A news summary on issues that matter.
- “Dad Refuses to Give Up Son With Down Syndrome” and accepts his wife’s divorce instead. In response, thousands have donated almost $500,000 to his GoFundMe page to help the new single dad become his son’s full-time caretaker. Most recent reports provide a statement from the mother and show at least the possibility of reconciliation. With an abortion rate of about 50 percent for preborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome, the bottom line is many refuse to care for such a child. But as Focus’ own Brian Kuiper regularly shares in our Dad Matters blog, while receiving a diagnosis such as this can make parents feel “scared, confused and desperate,” the reality is these children are a major blessing.
- The news lately has centered on ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot alive. Other accounts tell of the terrorists’ barbarically carrying out Sharia law by throwing allegedly gay men to their death, and stoning a woman accused of adultery. This is all in addition to numerous reports of ISIS slaughtering scores of Christians including beheading young believers – for refusing to renounce their faith.Obviously, radical Islam is a grave threat all across the world today, especially for those who claim Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. It takes a special courage to stand up to this danger. The Scriptures are clear that those who believe in Him will face the wrath and hatred of the world (Matthew 10:22, Luke 21:17, John 15:18). May we have the courage of our conviction to do what is right in the face of opposition. To learn how Focus is helping, read my blog post.
- The Washington Post recently reported that a Christian man asked a Colorado baker to write “God hates gays” on a cake. There’s only one problem: that never happened. Learn more: “Cake baking and journalistic story baking.”This false report is a good reminder both to seek out trustworthy sources and to remember that not everything we read reflects the truth.
Finally, an encouragement to look up from your phone and enjoy the view sometimes – unlike this poor guy who missed a whale of an experience.