The Triumph of Style Over Substance

When Bill Clinton was elected president, I made the argument that the problem wasn’t Bill Clinton but the millions of people who voted for him.  And the same thing is true about Barak Obama.  I can assure you that there have always been people who wanted to be president whose morals were no better than those of Clinton or Obama.  The difference was that, back when America was still a Christian nation, the voters had better morals than to knowingly elect these kind of people to public office.  That’s because we were able to assume that there was a connection between what people claimed to believe and how they conducted themselves.  For example, in those days when someone said they were a Christian, that meant something.

Unfortunately, that is no longer the case and the abortion issue provides a perfect example of this phenomenon.

All across America, there are those who claim that it is possible for them to be pro-choice – or vote for a supporter of legalized abortion – without abandoning their Christian principles.  They get away with this despite the fact that, from a theological standpoint, what they are saying is clearly demonstrable hogwash.

Two fundamental doctrines of Christianity are that God is the author of life and that He is incapable of making mistakes.   Obviously, the only logical conclusion that can be drawn from those concepts is that when life exists in the womb it is God’s will that it be there.  Since the obvious goal of abortion is to deny that will, support for its legality is, by definition, incompatible with Christianity.

The fact is, when someone claims to be pro-choice they are asserting three things.  The first is that life is not a right inherited from God but a privilege bestowed by human beings who can withhold it if they “choose” to do so.  The second is that God is neutral on whether a child He created is brutally torn limb from limb.  The third is that it is possible to reject the innocent new lives that God creates without rejecting God Himself.  From a Christian perspective, all three of these views are absurd.

In the final analysis, Christians cannot be pro-choice about the intentional destruction of innocent human life any more than they can be pro-choice about rape, robbery, slavery, incest, child abuse, etc.

A couple of years ago, I saw something that demonstrated just how far we’ve taken this idea that someone’s behavior is unrelated to their Christianity.  In a documentary on cable about the exploding pornography business in America, there was an interview with some sleaze ball from California who is generally acknowledged to be America’s Porn King.  Within the industry, his company is known for churning out an almost unbelievable volume of the raunchiest material imaginable.  And understand, we’re not talking about videos of naked people, we’re talking about videos of people doing things so revolting that most of the pubic could not even imagine that they are actually legal.

Not surprisingly, the underlying theme of every video is the submission, exploitation and intentional degradation of women.  It is hard to imagine the volume of drugs that this industry has to pour down the throats of its “actresses” in order to get them to participate in this kind of garbage, but I would not be surprised if it rivaled the GNP of some small countries.

In any event, one could not help but notice that, during his interview, the Porn King was wearing a necklace with a small gold cross on it.  The documentary also featured a clip from one of his videos in which one of the several women writhing around on screen was wearing a cross around her neck as well.

When the pornographer and his young porn star were asked how they could reconcile this apparent inconsistency, both said that their religious beliefs and their chosen professions were two separate issues and that being in hardcore porn does not mean you can’t also be a good Christian.  In their world, the most fundamental symbol of Christianity – the cross – no longer represents a belief system or a lifestyle or a commitment to right over wrong. It’s just a fashion statement.

The regrettable thing is, this same attitude has become almost universally adopted by the contemporary American church.  It is now in such an advanced state of decay that anytime someone dares to suggest that certain lifestyles and behaviors are incompatible  with the claim of being a Christian, they are attacked for being dogmatic and judgmental.  Like the society at large, the church has chosen to become so open-minded that its brains fell out.

Well, there are times when someone has to say what has to be said and Tuesday’s stomach churning inauguration makes this just such a time.  I know that a lot of fine upstanding church-goers will be angry when they hear me say this, but the fact is that people who claim to be Christians while helping to put a man like Barak Obama in the Oval Office – or while supporting the election of any other “pro-choice” politician – are no different than the Porn King with a cross dangling from his neck.

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Mark, you are absolutely right. Yesterday at the national March for Life in Washington, I saw several young people in the march holding prolife signs and wearing Obama hats and inauguration pins on their coats. Even though we see all these young people who say they are prolife, I'm afraid quite a few of them proudly supported Mr. Obama anyway.
# Posted By Angie Chevallier | 1/23/09 6:59 PM
Once again Mark you hit the nail on the head. I am presently taking the Truth Project. The first week was about TRUTH.

The TRUTH is God as revealed through the scriptures. HE IS THE TRUTH. You can not claim to stand on the TRUTH and live a secular life, no more than you can be pro-choice even though you would not get an abortion yourself. The majority of Christians across this nation are Christian in name only, they do not think nor act like Christ. And isn't that the goal? That we have a heart like HIS. Would He condone abortion? Matthew 21:12 says,"Then Jesus went into the temple, threw out everyone who was selling and buying in the temple, and overturned the moneychangers' tables and the chairs of those who sold doves."

Jesus would never condone abortion. He would walk into the abortion mills in this country and knock over the abortionists tables. He would throw everyone out who had blood on their hands. These Christians in name only talk about it, but when it comes to making all decisions based on the TRUTH, they listen to what society say, what they want to do. Today, society says truth is always relative to the person and their situation. This is not a godly attitude.

We are not a godly nation and why Rev. Warren would align himself with someone so evil speaks volumes about his agenda, his motives. I did not watch the inauguration.... I prayed all day. I prayed that God would pour our His Wrath on those who condone this slaughter. I prayed that God not only would change Obamas heart but Warrens as well. He has used evil people in the past for His good, and that is my prayer.

We are a wicked nation made up of people who don't care. Abortion is not morally acceptable behavior. Many believers fail to understand that Scripture is intended to be the basis for all life, they are basically trying to live without God.....and it shows.
# Posted By diane | 1/24/09 9:37 AM
If church leaders had been doing their jobs we would not be where we are today..on the verge of making abortion a "fundamental right" under FOCA.

If FOCA passes what's the next step? Rewriting the Declaration of Independence to say "all men are created equal and they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights among those are Life, Liberty, the Pursuit of Happiness and the Right to an Abortion? It is so ridiculous (obviously these people are desperate) that it is laughable except it is not funny because they are serious.

Thomas Jefferson wrote "the care of Human Life and not its destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government." Unfortunately most of us have the idea that government is good and works overtime on our behalf. At least that is what we were taught in school. Former US Treasury Secretary William Simon described Washington this way and so far it is one of the most accurate descriptions I have been able to find: "One of the things I learned during my tenure in Washington is the civics book picture of government in operation is completely inaccurate. The idea that our elected officials take part in a careful decision making process- monitoring events, reviewing options, responsibly selecting policies- has almost no connection with reality. A more accurate image would be that of a runaway train with the throttle stuck wide open- while the passengers and crew are living it up in the dining car."

While the church has failed us in so many ways, I believe it is also our hope. Because abortion is legal, there will naturally be a tension between church and government. Luckily our Founding Fathers were intelligent and knew that God's law is higher than man's law. As Richard Maybury points out in his article on Christianbook.com, the first amendment to the US Constitution was written NOT to prevent religion from influencing government, but rather to prevent the government from influencing religion.

For the entire article... go to
http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/cms_c...
# Posted By Mary | 1/25/09 9:42 AM
The quote by Jefferson is disingenuous and misleading.
It has absolutely nothing to do with abortion. In Jefferson's day,abortion was a non-issue.It happened,just as it always has and always will.

But if any of the founding fathers had even mentioned abortion at a meeting,let alone making it illegal, the others would have thought he was out of his mind !

And America is NOT a Christian nation, but a nation in which the majority just happens to be Christian. It is also a nation of Jews, Muslims,Hindus,Buddhists, atheists,agnostics and many other faiths or non-beliefs.

What about the rights of non-christians? Are they supposed to be second-class citizens?

We cannot and must not make whatever happens to be written in the Bible the basis of US law. Otherwise we would have a theocracy, which is exactly what the founding fathers were determined to prevent this new nation from becoming.

This nation could become the very thing that so many have come here to escape. How ironic !
# Posted By Robert Berger | 1/30/09 9:15 AM
If butchering your child through via the more palatable term "abortion" is all about helping poor women help themselves up in this world, let's go ahead and look at some numbers. I have in front of me a financial printout of all psychotherapy sessions I have had over the past two and half years totaling $4,252.40 paid by me to my psychologist. $1,613 was paid by my insurance company. And, this is the unbelieveable part, a staggering $4.644.90 was simply written off. The total charged for all sessions was $10,510. Upon adding up the three amounts paid by myself,
the insurance company, and what the so-called insurance company wrote off it comes to $10,510.30. I can only guess that extra .30 cents was from something listed as a .05 cent interest payment that appeared several times in the printout. Makes me sick that I paid an average of $1,700/yr. for help from a wonderful woman who gave her all to help me find a way past my abortion and help me to bond with my living children and the insurance company paid $645/yr. Of course, to an insurance company every penny counts. Wonder if they would cover abortions if they knew the truth about what they would have to cover AFTER a woman exercises her American right to choose? Hmmmm.

There's also the $540 I paid to a man who happens to be one of the top psychologists in the area of death and in my case "complicated guilt." He also tried in vain to help me find a way to healing. None of it has worked. I am now am left with an option that I can no longer ignore.

Cost of an abortion for a pregnancy under six weeks along? $350 plus another $50 for the "mother"; if she happens to be Rh negative. Oh, and if you are wanting some of those birth control pills? That's another $25 please, per month.

Yes, abortion has a DARK SIDE you know? Oh, wait. No, you don't know. You're duped, clueless, and from your post you seem to think you're really, really smart too. I have met so many women who have had abortions since I too, had one. How it pains me to type those words. NONE of them are glad they did it, but oh, to just go back and have a taste of the past! That one oment before the suction machine was turned on!

I would tell you her name, but feel writing her name here would be dishonoring her memory the same way I did her body and her life as this message will be deleted some day.

Those women too have paid out the yinyang for therapy for their choice of abortion for their babies. Oh, there's also the post-abortion study group I attended. That was free, but my husband had to be home earlier from work that night, I had to leave my living children and when I came home I was a wreck. Even now I don't love my children the way they deserve. How could I? I was horrible to their sister. How could I love them and abort her? Don't all children deserve a Mother who loves them?

The president of the local planned parenthood told me last week when I asked a panel of women for their advice on what I should tell an aborted, suicidal woman her answer should be to the questions "How many children do you have?" and "Is this your only child?" that women who give birth have post-partum depression. G i v e m e a B-R-E-A-K. So you're saying having an abortion is "just as bad" as giving birth inadvertently admitting abortion just might be bad for the women who have them???? Nice try, but no cigar. You see, having a live baby come out of your body vs. a dead baby doesn't leave you suicidal 5, 6, 7, 10, and 20 YEARS LATER!

All of this won't matter will it Bob, err, Robert? Nothing will make you see what abortion does to women if you don't want to or refuse to. You, I'm sure by now, have become numb to all the images of aborted humans and have no problem very rationally and succinctly arguing for
abortion rights for women. It's like you would lose your identity if you were to change you mind wouldn't it? Or you would have to be "conservative" or something. No, you wouldn't. Yes, it's easy to coldly throw words back and forth when you're not the one who has to face your
children everyday. Or live your life after your choice. You don't see it. Ever look in an abortionist's sink? Or the can the pregnancy "tissue" ends up in? Ever been in a Product of Conception room? Again, none of this will make a difference in your own mind will it? If only I could follow
you around for a day and whisper in your ear every time I think of her. How would you handle it I wonder.

The Hippocratic oath of doctors-what does it say? First, do no harm....Could you bring yourself to the threshold of conceding that abortion just might hurt women even if you don't care about the pregnancy that is merely terminated by abortion? Abortion does still kill thousands of women per year same as it did before it was legal as well as leave many women infertile, who must defecate in plastic bags, etc. etc. Would you be willing to do some empirical research with me? Go to the poor neighborhoods and just ask women if they have ever had an abortion and then look deeply into their eyes. Ask them if they have anything in their lives that trigger memories of anything to with their abortions. And no you don't even have to say "your baby". Just listen. All of us wonder if she was a girl or he was a boy. I believe my child to have been a girl. She has a very lovely name.

Oh, as far as your argument against or about religion and abortion. Uh, Christ? Who has said anything about Christ? Or any god? The liberty clause in our Constitution makes no room for abortion and the atrocities it does to the women who submit themselves to them. Aren't you glad you weren't aborted?

The 100,000 women and children a year who are forced or coerced or "encouraged" to abort their rapist's/molester's/relative's baby who had his way with them? I have heard from many of them. They were ALL able to forgive their rapist or even their own "Father" who raped them, but
they were never able to forgive THEMSELVES for not standing up for their b-a-b-i-e-s. That's their words, not mine. You see, a rapist's child is also the precious woman's child too. Oh, but let's not talk about HER side. Abortion is for her own good. "It's okay. You've had an abortion.
Run along now. You have work to do."

Robert, have a good and hopefully a more informed day from someone who has been hurt by abortion. Now, my husband and living children are also being negatively affected by my decision which flies in the face of the bumper sticker "Against abortion? Don't have one" as many people
are affected who don't have one.....I could go on for days.....
# Posted By Donna | 1/30/09 2:33 PM
Robert, are you there?
# Posted By Donna | 2/7/09 1:04 PM

Mark Crutcher of Life Dynamics