Archive for August 29th, 2008

“Did Obama Master His Moment?” by Michael G. Mickey

Friday, August 29th, 2008

In a packed football stadium in Denver, on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a dream” speech, he accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination for president of the United States on a stage resembling a Greek temple and gave a speech that, undoubtedly, connected with those who are already his supporters. The question is: Did he connect with the rest of us?

I can only speak for myself, but he didn’t change my perception of him to any great extent. He gave a typical ultra-liberal Democratic speech, in my opinion. What did I see last night that impressed me? Barack interacting with his family.

Barack Obama’s wife and children? What can I say? Michelle Obama is just a beautiful woman and last night? I saw a woman in love with her husband watching as he gave a historic and groundbreaking speech. Seeing her interact with her children, I sensed that she is a good mother and that Senator Obama’s daughters are very happy children, loving and proud of their Daddy.

Whenever Barack looked at his wife and kids or was with them, it was clear that there was nothing forced or rehearsed going on. There was love. Pure, gentle, tender love! Truly, I enjoyed seeing the Obama family together, but the imagery? It didn’t match his policies. Not at all.

Pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda

Anyone who watched Senator Obama’s speech walked away with no misconceptions concerning where he is going to stand in terms of these two issues of concern to Christians who are pro-life and pro-family (as defined in God’s Word).

No question about it whatsoever, Senator Obama went out of his way to let us know he is going to ensure that the slaughter of the innocents continues and the attack on God’s institution of marriage continues unabated.

Is that acceptable to me? No – and it shouldn’t be acceptable to you either if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is written:

Psalm 139:13-18: “…thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand..”

What we learn from Psalm 139 is that God, our Creator, recorded all our members – even before they were formed. God knew each of us from before we were even formed in our mother’s wombs! This is because He possessed and created our very souls! This leaves no doubt, in my opinion, that life begins at conception.

That being the case as I read Scripture, we know what the Lord commands us concerning the sanctity of human life. We are not to kill! Not only that, the Bible is clear in stating the God hates hands that shed innocent blood. Is there any blood shed more innocent than the blood of an unborn child? No.

Exodus 20:13: Thou shalt not kill.

Proverbs 6:16-17: These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood.

And marriage? We know what God’s institution of marriage consists of.

Genesis 2:23-24: And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

One man + one woman = marriage according to God Himself. And sex outside of God’s definition of marriage? It is defined as adultery. That is forbidden too.

Exodus 20:14: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

Choices

While many Christians today identify with the Democratic Party’s message of compassionate, people-oriented governmental policies, there are the matters above for us to consider because they harshly clash with our faith.

Personally, I trust the Democrats where our nation’s compassion toward its ill, elderly and the disabled are concerned far more than I trust the Republicans. On the other hand, I trust the Republicans more to protect the unborn, defend our lands and our national morals that matter most to Christians.

Truly, we have some hard choices to make. There are pros and cons to consider where each political party is concerned. As a Christian, I hope we will weigh carefully – and prayerfully – the decision we each need to make on November 4th.

Some Christians are planning on sitting this election out. Personally, I think that would be a shame and, quite possibly, an outright sin.

We, as Christians, are to do whatever we can to advance the cause of Christ and to protect – to whatever extent we believe we can – the Christian traditions in our nation that have survived what is now a perpetual attack against them on multiple fronts, biblical marriage being a perfect example.

The Body of Christ needs to be more involved in politics, not less involved! Every governmental representative of mine has heard from me on every topic of concern that has come up since RaptureAlert.com was launched in 2003. If we all did that, clearly explaining to those who want our votes what is acceptable to us and what isn’t, we could impact things a lot more than we presently are!

If Christians stop voting, neither party will care what our opinion is concerning anything. And, Christians, we all know what the end result of that will be! Where there is no light, there is only darkness!

So, on November 4th? Ask the Lord to give you the wisdom to vote for the man He wants you to and get to the polls! Whether you vote for Obama-Biden or McCain-Palin on November 4th, please vote.

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California Court Dismisses Challenge to Traditional Marriage

Friday, August 29th, 2008

A legal challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act in a California court has been dismissed, closing the last avenue of protest that a same-sex couple has been using since 2004 to try to get homosexual “marriage” declared a right under both federal and state constitutions.

Federal District Court Judge David Carver dismissed the case against the state law Proposition 22 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), despite the May 2008 ruling in California’s Supreme Court that same-sex marriage was constitutional in the state. This particular case – Smelt v. Orange County – was peculiar because, according to a Liberty Counsel press release, the same-sex couple who challenged DOMA “had no legal, same-sex union from any state.”

Mat Staver is dean of Liberty University School of Law and founder of Liberty Counsel, which intervened in the case for pro-family advocates in 2004. He says the good news is that Carver upheld the dismissal of the case by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2006 – and another district court judge in 2005 – on the grounds that the couple involved did not have a valid same-sex marriage from another state and that there was no fundamental right to such a relationship in the Constitution.

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Pelosi Counters Catholic Criticisms on Abortion

Friday, August 29th, 2008

(RNS) — A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has struck back against criticism from prominent Catholic prelates who accused the California congresswoman of misrepresenting church teachings about abortion.

“While Catholic teaching is clear that life begins at conception, many Catholics do not ascribe to that view,” said Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly.

Pelosi, the nation’s highest-ranking Catholic elected official, said on “Meet the Press” Sunday (Aug. 24) that the question of when life begins is “an issue of controversy” within the church. Her comments drew rebukes from the archbishops of Denver, Washington and New York.

In a statement released Tuesday, Cardinal Justin F. Rigali and Bishop William E. Lori, both high-ranking officials in the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said Pelosi’s argument was inaccurate.

“The church’s moral teaching never justified or permitted abortion at any stage of development,” Rigali and Lori said.

Pelosi, who supports abortion rights, cited the work of St.Augustine, who wrote that life begins three months after conception. Church leaders say medieval teachings were “uninformed and inadequate” in light of modern science, and that the question of when life begins was firmly answered in the middle of the 19th century.

Daly reiterated Pelosi’s position, again citing St. Augustine, while stressing the need for Congress and the church to work together to reduce the number of abortions.

“The speaker is the mother of five children and seven grandchildren and fully appreciates the sanctity of family. She was raised in a devout Catholic family who often disagreed with her pro-choice views,” Daly said.

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