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2.11.2005    |    Values
Democrats have been advised to "do a better job of explaining the moral underpinnings of their political stands." It would be better if they truly accepted that our Savior loves life, born, and yet to be born, and acted to imitate Christ.

In today's Gray Lady, we are advised as to the hows and whys the Democrats lost the values race in the 2004 election. As Bubba Clinton might have said, "it's the values, stupid." But wait -- there's more.

In the "from the mouths of babes" department, a Dem pollster named Mellman said that
the election turned on "a sense of shared values"- whether voters believed Mr. Bush or his Democratic opponent, Senator John Kerry, shared their moral compass. So Mr. Mellman, who advises Mr. Reid, has been urging Democrats to do a better job of explaining the moral underpinnings of their political stands.
Mr. Mellman is, of course, correct. Or, more accurately, would be, if there were moral underpinnings of things such as gay "marriage", abortion on demand, euthanasia, and porn in every pot. When it wasn't being smoked. Drat; there I go again, sounding like one of those moralistic Christian evangelists...

This is not to say that there is much that is worthy and supported by Scripture in the classic liberal's portfolio. A preference for the poor, healing the sick, visiting the prisoner. All very much in tune with the Gospel message of salvation. The problem for Democrats, as it is for some evangelicals, is that we do not have the luxury of discarding vital parts of the Lord's message of salvation -- which includes, first and foremost, love of life. Life born; life yet to be.

Some may complain, Jesus did not formally preach about abortion. No, not in those words. Yet can there be any doubt that our Lord was, and remains, in today's terms, "pro-life?" It's silly to imagine anything else, actually. The Lord loves us all; each and every one. Even those who advocate abortion on demand. It must be clear to believers, however, that the Lord is grieved whenever any one of His flock is taken before he or she can even be born.

Now, there's a rumor that our Savior was on good terms of the source of Scripture. His Father, as I recall. And Scripture is quite clear on the subject of the unborn. By way of just one example, consider Job 31:
14 what will I do when God confronts me? What will I answer when called to account? 15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
Message for Democrats and others in favor of abortion: God made us in the womb. God loves us all from our very formation in the womb.

Back to Jesus' message. The one cited most often by political liberals is the second great commandment. Yes, one must love one's neighbor. And that of necessity includes protecting innocent life. Born. Yet to be born. Until the Democrats include that in their message, and truly believe it, what they say will matter not at all. It is what they do that counts. Right now, what they do is very much not in favor of life.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

Final note: I also blog as Jack Rich on cultural, political and other things over at Wrong Side of the Tracks

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