Today President Obama released the following statement:
Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision’s guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom. And we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
I can think of no better response than the one John Piper gave back in 2009 to statement released back then.
For the past three years Rock County Christian School has taken part in the national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity. On this day people from all over this nation will give up their voices for a day in solidarity for these children. Red arm bands and duct tape will identify them as taking part in this event. They will carry fliers explaining why they are silent and educate others about the plight of the innocent children we are losing every day.
Last year the class I sponsor (the class of 2013) sold t-shirts in order to (1) promote a spirit of unity among our student body as we take this important stand and (2) to help raise money for their senior trip. This year the class decided to donate half of their profit to the Stateline Pregnancy Center in Beloit. So this year we have the added of goal of actually helping women in need. We no longer just want to be against something, but take active steps to reach out to those who need it most.
In light of all this, would you consider purchasing one of these shirts? You can download an order form here. All orders must be received by Monday, October 1. The shirts will be available to be picked up at our Beloit campus (916 Bushnell St, Beloit, WI 53511). If you would like to order one and cannot pick it up that day, let me know.
Listen in to a panel of evangelicals discuss their thoughts on the 2012 presidential race on the eve of the Iowa Caucus.
Joshua Caucutt – Pastoral Assistant, Denver Sound Church, Co-Host of the Sound Church Guys Video Podcast
Thomas Haskins – Author, In the Words of Our Founding Fathers
Dan Horvatin – TEA Party Leader, Rock River Patriots
Our 45 minute podcast seem to fly by as we spent a surprising good amount of time talking about Congressman Ron Paul, his views and his chances at getting the nomination. But, the majority of the time we looked at issues such as can an evangelical vote for a Mormon candidate, what factors should Christians consider when looking for a candidate and how should we view third party candidates. You won’t want to miss the somewhat-heated discussion surrounding the issue of homosexual marriage. We ended with predictions of just how things are going to turn out for conservatives in 2012.
Mentioned during the show – The Mitt Romney Deception (Podcast with Amy Contrada talking about her books detailing how Mitt Romney is responsible for homosexual marriage in Massachusetts) and Sorry, Governor Romney, Mormonism is a Cult (Podcast with Pastor Dan Gibson, a former Mormon, detailing the history and doctrines of the Mormon church).
Because of problems on our side, Pastor Michael Carl (of Christ the King Church and Ministries, Powerlines News Network and WorldNetDaily) was unable to join us but was willing to give some quick answers to some of the topics mentioned during the broadcast.
Q: How do you explain the rise of Ron Paul this year?
A: There’s no logical explanation for Paul’s surge except that it’s an anti-Romney thing, and/or, the voters in Iowa are highly unimpressed by the crew that the GOP has trotted out before them.
Q: Can Evangelicals vote for a Mormon?
A: Yes, evangelicals can vote for a Mormon. The deeper question is how to defend that position. On the other hand, this is an amazing opportunity Christians didn’t have in the Nixon era and before. The only time a candidate’s religion has surfaced is over Catholic Al Smith and Catholic (nominal) JFK. This is an opportunity to proclaim the true Gospel message without trashing the Mormon. We let the truth speak for itself. However, the ultimate question is whether voting for the Mormon is a sufficient restraint of the greater evil if an atheist, a Muslim, or a complete secular humanist should win.
Q: Any predictions?
A: Romney will be nominated and lose to Obama.
Q: What factors shoudl Christians consider when looking for a candidate?
A: Christians should seek a candidate that most fully embodies the character of 1 Timothy 3 and who supports the worldview of, ‘They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
Q: How should we consider third party and independent candidates?
A: There’s no easy answer to that because there are good arguments (restraint of greater evil v. ‘the lesser of two evils is still evil) on both sides and faithful followers of Christ have defended both positions.
Q: Do you support a particular candidate?
A: N/A because I don’t know. I’m holding out to see if the Constitution Party shows up this election.
Q: How involved should Evangelicals be in this election?
A: If evangelicals/Bible-believing Christians don’t get involved, they abandon the governance of their country to ungodly men and women. And where is that defensible from Scripture???
Among the Republican candidates for President, you see many trying to contend for the title of “most pro-life” while Governor Romney is still trying to convince people is at least pro-life. But the question is, how do you determine which of these candidates is the most pro-life? Really, about the only thing we use to judge this is voting records and legislation proposed and adopted. However, there is only one candidate who can do more to prove his pro-life credentials and commitment to life – Dr. Ron Paul.
Before serving in Congress, Ron Paul served his community as an OBGYN and delivered thousands of newborns into the world. Talk about a commitment to life! By the way, from the very beginning of his medical practice, Dr. Paul has taken a firm stance against any kind of abortion and has never performed one or allowed one to be performed in his office.
If you are looking for a pro-life candidate, it doesn’t get any better than Dr. Ron Paul.
As you may recall from previous posts, the school that I teach at (Rock County Christian School – Beloit, WI) took part in the National Pro Life Day of Silent Solidarity. You can learn more about it at www.silentday.org. Bascially, we encouraging students to wear a red armband/wristband (or red duct tape) and specially-made tee-shirts in remembrance of the over 48 million children who have had their voices silenced through surgical abortion. We had several moments of silence throughout the day, including a time of prayer for public school students who took this stand as well.
Overall I think we had a good day. Along with the activities above, the high school students also watched the 180 documentary. This gave students alot to think about and have some good classroom discussion about it. I was very glad to see many students voluntarily giving up their voice for the entire day.
In chapel that day, Randy Melchert gave students even more to think about by raising some interesting points and answering many of thier questions. You can watch Randy’s message below: