OK, you knew I was eventually going to go here, right? There are just some things that need to be said, need to be reflected on, need to be considered, especially for believers–now that our national reality is changing.
Note: I would like to thank a beloved sister/believer for encouraging me, through her own notes, to take on this mammoth post. Thanks Wendy! ; ))
First, let me say that Obama’s election, whatever other fruit it produces, has brought significant healing and hope for their future to minorities in America and across the world. And it has applied a reconciling balm to the national wounds that slavery, racial violence, subjugation, and segregation perpetrated against citizens of color.
When I saw the photos of Jesse Jackson crying in Chicago, and the joy and hope in the eyes of thousands of black Americans after the results were announced, I understood the depth of this healing. We are finally beginning to forgive and embrace each other as equals, no matter what race, ethnic origin we come from, or what political party we advocate. That healing needs to happen before any real change is possible!
Personally, I was severely conflicted by the election’s choices. John McCain was a good choice for me, but the baggage of the Bush administration’s ethical and moral failures, Sarah Palin’s significant lack of political and policy experience, combined with McCain’s age and health challenges were just too much for me to accept. If Sarah Palin were to become president, based on her lack of experience and campaign performance, she would not even come close to being able to govern this country successfully. I could not inflict that kind of incompetence on my country.
On the other hand, despite my enthusiasm for change and diversity, I’m one of those believers who has profound disagreements with Barack Obama’s position on abortion. To vote for him would have meant I was sanctioning the extermination of another 45+ million children, trading healed wounds from slavery for an unconscionable continuation of genocide under the permanent constitutional incorporation of abortion rights.
Abortion has already exterminated nearly 400% more people than all of the 12 million victims (Jews, the handicapped, Gypsies, and homosexuals) of the Hitler Death Camps. According to 1973-2005 statistics from the Guttmacher Organization, supported by CDC, NCHS Abortion statistics, twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion. Also according to Guttmacher, in 2005, 1.21 million abortions were performed, down from 1.31 million in 2000. From 1973 through 2005, more than 45 million legal abortions occurred. Three years later we can estimate, based on the above yearly averages, another 3.6 million abortions by 2008! This has to end.
Ben Wattenberg, a veteran conservative policy wonk and a Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, says in one of his books (The Birth Dearth (1987), that America’s white population is in a minus-2 percent growth cycle. Small wonder! We’ve agreed to the destruction of untold future generations of our children, their children, and their children’s children.
Sometimes I think that, if they don’t assimilate our compulsion to destroy our children, immigrants with culturally strong family values, like Asians, Hispanics, Muslims, and other minorities will inherit our land, deservedly!
It’s also time to acknowledge believers’ complicity in the perpetuation of this genocide. That’s right! our failure to model and pass on gospel values, Our failure to educate teens and adults on choices for abstinence, our judgment and condemnation of young women who became pregnant out of wedlock, our rejection of their presence in our schools, churches, social activities, and families, our name-calling, ostracization, shaming, ridicule, abuse, and lack of emotional and spiritual support during their pregnancies effectively drove our pregnant teens and adults to hide their condition, deny their mistake, and look for solutions that did not involve us.
In my own hometown, the Catholic high school routinely expelled pregnant teens, and let the entire school know why. That’s been, in my observations, pretty much standard behavior in “religious” schools and institutions. Religionism creates intolerance and contempt for differences.
However, I also have seen hopeful instances. I have actually seen one place, Cathedral High School in Philadelphia PA, where the nuns and administration elected to keep the pregnant teens in class, taught them parenting skills, and actively supported their choice for life, even sewing them maternity school uniforms! They chose to model forgiveness and reconciliation over judgment and condemnation. Now *thats* the Body of Christ I want to belong to!
Believers, we have failed to help our pregnant teens and adults make the choice for Life, failed to offer them help sorting out the circumstances, failed to support them and help them manage the changes, failed to help them find alternative shelter and support (except for a notable exception–the celibate Shaker communities, who grew by adopting the children and mothers), and in the process, failed the Kingdom–big time!
And adding indifference to our neglect, we turned our backs on the Right to Life movement, writing them off as “nuts” and “radical wackos.” It’s time to redefine “Life” and “Love” to embrace all creation! We need to finally accept our Stewardship assignment! “Change” has to begin with us–“His people, who are called by His Name”!
Once believers repent and choose to battle for Life in all its stages, there’s a huge campaign to be won. We now have a new president who, unless we mobilize to change his decision, has promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which will institute a constitutional protection for abortion rights. He has also threatened to rescind all of the advances in the last thirty-five years of pro-life legislation, including a current piece of legislation being pushed through by the Bush administration to protect health care workers whose beliefs prevent them from participating in abortion procedures.
We need to love and support Barak Obama! He is God’s newly-appointed shepherd for America! But we also need to lovingly but firmly encourage him to make righteous choices and wise changes! Americans working together can do all things, through Christ who strengthens us!
There is hope–there is always hope when believers do what the gospel calls us to do and be. We can draw on heaven’s power when we engage in righteous struggles. But we have to use our earthly authority as stewards of His Kingdom to mobilize heaven’s forces!
- Pray for Barak Obama, our new president! He’s a believer too. God can speak to and change any willing heart!
- Support all our people trapped in sin, addictions, strongholds, and bondage! They need our help to get free of their chains!
- Get involved in changing the direction of our country, where you can! Believers have the authority and power in Jesus’ name to act righteously to correct abuses, and when they do, heaven intervenes to move mountains!
- Spend time and prayer transforming your own lives–let God heal your wounds, shift your perspectives, redirect your paths–be open to His changes in your lives!
- And in everything and with everyone–love unconditionally!
- We can change our world! He’s called us to do it!
We have big challenges ahead of us, believer! So what will it be? You choose.
I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Choose life. Love the LORD your God, obey him and be faithful to him, and then you and your descendants will live long in the land that he promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time. ( 2 Chronicles 7:14-16)
So Believers, let’s just repent and get on with the task at hand! Suit up–but remember–The Battle is the Lord’s!
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:11-13)