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Christians urged to pray

By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) – America is in desperate need of spiritual healing, say conservative Christian leaders, who are organizing a day of mass prayer and repentance on behalf of the nation.
 
The “Call 2 Fall” event will take place on July 5. “The day after America celebrates her independence, it’s our goal to have eight million Christians declaring our dependence on God,” the Family Research Council says on its Web site. “The Call 2 Fall is a simple but powerful commitment to get on our faces before the Lord, asking Him to reshape our lives and renew our land.”
 
The event is based on the belief that the solution to the nation’s problems is found in God – not in the Congress or the White House.
 
“Only He can quiet the storms and turn the hearts of this country–and our culture–toward Him. Only He can restore a respect for life, marriage, and faith in the halls of power. And only we can ask Him to,” the FRC says.
 
There is both a biblical and historical basis for the event. The Family Research Council points to 2 Chronicles 7:14, where God urges His people to seek His face and turn from their wicked ways.
 
The event also has historical precedent: The First Continental Congress called for a day of public humiliation, fasting, and prayer throughout the Colonies on July 20th, 1775, just after war broke out with England, the FRC noted.
 
It’s time for another such effort, FRC says: “From 9/11 to war to natural disasters to financial and moral collapse, we are witnessing what happens when a nation turns away from God.”
 
The FRC  has set up a Call2fall Web site where “every Christ-follower in America” can sign up to spend at least five minutes in prayer on July 5 – “asking God to pour out his mercy on our lives, our communities, and our nation.”
 
The FRC hopes that at least 40,000 churches will take part in the event. “America is in desperate need of spiritual healing–and that healing starts with us,” the group said.

Follow up: Notre Dame Commencement

Several weeks ago I posted an article about the controversy surrounding President Obama’s visit to Notre Dame to deliver their commencement speech.  The controversy, of which now you’ve probably heard, centered around the abortion debate, primarily the Catholic schools opposition to it and the President’s favor towards it.  There were numerous protestors at the event including Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. Jane Roe of “Roe” vs. Wade.  Ms. McCorvey, who is now a prominent pro-life advocate, was arrested for trespassing following the demonstrations.

What I find incredulous about this story are the President’s comments.  “He still implored the University of Notre Dame’s graduating class and all in the U.S. to stop ‘reducing those with differing views to caricature. Open hearts. Open minds. Fair-minded words. It’s a way of life that always has been the Notre Dame tradition.'” 

This sounds a little too much like compromise to me.  How can you compromise on your moral beliefs?  How are we supposed to compromise on right vs. wrong?  More thoughts from the President, “So let’s work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions by reducing unintended pregnancies, and making adoption more available, and providing care and support for women who do carry their child to term.” 

I guess there is our answer, more compromise.  We won’t stop abortions; we’ll just reduce them by reducing “unintended pregnancies.”  But let’s look at the facts.  Just last week, the President eliminated most of the funding for abstinence-only sex education and shifted it over to teen pregnancy prevention.  The abstinence-only programs emphasized a no sex until marriage message.  So now the message is no longer abstinence, but instead one that promotes sex/”safe-sex” and this is supposed to reduce the number of “unintended pregnancies”?

On the heels of last weeks poll showing the majority of Americans are now “pro-life”, it’s imperative that we continue to stand up for our beliefs especially on issues where the lines are so clearly drawn between right and wrong.  As Christians, it’s important we never compromise what God has instilled in our hearts.

Psalm 22:10 From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God

Psalm 139:13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Ecclesiastes 11:5 As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.

Poll shows Americans more Pro-life than ever

A new Gallup poll, released yesterday shows a dramatic swing the percentages of Pro-lifers from years past.  The results show that 51% of those polled support pro-life as opposed to 42% who now support “pro-choice.”  Actually, I find the results of this poll staggering and I think it says a lot about the people of this country, not the government, not those in the media who would paint this country as everything but Christian, but the people.  It’s amazing that in a year where perhaps the most pro-abortion president we’ve had gets elected coincides with a poll that highlights such a dramatic shift in public opinion on the abortion issue.  Below is a graph of the changes that have taken place since 1995.

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Below is a timeline of this administrations Pro-abortion policies and agenda:

  • January 23, 2009 – Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decison to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.
  • February 27, 2009 – Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.
  • March 9, 2009 – Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
  • March 11, 2009 – Obama signed an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama’s director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, became director of it.
  • March 11, 2009 – Obama administration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.
  • March 17, 2009 – Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • March 26 – President Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
  • April 23 – Refused to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.
  • May 5 – Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.
  • May 8 – President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.
  • May 8 – President Obama’s new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation’s capital, and eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.

Despite the legislative pro-abortion agenda of our new administration, the voice of the people rings clear on this issue.  I can only pray that God continues to open the eyes of the people of this country that we might collectively return to our roots as a truly God-fearing nation.