A coalition of Christian leaders devoted to helping end poverty has released a series of videos featuring six 2016 presidential candidates. Each candidate explained the approach that he or she would take to solve poverty and hunger issues in the United States and across the globe if they were elected president.
As over 45 million Americans are living below the poverty level, The Circle of Protection, a coalition representing a diverse group of over 65 Christian leaders and organizations headed by Bread For The World, Sojourners and the National Association of Evangelicals, challenged each presidential candidate on the day they announced their candidacy to provide a video explaining their plans to end poverty.
"This is for us a deeply moral issue and first of all, it is a biblical issue," Sojourners founder Jim Wallis said during a Tuesday press call. "What our scripture tells us is that a nation's integrity, its righteousness is most determined by how it treats its poorest and most vulnerable, and leaders in particular are asked by the prophets to treat the needy with highest priority, not the last in line but the first." more >>
A Hindu nationalist organization has converted 39 people from Dalit Christian families to Hinduism in a controversial ceremony aimed at making them eligible for a government benefits program.
"We are moving ahead with our initiative and more families from other religions will be reconverted to Hinduism soon. We are being approached by many people who want to come back to their original faith," said Viswha Hindu Parishad Alappuzha District Chief Prathap G Padickal, according to the Times of India.
The "ghar wapsi" programme in Kerala's Alappuzha district previously oversaw another 30 Dalit Christians convert to Hinduism in December 2014. more >>
For four hours on Sunday, April Lee Yates, 51, feasted at the popular Bennett's Calabash Seafood Buffet Restaurant in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, but when it was time to pay her bill she said "Jesus" would pick up the tab.
Management personnel at the restaurant, where you can have all the crab legs you can eat, called local police to the scene at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday to report Yates' refusal to pay her bill, according to wmbfnews.
The police report indicated that while Yates was at the restaurant, she caused a disturbance which affected other patrons and forced management to instruct her to pay her bill and leave. more >>
A Michigan megachurch has raised approximately $8,500 to aid the victims of a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a man who once donated some of his stolen money to the congregation.
Resurrection Life Church of Grandville gathered the sum via a special fund they created to aid the 800 some victims of David McQueen, who was behind a $46 million Ponzi scheme.
Although the $8,500 pales in comparison to the $300,000 of stolen money McQueen gave to Resurrection Life, John Agar of mlive.com noted that "it's better than what a lot of others have offered." more >>
An irony of American politics today is that conservative policies have helped lift the most people out of poverty, but most Americans don't know that because conservatives have been horrible at communicating the success of their own policies, Arthur Brooks writes in his new book, The Conservative Heart: How To Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America.
In a July 7 interview with The Christian Post, Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, added that Christians are especially well poised to deliver the message that public policy should aim for the benefit of people, especially the poor and powerless.
"This could really be the true Christian moment," Brooks said. more >>
It's not easy to come by small acts of kindness. But good deeds of this magnitude are even more rare. This man takes it into his own hands to make these people in the grocery store happy.
The cost of groceries is not cheap. Especially if you have 4-5 people in a household. Sometimes it becomes hard for us to afford to shop the way we want. Food accounts for a huge part of the average American family's budget. That's why this man took it into his own hands to help people for nothing in return. He knows how tough it can be to feed a family on a tight budget, so he goes out of his way to make the process less stressful.
"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." -Matthew 5:16 more >>