Here’s what you need to know in Christian News for Dec. 10:
Survey Shows Americans Approve of Christmas Songs in Public Places
According to a new survey from Lifeway Research, most Americans believe religious Christmas songs even in public places makes Christmas better.
“Christmas traditions that have nothing to do with the Christian faith continue to multiply,” says Scott McConnell, vice-president of LifeWay Research. “Still, most Americans want more of Jesus in their Christmas rather than less.”
Some of the findings include:
- 63 percent of Americans agree Christmas should include a trip to church.
- 70 percent believe “Christmas would be a better experience if it had a more Christian focus.”
- 86 percent say children in public schools should be allowed to sing religious Christmas songs in school-sponsored musicals.
Texas Police Arrest Teen with Rosary Beads
Texas police reportedly threw an eighth grade student to the ground at a football game after the student refused to take off his rosary beads.
Sam Houston Middle School student Jacob Herrera had permission to wear the beads for religious and sentimental reasons: his older brother gave Herrera the beads before he died.
But police told Herera that the rosary was a gang symbol. Herrera refused orders from the officer, which led to his arrest.
“I think it was excessive force,” said John Whitehead, Rutherford Institute founder and attorney. “The school should not be allowing this to happen. He is just an eighth grader. I understand that this [could be seen as] a gang symbol, but you can’t repress the symbol. It is a matter of religious freedom and is a First Amendment right. I think that they are overreacting to the gang issues, and if you have somebody wearing it legitimately, yes, they should be allowed to wear it. I think it is an important issue or we wouldn’t be involved.”
Pastor Tells Gay Man to Commit Suicide
A New Zealand pastor prayed that a Christian homosexual would commit suicide.
Pastor Logan Robertson, of Westcity Bible Baptist Church, reportedly received an email from homosexual Christian author Jim Marjoram. Robertson then replied to Marjoram with a prayer that Marjoram would kill himself.
Marjoram had emailed Robertson asking for possible interviews about his new book, which is about promoting gay-friendly Christianity.
Logan responded: “We are not interested in your filthy lifestyle or book.
“Romans 1 clearly says God has rejected homos and they are worthy of death. You cannot be saved.
“Leviticus 20:13 reads ‘If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.’
“I pray that you will commit suicide, you filthy child molesting [expletive].”
Anti-Death Penalty Coalition Launches New Faith Initiative
The National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty announced this week it will launch a coalition of human rights organizations, religious groups and other groups.
The coalition is named the “90 Million Strong” campaign, based on the 33 percent of Americans who oppose the death penalty.
“The status quo is unacceptable and people of faith are joining together — across theological and political boundaries – in opposing the death penalty because it violates the most sacred of our commitments to the life that God has created,” said Jim Wallis, the president and founder of Sojourners. “I am having conversations all the time with religious conservatives around the country, who are joining up with liberal groups like this and are saying ‘this has to end. This is no longer a political issue, this is for us, a moral issue and a Biblical issue.”