The news that stuck out to me this week is actually not highlighted in the roundup below: the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the horrific testimony at abortionist Kermit Gosnell‘s murder trial.
The reason these two items were not in my headlines is because they fall outside the blog’s focus on prophetic, Middle East news and reports of the persecuted church. However, I bring them up now because I was saddened and alarmed by public reaction to these two stories.
In the United States, an outcry over the lack of coverage of the abortionist’s murder trial slowly crescendoed so that this week, more news organizations are pledging to cover the trial. It all started with a media critique in USA Today, which was helped along by a blogger at Get Religion contacting reporters for comment on why they weren’t covering the trial.
I am not alarmed as in worried or so much surprised as much as alerted. In Matthew 24, the disciples as Jesus for signs of the end of the age. Jesus gives a whole list of signs, including
- false messiahs
- wars, rumors of wars
- false prophets
- increase of wickedness
- love growing cold
The reactions to both these news stories are clear examples of love growing cold. It’s so plain.
So, I’m adding a new section to the roundup and a new hastag for those who follow the headlines on Twitter and Facebook. #Matthew24 will now mark a news story that headlines one of the birth pangs Jesus identifies, except persecution which will be filed under #church.
Paper.li works a little like a newspaper. It categorizes the news into topics and is interactive. Click a topic on the right-hand column to “flip the page” and see another set of headlines. #Church includes headlines about persecution of the brothers. #Israel as all stories about “the apple of God’s eye.”
[Editor’s note: Click on the screen capture to page through the headlines from this week.]