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National Associations of Evangelicals Shame

Posted by MDViews on December 14, 2008

In an article titled, National Association of Evangelicals VP Quits After Backing Pro-Abortion Obama, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has announced the resignation of long-time vice president, Richard Cizik. Mr. Cizik admitted on National Public Radio that an evangelical Christian could vote for Senator Obama in spite of his radical pro-abortion views. Mr. Cizik admitted he supported Mr. Obama, voted for him in the Virginia primary and stated the interviewer could infer from that how he, Mr. Cizik, voted in the national election.

To what do we attribute this sad state of affairs in which someone of high ranking office in an association of evangelical Christians would consider life of so little value?

I have opinions or I wouldn’t have posted on this. But, if after reading what I’ve written, you have additional insight, by all means, comment. I’d love to hear it.

First, he could be just an isolated renegade that does not reflect evangelical thinking. Were that it were so. Did anyone ask Leath Anderson, the president of the NAE, for whom he voted? Does anyone doubt that Rick Warren of The Purpose Driven Life tends liberal with his stand on global warming? Every global warming advocate group I’ve ever read promotes population control (birth control and abortion) as the ultimate solution. So, no, I don’t think this pro-abortion position is of one isolated leader. I think more and more it reflects leadership in evangelical circles.

What about the pews? Pro-abortion evangelical church goers are not uncommon. I would guess that evangelical Christians as a group are quite pro-life, but, as our former pastor noted, his prolife sermons were always followed by lower attendance.

Why that? Why, when our holy, all-powerful God, in whose image we are created, values life so dearly? How can one love and serve Christ and be proabortion?

I think it is because so many evangelical Christians (EC’s) have such a shallow, cheap, superficial, worldly view of Christ and the church that the distinction between the world and the church is disappearing. Few now fear God. God is now love, and EC’s magnanimously honor him by choosing to accept Him as their personal savior. Isn’t he lucky? Church is a few announcements followed by the latest, coolest worship choruses led by the band and worship team, occasionally with some eye candy for the guys with a worship team member in a dress too tight, too low or too short. After singing, a skit that may illustrate a Biblical concept, ushers collect an offeringafter a prayer and then probably a life story (what used to be called a testimony) after which you wonder if the one testifying is really a follower of Christ. The sermon, which may or may not apply to a scripture passage read, emphasizes a Christian concept applied to the latest pop psychology to help all the child care-hassled, work-busy, television-saturated, credit card-maxed, marriage-stressed, liberally-minded, Lexus-driving church goers make it through the next week. If such a lesson is told, then they have been “fed” and may come back for more. No one wants to hear the gospel, because it is so simple and everyone knows it anyway. Then the EC’s go to the Yoga class the chuch puts on on Tuesdays, sell the latest magical vitamin cure to everyone they see, sit in front of the TV for another 10-20 hours in the next week, complain they have no time for anything, buy the latest electronic gadget after claiming poverty to the needs of the church and wonder why their lives are so empty.

The Catholics are worse. They raise money by gambling and vote like the edicts of the Pope against abortion and birth control mean nothing, protected by the belief that their infant baptism has ushered them into the kingdom. (United State and Canadian catholics may be a lost cause.)

The answer is not one EC’s want to hear, I’m afraid.

Church is worship. God is all. Saving faith is not our doing, but His. Loving Christ includes loving what He loves. The Bible has the words of life. Christian theology and thought are at the same time so simple that a child can become a Christian and so complex that brilliant scholars cannot get their minds around God and His precepts.

For example, as John Piper says in his biography of Athenasius spoken to pastors at his pastors conference, we must 

“…help people, by the grace of God, to see what is happening to them (the shattering of their categories) as the best news in all the world.

From the very beginning, in the most winsome way possible, we must labor to create categories like this: God rules the world of bliss and suffering and sin, right down to the roll of the dice and the fall of a bird and the driving of the nail into the hand of his Son, yet, though he will that such sin and suffering be, he does not sin, but is perfectly holy. Or a category like this: God governs all the steps of all people, both good and bad, at all times and in all places, yet such that all are accountable before him and will bear the just consequences of his wrath if they do not believe in Christ. Or this category: All are dead in their trespasses and sin and are not morally able to come to Christ because of their rebellion, yet, they are responsible to come and will be justly punished if they don’t. Or: Jesus Christ is one person with two natures, divine and human, such that he upheld the world by the word of his power while living in his mother’s womb. Or: sin, though committed by a finite person and in the confines of finite time is nevertheless deserving of an infinitely long punishment because it is a sin against an infinitely worthy God. Or: the death of the one God-Man, Jesus Christ, so displayed and glorified the righteousness of God that God is not unrighteous to declare righteous ungodly people who simply believe in Christ.

These kinds of mind-boggling, category-shattering truths demand our best thought and our most creative labors. We must aim to speak them in a way that, by the power of God’s word and Spirit, a place for them would be created in the minds of those who hear. We must not preach only in the categories that are already present in our listeners’ fallen minds, or we will betray the gospel and conceal the glory of God.

Amen.

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Embryo adoption

Posted by MDViews on December 9, 2008

An article in Yahoo Health news caught my eye today. The article titled, “Women Unhappy With Disposal Options after Infertility Treatment,” by Randy Dotinga bemoans the dilemma faced by those women undergoing in vitro fertilization who have leftover embryos. What should be done? Flush them down the sink? (That unfortunate guilt at destroying life doesn’t go away easily.) Keep them frozen forever? (Costs money.) Give them to research? (I have to ask–what does that mean? Is there a shortage?) Have more babies? (Most are done and don’t want more children.)

The author concludes that the only answer is to create fewer embryos.

Good idea!

But what about the extras?

It is unfortunate the Randy Dotinga does not have Wikipedia or Google search available (Sorry–I couldn’t resist the sarcasm. It is hard to imagine someone writing on this topic, as a reporter no less, and have not done any research and missed such a big part of the solution!)

Embryo adoption is the adopting of the embryo, much like a child would be adopted. Since the embryo is not a “child” in the legal sense of the word, it actually becomes a donation. But by doing so, the embryo is thawed and implanted and this budding life has a chance to grow.

The pro-life community, of course, started the whole process. The pro-aborts don’t like it one bit because it puts a human face and uses a human term to describe something they destroy everyday. It is a slap in their face. Anything that makes an embryo, or fetus, or unborn baby more human, more real and more “living human life” weakens their argument. Such makes their argument for abortion that much more vacuous and barbaric.

I pray that fewer embryos will be formed, that desperately infertile couples will look to God for guidance regarding such procedures and that embryo adoption will continue and grow.

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ProLife and Sweet Polly Purebred

Posted by MDViews on August 24, 2007

You can see it coming, like the locomotive bearing down on Sweet Polly Purebred (sorry–Nell. Sweet Polly Purebred was on Underdog as I’ve been corrected. I knew I should have paid more attention to Saturday morning cartoons!) of “Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties” cartoon fame. It’s picking up speed and the pro-life community is tied to the tracks.

What would this locomotive be, about to rend asunder the pro-life movement?

Well, in a word, the nomination of a pro-abortion or marginally pro-life Republican for president.

Should that happen, the pro-life community would have no where to go, save a third party, should one form. Some would say, better to vote for a conservative in other ways who is pro-abortion, than a liberal in all ways who is pro-abortion. And that argument makes some sense to many. Many conservatives would vote that way even if it left a very bad taste in their mouths.

Should that happen we would hear arguments like, “Don’t be a one-issue voter!” Such a position, we would be told, is naïve, immature, narrow-minded, and not pragmatic. We would be told that if we were to stay home from the polls or vote for a sure-to-lose pro-life candidate, then we would surely put Hillary or Obama in the White House.

Can one issue be so important that it would totally sway one’s vote? Yes! I would not vote for a convicted murderer, a wife beater, an embezzler, a drinking alcoholic, one who fathers and abandons a child. The list could go on and on. Everyone is a one issue voter in many circumstances. It just depends on the issue. In my mind, a candidate who would agree with the pro-death people and possibly appoint judges who would share those views is not fit for office and I, for one, would not vote for such a person.

Who would these Republican candidates be?

Well, Giuliani for one. No question about that.

But what about those so desperate for the nomination that they would say anything, change any position, to win the prize?

I’m thinking of Romney who was as pro-choice as Teddy Kennedy when he was trying to win the Senate seat in Massachusetts. If he were to win the nomination, how long would it take him to “move to the center”, (translated: become pro-choice to try and win the presidency) one second? Maybe two? He would be hailed in the mainstream media (MSM) as “pragmatic”, “bold”, “a rebel in the party”, “brave” rather than the true descriptions of him and his character which would be opportunistic, unprincipled, dishonest and a liar. Some may disagree with me on Romney and say his conversion to the pro-life position is genuine. It just looks to convenient for me to believe it to be real.

John McCain, who has a long history of being pro-life, would, in my judgment, fold like a cheap suit and become pro-choice were he to win the nomination. He almost joined John Kerry as the VP Democrat standard bearer in 2004, which would have required such a switch. He led the charge of the “gang of fourteen” in the Senate who thwarted the nomination of several strongly pro-life candidates. He championed “campaign finance reform”, a euphemism for silencing conservative and pro-life groups from exposing candidate duplicity prior to an election.

I hope the primary process will see these three candidates fall by the way side. Life is that important.

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Frightening news for the pro-aborts

Posted by MDViews on August 23, 2007

Not another one.

On April 25, 2007 in a New Jersey hospital, a 25 week old baby was delivered by cesarean section, weighing in at 11oz, only 10 inches long. The baby girl was delivered because she had quit growing and her mother’s kidneys were failing. Mom has since recovered and little baby Tamara is now 4lbs 8oz and is ready to go home. The article stated she was going home “without complications”. The March of Dimes (MOD)* spokeswoman said it was “rare” for a baby her size to survive and go home without complications.

Every time a story like this hits the newswire, I imagine the pro-aborts curse and gnash their teeth. How can Dr. Tiller be granting women “choice”, if an 11 ounce baby survives and thrives? How can any self-respecting university or big city abortion service continue to offer 24 week abortions? Where does this leave the so-called D&X abortion, better known as partial birth abortion if babies that size can truly survive outside the womb? How do the women working the abortuareums process this information? Employees of abortion clinics are not immune to this sort of thing. It’s hard enough to be in the “death business”, even for those strongly pro-abortion. Stories like this make it just that much harder. One would have to be hardened and calloused to normal life to read a story like this, and then go on salting out 24 week babies in the abortion chambers. That, or in incredible denial.

I pray that God will use this story, this story of a life He created, life He ordained, and use it to convict women who may be considering a 2nd trimester abortion. Also, that those working in the abortion business would see clearly what they are doing—ending the lives of children, children who would live and breathe, smile and coo, if given the chance. I pray for a crisis of belief in the hearts and minds of everyone involved in abortion, from those on the periphery, and those who actually work in the abortion chambers; receptionists, medical assistants, LPN’s, RN’s, ARNP’s and MD’s.

*Friday, January 14, 2005 March of Dimes…so, tell me again. How Do You “Prevent” Birth Defects?

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