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Life

How the Swine Flu and Abortion are Related

Mike Huckabee writes why he’s not afraid of the swine flu.  Here’s a good chunk of his article:

I’ve watched the Obama administration tell us how much they care about protecting lives from the flu. If they really want to help make children safer, let me make a suggestion: Start doing all you can to move this country to being pro-life.

Almost a million unborn children will die in their mother’s womb because of elective abortion this year. These are not sick or unhealthy babies, they’re just inconvenient.

And by ending their lives because they represent an economic disruption or a social interference to the mother, we’ve created a culture in which a human life is expendable because it represents an inconvenience.

It happens a million times a year in the United States. Where’s the press conference by the president, or the warnings of the vice president, or the outline of steps to be taken issued by Homeland Security or the secretary of Health and Human Services?

There isn’t one, because they all support the notion that it’s OK to end the lives of perfectly healthy unborn babies because they are in someone’s way.

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Life

“The Truth”

Artist Michael D’Antuono’s painting “The Truth” about Barack Obama.  Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“More than a presidential portrait,” writes D’Antuono on a website touting the painting, “‘The Truth’ is a politically, religiously and socially-charged statement on our nation’s current political climate and deep partisan divide that is sure to create a dialogue.”

Like others in the news who have depicted Obama in Christ-like imagery, D’Antuono insists he isn’t claiming the man is Messiah, but only inviting “individual interpretations.”

“‘The Truth,’ like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder,” claims the exhibit’s press release.

Read the whole thing.

D’Antuono has encouraged viewers to email him and respond to the question, “What is your truth.”  I plan to work on my response sometime this weekend and then post it here on the blog.

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Theology

The Irony of Our First Black President

From James Kushiner (Touchstone Magazine):

The irony about the election of our first black president, an irony which I wish did not exist, is that while blacks have risen from the indignities and injustice of slavery in which their bodies were sold and consumed as property, and have endured segregation and second-class citizen status and racial discrimination, and have now one of their own elected to the highest office in the land, this very president-elect, Barack Obama, will increase the death toll among black human beings if he fulfills his promise to enact a Freedom of Choice Act, which will serve as a firewall around Roe v. Wade, the Dred Scott decision of our times. Helping to fund abortions also will likely disproportionately increase the number of black victims consumed by this holocaust. Someone might point out that policies about abortion, too, in this post-racial age of enlightenment, should be colorblind, so anyone who cares about the skin color of its victims is a racist, and that appeals to blacks about not aborting black babies is an appeal to a presumed racism on their part.

Discrimination based on the color of one’s skin is not now the burning issue of our time, however. It’s that we’ve forgotten the value of human skin in the first place. The human skin of the baby in the womb, the human skin of the severely disabled (candidates for “selective” abortion), the human flesh and blood of the elderly, and the bodies of those near death, from whom we cut organs while they are, yes, still, alive—this human flesh is abused and sacrificed on various altars. Resting on the hard-earned laurels of enlightened colorblindness, many have forgotten, or deny, the sanctity of the very flesh about which we say we are so indifferent as to its color.

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Life

Happy Veterans’ Day

Thank you to all the men and women who have fought to preserve freedom and democracy in this country.  Thank you for being selfless, dedicated, ambitious, and faithful to your service.  Your efforts are not in vain.

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Life

Some Election Day Thoughts

Awake, you drunkards, and weep, and wail, all you drinkers of wine, because of the sweet wine, for it is cut off from your mouth. For a nation has come up against my land, powerful and beyond number; its teeth are lions’ teeth, and it has the fangs of a lioness. It has laid waste my vine and splintered my fig tree; it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down; their branches are made white.

As I read about this invasion of locusts in Joel 1, I have to keep in mind the attack of the strong army that’s coming in chapter 2.  In Joel 1:5, Joel looks at the people who didn’t see the locusts coming.  They are people who like wine (which was one of the main things destroyed by the locusts in chapter 1).  He tells them verses 5-7.  In verse 5 he says, “Wake up, stupid drunks!  You aren’t even paying attention to what’s going on!”  But then in verses 6-7, he switches gears.  He says that the point is not the locusts — the locusts are a mere shadow of the real substance.  Verses 6-7 go like this, “This is about a nation coming to destroy you!  It’s like a lion!  It’s going to torch everything, worse than a locust can!”  It’s like God is saying to me, “James, you are too drunk on yourself, entertainment, fashion, food, internet, working out, blogging, etc. that you don’t see the bigger picture!  You think you have a locust problem.  No, you have an opposing army problem that is about to destroy you worse than you ever thought possible.”  Sin is different than sins.  Most Christians think they have problem with sins.  No, we all have a sin problem.  Apart from Christ, we are nothing but sin.

And so I think about the election today.  I think that God can use peculiar passages of Scripture like Joel 1:5-7 to communicate his heart in an election. God is saying, “This election, it’s like a locust invasion.  And there are people who are too drunk to even realize what’s going on.  There are other people who see it, but are too drunk to realize that this is not about locusts.  It’s about something worse.  The locusts foreshadow the invasion of real army who will murder you.”  This election is simply a shadow of a bigger problem.  A lot of Christians think the world is going to end because a certain man might get into the White House.  Other people think that that same dude is the Antichrist (which makes me laugh).

Obama-Biden is not the problem.  Heck, one or both of them might come to truly know Jesus in the next four years!  (I bet you haven’t thought about that, have you?)  The problem is not the locusts.  It’s the destructive army.  It’s me.  I’m the army that will destroy myself.  My own geographical territory (i.e. my soul) is laid to waste because I’m a sinner.  In Joel, the locusts and the army were punishment for sin.  They are allusions to the greater spiritual reality that the sin we so flippantly commit is destructive in our lives.

Christians worry about Barak Obama ruining America.  Where is your allegiance?  It should be to the eternal government of Heaven, ruled by Christ.  That’s a bigger concern for me!  Who cares if America is ruined?  I don’t.  (Please, nobody leave a comment or send an email saying that I’m an idiot for wanting America to die or don’t care about this country or don’t care about abortions or that I’m an anarchist.  None of those are true and I won’t respond to you anyway.)

My concern is with the church.  Who is the biggest problem for the church?  Who is the one who could potentially tear it apart?  Who is the one that will divide a local church family.  It’s not Barak Obama.  It’s not Joe Biden.  It’s not Nancy Pelosi.  It’s not Howard Dean.   It’s James Pruch and everyone reading this that loves Jesus.

Outsiders don’t tear apart the church.  Insiders do.  Paul talked about this in 1 Corinthians 5, in the context of sexual immorality.  Who were the problems in the Corinthian church?  Insiders.  Who were the ones grossed out by what Christians were doing?  Outsiders.  Who were the ones suing each other and ripping each other off and not calling out sin in each other lives?  Insiders.  The insiders were the problem.

We are the problem, not Barak Obama or any other politician.  We think we have a locust problem.  It’s bigger than that.  A lot bigger than that.  It was so big, it cost Jesus his life.  We have a large army on the way and a lot of us are too drunk to see it coming.  Praise God that he has provided a way through his Son!  O that we would see beyond the swarm of locusts today and to the destructiveness our own selves bring everyday.