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Pastor John Piper, where were you in October?

Posted by MDViews on January 29, 2009

John Piper is my pastor. He preached a sermon on 1/25/09 that I wish everyone could hear or read. He takes Mr. Obama to task for his pro-abortion acts since he has become president. I love him for it. I respect him more than any pastor I have sat under. He is a man who loves God and shows us God.

But I have a beef with him about this issue. He seemed surprised by Mr. Obama. It seemed like he thought Mr. Obama’s “official” stance, which was neither pro-life or pro-abortion, was the truth. He sounded betrayed by Mr. Obama. Following is the written portion of the sermon regarding Mr. Obama taken from here.

As everyone knows, our new President, over whom we have rejoiced, does not share this reverence for the beginning of human life. He is trapped and blinded by a culture of deceit. On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, he said, “We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.”

To which I say . . .

  • No, Mr. President, you are not protecting women’s health; you are authorizing the destruction of half a million tiny women every year.
  • No, Mr. President, you are not protecting reproductive freedom; you are authorizing the destruction of freedom for a million helpless people every year.
  • No, Mr. President, killing our children does not cease to be killing our children no matter how many times you call it a private family matter. Call it what you will, they are dead, and we have killed them. And you, Mr. President, would keep the killing legal.

Some of us wept with joy over the inauguration of the first African-American President. We will pray for you. And may God grant that there arises in your heart an amazed and happy reverence for the beginning of every human life. [His actual sermon deviated from the written text and was so powerful.]

Pastor Piper is a guest columnist for WORLD magazine and wrote a piece on November 4, 2000 which defended those who are called “single-issue voters”. He argues that there are many singe issues which would disqualify one for high office. Would a sexual molester of children qualify? He notes that people face bigger penalties for cruelty to animals than taking human life from the womb. In 1989, he was arrested for picketing an abortion clinic. Pastor Piper is no marginal, fair weather pro-lifer. He is passionately pro-life.

As I listened to his sermon on Sunday, I had tears as well. Not tears of joy for Mr. Obama’s inauguration. Tears that Pastor Piper did not preach that sermon against Mr. Obama’s pro-abortion stand in October when hearts could have been changed and votes would have mattered. It dawned on me as I listened that Pastor Piper did seem betrayed and surprised, so I wonder if he was hoodwinked into believing the lies or ignoring Mr. Obama’s past because he was black. Pastor Piper is also passionate about racial reconciliation. I’ve written to Pastor Piper about this matter and would not have brought it up here except that his sermon and its content is featured on www.prolifeblogs.com where public comments have been made. Since it is all public, it is fair game for public debate and comment. His sermon can be watched, listened to or read from the www.desiringgod.org web site.

“Red and yellow, black and white. All are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world,” so the old Sunday School song goes. So I don’t care if Mr. Obama is red, yellow, black or white. If he won’t stand for the unborn, he will not be my choice for office.

I had tears on his inauguration day as well. Tears of regret for all the unborn who will die because of Barrack Obama.

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