Must Read Monday: Donald Trump video, Haiti after Hurricane Matthew, Aleppo, moreOctober 10, 2016
Evangelical Leader Wayne Grudem Pulls Endorsement of Donald Trump– Wall Street Journal
After a 2005 recording of Donald Trump engaging in vulgar talk about groping women, many who had supported or even endorsed the GOP nominee have publicly denounced him. Notably, Wayne Grudem, who previously wrote at length why Trump was the morally better choice for Christians in November, published a new piece reversing his position. He writes, There is no morally good presidential candidate in this election. I previously called Donald Trump a “good candidate with flaws” and a “flawed candidate” but I now regret that I did not more strongly condemn his moral character. I cannot commend Trump’s moral character, and I strongly urge him to withdraw from the election. Grudem goes on to note he cannot vote for either candidate and hopes Trump will withdraw. Find the entire piece here.
Donald Trump has created an excruciating moment for evangelicals– Opinion by Al Mohler, Washington Post
Al Mohler, who has never supported Trump, writes in the Washington Post about the devolving “marriage of convenience” between Evangelicals and the Republican party during the 2016 election. This culminates, Mohler says, now that the argument supplied by Evangelical apologists on behalf of Trump “collapsed beyond all credibility with the release of the tape.” Mohler’s Briefing on the subject is worth a listen.
Hurricane Matthew killed hundreds in Haiti, and many more lost literally everything. Without shelter for a week they are also without food and clean water. Many communities are completely cut off from supply routes and are desperately in need of the most basic necessities. Humanitarian aid has begun to enter the country, but much more is needed. Some of the island’s coastal communities in the Western portion of Haiti can only be reached by boat or helicopter further complicating relief efforts. Are you moved with the compassion of Christ to help? Many credible aid agencies are already on the ground. One option is Food for the Poor, find info at: http://www.foodforthepoor.org/
Last night, the candidates were asked, “If you were president, what would you do about Syria and the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo? Isn’t it a lot like the Holocaust when the US waited too long before we helped?”
The non-answers given by the candidates left the American public even more puzzled. The top online Dictionary search during the debate last night was “Lepo,” as in, what’s a “lepo.” The Libertarian candidate for President, Gary Johnson, may take some solace in knowing that he’s not the only one not paying attention to the site of arguably the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.
Here is the latest from the Reuters article today: Since the collapse of efforts to reach a ceasefire in September, Russian and Syrian warplanes have launched their biggest offensive on Aleppo’s besieged rebel-held sectors, in a battle that could become a turning point in the five-year-old civil war. The city has become ground-zero for fighting between Syrian rebels and pro-government forces, including incessant bombing by Russia. The result has been a horrific humanitarian crisis and loss of civilian life. In addition, aid agencies, such as Doctors without Borders, have been unable to gain access to the city to provide medical care for those wounded.
The question may have puzzled many Americans, but it is a critically important one. If you did not know last night, then take the time today to know where Aleppo is and what is happening there. Here is a series of articles that put what happening on the ground within reach.
Four cultural trends leading to the decline of religious liberty– Gospel Coalition
A straightforward outline of our cultural trends contributing to a more hostile environment for religious liberty. As we engage in conversations about religious liberty, it is critical we understand the current environment did not happen overnight. These cultural undercurrents have been building for a long time.
Related on The Reconnect blog: New “rights” are dis-establishing the First Amendment
The Hyde Amendment has now been US policy for 40 years. The provision was passed with bipartisan support to prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion. But this long-standing policy could change. This year, the Democratic party has amended their platform and is now advocating for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
This is an important development for all of us who support life. Read more here: https://reconnectwithcarmen.com/interview-former-obama-white-house-adviser-michael-wear-dnc-convention-faith-politics-abortion/