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Month: January 2009

No Mr. President, the Debate is NOT Over!

No Mr. President, the Debate is NOT Over!

President Obama has rescinded the Mexico City Policy and declared the debate about funding abortion to be over.

Here is the statement released about the change:

It is clear that the provisions of the Mexico City Policy are unnecessarily broad and unwarranted under current law, and for the past eight years, they have undermined efforts to promote safe and effective voluntary family planning in developing countries. For these reasons, it is right for us to rescind this policy and restore critical efforts to protect and empower women and promote global economic development.

For too long, international family planning assistance has been used as a political wedge issue, the subject of a back and forth debate that has served only to divide us. I have no desire to continue this stale and fruitless debate.

It is time that we end the politicization of this issue. In the coming weeks, my Administration will initiate a fresh conversation on family planning, working to find areas of common ground to best meet the needs of women and families at home and around the world.

I have directed my staff to reach out to those on all sides of this issue to achieve the goal of reducing unintended pregnancies. They will also work to promote safe motherhood, reduce maternal and infant mortality rates and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.

In addition, I look forward to working with Congress to restore U.S. financial support for the U.N. Population Fund. By resuming funding to UNFPA, the U.S. will be joining 180 other donor nations working collaboratively to reduce poverty, improve the health of women and children, prevent HIV/AIDS and provide family planning assistance to women in 154 countries. [From Whitehouse.gov]

President Obama is very wrong. The debate is not “over” and he overestimates his power if he thinks he can declare it so. It is obvious that we need to Pray for Revelation for this man!

I am very disappointed with his version of “unity.” Reader, do you understand that our President has just said that continuing to resist federal funding of the slaughter of the unborn is divisive?

So… Next time we elect a conservative President, should he/she declare that the federal government will not fund abortion and then say that all of those who disagree should drop the issue and stop being divisive?

It is our moral obligation to oppose this wrong policy. It is our moral obligation to continue to oppose the slaughter of the unborn, and we will do so.

And I truly hope this is not what our President means by “bringing the country together.” It sounds to me more like “if those who disagree would stop disagreeing then we could have unity.”

There is no right to kill the unborn. It is the duty of our government to preserve the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

So Mr. President – NO, the Debate is NOT Over!

There is Always Hope

There is Always Hope

Well here we are. Barack Obama is President.

I know a lot of Christians. Some are happy about Obama’s election. I would imagine that most are quite distressed about it. Some probably don’t care at all.

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, Yeshua – the Son of God. I am unashamed of this. My life is His.

I endeavor to understand what He would want. I make no claim to have a perfect understanding of that. I study my Bible; I think with the brain that God has given me. I strive for truth and to know what is right. I submit that Believers in Christ should do these things with all of their might.

It is my belief that we as American’s have made a tragic mistake in electing Barack Obama. However, I will not do what many did when George W. Bush was elected in 2000 by crying “He is not my President.”

Barack Obama is my President. I will pray for him. I am pulling for him. I do not hate him. I am not afraid of him.

I do not know him personally or comprehend the truth or falsity of his claims to be Christian (anymore than I know anything real about George W. Bush’s faith).

Here is my gut feeling on Barack Obama. I think his worldview is off and does not reflect a Biblical Worldview. (Permitting the slaughter of the unborn, compelling others to accept “homosexual marriage” against conscience, “spreading the wealth around”, etc.) However, I sincerely wonder if there isn’t an openness in his heart towards God. I cannot prove this. It may or may not be true, but my get tells me there is something there.

I believe that some in the world of Christianity made a grievous mistake with Bill Clinton by participating in the conservative “Bill Clinton is the devil” approach to politics. Maybe it was unintentional, but it did more harm than good.

I don’t believe Bill Clinton was or is the devil. I don’t believe George W. Bush was or is the devil. I don’t believe Barack Hussein Obama is either.

These are just men, all of them, just like you and I. They are complex. They have strength’s; they have weaknesses. In the job of president the consequences of these can be horrendous, but we are stuck with electing a HUMAN!

Proverbs 21:1 says “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” I used to hear it quoted as “the heart of the king is in the hands of the Lord.”

Barack Obama is not a king, but he is the Chief Executive of the United States of America and an important leader on planet earth! His role is like that of a king in many ways.

Let’s pray like mad. Let’s encourage him when he does right, however rare that may seem to us. Let’s oppose him exercising all of our hard-won liberties when he pursues a destructive path, but let’s remember that with Jesus redemption is possible!

I don’t want to see our anger, even when it is right and good, be a stumbling block for Barack Obama! I suggest we leave all doors open for the redemption of His Worldview.

This is not compromise, it is hope and love.

Yes, it is possible to be vehemently opposed and yet still kind. It is possible to disagree, prevent, object, and hinder – yet still believe for God to move.

I do not agree with those who would take offense at our opposition to the policies of a President whose stated opinions are decidedly contradictory to a Biblical Christian Worldview (Just read the whitehouse.gov website!). We must oppose, pray, encourage, stand. However, let’s do it all understanding that God can even use a donkey; and let’s remember that it is only His Grace that has saved or is able to make use of any of us!

So, Barack Obama, show us what you’ve got; and please keep your heart open to God, you never know what He might put in you!

ThirstyJon