LISTEN: Christians More Likely to View Poverty as Result of Lack of Effort (UCNN 08/05/17)

1. WashPost – Which is generally more often to blame if a person is poor: lack of effort on their own part, or difficult circumstances beyond their control? The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation asked 1,686 American adults to answer that question — and found that religion is a significant predictor of how Americans perceive poverty. Christians, especially white evangelical Christians, are much more likely than non-Christians to view poverty as the result of individual failings. In the poll, which was conducted from April 13 to May 1 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points, 46 percent of all Christians said that a lack of effort is generally to blame for a person’s poverty, compared with 29 percent of all non-Christians. The gulf widens further among specific Christian groups: 53 percent of white evangelical Protestants blamed lack of effort while 41 percent blamed circumstances, and 50 percent of Catholics blamed lack of effort while 45 percent blamed circumstances. In contrast, by more than 2 to 1, Americans who are atheist, agnostic or have no particular affiliation said difficult circumstances are more to blame when a person is poor than lack of effort (65 percent to 31 percent).

2. Richmond Times Dispatch – Political activist Cornel West and faith leaders from around the country will join Charlottesville-area clergy members later this month to confront a gathering of white nationalists who will be protesting the planned removal of the city’s statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. At a news conference outside St. Paul’s Memorial Church on Monday, members of Congregate C’ville discussed their counter-protest plans. They also shared a news release that quoted West saying he is coming to the city to “stand against white supremacy and bear witness to love and justice.”

3. BBC – The Israeli government has vowed to shut down Al Jazeera’s offices in the country, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accusing the network of “incitement.” The Qatari government funds Al Jazeera, and other countries in the region have cut off ties with Qatar amid accusations of support for terrorism. Ayoub Kara, Israel’s communications minister, said cable providers in the country are set to take the network off air, adding that the government needs to do more if it wants to shut down Al Jazeera’s offices in cities such as Jerusalem. Al Jazeera said the Israeli government’s efforts to shut it down are “dangerous.”

4. AP – Russia’s top diplomat said Sunday his country was ready for more engagement with the United States on North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other pressing matters, even as Moscow braced for new sanctions from the Trump administration. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for the first since the U.S. imposed the additional penalties, said Russian and the U.S. had agreed to resume a suspended high-level diplomatic channel and Washington would send its Ukraine envoy to Moscow for negotiations.

5. NBC – Longtime Fox News host Eric Bolling has been suspended amid allegations that he texted a lewd photo to multiple female colleagues in years past. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed Saturday that his suspension is “pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway.” Law firm Paul Weiss, which has investigated complaints lodged against other high-profile network employees, is conducting the investigation, the spokesperson said.

6. Business Insider – Google employees are up in arms after a senior engineer at the company penned an anti-diversity manifesto that has spread through the company like wildfire. The manifesto criticizes company initiatives aimed at increasing gender and racial diversity and argues that Google should instead focus on “ideological diversity,” according to a report by Vice’s Motherboard, which first reported the news late on Friday. The 10-page treatise also claims that biological difference between men and women are responsible for the underrepresentation of women in the tech industry.

7. Boston Globe – For the first time in its history, Harvard University this year accepted a majority of nonwhite students into its incoming freshman class, a milestone for an institution that prides itself on educating future presidents, CEOs, and world leaders. But Harvard’s push to broaden the diversity of its student ranks comes as the Trump administration turns its focus on affirmative action policies and suggested it will investigate how colleges shape the racial makeup of their campuses. The US Justice Department is preparing to redirect resources from its civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, The New York Times reported this week.

As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Romans 1:17 says, “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

MLK said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!