I woke up this morning with an old blues rocker song from Elvin Bishop called “Feelin’ Good” playing in my head. Funny thing is I wasn’t feeling bad when I went to bed. However, my wife and I spent a wonderful day yesterday driving along the Gulf Coast to Panama City Beach and had lunch there. We have great memories there because that is where we honeymooned. Ending a long four-day Independence Day weekend spending time with my bride always makes for “feelin’ good.”
Studies have shown that human wholeness combines spiritual health with physical health. Our emotional and mental states can literally make us ill, so having a healthy spirit makes for overall health wellness.
Many people are looking at the date December 21, 2012 for a time where great change will come. This is based of the ancient Mayan calendar ending on that date. There is actually a website titled “Survive 2012”.
How many of you know what the Hyde Amendment is? Oh, you’ve heard of it, but do you know what it is? It is named after the late Republican Congressman Henry Hyde of Illinois. In a nutshell, by manipulative law, it says not only can you kill your unborn baby if you were raped or conceived in incest, or a doctor certifies your life may be in danger, but also WE the People of the United States through our elected officials and tax dollars will pay for that abortion.
NOTE: Yesterday was my mother’s birthday, she would have been 79. As most of you know, yesterday I lost my dear friend Dino to cancer. I was going to tie the two into a devotional today, but felt lead to do something else. So in honor of Dino, who was a political junkie, and my mother, who always encouraged us to do our best, this morning’s devotional has a politico-socio theme.
NOTE: I am still working on my study of the Book of Esther and I want to be sure to do a thorough job so it will be awhile before we start on it. If you have any questions about the Book of Esther, please send them to me for consideration.
So what now?
The health care bill from the Senate has passed the House and now it must be reconciled by the upper house.
Last night during our men’s dinner at church we ended with a time of prayer for one another around our individual tables. One of the brothers asked for prayer in trusting God to handle what is going on in our country. I completely understand his struggle and that was reinforced when I opened another email from another supposed pro-life group (this time it was the Massachusetts Citizens for Life – MCFL) urging its readers to call their congressman to oppose the healthcare bill if it did not have the Stupak Amendment in the bill.
“Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, ‘Do not fear; you will have this son also.’ And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.” (Genesis 35:16-20)
If Jacob and Rachel were living in the 21st Century and had the wonders of science at their disposal, it is not too far-fetched to imagine that doctors may have predicted Rachel’s death. Doctors may have been able to warn the couple that if the baby was allowed to come to term that Jacob’s beloved Rachel would most likely die in childbirth.
Let me explain why I am only partially happy that Scott Brown won the Senate race in Massachusetts yesterday. I am happy to see Americans awakening from the apathy that has far too long affected our citizenry. I am glad that Americans are sending a message to Washington that they do not want higher taxes or socialist healthcare; both are sinful.
I am however greatly troubled by the message this vote sends to Republican Party leaders. It sends the message that you can run a pro-abortion, supporter of RomneyCare (aka ObamaCare) and the people will vote just to send a message to Washington. And it also tells the GOP apparatchiks that you can put Christians in an ethical dilemma and not only win, but have church and conservatives leaders sell the candidate as good and not evil.
Compromise breeds betrayal. By its very nature compromise tells your opponent and/or allies you are willing to give ground on the important issues in favor of attaining some measure of agreement. Nineteenth Century theologian Tryon Edwards once said, “Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another—too often ending in the loss of both.” So it has been with the pro-life movement the last thirty-six years.
It’s time to clear something up. I’m talking about the meaning for being pro-life. The proponents of the current Stupak and Nelson amendments to the proposed health care bill in the House and the Senate, respectively, are being touted as ending all federal funding for elective abortions. Notice those last two words; elective abortions.
What does that mean? It means that there will always be an exception that exists in the coveted Hyde Amendment, which says:
It means Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, the acronym AWANA. AWANA is a fantastic ministry that Karen and I had the privilege of being involved in for a number of years. The acronym comes from the verse 2 Timothy 2:15:
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”