Dear Friends,

Do you ever find yourself exasperated at a friend or family member because they don’t share your beliefs, even though you’ve witnessed to them time and time again? Or maybe you harbor this frustration in a subtler way by privately hanging on to feelings of sadness or bitterness toward someone because of their lack of understanding and belief. This has been a common part of my own faith journey, and I’m sure it is for others as well.

It is at times like these that we should keep in mind that old familiar saying: “Patience is a virtue.” Yes, I know this phrase is dull and perhaps overused, but when we think about it in biblical terms, patience takes on a new dimension of meaning. For example, at the beginning of the Gospel of Matthew, we see the genealogy of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17). This passage is a stark illustration of the fact that God used a lineage full of sinners to become man. In the words of one commentator: “Even in the midst of all this sin and unfaithfulness, God remained faithful. He continued to work patiently to bring his plan to fulfilment.”

By paying attention to the faithfulness and patience that God has shown His people throughout salvation history and up to today, we begin to see that God does not do His work on man’s schedule. In the words of a priest I heard recently, “We have to be patient with the growth of His grace. This should prompt us to be patient with others.” This is a great reminder for us to not fall into discouragement and frustration when it appears that our words and prayers seem to have little effect on those we encounter. The important thing is to stay faithful in thought, word, deed, and prayer, always mindful that God is continually doing His faithful work and answering our prayers in ways we both can and cannot see.

As the Advent season draws to a close and our Savior’s birth approaches, the virtue of patience takes centerstage in the Christian life. Let us patiently await the coming of the Savior, ever faithful in the promises He has kept and continues to keep every day of our lives.

Thank you for your prayers and for your continued support of FRC and the family.

Sincerely,

Dan Hart
Managing Editor for Publications
Family Research Council

Editor’s Note: The Social Conservative Review will be on hiatus through Christmas. It will resume again on January 15, 2019.

 

FRC Articles

NEW Policy Publication: Religious Liberty and the “Wedding Vendor” Cases – Alexandra McPhee

Congress Must Repeal Its Tax on Churches and Charities – Travis Weber and David Closson

On Sex, the Science Is Deafening – Tony Perkins

Avoiding anti-religious decision-making – William G. Boykin

Season for Giving to Religious Groups – David Closson

Obamacare 2019: Fewer options and more funding of abortion – Patrina Mosley and Chuck Donovan

Stats Show People Still Want Reason for the Season This Christmas – Alexandra McPhee

Fairness for Whom? – Peter Sprigg

Obamacare and Abortion: Tell Us Your Story – Patrina Mosley

What to Know About Indonesia’s New “Blasphemy Reporting App” – Travis Weber

Supreme Court Pass on Defunding Cases Reminds Us of the Horrors of Planned Parenthood – Patrina Mosley

Supreme Court Refuses to Rule on State Decisions to Defund Planned Parenthood – Travis Weber and Alexandra McPhee

Pronoun Police Get VA Teacher Fired – Cathy Ruse

Speaking the Truth in Love: Lauren Daigle and the Reality of Being a Christian in Modern America – David Closson

Will Asia Bibi Be Forgotten? – Arielle Del Turco

Starbucks for Coffee, Not Porn – Cathy Ruse

Christian Healthcare Alternatives to Obamacare – Patrina Mosley

 

Religious Liberty

Religious Liberty in the Public Square

Ohio city removes Nativity, Ten Commandments display from public property after atheist complaint – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post

YAF Wins Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, UC Berkeley To Pay $70,000 And Rescind Unconstitutional Policies – Spencer Brown, Young America’s Foundation

'In God We Trust' Returning to Public Schools, Buildings in More States – Steve Warren, CBN News

Treasury Dep't issues guidance softening parking tax burden on churches, nonprofits – Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post

Compromising religious freedom – Everett Piper, The Washington Times

Group protests Bible Clubs in Wood County Schools – Jess Mancini, The Marietta Times

Virginia high school teacher fired for refusing to use transgender student's new pronouns –  Graham Moomaw, Richmond Times-Dispatch

Principal Bans Santa, Christmas Carols, Candy Canes & Jesus – ToddStarnes.com

Wise men will remain atop Newaygo Elementary – News 8

International Religious Freedom

President Trump, Asia Bibi is a Christian under threat of death in Pakistan -- please help her – Mike Huckabee, Fox News

USCIRF wants more sanctions to punish Myanmar's abuse of Rohingyas, Christians and others – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

100 Christians snatched in overnight raids on underground Chinese church – Mimi Lau, South China Morning Post

US groups urge Modi to take necessary measures to curb rise of Hindutva extremismThe Times of India

Colombia: Pastors facing death threats, assassination attempts by extortionists, kidnappers – Stoyan Zaimov, The Christian Post

Asia Bibi apparently still in Pakistan as nations deny, debate appeals for asylum – John Burger, Aleteia

China: Fury as students BANNED from discussing religion – Latifa Yedroudj, Express

Read Powerful Letter Detained Chinese Pastor Wang Yi Wrote, Anticipating Arrest – Tré Goins-Phillips, FaithWire

Trump signs bill to aid ISIS genocide victims; Iraqi Christians ‘beginning to see a difference’ – Samuel Smith, The Christian Post

Egypt’s Silent Epidemic of Kidnapped Christian Girls – Lela Gilbert, The Jerusalem Post

114 Christians Arrested in One Week in Iran – Lindy Lowry, Open Doors USA

 

Life

Abortion

California Democrats eye mandating that state schools stock abortion pills – Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

Nashville Becomes Largest Abortion-Free City in U.S. After Planned Parenthood Stops Doing Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

'Holding the line' Pro-lifers look ahead to new Congressional session – Christine Rousselle, CAN

Planned Parenthood Caught Selling Aborted Baby Parts Makes Over $100 Million Doing Abortions – Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews

Abortion pill restrictions approved by Michigan House – Jonathan Oosting, The Detroit News

Adoption

New York: ‘Change your beliefs or stop serving children’ – Alliance Defending Freedom

Why I’m Still an Adoption Romantic—Just a Less Starry-Eyed One – Mitch Pearlstein, Family Studies

Worse than foster care? Why not imagine something better for maltreated children? – Ron Haskins and Jeremy Kohomban, The Brookings Institution

Bioethics

The Case Against CRISPR Babies – Nicanor Austriaco, First Things

Pro-life medical expert tells Congressional panel aborted baby tissue isn’t necessary for research – Calvin Freiburger, LifeSiteNews

Obamacare

Christian groups win Obamacare birth control battle – Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner

How Catholics Can Ensure Their Health Care Doesn’t Fund Abortion – Lauretta Brown, National Catholic Register

 

Family

Marriage

The Partisan Divide in Marriage and Family Life: Four Takeaways from the 2018 American Family Survey – W. Bradford Wilcox, Family Studies

Keeping Your Marriage Intact While Grieving the Loss of a Child – Mary Ann Vincent, Focus on the Family

Protecting your marriage during the holidays – MPR News

You Can Reduce Negative Reactions in Conflict – Milan Yerkovich and Kay Yerkovich, Focus on the Family

The Unlikely Marriage of Alexander Hamilton and His Wife, Eliza – Barbara Maranzani, Biography.com

Parenting

3 Things Your Teens Fear the Most – Kevin Leman, Focus on the Family

Why parents constantly get their kids’ names wrong – Calah Alexander, Aleteia

Economics/Education

Modeling Opportunity in America: The Success Sequence and Social Genome Model – Isabel Sawhill, Family Studies

Virginia county wants to nix law allowing homeschooling for religious reasons – Helaina Bock, LifeSiteNews

The New Farm Bill Is So Bad That Supporters Don’t Want Its Details Released – Daren Bakst, The Daily Signal

How John Taylor Gatto Helped Parents And Children Regain Our Freedom To Think – Stella Morabito, The Federalist

Faith/Character/Culture

Study: Half of All High School Students Don’t Trust the Media to Report Accurately and Fairly – A.J. Katz, TVNewser

The Authenticity of Clint Eastwood’s 'Gran Torino' – Dwight Longenecker, Intellectual Takeout

America Was Always Diverse – Jim Geraghty, National Review

An Aging Society Needs Caregiving Superheroes – Amy Ziettlow, Family Studies

Human Sexuality

9 Transgender Patients Complain Of Mutilation, Botched Sex-Change Surgeries In Oregon – Walt Heyer, The Federalist

Parents protest Desert Sands Unified sex ed curriculum changes – Joseph Hong, Palm Springs Desert Sun

Yes, Evangelical ‘Abstinence Culture’ Is A Bust, But The Answer Isn’t A Sexual Free-For-All – Matthew Cochran, The Federalist

Does Cohabitation Still Matter for Children’s Family Stability When It Becomes Common? –  Laurie DeRose, Family Studies

Why Puberty Blockers Are A Clear Danger To Children’s Health – Jane Robbins, The Federalist

Pornography

Pornography and the Definition of Power – Scott Beauchamp, The American Conservative

Tumblr will delete all porn from its platform – Lucas Matney, TechCrunch

Federal Employee Downloaded 9,000 Pages of Porn, Infecting Network with Russian Malware – Craig Bannister, CNS News

Starbucks finally bans porn – Kiley Crossland, WORLD

More College Students Wanting Universities to Filter Porn – National Center on Sexual Exploitation