American Minute with Bill Federer
Forefathers sacrificed their PROSPERITY for their POSTERITY — the “UNBORN MILLIONS”
The Founding Fathers sacrificed their PROSPERITY for their POSTERITY.
After signing the Declaration of Independence, John Adams wrote to his wife:
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration … Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that POSTERITY will triumph in that days transaction, even although we should rue (regret) it, which I trust in God we shall not.”
In just the last few weeks, two mass kidnappings took place, both at schools in northwestern Nigeria. In the first, “unidentified gunmen” attacked a boarding school in Niger state, killing one student and kidnapping 42 others — 38 of the abducted were rescued a week later, presumably by government forces. The day before that rescue, “unknown gunmen” in neighboring Zamfara state kidnapped over 300 girls from a boarding school. On Tuesday, the AP reported the release of 270.
Last month, after more than ten years in hiding, Lisa Miller surrendered herself to American authorities at the U. S. Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua. Miller, now in custody at the federal detention center in Miami, faces kidnapping and conspiracy charges. She’ll likely be found guilty but, in reality, she’s a victim of bad ideas. She’s a mom, attempting to protect her daughter from her own bad choices and our society’s attempt to redefine marriage, parenting, and the family.
The Infinite Human Capacity to Deceive Ourselves and Then Rationalize It
Two days before Christmas, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries confirmed that its founder had engaged in sexual misconduct over the course of many years and promised further information when the investigation into the matter was complete. Late Thursday afternoon, RZIM released the full report as they had received it, along with an extended, contrite statement of apology.
Ravi was a significant personal influence and a great friend of the Colson Center. When Ravi died in May of last year, we honored him. At the time, both Ravi and RZIM leadership claimed that allegations of an inappropriate relationship had been dismissed and disproven after a thorough investigation. We trusted the information provided to us. We were wrong. I both believed and shared excuses that explained Ravi’s behavior. By doing that, I was wrong and misled others. To be clear, no one at the Colson Center had any sense just how much would be revealed in this final report. But I wish I had not been so quick to trust what I wanted to be true.
There is no sugar-coating, excusing, or explaining away Ravi’s behavior. It was sinful. It was wicked. And, as this report made crystal clear, it was duplicitous. Reading through it, I couldn’t shake the words I heard time and time again from Chuck Colson: “There is no limit to the human capacity for self-rationalization.”
Critical Race Theory and a Christian Worldview
Francis Schaeffer described how ideas escape the ivory towers of universities and think tanks eventually to shape how ordinary people think, speak, and view their world. In 2020, one idea made that journey in record time. Not that long ago, conversations involving Critical Race Theory were largely relegated to academic papers, classroom discussions, and scholarly journal articles. Today, dialogues about CRT can be found across social media, in corporate boardrooms, and even in the Church…
American Minute with Bill Federer
“Constitution has enemies, secret and professed” -Daniel Webster
Considered one of the five greatest Senators in U.S. history, Daniel Webster’s statue stands in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, placed there by the State of New Hampshire.
His career spanned almost four decades, serving as Secretary of State for Presidents William Harrison, John Tyler, and Millard Fillmore…
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I was a cub and boy scout long ago, and I am sad to see this once proud organization disintegrate into such a disgraceful state. We highly recommend those who are seeking the kind of leadership and morals that the BSA once stood for contact Trail Life USA mentioned at the end of this article.
American Minute with Bill Federer
On February 18, 2020, CNN reported “Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy. Hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits are now on hold”:
“The youth organization, which celebrated its 110th anniversary February 8, listed liabilities of between $100 million and $500 million … The bankruptcy filing comes at a time when the organization faces hundreds of sexual abuse lawsuits, thousands of alleged abuse victims, and dwindling membership numbers.”
Three Years is Too Long
Three years ago, 110 Nigerian schoolgirls were abducted by terrorists from Boko Haram. After a month of negotiations with government authorities, 109 were returned to their families. The girl who was not returned was also the only Christian, 14-year-old Leah Sharibu.
According to Boko Haram (or, as it calls itself, the Islamic State West African Province), Sharibu refused to convert to Islam, their precondition for her release. A few months later, Boko Haram announced that Sharibu and Alice Loksha Ngaddah, a Christian nurse kidnapped in March 2018, would be enslaved for life.
The last time the world heard from Leah, she begged to be “treated with compassion” and asked “the government, particularly the president, to pity me and get me out of this serious situation.” Three years later, Leah remains a prisoner, a “captive for Christ.”
With the growing DEMAND for mandatory vaccination, this article is very timely in evaluating risks for taking the vaccine.
The COVID-19 Vaccine:
A Matter of Life
American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer Addresses Critical Vaccine-Related Health and Ethical Concerns
One of the top questions every American is asking about the COVID-19 pandemic is, “Should I take the vaccine?” This decision is vital, largely because it concerns the matter of life. A look at the Pfizer Healthcare Fact Sheet lists certain categories of Americans who should not take the vaccine. One of the listed groups include women who “are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.”
“This would exclude almost every woman of childbearing age from the vaccine, or half of the American population (and world population) under approximately 50 years old,” the Honorable Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastors Network (www.AmericanPastorsNetwork.net), said. “There is no way the proposed 80-percent or more of Americans could receive the vaccine based on this warning.
Many fact-checking websites have attempted to debunk the claim that the vaccine causes female sterility. But why else would women who are pregnant or may one day desire to become pregnant be excluded? The Pfizer-BioNTech answer is that:
“The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine has not undergone the same type of review as an FDA-approved or cleared product. FDA may issue an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) when certain criteria are met, which includes that there are no adequate, approved, available alternatives. In addition, the FDA decision is based on the totality of scientific evidence available showing that the product may be effective to prevent COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic and that the known and potential benefits of the product outweigh the known and potential risks of the product. All of these criteria must be met to allow for the product to be used in the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“In other words, no one really knows what will happen, Rohrer stated. “The details provided in Pfizer’s Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine specifically notes, ‘Available data on Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy.’ Legally, the research needed to make safety determinations regarding pregnancy risks has not yet been conducted.”
Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
How COVID has Enabled Religious Persecution.
The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being tallied, both in terms of lives and livelihoods lost. In addition to the millions dead, the millions more who’ve been infected (including some who face long-term physical damage), there’s the psychological and emotional harm of extended isolation, and the millions who face financial ruin. In the midst of all of that, we are now learning of another, less obvious, but just as deadly fallout from the pandemic.
Each January, Open Doors, an organization committed to “serving persecuted Christians worldwide,” releases their World Watch List. The list documents the 50 countries where it is most dangerous to be a Christian, highlights global trends in religious persecution and provides unique insights into the global persecuted church…