In this week's Intersect, read about:
- Senator John McCain Dies at 81
- White House Hosts 100 Evangelical Leaders for State-Like Dinner
- Catholic Charities of Buffalo New York Ends Adoption Foster Services
- U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, Turn Up Pressure on Canada
Senator John McCain Dies at 81
U.S. Sen. John McCain, a war hero who survived five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, served three decades in Congress and went on to become the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008, died Saturday. He was 81 years old. In his last hours, the Arizona Republican turned down further medical treatment, his family announced in a statement. McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017. Doctors discovered the tumor during a medical procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. He remained upbeat after the diagnosis, flying back to Washington days after surgery with a large scar visible above his eye to partake in the Senate’s health care debate. read more
Senator Chuck Schumer announced he plans to introduce a resolution renaming the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. after Senator John McCain. Senator McCain’s legacy as a politician was made unique because he not only served our nation on the battlefield but also endured imprisonment, fighting for our country. He once said, “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.” McCain leaves behind his wife Cindy, and his seven children and five grandchildren. His daughter Meghan McCain issued a moving statement. “My Father is gone, and I miss him as only an adoring daughter can. But in this loss, and in this sorrow, I take comfort in this: John McCain, hero of the republic and to his little girl, wakes today to something more glorious than anything on this earth. Today the warrior enters his true and eternal life, greeted by those who have gone before him, rising to meet the Author of All Things: “The dream is ended: this is the morning.” McCain will lie in state today in the Arizona Capitol and U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday; only 31 people in over 166 years have received this honor. He will be buried in a private service in Annapolis Maryland on Sunday.
Pray for the McCain family as they mourn the loss of John McCain. But also pray for McCain’s life and death to be a reminder to others across our nation, that this earth is not our home (Hebrews 13:14). Death will come to us all, but through Jesus Christ, we can accept God’s free gift of eternal life (John 3:16).
Read the nation’s leaders responses to Senator McCain’s passing. Despite differences in political beliefs, many leaders from both sides of the aisle are grateful for McCain’s service to our nation both on the battlefield and in public office.
White House Hosts 100 Evangelical Leaders for State-Like Dinner
About 100 evangelical leaders were invited to dinner at the White House Monday night for what was a prayer-filled event that's been compared to a church camp meeting and a campaign rally. Dubbed a "state dinner" for evangelical leaders, the event was held specifically in the "honor of evangelical leadership." The dinner was attended by dozens of evangelical pastors, evangelists, and activists who've been involved in informally advising the administration including well-known figures like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, and Greg Laurie. The dinner was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. The event was officially hosted by first lady Melania Trump. read more
My Faith Votes was privileged to have our Founder and Chairman, Sealy Yates, as one of 103 in attendance at the White House dinner entitled “In Honor of Evangelical Leadership,” hosted by President and Mrs. Trump. Mr. Yates said of the evening, “Having dinner with the President in the White House will never be forgotten, it was a once-in-a-lifetime moment. The atmosphere was stunning, and the views of the monuments from the Stateroom took your breath away. The President urged everyone to tell their people to get out the vote. As he and Mrs. Trump sat in the middle of the room, surrounded by all of us, and after the media left, the President encouraged those attending to stand up and share. At the end, The First Lady got up and thanked everyone for their prayers, their presence and for supporting this great country. The entire evening made me very proud be an American.” President Trump has held many gatherings at the White House to meet with faith leaders, and many of his decisions strongly suggest he is listening to the faith community. Most recently, President Trump’s administration took additional steps to promote religious freedom. The Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued a directive to its employees to be mindful of the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Masterpiece Cakeshop (2018), Trinity Lutheran(2017), and Hobby Lobby (2014), along with the White House’s executive orders in an effort to protect religious freedom.
Pray today for the Pastors and Christian leaders who meet with President Trump and key members of his administration. Pray for them to continue to share God’s truth and wisdom and encourage this administration to advance biblical principles.
Take a few minutes to read President Trump’s address to evangelical leaders.
Catholic Charities of Buffalo New York Ends Adoption Foster Services
Catholic Charities of Buffalo will no longer provide foster care and adoption services to new clients because a New York state law would force it to violate Catholic teachings on homosexuality and marriage. The organization, which serves people of need across Western New York, announced Thursday that it has become the latest Catholic Charities branch to halt adoption and foster services because of conflicts with state and local LGBT discrimination protections. The entity will continue to serve its existing foster families but will not accept new applications until its contract with Erie County Department of Social Services expires in March 2019. read more
"We were in an incontrovertible controversy between what the state is expecting — that we would be without prejudice — foster and adopt with couples that are same sex, and the Catholic Church teaching this is not a marital couple, and that a child is better served to be with a man and a woman who are married," said Diocesan Director Sister Mary McCarrick. Catholic adoption and foster agencies have been forced to close their doors in Boston, Illinois, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco because of similar state foster and adoption policies relating to same-sex couples. God’s design for the family is increasingly under attack. It’s so essential Christians defend the family model that is in the best interest of the child, to have both a mother and a father. Read Focus on the Family’s Article, Adoption: Cause for Concern, to better understand this issue.
Pray today for the 400,000 plus children in the foster care system in our country and the 127,000 plus children waiting to be adopted. Pray that we, as the Christian Church would do a better job of living out James 1:27 and standing united against policies that prohibit us from freely practicing our faith in the way we care for the orphaned.
Watch this incredibly moving reaction when this little girl finds out she is going to be adopted.
U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada
The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules to remain part of the three-nation pact. Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discussed trade in a telephone call on Monday and “agreed to continue productive conversations,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Negotiations among the three partners, whose mutual trade totals more than $1 trillion annually, have dragged on for more than a year, putting pressure on the Mexican peso and the Canadian dollar. Both currencies gained against the U.S. dollar after Monday's announcement. read more
The markets responded positively after President Trump’s trade announcement. Under the new agreement, 75 percent of the content in automobiles must originate in North America to qualify for tariff-free treatment, up from 62.5 percent. Between 40-45 percent of auto content must be produced by workers earning at least $16 an hour. Congress has 90 days to read and approve the details due to Trade Promotion Authority Rules. And Canada will continue negotiations in an effort to be included in the deal. The Agriculture Department announced it would begin paying $4.7 billion to farmers due to the trade wars. In scripture, we learn God loves just agreements. Proverbs 11:1, “A false balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.” Many believe this is another one of President Trump’s campaign promises kept. States such as Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania voted for President Trump in 2016, in part, because he promised to improve international trade deals. The NAFTA deal will not only change our trade dealings but could also impact President Trump’s reelection in 2020.
Important international negotiations and dealings should remind us to faithfully pray for our leaders in America and the leaders across the world (1 Timothy 2:1-5; 8). The decisions reached in these trade agreements will have a tremendous impact on millions of people.
If you aren’t already, be sure to take 5 minutes or more each day to pray for our leaders. Download our My Faith Votes Prayer Guide today to help guide your prayer time and be able to pray for our leaders by name and by their position in government.