Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A day that will live...
I couldn't do it...couldn't type out "Infamy." I have respect for and I honor the office and title. God places those in authority over us. I may not agree with him, but I acknowledge his leadership.
No matter what your political leanings, no matter how you may have voted, there is no arguing the fact that today is a day that many will remember. It may not be as vivid in people's minds as what they were doing or where they were when they first heard about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center, or even when the Space Shuttles (Challenger in 1986 or Columbia in 2003) met their terrible fates. Or even happier memories, such as the night the Berlin wall came tumbling down. But I really believe that people will remember this day.
When today is over, my God will still sit on his throne. He is sovereign and nothing can change that. But my heart is beating with more than a little trepidation for all those tiny little beating hearts that will be stilled with so little regard, all because of this man who we have elected. Barack Obama has promised Planned Parenthood that "the very first thing" he will do as president is to sign the Freedom of Choice Act. Really, Mr. President? The first thing? Aren't there other fires you want to tend to ahead of this one? The economy? Pulling the troups out of Iraq? 'Besides making abortion on demand a "fundamental right" throughout the United States, FOCA would effectively nullify informed consent laws, waiting periods, health safety regulations for abortion clinics, etc. In addition, medical professionals and institutions that refused abortions also would lose legal protections. FOCA would expose individuals, organizations, and governments - including federal, state, and local government agencies - to costly civil actions for purported violations of the act.' If it weren't so tragic, the word "violations" in the last sentence would almost be funny. I have had friends, very close-to-my-heart, forever friends who are victims of abortions. That, my friends, is the violation that we should be rallying against. This act of violence is not only committed against the innocent unborn. It committed against women--young women, some of whom go to their appointment with doom having an inaccurate assumption that it will all be over in a few minutes, like a lunchtime peel might be for their mothers. Two months, two years, two decades later--the victims, the survivors, are still dealing with real-life consequences. Not only emotional and spiritual consequences, but physical consequences as well. This is not a "minor procedure." There is very real risk.
Please pray. Pray that God will change our President's heart. God can do that, you know. He works miracles. Pray for our President's wife and daughters, that they will never have to face this so-called choice. Pray for the healing of those who are survivors. Pray for forgiveness for our nation for voting with our 401k's instead of with our hearts. Pray for the young women who are even now facing a difficult choice. Pray for those little beating unborn hearts. Pray for our young men to cowboy up and stand tall and help our girls to stay pure, so they won't be faced with these choices. Pray that as parents and leaders and mentors, we can stand alongside and share these ugly truths with them in a loving yet direct way. Praise God and thank Him that we are mightily blessed and live in a country where I can say these kind of things without fear of reprisal from my government. Pray that we will not lose those blessings and that God will remain steadfast, even tho' we must reap the consequences for our actions or lack thereof.