By Christy Barritt
Americans Concerned About Eating Habits
According to a new report from Barna, Americans are more concerned than ever about poor eating habits.
Nearly half (47 percent) of Americans are concerned that they eat too much. Millennials, those born between 1984 and 2002, are the generation most concerned about eating habits (57 percent). Elders, those born 1945 or earlier, are the least concerned (30 percent).
Barna pointed out that these numbers aren’t a huge surprise when one considers the availability of many online resources and diet apps used by younger generations.
Interestingly enough, those who attend church (at least once a month) are the most concerned about eating habits (56 percent). Those who are marginally churched (attending at least once in the past six months) fell to 45 percent, and the unchurched came in at 40 percent. The survey included 1,026 adults nationwide.
Lowe’s Employees Fix Veteran’s Wheelchair
A Vietnam veteran was shopping at Lowe’s recently when his wheelchair literally fell apart. As soon as employees saw what happened, they rushed to assist him and give a hand to someone in need.
In Vietnam Michael Sulasona stepped on a land mine and lost both of his legs above the knee. He’s been trying, unsuccessfully, for the past two years to get a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration because his was old and not working properly.
Sulasona told a local news station that three employees jumped to his rescue when his wheelchair broke in Lowe’s. They made sure he was comfortable while they worked and told him they were going to make the chair look like new—45 minutes after the store closed, he was in his repaired wheelchair. When he thanked the employees for their help, they simply said it was “our honor.”
According to a VA spokesperson, Sulsona received a new custom wheelchair from the VA the following week.
Young Evangelicals Still Have Sexual Morals
Despite some studies to the contrary, new research by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus has found that young evangelicals still stand with the church instead of the culture on sexual issues.
The study found that only 5 percent of evangelicals believe cohabitation by unmarried couples is acceptable, while closer to 70 percent of those who are religiously unaffiliated or “spiritual but not religious” think cohabitation is OK.
Russell Moore and Andrew Walker of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were encouraged by the research and said that “churchgoing Evangelical Christians are retaining orthodox views on Biblical sexuality, despite the shifts in broader American culture.” They feel the results show that young Christians “aren’t hewing to the culture’s expectation that they conform to its values.”
The study identified an evangelical as someone who attends an evangelical Christian church weekly. Regnerus surveyed 15,378 persons between the ages of 18 and 60, but he focused on respondents under 40.
Religious Freedom Commission Approved
The U.S. House of Representatives approved a five-year renewal of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The independent government agency monitors and reports violations of religious rights abroad and recommends actions the U.S. could take against countries that persecute or fail to prevent the persecution of people of faith. These violations include serious offenses such as killing, torture, and detention, as well as less serious issues such as denial of permits to build houses of worship.
Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf said, “Without this commission, there would be nobody around to point out what is taking place to these groups.”
USCIRF commissioners are appointed by Congress and the White House.
Christy Barritt is an award-winning author, freelance writer, and speaker living in Chesapeake, Virginia. She and her husband Scott have two sons. www.christybarritt.com