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BreakPoint This Week: 2016 Year in Review


In the wake of a historic election, it's easy to forget that some of the biggest stories of 2016 came from overseas. WORLD magazine's Mindy Belz joins us to review this whirlwind of a year.

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  • Persecution of Christians getting worse: 2015 was the worst year on record for the deadly persecution of Christians across the word. North Korea remained the biggest offender, followed by a pack of majority Muslim countries. Mindy Belz of WORLD magazine explains how the landscape is changing, and why 2016 could well top 2015 for violent oppression of believers throughout the world. Watchdog organizations are also warning that 2017 will bring new threats in countries once considered relatively safe for Christians. Nigeria, Indonesia, and Turkey are all areas of concern. Still, there are hopeful signs. The recapture of the Nineveh plane means that Christians displaced by ISIS will have the opportunity to return home. Mindy Belz has documents the plight of many of these ancient communities firsthand in her book, “They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christian in the Middle East.”
  • Election split evangelicals: The result of the recent historic election caught the mainstream media largely off-guard, but Donald Trump also sharply divided evangelical Christians. WORLD magazine issued a call for Trump to step aside after vulgar taped remarks about women emerged, as did Christianity Today. Though Trump earned a majority of the evangelical vote, many Christians remain cautious about the president-elect, and whether he will follow through with his promises.
  • 2017 key year for life, marriage, and religious liberty: Antonin Scalia's passing turned the election and our conversation on a dime. Supreme Court appointments can change the shape of our society. And Belz argues that the prospect of a replacement for Scalia and a federal judiciary shaped by Hillary Clinton was one of the biggest factors in propelling Donald Trump to the White House.
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"BreakPoint This Week" is hosted by John Stonestreet, President of the Colson Center, and Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair, and Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.

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