From the Colson Center: Costly Views on “The View”

You’re in the spotlight and you’ve just been asked about a controversial issue. What do you do?

Martin Luther, the Christian reformer who challenged the sale of indulgences five hundred years ago, is often credited with this stirring quotation:

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the Word of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Him.”

Okay, well maybe Martin Luther didn’t actually say that. Nor did Abraham Lincoln say, “You can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.” But just because a quotation is mis-attributed doesn’t mean it’s an inaccurate summary of what the purported author believed. As a matter of fact, this passage not only closely mirrors something Luther wrote in a personal letter, but it’s consistent with the life he lived.

More importantly, this quote is true. The temptation is strong to faithfully proclaim every aspect of God’s Word except the one most controversial in our time.

We saw that recently when well-known pastor Carl Lentz appeared on ABC’s “The View.” Lentz spoke boldly and in no uncertain moral terms about the issue of racism. As well he should. Christians should condemn racism whenever and wherever it rears its ugly head.

But when asked directly about abortion, and whether or not he considers it a sin, Lentz couldn’t give a straight answer. Instead, he spoke of having a “conversation,” of finding out a person’s “story,” where they’re from and what they believe. “I mean, God’s the judge,” he concluded. “People have to live by their own convictions.”

Predictably, the progressive studio audience heard this as an affirmation of the so-called “right to choose,” and rewarded Lentz with thunderous applause. Continue reading From the Colson Center: Costly Views on “The View”

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Important News from Anglicans for Life

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Dear Friends of Anglicans for Life,

An amazing and shocking thing happened on televisions nationwide just last week. It was a scientific wonder. It was a heart-touching marvel. It was a bold declaration of truth.

During its morning news segment, NBC’s ‘Today’ show confirmed the humanity of unborn children.

In a segment entitled “The Secret Life of Babies,” the news anchors calmly and pleasantly discussed how new studies are showing that babies are sensitive to touch at 12-15 weeks, can recognize their mothers’ voices at 18 weeks, can remember nursery rhymes and songs sung to them while in the womb, and can even develop tastes for favorite foods at 20 weeks. Dr. Bill Fifer, one of the experts conducting the studies, said, “Everything that a newborn baby does, a fetus has…done already.”

It was the only usage of the word “fetus” in the entire segment. Children in the womb were thereafter referred to as “babies.”

Babies. Not clumps of tissue. Not a bunch of cells. Babies.

Babies who are growing. Babies who are learning. And babies who are feeling.

For the full video, click HERE.

Can we celebrate that for a moment? Can we just thank God for scientists who are willing to study life in the womb, for technology that allows us to see the truth of the humanity of unborn children?

We often despair (and rightly so) that the pro-abortion media ignores the harmful effects of abortion on women and men and horrific loss of life since 1973. But here we have a major media network showcasing research on developing unborn children that implicitly shows that life, at any phase of existence, is still life. That’s great news, and we should praise God for it.

Sadly, on the other side of the world, there is another issue on which the media has been silent.

In recent months, Christians in the Middle East have suffered increasing persecution. They have been tortured and forced out of their homes and countries. In Syria, the Christian population has been given two choices: convert to Islam or pay a religious levy called a jizya–non-compliance to either of these choices can lead to death. Additional areas such as Aleppo are being besieged and surrounded by rebels, leading to shortages of food and water and an inability to communicate with the outside world. Others who have fled from Syria to Jordan are living in poverty, in tent cities and cardboard homes.

Many other Christians are being murdered for their faith. In the city of Mosul, the city’s Christian population has been totally annihilated from both murder and evacuation. Historic churches, holy sites, and tombs are being destroyed, and a Christian community dating back to the 1st century is being threatened with extinction.

Anglicans for Life exists because we believe that humans are made in the image of God and should be protected and valued. And our brothers and sisters in the Middle East who are suffering persecution for their faith-our faith-need our awareness and prayers just as much as the unborn.

So what can you do for the persecuted Church in the Middle East? If you are interested in helping your brothers and sisters in Christ, Archbishop Foley Beach, in his latest email, suggested three plans of action:

1) Joining in prayer for our sisters and brothers. Would you in your personal prayers and in the Prayers of the People pray for those being persecuted, those doing the persecuting, and for a solution? Would you pour out your heart in prayer and fasting before God on their behalf?

2) Call or write your government representatives and ask them to do something to help the situation. They will not attempt to help if they don’t think you care. Right now, they don’t think you care.

3) The following ministries are engaged in helping refugees. Please offer them your prayers and support.

* Barnabas Fund — “The mission of the Barnabas Fund is to support Christians where they are in a minority and suffer discrimination, oppression and persecution as a consequence of their faith.”

* Voice of Ishmael (via Commission to Every Nation) — Bringing hope that changes communities in the Middle East and North Africa.

* Christ Church Jerusalem – Ministering to Refuges of the Crisis – Please write “Iraqi refugees” in the memo line.

But, more than anything, we implore you to pray. Please pray for the persecuted church in the Middle East and around the world. Please pray for the unborn, that their mothers and fathers would choose life for them. And pray that God would act in the hearts of men and women in the United States and the world to see life as His sacred creation, worthy of honor and protection.

For His Glory,

Georgette Forney

President, Anglicans for Life

Co-founder, Silent No More Awareness Campaign

405 Frederick Avenue

Sewickley, PA 15143

412-749-0455

Georgette@AnglicansforLife.org

The Price of Potential

Today, with the announcement that our new President will allow the use of tax dollars to fund research utilizing embryonic stem cells, I’ve heard lots of speculation about the potential good: regenerated spinal chords, cures for diseases like Parkinson’s and certain cancers, folks getting out of their wheelchairs.  Only inserted parenthetically are disclaimers about the fact that embryonic stem cell research offers only potential toward possible cures yet undiscovered.  Almost never is it admitted that research with embryonic stem cells is no more promising at all than research already being conducted with great success using stem cells from other sources.  The focus of the argument seems always to jump right ahead to one simple question:  Would not these potential benefits be well worth the use of these embryos, which might be just discarded anyway?  Just think of the folks who could be helped!

 

Well, saints, I think we had better concern ourselves quite quickly with a different potential at stake and quite another question to raise.  First of all, what about the potential human life represented by each human embryo to be discarded after the extraction of stem cells?  The truth is, after all, since the scientific community can offer absolutely NO answer as to the point in time when an embryo “becomes” a human baby, it is no potential life at all, but an actual human life.  To terminate a human life, however small, against its will and in exploitation of its inability to defend itself, is murder.  Each step towards a possible cure that utilizes the benefits of embryonic stem cell research is complicity in actual murder.

 

This leads us to our question to raise.  How many actual human lives represent a reasonable price to pay for each potential benefit to another human being?  In other words, how many existing human embryos should we kill to pay for a cure for Parkinson’s?  Is our “compassion” for tomorrow’s patients ample justification for the extinction of today’s children?  If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, how much are today’s children worth in terms of tomorrow’s cures?  And how shall we justify the dehumanization and murder of human embryos in light of the equal promise offered by ethically neutral and medically equivalent stem cells from other sources?

 

We as a culture sat by as justifications were raised for the creation of embryos outside of the womb.  Potential pregnancies through in vitro fertilization justified the creation of “discardable” embryos in the process.  The embryos which lived “justified” the death of others.  The “right” of a woman to bear children trumped the rights of the unborn themselves.  Now the creation of embryos – and the resultant destruction of them – outside the sanctified safety of marriage and the womb is excused for reasons so far-flung as to be laughable were not the cost so great.  And were not all of us required now by our President to pay, both fiscally and morally, that cost.

 

On the surface, of course, it all seems so compassionate.  Maybe even Christian.  Our President predicated his justifications and assurances with the phrase, “being a man of faith…”.  Saving lives and making advances for the sick and weak among us: who can argue against it without sounding angry and calloused and hateful?  But let us not fool ourselves.  Murder today is no way toward a compassionate tomorrow for anyone.