Tag Archives: Bully Pulpit

Reach Out of the Darkness: New Examiner Series

With this week being the start of the Holy Week of Easter, I am relaunching a popular article series that ran locally on Examiner.com last year. This year the series is entitled “Reach Out of Your Darkness” and is about appreciating differences. The series first ran this time last year as “No Matter Our Differences: God Loves Us All” and was hugely popular. 

This year, I am using the old Friend & Lover song, “Reach Out of the Darkness” as my inspiration. It’s a great song about peace and learning to appreciate our differences. So much of what we focus on these days is what divides us (our religious differences, our political differences, our sexual orientation, our citizenship status, etc…). What the bible reminds us time and time again is that we are all God’s creation. All created for good. This needs to be our theme for this Easter season.

Who did Christ die for this Easter season? A select group? He died for the salvation of everyone. In the spirit of this, I launch this series this week.

Click here to read \”Reach Out of the Darkness: God Loves Everyone!\”

38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

I’ve included the video from the CBS News report on January 22, 1973 as the Roe v. Wade decision was made final. It’s interesting to see the spin put on the decision those 38 years ago.

This week, I was asked to contribute an article on this anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. Truthfully, I’ve avoided the subject matter entirely over the past year with the column because it’s such a divisive subject matter (even for myself).

I’ve published two articles this morning regarding the Roe v. Wade decision from a principled position I believe in. It’s interesting for me to note that during the early seventies, what the Supreme Court said and ruled on isn’t entirely what we have now. In the midst of the feminist movement, the Roe v. Wade case focused on giving a woman the right to an abortion so that in the case of rape, incest, or to protect  her health, she would not have to carry the pregnancy to term. The case emphasized these potential incidents as the reasoning for granting legal status to women and their doctors and not the government. The Roe v Wade decision was based on this criteria and from a perspective that allowed its use for birth control.

This point is emphasized by Norma McCorvey, “Jane Roe” in the case, because she alleged that she had been raped and was seeking an abortion for that reason. As it turned out, McCorvey later recanted the rape story and was seeking an abortion because she already had a child and didn’t want another (It should be noted that McCorvey actually carried the baby she wanted to abort to term and never had the abortion). The case and reasoning for it were based on fraudulent information. As it is, the decision reads as if abortions are the decision of the woman and her doctor as if that decision is solely based on the health of the woman. When in fact this is rarely the case.

Knowing this information, I decided the articles would focus on the fact that outlawing abortions shouldn’t be the focus of those in the Pro-Life movement. Instead, the focus should be on the education of those seeking an abortion as to what their options truly are with an emphasis outside of having the abortion.

The issue of abortion is not about it being legal or illegal, it’s about education. Statistics prove that through education abortion rates continue to fall. Think of the scene in “Juno” where she is about to get an abortion but a classmate protesting outside the clinic tells her that her baby already has fingernails and she stops. Education is the preventative of abortions in this country.

With the aid of advanced imaging of babies in the womb (including those in 3D), more and more woman are opting to keep their babies than not. By current statistics, abortions are at their lowest rate since the year following the Roe v. Wade decision.

Please read my two recent Examiner.com articles by clicking the links below:

\”Is Roe v. Wade\’s Decision still Viable?\”

\”38 Years After Roe v. Wade: What is Legal Doesn\’t Have to Be Right\”

You may also be interested in reading an article I wrote in October about how the battle to overturn Roe v. Wade has hurt religion.

Change Hearts, Not Laws: How the Battle to Overturn Roe v. Wade Has Hurt Religion\”

 

Is Your Pastor a Bully? Understand the Religious Political Agendas of Churches

Best Blogger Tips

Too often people take words from “authorities” as law. Whether it’s an email forward we receive or in the case of my latest Examiner article, your pastor, you have to be cautious about what we hear and believe.

Some of the comments and e-mails I have received about my various articles feel generated by people whose views are very closed off to real possibilities. When we’re talking about God, there are no limits to the possibilities. “No one can say with absolute authority what the limits are of God’s favor and salvation”.

When I hear churches having lecture series on the evils of other faiths (like Islam) it angers me. I doubt very much that Christ would want that. Is a church a place where political agendas should be discussed? Neil Saavedra of “The Jesus Christ Show” has said on the show that churches only political agenda should be to ensure that the freedom of religious freedom is secure. Beyond that there should be not political agendas in our churches. This would include those against Islam, same sex-marriage or battles over denominational issues.  For me, it goes back to the “Unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials and in all things charity”.

Continue reading my article on Examiner.com: Is Your Pastor a Bully? Understand the Religious Political Agendas of Churches – National religion & politics | Examiner.com