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.

True Hope for Change

Yesterday Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family, discussed some of the major changes taking place in our country and declared the only true action for Christians to take is to pray.  He offered the following quotes:

I want to tell you up front that we’re not going to ask you to do anything, to make a phone call or to write a letter or anything.

There is nothing you can do at this time about what is taking place because there is simply no limit to what the left can do at this time. Anything they want, they get and so we can’t stop them.

We tried with [Health and Human Services Secretary] Kathleen Sebelius and sent thousands of phone calls and emails to the Senate and they didn’t pay any attention to it because they don’t have to. And so what you can do is pray, pray for this great nation… As I see it, there is no other answer. There’s no other answer, short term.

Last week we had the National Day of Prayer where most of us lifted up our country and leaders to God, that he would hear our prayers and heal our land.  II Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  I implore those of you Christians that are reading to drop your political affinities and stand united on the Word of God and lift up your voice to Him that He might heal our land.  What’s taking place transcends politics and goes to the heart of good vs. evil.  When we combine a country in moral disarray with leaders who lack Godly wisdom, we’ve created the perfect storm.

So is anyone paying attention to what’s going on in our country or is everyone just asleep at the wheel?  It’s almost as if people are following anyone who steps in front of them.  Kind of like those old cartoons or movies where the hypnotized person wanders aimlessly, arms-outstretched, declaring, “Yes master” to do their bidding.  Yeah it might bring a comical image to mind, but this is reality and it’s far less funny.  I could sit here and rattle off item by item of the drastic changes that are taking place, some you’ve heard about, some soon to come, and still some the results of those changes.  But really does it matter?  I mean it matters in a sense of the direction this country is heading, but is there anything we can do about it?  Where is our voice?  Maybe you heard about the “tea-parties” that took place on April 15th and you might well know that there are much larger ones planned for July 4th, but are they our voice?  Do they represent the Christian voice?  Hardly.  These groups, while noble in their cause, are trying to be the political voice of reason to our government leaders.  Are these men and women in our government under any obligation to listen to these demonstrations?  Their responsibility was to be the voice of the people, after all that’s why they were elected.  But if they’ve already neglected that, do you really think they will listen to demonstrations?  Sadly, the answer is no.  Only God has the power to change our current path.  Only God can put the brakes on the drastic changes taking place in our democracy.  Disagree with me if you want, but our charge as Christians is to call out to God and unite as a voice of Christians, not demonstrators.  He alone can stand up to the powers at work.   

Romans 13:11-12 And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"