Religious freedom, gay marriage, abortion, common core, immigration, "Obamacare," and the midterm elections led much of The Christian Post's politics coverage in 2014. Here, ranked by CP editors, are the top 10 Christian Post politics stories of the year.
10. The New Russian Aggression
Russian President Vladimir Putin revived memories of the old Soviet Union in 2014 as he led Russia to expand its territorial holdings. First he invaded the Crimean peninsula, a part of the Ukraine with a large Russian population and declared it part of Russia after a rigged referendum. Later, he led a full-scale invasion of the rest of Ukraine. more >>
In a review of its 2014 efforts, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association reveals that it has shared the Gospel with close to 9.5 million people around the world through its outreaches. More than 1.6 million of those people have made a decision for Christ, reports the BGEA.
Those outreaches include BGEA collaborations with local churches in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia to hold large scale festivals and celebrations. BGEA President and CEO Franklin Graham and his son, Will Graham, also preached the Gospel at functions hosted in parts of the United States, Canada, Japan, Sri Lanka and Papau New Guinea.
Franklin Graham praised God for the BGEA's efforts in a recent letter. He wrote "Our hearts overflow with gratitude to God for all He has done and is doing, and we are eager to keep pressing forward as He continues to open doors." more >>
Dr. Alveda C. King, the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., took time to share her reaction to the film "Selma" on Wednesday.
The Gospel evangelist, who follows in her uncle's footsteps as a civil rights leader, shared her response to "Selma" after several inquiries via social media this week. Having been at the iconic leader's side during his movement to end discrimination, King was stirred by the new film.
"An invitation to a pre-release screening of the movie 'Selma' brought mixed emotions to my heart and tears to my eyes," the Gospel evangelist explained in a statement on New Year's Eve. "As I sat in the theater, I was transported back to the time when my Uncle MLK, my daddy AD [Alfred Daniel] King and so many civil rights icons were embroiled in the historical crosshairs that brought equality to the voting rights of blacks in America." more >>
The new film "Selma" from Indie film director Ava DuVernay is shining a spotlight on both Martin Luther King Jr.'s fight for civil rights and the racial unrest that exists in the U.S. today.
The must-see film of the year, "Selma" opens with a scene between King and his wife, Coretta (David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo, respectively), in Norway where he's being honored with a Nobel Peace Prize. Oyelowo (pronounced oh-yellow-oh) is hypnotic with silent expressions that pack more meaning than any dialogue could ever provide. After carefully studying King's voice, stature and expressions, Oyelowo commands the role of the iconic civil rights leader.
Within the first five minutes of the film, Oyelowo's take on King's acceptance speech sends lightning bolts through the theater, almost bringing the audience to their feet in applause as if they are present at the ceremony. more >>
What did we expect from this chant? "What do we want? Dead cops! When do we want them? Now!" Nothing good could come out of such evil words. Two New York Police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were murdered execution style by a 28-year-old black male named Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley who may have been radicalized by the Muslim Brotherhood. Additionally, he may have suffered from some form of mental illness. Frankly, I'm not sure which of the two contributed more to the shooting, but you can bet the left-wing media will make a case for the latter.
In the aftermath of the Ferguson riots it seems no cops are safe in America. Black youths are equally endangered as long as racepreneurs like President Obama, Mayor de Blasio, Eric Holder, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and their cohorts on the Left continue to lead "conversations" on race. Brinsley may have pulled the trigger, but figuratively speaking, these racepreneurs are just as responsible for loading his weapon.
I suspect we won't see Lebron James rockin' an "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt in support of New York's finest. I seriously doubt that the players from the St. Louis Rams will hold up bullet shattered driver and passenger side car windows in protest of the heinous shooting before running onto the football field. What I can predict is increased crime in urban neighborhoods because fewer people will be inclined to become cops. Tensions and distrust between police officers and the black community will remain high-- eventually invoking more phony protest and more deaths. Lastly, we know that two families have a lifetime of healing ahead of them as they attempt to make sense of it all. However, there is a solution to sending this racial wave back into the 60's where it belongs. Hire new leaders. more >>
Conservative politician Bishop E.W. Jackson, president of STAND, said he believes that police in the U.S. are not targeting black men, as some believe, and is calling for a prayer campaign in support of the country's law enforcement officers.
"I have been saying that this lie that police are out hunting down black men has got to stop," stated Jackson, who is the president of STAND (Staying True to America's National Destiny). "We now have two cops murdered in cold blood. It's time for Americans to express our gratitude to our police officers."
Officials with STAND say that in light of protests against the police since the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, Bishop Jackson is distributing prayer cards to police stations around the country as part of his Prayer For Police Campaign. more >>