe,’ US: the school’s board at the Virginian school voted unanimously Tuesday to rename it after a six-month study. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

9th: South Carolina Church to Construct Tiny House Village for Homeless Women, US: a village of tiny houses has been built to provide shelter for local homeless women. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: COVID-19 World Seems ‘Perfectly Suited for the Antichrist to Come’: John MacArthur, US: Pastor and author John MacArthur told his congregation that with a virus spreading through every country and governments ordering citizens to stay home – seems “perfectly suited for the Antichrist to come.’ (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: Court Rejects ACLU, Lets Nativity Remain at Indiana Courthouse for Christmas Season, US: despite an attempt by the American Civil Liberties Union to have a nativity scene removed from an Indiana courthouse lawn, the federal district judge criticized the legal organization for filing a lawsuit during the holiday season and pushing for a “hasty resolution.” (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

8th: ‘V-Day’: UK rolls out trailblazing coronavirus vaccine program as world looks on: Initial 800,000 doses slated to begin to be given to people over 80 who are hospitalized or already have appointments scheduled, in West’s first major inoculation campaign. (The Times of Israel) [link]

8th: 12 year-old Christian girl kidnapped in Pakistan found chained: the girl was forcibly adbucted, converted to Islam and married to a 45 year old muslim, and was found chained at her abductor’s home. (Eternity) [link 1]

7th: US aims to deliver millions of vaccines within 24 hours of approval: But vaccination campaign in world’s hardest-hit country likely to take longer than initially expected, with 100 million set to get jab by mid or late March. (The Times of Israel) [link]

With world watching, Britain gets ready for mass coronavirus vaccinations, UK: title: Buckingham Palace declines to comment on media reports that Queen Elizabeth II will set example for the nation by being among first to get the jab. (The Times of Israel) [link]

5th: Biden officially secures enough electoral votes to become president, US: California certifies 55 electors for US president-elect, pushing him past 270 needed to enter White House, in new legal milestone for incoming administration. (The Times of Israel) [link]

4th: 127 Abortion Clinics Have Closed Since 2015: Life Is ‘Winning,’ Pro-Life Group Says, US: dozens of independent abortion clinics have closed in the past five years according to a report by the Abortion Care Network (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

4th: Progressive Reverend Says Christmas Is about a Woman Leading a ‘Revolution,’ US: a reverend of the United Church of Christ said that Christmas is ultimately about a message of feminist empowerment over the traditional Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world. (Christian Headlines) [link 1]

3rd: Families kept in the dark over euthanasia investigations, Brussels: according to a report, “Family members were only made aware of the investigation when they were interviewed by investigators.” (Hope) [link 1]

3rd: Stinging rebuke of pro-euthanasia arguments, Australia: Two oncologists responded to claims made by euthanasia advocates in support of their pro-death agenda as the debate continues in Tasmanian parliament. (Hope) [link 1]

 

 

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Believers Who Suffered Depression

Believers Who Suffered Depression

by Vicki Nunn (1 December 2016)

“A pearl is a beautiful thing that is produced by an injured life. It is the tear (that results) from the injury of the oyster. The treasure of our being in this world is also produced by an injured life. If we had not been wounded, if we had not been injured, then we will not produce the pearl.”

Stephan Hoeller

Introduction

Some Christians and churches claim that depression comes from demonic possession, or from sin, perhaps a curse, or because God is punishing us for a wrong-doing. As we discussed in the article “Can Christians Have a Mental Illness,” while on some occasions it may be the result of an ongoing sin, for most believers, depression doesn’t usually arise from these things.

We’ve looked at possible physical causes of depression as well as circumstances which may cause it. It can be the result of drug and alcohol abuse, physical injury or as part of an illness, as a side effect of certain medications, or as a consequence of physical, psychological and/or sexual abuse.

Seeking help for depression is not sinful, nor is taking anti-depressants. Getting over depression isn’t about “having more faith,” or “looking on the bright side,” or “just getting over it.” There is no pithy quote, Bible verse or inspirational saying that will snap us out of it. In fact, there are quite a number of Bible verses that speak about depression, and Bible characters who struggled with it.

Depression is not a new thing – it’s been around almost since day one!

One of the more important things we learned in that earlier article is that a good proportion of the population will experience depress-ion at some time in their life, and therefore it’s likely that many Christians will also go through it.

Being a Christian doesn’t automatically make us immune. Depression doesn’t mean that a person is lacking in spirituality or immature in their Christian walk. Do you need reassurance on that? Then hopefully this article will provide enough evidence to demonstrate that some of the strongest, most faithful believers have suffered depression – and God still loved them.

Depression

Normally in each issue of SPAG Magazine we endeavour to provide an article on one inspirational person. In conjunction with issue 7’s focus on depression and mental illness, we’re sharing a little about the lives of inspirational believers who suffered depression  – from the Bible, from history and also from the present day. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and I encourage you to find out more.

If you’ve ever suffered depression, it may ease your burden to know that profound Christian thinkers, passionate champions of the persecuted and down-trodden, God-inspired prophets, and those who reached great pinnacles of wisdom and strength in their Christian walk, have shared the trials and torments of depression with us.

If those with such resounding faith, profound knowledge and deep compassion can experience the same depths of sorrow, anguish, and moments of doubt; times when God seemed silent to their urgent, tortured pleas for help or for answers; then we, the more common, ordinary Christians are not alone – we aren’t wrong or broken or in need of deliverance. For some of us, it is part of the demanding journey of what it means to be a Christian.

It’s almost freeing to know that these exceptional Christians share such a bond with us. Perhaps it is those who have never known depression and those dark, tormented nights of the soul, who miss out on this distinctive experience. Perhaps we who have known depression, are the chosen ones who God deems worthy of undergoing such an ordeal. Perhaps our journey will be all the better for it.

As bizarre and unreasonable as it sounds, perhaps there’ll come a day when we’ll be able to look back and say “Thank you Lord.”

Whatever the circumstances, depression is very real, and can have a profound and long-lasting impact on us. Those who have never suffered depression cannot understand the terrible pain and suffering it causes.

Biblical Believers Who Suffered Depression

(a) Adam and Eve

While there is no Biblical evidence to confirm it, I imagine that both Adam and Eve suffered depression after they sinned and were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Having previously been so intimate with God, it must have been devastating for them to lose that close and loving relationship. No longer did they know that kindred closeness of spirit, soul and purpose. Adam and Eve knew without a doubt that they were no longer Holy – that purity of their holy relationship with God had ceased to exist.

I’ve heard hell described as the absolute and complete awareness of our aloneness and separation from God. Perhaps in a way, it was similar to how Adam and Eve felt.

Their daily lives of toil to grow food and to survive would have been a constant reminder of the repercussions of their sin, and their unending loss.

The consequences of their sin were later brought home to them, when their own son Cain killed his brother Abel.

(b) King David

There are more than three dozen examples of David’s experiences with depression which he shared in the Psalms. In Psalm 6:2-7 we read words that sound similar to what we might say when experiencing deep depression. Along with the anguish, his words seem to be touched with frustration and even anger:

“Show me grace, Eternal God. I am completely undone. Bring me back together, Eternal One. Mend my shattered bones. My soul is drowning in darkness. How long can You, the Eternal, let things go on like this?

Come back, Eternal One, and lead me to Your saving light. Rescue me because I know You are truly compassionate.

I’m alive for a reason – I can’t worship You if I’m dead. If I’m six feet under, how can I thank You?

I’m exhausted. I cannot even speak, my voice fading as sighs. Every day ends in the same place – lying in bed, covered in tears, my pillow wet with sorrow. My eyes burn, devoured with grief; they grow weak as I constantly watch for my enemies.” [Voice]

(c) Job

We can understand why Job would have suffered depression, after he lost all he had including his children and his wealth. While he must have grieved for his children, he was able to accept that loss was part of life – he’d come into the world with nothing, and would leave the world with nothing.

When Satan was allowed to afflict Job with a terrible illness that not only caused him awful physical pain, he also lost the affections and closeness of his wife, the comforts of his home, contact with friends and loved ones in his community, and was cast out of his home town because of his disease.

Here was a different sort of trauma to the losses he’d suffered earlier. This next step meant that he’d lost everything else including his dignity, his health, and his position within society – he was even mocked by low-life people because of how far he’d fallen from God’s grace.

Additionally, he was constantly in pain which would have affected every physical movement and would likely have plagued his sleep. Lack of sleep and relentless pain alone can cause depression, but the added losses and indignities would have piled up upon his already low spirits.

He’d lived a good life and had tried to be obedient to God. When he was suffering so terribly, he questioned God, demanding a response from Him about what he’d done to deserve such harsh treatment. Doesn’t that sound a lot like what most of us would probably do in Job’s situation?

We can almost hear the anger and perhaps even a little touch of rebuke in his voice in Job 6:8-10:

“If only my one request were answered, if only God would grant me the fulfilment of my only hope: That God would be willing to crush me, to kill me, that God would release His hand and cut me off.


At least then I would have a crumb of consolation, one source of joy in the midst of this relentless agony: I never denied the words of the Holy One in my pain.”
[Voice]

We can hardly blame or judge Job for feeling angry with God. In fact, that kind of a reaction has been around since the time of Cain and Abel, when Cain became angry upon God asking where his brother was.

We can still love God and feel angry and upset with Him. In fact, it really isn’t a surprising response when we’re obedient and go through difficulties and pain and don’t understand why we’re suffering.

Eventually God healed Job and restored his blessings including more children and wealth, and a long, healthy life.

For most of us though, restoration of good health, the return of our wealth, or a child or a partner to replace one we’ve lost, don’t usually happen, and our pain and suffering may remain with us.

(d) Elijah

Elijah was one of several people in the Bible who suffered depression. Here was a man that saw some incredible miracles including ravens sent by God to feed him when he was hungry; provision of food for himself, a widow and her son during a famine; and then Elijah raised the woman’s son from the dead after he passed away.

On another occasion he prayed to God to send fire down from heaven to burn up his sacrifice, to show His power to Baal’s prophets and to the Israelite people. The Israelites saw God’s power and were filled with fear, awe and wonder.

In the same chapter we read that he was able to supernaturally run faster than Ahab who’d left earlier in his chariot!

Despite all of those amazing miracles, he knew and trusted God, and yet Elijah sunk into a terrible depression, even seeking to die.

In 1 Kings 19:4 we read:

“He journeyed into the desert for one day and then decided to rest beneath the limbs of a broom tree. There he prayed that his life would be over quickly and that he would die there beneath the tree.

Elijah: I’m finished, Eternal One. Please end my life here and now, even though I have failed, and I am no better than my ancestors.” [Voice]

After he overcame his depression, Elijah continued in his work for God, and took on Elisha as his apprentice. Later, as his time on earth drew to a close we read in 2 Kings 2:11b:

“A blazing chariot pulled by blazing horses stormed down from the heavens and came between Elijah and Elisha. Then Elijah was swept up into heaven by the fiery storm.” [Voice]

God favoured Elijah so highly, that he took him straight up to heaven! Surely then we must consider that depression is no hindrance to being close to God, or for God to accept each of us completely, or for us to be able to do His work.

(e) Other Bible People

You may like to read about other Bible people who suffered depression, such as: Jeremiah; Hannah; Jonah; and Jesus.

The night before His crucifixion, Jesus spent time in prayer, His spirit in distress. While not necessarily depression, He was in extreme anguish so great, that he sweated drops of blood.)

Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

(a) C.S. Lewis

Most of us know Lewis’ work from his beloved Narnia series. Lewis, was a great Christian thinker who also wrote books on theology, and yet for such an intellectual who understood God so well, he suffered depression.

After his wife died of cancer, just three years after they married, he wrote of his experience, when he desired an answer or some kind of sign from God:

“…But go to Him when your need is desperate, when all other help is vain, and what do you find? A door slammed in your face and a sound of bolting and double bolting on the inside. After that, silence. You may as well turn away. The longer you wait, the more emphatic the silence will become.” (“A Grief Observed.”)

Lewis struggled to connect with God during his difficult days, to focus his heart and mind on God, just as many of us do. In his book, “A Grief Observed,” he said of his suffering:

“God has not been trying an experiment on my faith or love in order to find out their quality. He knew it already. It was I who didn’t. In this trial He makes us occupy the dock, the witness box, and the bench all at once. He always knew that my temple was a house of cards. His only way of making me realize the fact was to knock it down.”

And when it seemed to him that God wasn’t responding:

“’Knock and it shall be opened.’ But does knocking mean hammering and kicking the door like a maniac?”

(b)  Mother Teresa

The compassionate and caring nun, Mother Teresa is often presented to the world as an iconic image of supreme Christian service, of one who was content in her work, faithful in her service and unwavering in her devotion to God.

There was also the Mother Teresa that few of us know, who suffered depression and struggled to find God, especially during periods of dark despair, but her soul hungered for Him even when she didn’t sense His presence.

In her book “Come Be My Light,” (edited by Brian Kolodiejchuk, MC) she said:

“I want to smile even at Jesus and so hide if possible the pain and the darkness of my soul even from Him.”

And later she wrote:

“With regard to the feeling of loneliness, of abandonment, of not being wanted, of darkness of the soul, it is a state well known by spiritual writers and directors of conscience. This is willed by God in order to attach us to Him alone, an antidote to our external activities, and also, like temptation, a way of keeping us humble in the midst of applauses, publicity, praises, appreciation, etc. and success.”

(c)  Other Christians in History Who Suffered Depression

Other well-known Christians who suffered depression included: Charles Dickens; Martin Luther; John Calvin; John Wesley; Handel; Emily Dickinson; Sir Isaac Newton; Charles Spurgeon; Pope Francis; Florence Nightingale; and many more.

Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Suffered Depression

(a) Barbara Bush

The former first lady of the USA suffered terrible depression in the 1970s. According to a New York Times article, she sometimes had to stop her car on shoulders of the highway because she feared that:

“…she might deliberately crash the vehicle into a tree or an oncoming auto.”

(b) Joyce Meyer

Joyce was abused as a child which impacted on her emotional and mental development enormously, and led to her depression. In her article “Is it Really Possible to Beat Depression?”she said:

“I know what it’s like to be depressed. For many years I was unstable emotionally because of abuse that I experienced during most of my childhood. It caused me to be negative, critical, and easily discouraged. I used to believe that it was better not to expect anything good to happen to me because if nothing good happened, I wouldn’t be disappointed. But I was still miserable and had no peace.”

Joyce believes that we can allow depression to take hold of us, and that there are ways to stop it. She said:

“Depression begins with disappointment. When disappointment festers in our soul, it leads to discouragement.”

(c) Other Well-known Christians of Modern Times Who Have Suffered Depression

Jim Caviezel, the actor who played Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s movie “The Passion of Christ” has suffered depression.

Others in this group include: John James (Newsboys); Sheila Walsh (singer and talk-show host); Tina Campbell (Mary Mary); Richard Smallwood (gospel music artist); Buzz Aldrin (astronaut); Lecrae (hip hop artist, record producer and actor); Kevin Sorbo (actor); Mel Gibson (actor, director and producer); and Ashley Judd (actor).

Conclusion

For each of us who suffer depression or other mental illnesses, our journey and our experiences may be different, but we are bonded together in a unified Christian experience.

We aren’t alone in our suffering. The similarities of our anguish, the deep depths of our depressions, the struggles of our condition, the unanswered, perplexing questions and even at times, silence from God show us by their similarity that God has found a way to stretch us and shape us, even sometime agonisingly, but purposefully into something more than we were before.

We may not see that we’ve changed for the better, or understand that the suffering that we bore began a transformation within us.

While in the midst of our struggles, sometimes we feel torn, broken, battered and weak with trembling, God isn’t unaware of the battle we are waging, He is not absent from us though His silence may make it seem that He is.

These troubling experiences and depression are another part of our journey. Perhaps we undergo this pain and suffering because there was something deep in us which God needed to change or to remove from us, which required such a forceful and intense experience.

When we take those final steps at the end of our human journey and find ourselves standing before God, instead of asking Him “Why?” our minds, hearts and soul will grasp it at last and we will say, “I understand.” [End]

 

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“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it’s impossible to ever see the end. The fog is like a cage without a key.”

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

After Adam and Eve sinned, there were cast out of the garden of Eden, and realised their separation from God.

King David in prayer

King David in prayer

Job and his friends

Job and his friends

Elijah destroyed the messengers of Ahaziah by fire

Elijah calling down fire from God

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jeremiah in the ruins of Jerusalem

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Jesus and the crown of thorns

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens

John Calvin

John Calvin

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Handel

Handel

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa

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Having Struggles?

Having Struggles?

Here are some articles which you may find helpful if you are going through struggles. We will continue adding to these as we share them in issues of SPAG Magazine. If you have an issue or a topic that you’d like us to cover in an upcoming issue, please let us know. You can complete the form at the end of this page, or email us at: 

Can Christians Have a Mental Illness?

Five Key Ways to Support a Friend (or Stranger) With a Chronic or Invisible Illness

Good Grief: Coping with Chronic Illness

Happiness Habits – Articles on Learning How to be Happy:

  1. Keep a happiness journal;

  2. Forgiveness and friendship;

  3. Difficult decisions;

  4. Friendship;

  5. Understanding yourself;

  6. Putting off procrastination;

  7. Derailing Depression (parts 1-3)

Believers Who Suffered Depression;

Let’s Talk About Sex;

  1. Introduction

  2. Purity (or the world is not enough);

  3. Masturbation and celibacy;

Where is the Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Why Do I have Trouble Making Friends?

Tell us what topic or article you would like us to share in a future issue of SPAG Magazine:

General Articles

General Articles

 Please contact us if you have any queries.

Humorous Articles

Humorous Articles

Being a single person can have it’s challenges, and sometimes the way we are treated or even ignored, can be very discouraging. With that in mind, we occasionally share a humorous article in SPAG Magazine. Here are the links:

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