Christians who evangelize in some of El Salvador's most dangerous areas pose a threat to gang members who ambush them as soon as they step foot in their neighborhoods to verify that they are a part of a church and not undercover police posing as evangelicals.
"For years, we have evangelized without any problems in the neighborhoods of Soyapango and we have even managed to lead some gangsters in the right path," said Antonio, a man who did not want to be fully identified for security reasons, according to Noticiacristiana.com. "But in recent months the situation has been complicated and gang members have guaranteed that if we do not have a badge with our name, photo and logos of our church, they will not allow us to enter the area or they can kill us."
In some cases, territorial gangsters in the city of Soyapango approach Christians who willingly enter the area and ask them to recite at least five Bible verses and sing gospel songs to ensure their true identity or else they run the risk of getting killed. more >>
A Pew Research Center survey on end-of-life decisions has found big differences among Americans, with most white mainline Protestants indicating they would like all treatments stopped so they could die when faced of a terminal disease and great pain, while most black Protestants would want everything to be done to save their lives.
The poll, conducted between March 21 to April 8, 2013 among 1,994 adults with a margin of error plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, found that of all adults, 57 percent would want all treatments stopped in a hopeless situation in which they were in a lot of pain, with 35 percent preferring doctors do everything possible to keep fighting for their lives.
However, if the incurable disease simply made it hard for them to function in day-to-day life, respondents to the poll were split right down the middle – 46 percent said they would prefer treatments stopped, another 46 percent said they would want efforts to continue, while 9 percent were not sure. more >>
Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr. shared the woes of African Americans whose loyalty to the Democratic Party hampers their political leverage. Republicans should reach out to blacks and Hispanics through faith-based policies on the family and urban development, he argued
"If you have one party that owns you, it's hard to get the greatest advantage," Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church and founding president of High Impact Leadership Coalition, told The Christian Post this week. Jackson insisted that Republicans can't win "by just touching a few Hispanics – they need a more brown policy agenda."
In order to pick up minorities, the GOP should emphasize faith issues, Jackson argued. He criticized the Mitt Romney campaign for failing to explain how the candidate's Mormon values resemble those of most Christians across the country. Romney missed a great opportunity by not capitalizing on his agreement with blacks on the marriage issue, or with Roman Catholics on pro-life issues, the pastor claimed. more >>
Earlier this month, evangelical leaders from Latin America, Brazil and Spain gathered in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to institutionalize La Alianza Evangelica Latina, a conglomerate initiative aimed to benefit the nations involved by addressing issues of concern within their societies.
The new structure was established in a meeting hosted by El Foro Iberoamericano de Diálogo Evangélico (FIDE) and was decided upon by leaders who spearhead nationwide evangelical organizations in their own countries and wanted to escalate their level of dialogue into an all-inclusive cooperation.
"All of this is a reminder of the wonderfully positive contribution that evangelicals often make to the health and welfare of society," said Gordon Showell-Rogers, associate secretary general of World Evangelical Alliance. "Latin American evangelicals are very committed to playing their full part, as valued members of civil society, to helping their communities flourish." more >>
In a recent interview with the BBC, Oprah Winfrey made a racist comment about Barack Obama. Her statement was "There's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he's African American," she said. "There's no question about that. And it's the kind of thing no one ever says, but everybody's thinking it."
Well Oprah, maybe you are the one who is thinking it yourself because in case you haven't noticed, the world has moved on, but your own racist views remain.
Pardon my candor but someone needs to say it! When Barack Obama is criticized on his performance, the subject is frequently shifted to racism in order distract from the issue at hand. And when one of the most famous women in the world, who happens to be black, purposely uses the race card in order to shift the blame of Barack Obama's abysmal performance to racism, Obama avoids all accountability to the reality of his record. more >>
WASHINGTON - Denial and amnesia are currently taking over the context of civil rights in this nation, according to Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, who spoke to Latino leaders at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Justice Summit to urge them to continue their fight against social injustices in their communities.
"You're talking about taking on some monumental things: immigration reform, poverty and human sex trafficking, and these things don't happen overnight," said King. "There has to be a commitment that shows you're in it for the long haul. You can't go weary because in due season, you're going to reap if you don't faint."
Her message culminated the summit that brought together Hispanic leaders from around the country to address the most prevalent issues that their churches and people face today. Immigration reform was a heavily discussed topic throughout the event and one that King took on to encourage pastors to raise their level of commitment for, while warning that their fight will continue to be a struggle until change occurs. more >>