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Air Date: 12/06/2019
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Faith And The Culture
Welcome to the intersection of faith and the culture, it’s WallBuilders Live. And here on WallBuilders Live today, it is also Good News Friday. Now what does that mean to you? That means we’re about to load you up with some good news from across the nation and around the world.
David and Tim Barton have been collecting these good news stories and we’re about to share with you. That David Barton I’m talking about is America’s premier historian and our founder here at WallBuilders. Tim Barton is a national speaker and pastor and president of WallBuilders. And my name is Rick Green, I’m a former Texas Legislature. You can find out more about all three of us at wallbuilders.com or wallbuilderslive.com. That’s also where you can invite us to come to your community and share and teach these truths, so be sure and check out that opportunity as well.
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There’s Going To Be A Lot Of Good News Today
Okay, David, Tim, looking forward to a lot of good news today. I know you both have some large stacks there, we won’t get to everything, we’ll see how much we can get to. Reminder for our listeners though, our Good News Friday programs are on our website wallbuilderslive.com if you go into the archive section there. Because today, we’re just going to wet your appetite, we’re going to get as much good news in our short 30-minute program as possible, you’re going to and more. Go to the website wallbuilderslive.com, click on archives, go back to those other Friday programs, you’ll get even more good news. David, Tim, let’s jump in. David gets the first piece of good news, David.
158 Federal Judges Have Been Confirmed
We’re going to talk about an update on judges and when it comes to federal judges right now, President Trump has put a 158, well, I can’t say he has. Of the federal Judges President Trump has nominated, the Senate has now confirmed 158 federal judges. That number includes 112 Judges on federal district court, it’s 44 judges on the federal circuit courts which are each Supreme Court for the states in their area or they act like supreme courts in the sense that most cases in with them and then you have two Supreme Court justices that he’s placed on the courts.
So 158 so far which is about 19% of the federal judiciary which is a really high percentage. So at this point, one out of every five Judges on the federal court says has been placed there through President Trump.
Now it’s interesting the way the confirmation process works, the American Bar Association takes a look at every candidate that’s nominated for a judge. The American Bar Association is not a conservative organization, they tend to be very liberal in so many positions and you know, I generally considered them an opponent of good constitutional stuff. Having said that, even the American Bar Association has given 65% of Trump’s judicial nominees the highest rating they can get which is a well-qualified rating. So that well-qualified rating is what traditionally senators looked at to say okay, if he’s well-qualified and then let’s put them on the federal judiciary.
There Is A Ton Of Opposition Coming Against Even The Most Qualified Judges
But that’s not been the way that it is now. Even though a high percentage of those Trump Judges, two out of three are the well qualified, they get that high ranking from even the ABA, even the ABA has to acknowledge that these are really well-qualified Judges. Even though they get that high ranking, there is a ton of opposition coming against even the most qualified Judges and it appears to be right down partisan lines.
Now, when you look at the number of qualified Judges who are receiving no votes, grab this, over 225 years in the Senate, 225 years previous the last three, there’s not been as many no votes cast as there’s been in the last three years. So just the last three years, you’ve had more senators vote no on Judges than in the previous 225 years if you can imagine that.
So this is a no crowd when it comes to the Senate Democrats of voting for Trump Judges even if they’re well-qualified. But the good news is again that we’re getting really good Judges, not only they’re well-qualified in their judicial experience, but they’re well-qualified in our view from a constitutional and a moral and a religious standpoint which we think is very, very important.
As John Adams said, “Our Constitution is made for religious and moral people.” It’s hard to interpret the Constitution if you don’t understand what it’s made for those kind of people and it always helps to have those kind of folks on the court.
Judges Who Understand The American Constitution And Are Religion And Moral Friendly
So while these Judges aren’t overtly religious or overtly moral, they are taking positions that at least are not hostile to religion morality and the positions are giving, whether it be the Supreme Court when the Bladensburg case or the subsequent decision with the Pensacola cross or all these other cases we’ve talked about in recent months that are good news Friday kind of cases. We’re getting Judges who understand constitutional as well as religion and moral friendly kind of decisions and that’s really good news.
And a lot of those Judges are strongly moral and biblical. What you’re saying is not all of them are, but at least with almost all of them were getting really good moral decisions.
Yeah, I don’t recall having seen a decision come down from any of these judges that would be considered and on traditional religion and morality. And I don’t know that all the Judges are themselves person and religious and moral, I just don’t know, they may be. But I do know this so far and all decisions that have come down that have dealt with religion and morality, I have not seen an instance that I know of, of hostility toward traditional religion morality.
And so certainly, I can say that and certainly probably not every Judge has had a case decision on something religious or moral, but of the ones that have, it’s been an outstanding record of people who are not antithetical or have an antipathy toward faith and traditional morality.
Very good news. Very good news. Okay, quick break. Tim Barton is got the next piece of good news when we return from the break. Stay with us, you’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
A Moment From America’s History
This is David Barton with another moment from America’s history. Often today, it seems that the federal government has become too intrusive into local matters and federal micromanagement has now, unfortunately, become the norm in education, law enforcement, religious expressions and even on what is and is not moral. Strikingly, the founding fathers had intended that the federal government never intrude into any of these issues.
As Thomas Jefferson explained, “Taking from the state’s the moral rule of their citizens and subordinating it to the federal government would break up the foundations of the Union. I believe the states can best govern our home concerns and the federal government our foreign ones”.
According to Thomas Jefferson, the original plan was for the federal government to direct foreign affairs, but for the states and local communities to direct the domestic and the moral ones.
For more information on God’s hand in American history, contact WallBuilders at 1800-8REBUILD.
We’re back here on WallBuilders Live, Good News Friday today and Tim Barton is up next, Tim.
A Catholic Priest Denies Joe Biden Communion
Alright, guys, this one is from South Carolina, it happened and I don’t know that the end of October I think is when it was. But what’s significant about it and I don’t know if our listeners remember seeing this in the headlines, it was a little-publicized when it happened because if it would happen to.
Now the headline says a Catholic priest denies Joe Biden communion because he’s pro-abortion. And the reason I bring this up on a Good News Friday is not that we’re trying to do any kind of political sleight or slam to anybody specifically, other than the fact that Joe Biden does profess to be a Catholic. Catholics are very strong supporters of life of the unborn, this has been a traditional position of the Catholics for basically since their existence.
And so one of the things that is known inside the Catholic community is in order for you to take communion at the Catholic Church, you have to be in line with the Catholic positions. And so when Joe Biden on a Sunday attended a mass, the Reverend Robert E Maury here’s what the article says from St. Anthony Catholic Church, Florence, South Carolina told him that he was not allowed to have communion because he does not follow the Church’s teachings on abortion.
We Live In A Culture Where People Are So Afraid Of Offending Somebody
And guys I bring this up because we live in such a squish culture where people are so afraid of offending somebody that people are compromising the inerrancy and infallibility of what Scripture teaches of what the Bible says and we’re redefining it into what we want it to be. To see a Catholic, I’m assuming priest or bishop, that doesn’t say what he’s, it says he’s a Reverend. But Catholic Church it’s probably not the Reverend title nonetheless.
It says a Reverend Robert E Maury, he came out and said, sadly, this past Sunday I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President, Joe Biden. Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the church. Our actions should reflect that. Any public figure who advocates for abortion himself or herself outside of the Church’s teachings.
For Someone To Be Bold, It’s Going To Cause Major Waves
For someone to be that bold, when you’re talking about the front-runner at that time, Joe Biden being the front-runner in the Democratic primary that this is a huge deal. You have to know if you do this, it’s going to cause not just little ripples, it’s going to cause major waves and I’m sure there was some backlash there.
But I’m just going to say I applaud somebody who says, hey, this is what the teachings say and this is our position on life, is what the Bible teaches. And if you’re going to advocate exactly against what the teachings in this church, what the teachings of the Bible are, then you’re not one with the church or with us and with God in this.
Communion Is Aligning Yourself With God
And so communion is something that you shouldn’t have until you change that position. It’s a really, really impressive thought. Certainly again, today, the modern church, the modern culture, that’s not the way we really think about things. Even the idea of communion, I know a lot of churches that communion is maybe once a month or you know, once every so often whatever it is. We don’t always put the same limitations on it.
But if you go back and read somewhat the Apostle Paul wrote about communion and how you need to be careful when you take this, because when you’re aligning with God, you want to make sure that you have the right position when you take communion. That means scripture does have some strong things to say about this. So to see the Reverend Robert E Maury standing up and being bold and strong knowing that he would face a backlash, it’s just really impressive to see some pastors out there doing the right thing.
Good stuff, guys. We’re going to take a quick break, we’ll be right back. David Barton will pick up the good news. Stay with us you’re listening to WallBuilders Live
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Israel’s Supreme Court Has Ruled In Favor Of The Aramean Christians
We’re back here on Good News Friday, David Barton has some good news for us next. David.
Rick, I’ve got two pieces of good news and they both come from outside the United States, but they’re both really neat things from my perspective. So I’m going to share them. The first deal is with Israel’s Supreme Court. Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of what are called the Aramean Christians. And why this is significant is if you’re in Israel, Israel, of course, is made up of Jews and non-Jews.
Now, non-Jews can be Palestinians, they can be all kinds of Muslims, they can be lots of different stuff, but they can also be Christians. But from Israel’s standpoint, Christians are your friends much more so than Palestinians or many other Muslims. So the recognition in Israel law is you get Jews and non-Jews, but wait a minute not all non-Jews have the same value or the same threat to your nation. And so what’s happened is there’s a movement over in Israel which we’ve really help support that movement, even economically have supported that they’ve gone to the core to try to get a legal designation of Aramaic Christians and is believed that Jesus even spoke Aramaic.
It Gives Them Protection Under Israel’s Law
So when you talk about Aramaic Christians, you’re talking about Christians who go back to the early apostles who speak the same language that is believed that Jesus spoke. So these have been people that have been in the land for a long time. Just like Jews, they’ve been in the land forever. And the court in Israel has now recognized them as a legal separate status which gives them some great protection under Israel’s law. They now have a status of recognition in the land like Jews have a status of recognition and it’s great for that distinction. Because as these Christians point out, look, don’t throw us in with the Palestinians and the Muslims and others, we’re not there. I mean, we like Jews, we think this is a really cool land. So that’s a really good step.
And by the way, going with that, it’s interesting that Prime Minister Netanyahu was recently speaking at a conference and he talked about how this is his word. He said, “We have no better friends than our Christian friends”. And so this is part of that recognition that the Christian friends are really good for Israel and so now we have this legal status whereby they actually have legal protection, legal recognition these Aramaic Christians which is a really good deal and so that now appears on their passports and legal documents etcetera and they have a good legal standing.
All Human Lives Have Value
The other piece of good news from overseas comes from across the pond and it comes out of Great Britain. And it deals with a couple that back in 1995, two individuals who have Down syndrome decided to get married, which was, you know, kind of like a first. A lot of people said, Oh, you can’t do that, disabled, you can’t do that, but the families disagreed. And that couple just celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary and I think that’s really, really cool.
Here in America, we’ve been trying to pass laws that said you can’t do selected abortions just on Down syndrome kind of kids. If you detect Down syndrome, let’s abort that child. You can’t do that, so it’s human life. And so seeing something like this where the 23-year anniversary of a couple of individuals with Down syndrome who have been married and been very, very happy, very happy life, it’s a terrific image and confirmation of the fact that all human lives have value.
They Love Each other With Their Whole Hearts
I love what their family said. Their family talked about when these two wanted to get married, people in community said, oh, you shouldn’t do that because people with Down syndromes, they can’t have a serious relationship, but the families of the two disagreed. And so for the first few years, the couple, this Down syndrome couple lived with their families. But for the last 15 years, they’ve been independent, living in their own home. And I love the quote here. It says, “When they walk down the street, holding hands, they make a statement but in a good way. What keeps their marriage so strong is that there’s never a hidden agenda. They love each other with their whole hearts and are honest with each other that exactly”. And that’s a good statement of the value of every human life and that’s a great example out of Great Britain.
Quick break, guys, we’ll be right back with more good news. You’re listening to WallBuilders Live.
America’s Hidden History
Hi, this is David Barton and this is Tim Barton. We want to let you know about a series that’s happening right now on TBN on Thursday nights. Now TBN is a Trinity Broadcasting Network. Every Thursday night there’s a series that we’ve filmed called America’s Hidden History. In this season, it’s called America’s Hidden Heroes. The reason is we highlight heroes from American history for years. We’ve been focusing on the forgotten history heroes of the nation and now we have a TV show just highlighting some of those heroes.
These are inspiring stories about some of the greatest people maybe you’ve never heard about. We go on location, we go to the site, we show you where the events happen and it’s a story of folks like Bronco Charlie and Stagecoach Mary and Jedediah Smith and Robert Smalls and so many inspiring folks.
Now, this happens every Thursday night and the time is going to be different based on where you live, either way. We think this is something that will so encourage and inspire you and learning some of these great stories from America’s Hidden History.
We’re back on WallBuilders Live, Good News Friday today. Our final segment, let’s see how much good news we can pack in here. Tim.
Trump Administration Keeps Pro-Abortion Language Out Of United Nations Resolution On Women
Alright, guys, this one is dealing with the United Nations. The headline of the article says, “Trump administration keeps pro-abortion language out of United Nations resolution on women”. I know it’s a mouthful, but under President Obama one of the things that had become part of the language that the United States was promoting was we wanted to help promote sexual and reproductive health.
Well, the idea of sexual and reproductive health has been some of the language of feminists, of the left, of Planned Parenthood that reproductive health is really kind of code for abortion and the UN has been known to largely promote abortion. This is something that a lot of nations have supported now. Not all nations have supported third-trimester abortions, in fact, very few nations still support third-trimester abortions. The US is one of the very last nations that is still supporting third-trimester abortion.
So we are very backwards than behind and this, something that with God’s help we certainly need to change and get past. But President Obama was still advocating that, nope, we believe in sexual and reproductive health when it comes to women. So it’s their body, it’s their choice, they can do what they want.
Pro-Life Groups Are Praising Him
Well, President Trump when he is now helping direct policy from the US, one of the things that he did was he cut the phraseology of sexual and reproductive health and eliminated that from official UN documents. And so pro-life groups are praising him that we are now no longer talking about this notion that it’s a woman’s body, it’s her choice what she does with this unborn child.
He’s Cutting Funding For Abortion Facilities
And President Trump has come out with some very strong pro-life sentiment. What he’s done cutting funding for abortion facilities, abortion agencies, some really impressive stuff he’s done and we’ve talked about some of that on Good News Friday before. So we don’t have to necessarily go back and read to all those stories. If you want to know more, you can go back and listen to some of the shows, WallBuilders Live. You can go back in some of those old Good News Friday and find some of those articles as well. You can do a google search and find out more about it. But the fact that he continues to advocate even at the United Nations where he is now leading in a different direction than what the UN is largely embraced.
One of the things that that we’ve talked about before as President Trump has been a very good leader in several areas and even though we don’t always agree with what he does, we don’t always like what he tweets. When it comes to policy, he’s done a very good job with policy and pro-life has been one of those areas where he’s done a very good job with those pro-life policies.
Black Unemployment At New Record Low
And guys, speaking of policy and things that have been very good, the next article I have, the headline says, “Black unemployment at new record low”. And this has continued over and over from almost every quarter. It seems like during his presidency, we’ve had this new update that now it’s a new all-time low, well now it’s a new all-time low, every quarter it gets lower.
And this is something that, one of the things I’ve seen a report that 97.5% of all coverage of President Trump on news outlets has been negative and that depending on which outlets you look at, that for many outlets, they have had zero reporting of anything economics when it comes to what President Trump has done, which certainly if you don’t like the president will make sense, you don’t want to talk about the economy because it’s been really, really good what’s happened for the president.
But we can say that the media has been totally fair because also under Obama, they’d never talked about economic issues under Obama. They didn’t talk about when things upturn in the economy, they were completely fair with Obama. They treated him just like they treat…
How Good The Economy Has Done
Now, see idea I catch what you’re doing. No, that’s not right at all. But I mean, this is what people generally are sensing about the news, is the bias and that’s why the news has now become a very untrusted organization. I’m not sure, but I feel like that now people might like Congress even more than they like some of these news outlets just based on some of the polling of how much people trust or rely on these different individuals, whether it’s Congress or the news.
But the reason I bring this up is President Trump, one of the things that especially on a Good News Friday we can talk about is how good the economy has done. And I do think it’s interesting now as we’re looking at an election cycle, where he’s coming up for reelection, guys, what do you think how significant will the economy be in his reelection?
And I know that might depend on who he’s up against, because if he’s up against Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders or somebody who’s known to be kind of crazy on the Left, I think at that point even if there’s a downturn in the economy, people are still going to go, but he’s better than these crazy people. But if it’s Joe Biden who is viewed as not as crazy and the economy goes down, that could have an interesting impact and maybe in some cases a very negative impact to President Trump. Because even though people don’t talk about how good the economy has been, I think the strong economy would lead people to want to vote for him, even many people who do not the first time, will want to vote for him this time just because the strength of the economy.
So do you think the incredibly low unemployment numbers, in fact, that now, there are more jobs that are offered and there are people who are trying to find jobs? Do you think that’s going to make an impact in the coming election?
Will This Make An Impact In The Upcoming Election?
I’ll point to the last election because as you said, we keep saying this every few months when the new report comes out it’s lower, it’s lower, it’s lower, it’s lower. It’s interesting that in my adult lifetime, I do not remember election when economic issues were not at the top of the list, but in the 2018 election, they were not because the media did not talk about the economy. They kept harping on it during Bush, how bad it is, the recession is bad, it’s bad, we got to change it. Then they kept harping on during Obama, oh look, the recession so even though the numbers weren’t good, they said look how much recovery there’s been. And so here comes Trump with the best numbers ever and there’s no news reporting on it.
And so in the election of 2018 when it turned and went the Democrats direction, the active economics, the economy did not appear on top issues that I saw in any major poll, it was gone. So right now, you’ve got all this news on the economy and unemployment and how the average wage is up and more disposable income, all this good news on economics. And the only thing you’re hearing is impeachment! Impeachment! Impeachment! Impeachment! Impeachment. So
The Media Certainly Is Not Going To Talk About How Strong The Economy Is
I don’t think that there’s going to be much of an issue in this election at all as long as they’ve got something else to talk about and even if impeachment goes away which I think it will, they’re still not going to talk about it because it would make the other candidate which is Trump, they would ever make him look favorable and they don’t want that. So I think it will be very hard to break through the noise of the media in this election unless people do it individually through their own posts and shares and social media whatnot. The media certainly not going to talk about that how strong the economy is.
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