The Compass Headlines 01-26-2017

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The Compass Headlines 01-26-2017

Adventist Church Continues to Wrestle with Women’s Ordination

Despite the vote not to allow the North American Division to ordain women to the Gospel ministry at the 2015 General Conference in San Antonio, it appears the church has yet to put the issue to rest. According to the recent GC/NAD statement, “the group agreed that there will be ongoing consultations to seek positive solutions to the challenging issues that the church faces.” It remains to be seen what the Annual Council will do this fall should the unions that have ordained women refuse to rescind their decisions.

Repealing Roe v. Wade?

The election of President Trump and his Vice President Mike Pence has thrown the 1973 Roe v. Wade abortion decision back into the spotlight. Mr. Pence is slated to speak at an anti-abortion rally this week and some are wondering if the “March for Life” has the necessary and sufficient momentum to overturn the law.

Top Divinity Schools Adopt Gender-Neutral Language to Refer to God

Liberal protestantism continues its downward spiral path as exhibited by Duke and Vanderbilt universities. A departure from Orthodoxy Christianity means abandonment of Biblical terminology. What we see in these schools is nothing new nor a surprise, but a concern on how far can one go to redefine God before completely embracing atheism? Read more about these schools.

 

The Chicago Conundrum

President Trump reignited the debate about Chicago’s murder numbers. He tweeted the following: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible ‘carnage’ going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”

Though the state certainly has the divinely ordained obligation to keep its citizens secure and safe, some believe there are a few problems with Trump’s approach. First, to cite the book, David and Goliath, written by Malcolm Gladwell , “When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters—first and foremost—how they behave” (p. 207). Second, there are historical examples such as Northern Ireland and the New York City neighborhood of Brownsville, in which community involvement and engagement has been more effective in reducing crime and violence than increased community patrolling. Finally, the universal problem of sin must be seen as the underlying issue when it comes to Chicago and other major issues facing the nation. Unless the world sees sin as the problem and Christ as the only solution, I’m afraid nations, government, and our leaders will continue to beat a dead horse.

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Valmy Karemera is associate editor of The Compass Magazine and posts daily news updates on the Compass Twitter page. Originally from Rwanda, he now lives and works in Texas with his family.