Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Does the Freedom of Choice Act Provide a Choice to the Unborn?

So many things to write about, so little time. I wish I had the time to update this blog more often because I seem to have so much on my mind lately, but, unfortunately there just never seems to be enough time to sit down and do it. So I’m finally getting around to commenting on the executive order that President Obama tried to slip in late Friday afternoon when no one was paying attention. As everyone knows, if you want to do something in politics that you don’t really want noticed; announce it on a Friday afternoon when everyone is distracted with wrapping up the work week and preparing for the weekend.

For those that don’t know, the president signed an executive order on Friday that reverses Bush’s order to deny government funding to international organizations that provide abortion services. I believe this is just the first step in Obama’s promise to push through the Freedom of Choice act, which would take away some of the current restrictions on abortion, such as parental consent and waiting periods. For those of us who believe that life begins at conception and that all people are created in the image of God for a purpose, this is truly frightening and will set the pro-life movement back decades.

I know some will argue that it’s not clear when life begins. However, in an age where medical science is so sophisticated that we can see organs forming at just a few weeks and where we have shown that a single cell contains a person’s complete DNA, I believe it is ridiculous to argue that life begins at some later time. But even if we want to put aside the scientific evidence; if we aren’t sure when life begins shouldn’t we take the most conservative view just in case? Do we really want to take the chance that it is a child we are disposing of and not just a mass of cells?

I’m truly saddened by the fact that a society as educated as ours has allowed this to become legal. But I’m really disturbed by the fact that there are some out there that are so dogmatic about it and want to make it even easier to obtain. I truly don’t understand the pro-choice position and the anger and hatred toward those of us who believe life is a precious gift from our Creator.

Obama is not the first pro-choice president, but he is in the driver’s seat right now due to his large majority in congress and will be able to push through his agenda with ease. He made his position very clear in the campaign and his record speaks for itself. I don’t believe he is an evil person, but if he gets his wish and this bill passes, the impact on the unborn in this country may be devastating.

I know this post will piss off a lot of people, but I believe this is one of the defining issues of our time and one on which I just cannot be silent. It is critical that we take a look at where we are headed as a nation and decide if we want to live in a culture that upholds and values life or one that disposes of life in the same way we do our garbage. God help us all if we choose the latter.

God Bless.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Look Out....Government to the Rescue!

Well, for those of you who still think Obama is not a socialist at heart, I challenge you to listen to the “Only Government” speech he made last week and still try to defend that position. For those who didn’t hear it, essentially, Obama stated in a speech on the economy that only the government can fix the economic problems we are currently facing in the US. He emphasized this phrase several times throughout the speech to make his position very clear.

Really, only the government is capable of fixing this problem? So instead of relying on the foundations this country was built upon, private enterprise working in a free market, we are to believe that only our “wise and benevolent” federal government will be able to fix things. We are just mere children that couldn’t possibly understand what to do with such a complex problem. We must be taken care of and told what to do.

Have you ever actually seen how this government fixes things? Their answer is typically to throw more and more money at a problem without really looking at the root causes. I’m reminded of the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Keep in mind also that these are the same people that helped get us into this mess in the first place through failed policies. Seriously, what rational person forces banks to loan money to people that cannot afford to pay it back? Then when the bank inevitably ends up in financial trouble, decides to give them money with no strings attached. This is our money mind you, not the government’s. Kind of sounds like hush money to me. “Please don’t tell anyone we strong armed you to do this, oh, and by the way here’s $700 Billion of someone else’s money for your trouble.”

I was initially encouraged when I saw who Obama selected as his economic team. It appeared as though he was moving to the center. However, after hearing this speech, I’m beginning to wonder if he was just throwing a bone to those of us in this country who are more conservative, but really plans to govern from the left. I happen to believe that what he said in this speech is what he really believes based on his record in the Senate and other speeches he has made. I suppose it’s possible that he was only stating it in this manner to appease the Left, but I have my doubts.

Only time will truly tell if he will choose to govern more from the center or to the far left. I’m hoping the team of advisors he has in place will influence him to stay in the center and keep the government out of our lives. If not, we may not recognize this country in four years.

God Bless.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Is it really 2009 already? Where is my Jetson's car?

It's really hard to believe that it's the year 2009. I can remember as a kid in the late 70's thinking that the year 2000 seemed so far away, let alone the year 2009. I grew up watching movies like 2001 and TV shows like Space 1999 and the Jetsons and it seemed like that was so far in the future and that we would surely be traveling the stars and have flying cars by then. I've always wanted a flying car. While we have made some incredible technological advancements, we haven't quite made it that far yet.

I do find it interesting that throughout the thousands of years of human history, there was maybe one or two significant advancements a century, but in the last two hundred years there have been sometimes one or more a month or even week. We almost seem to be advancing at an exponential rate. But while we are advancing technologically, are we really advancing from a sociological and spiritual standpoint?

While the beginning of each year brings a new hope, I was reminded first thing this morning that we are still a fallen and sinful people who continually find new ways to hate and harm each other. As I turned the news on this morning (my first mistake) and saw the news of the bombings in Gaza, that hope was almost dashed. Here we go again, the same old story. But at the same time I was reminded that God is sovereign and has provided us a means to salvation and has promised that He would return to restore all things to the way they were intended to be from the beginning.

While God has given the human race the ability to advance technologically through the study of science, He has also given us the ability to grow spiritually by trusting in His Son and the sacrifice He made on the cross. As long as our hope is in God, we need not be discouraged. None of us know when Jesus will return, but we know God keeps His promises and therefore, no matter how bad things get, we know He has a plan and sees things from an eternal perspective rather than our limited view.

In the meantime we should enjoy the world He created and the technology He gave us the ability to create. I pray that we never lose that childhood hopefulness of the good things we dreamt about when we were young as I believe those are from God as well. Who knows, perhaps someday I'll get my flying car. You never know.

God Bless.