In Case You Missed It

The Christian Post's roundup of the week's top stories.

In Case You Missed It
Laura Beth Perry Smalts spent years undergoing experimental gender medicalization to look like a man to the outside world and extinguish the inner turmoil she felt about her sex. In The Christian Post's podcast series “Generation Indoctrination: Inside the Transgender Battle," Smalts shares her remarkable story of coming to Christ amid her gender confusion. Smalts, who has described deep regret at the "loss" of nine years of her life in her quest to "fix" her body, now questions the lack of medical oversight and the ease with which young people are able to obtain opposite-sex hormones and surgeries. “It's so maddening when I look back. … Where were the doctors willing to say, ‘Hey, wait for a second, this is really not good for your body?’” Smalts asks. Read more.
Former President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he is planning a 2024 presidential run. "In order to make America great and glorious again, I am tonight announcing my candidacy for president of the United States," Trump stated, adding that he believes Republicans cannot nominate "a politician or conventional candidate" if they want to win. Reactions to Trump's announcement were mixed. President Joe Biden declared that "Donald Trump failed America," while Christian author and radio host Eric Metaxas asserted, "Many in the GOP talked a good game for years, but Trump saw it through. We are a better nation because of it." 
Ahead of Trump's announcement, former Vice President Mike Pence sat down with ABC News' David Muir to discuss Trump's actions leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, U.S. Capitol riot. The former vice president characterized Trump's tweets the day of the riot as "reckless" and said that whether Trump should become the president again is "up to the American people," while predicting that there will be "better choices in the future." Also this week, a Rasmussen survey revealed that only roughly a third of American voters and approximately half of Republican voters think the former president should run again in 2024. 
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who made history by becoming the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2007, announced that she will not seek a Democratic leadership position as Republicans will take control of the lower chamber next year. In the Senate, a bill to enshrine the right to same-sex marriage into federal law cleared a major procedural hurdle on Wednesday, with critics cautioning that a religious freedom amendment added to the legislation does not sufficiently protect those with deeply held beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. The Food and Drug Administration indefinitely postponed a meeting to review an application for the first over-the-counter birth control pill to allow the agency more time to review new information. And, the FBI released surveillance camera footage of a firebombing of a pro-life pregnancy center in upstate New York and offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators. 
The Christian humanitarian group Church World Service has announced plans to launch a program to assist Roma refugees living in Moldova who were displaced by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. CWS’ Steve Weaver told The Christian Post that the organization has helped Roma communities in the past, including one program in Serbia that has been operating for more than a decade. “There has been a historical marginalization and mistreatment of Roma people that has caused limited access to resources such as education, not to mention discrimination and exclusion from the communities in which they live,” Weaver said. He explained CWS envisions a world "where everyone has food, a voice, and a safe place to call home." Read more.

Final Thoughts ...

This week our CP Voices contributors weighed in on issues such as why teens don't understand who Jesus is, former President Donald Trump's 2024 bid for the White House, and the Lord's Supper. As we close out the week, we'd like to leave you with this thought from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Dan Britton:
"We all need at least one trusted friend to share our heart with—someone who has the green light to the door of our life, someone with whom no subject is out of bounds or off limits. This is someone who lifts us when we stumble and holds us down when we stray. They are absolutely, totally committed to your spiritual, physical, mental and emotional success."
Do you have such a friend—and, are you being such a friend?

And, that's a wrap
See you next week. - CP Editors