Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Does America have any remaining Statesmen?

On this the eve of our nation's coming celebration of Independence Day weekend, can we take a moment to reflect and pray for our current crop of "leaders" ?

As we reflect about the statesmen who put their lives on the line for the good of their posterity in writing and signing the Declaration of Independence, describes the painful legacy of what standing for truth, liberty and justice for all can really mean.

"Have you ever wondered what happened to the fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence? This is the price they paid:

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons in the revolutionary army, another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six fought and died from wounds or hardships resulting from the Revolutionary War.

These men signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor!"

Today we have hearings on the most recent Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, who by all appearances, will further destroy our liberties but who also has scandalously aided and abetted infanticide, according to Jill Stanek's expose of Kagan's PBA promotion scheme.

And so we have congressional hearings with great scandal hanging overhead like the oil oozing over the Gulf of Mexico ~
and nary a statesman willing to demand accountability and stand up to a woman nominee!

Please pray that as we ponder the meaning of all the blood, sweat and tears shed so that America could be what Reagan
reminded us in his famous 1974 Shining City Upon A Hill speech, "our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be a model to the world"

Pray that someone in our Congress will rise to the occasion and once again lead us to be an America we can be proud of ~ one no longer aiding and abetting the shedding of innocent blood!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Falling Headlong

"Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out." Acts 1:18

Last night I drove to beautiful Boulder, Colorado to avail myself of an invitation to attend a reading of a new play ~ Falling Headlong ~ by playwright Ralph Tropf.

In the invitation, Mr. Tropf penned: "In Falling Headlong, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v Wade, an event that could possibly happen in the near future. Sara Pindar, an obstetrician in her first year of practice, disagrees with the new law. When Sara becomes pregnant, it takes a woman of faith to convince her that it is in the best interests of all for her to have her baby."

Ok, I must admit that I was easily duped by a ruse! The "woman of faith" line grabbed me, hook line and sinker and it was off to Boulder I drove.

Theater O is a bit of an Avante Garde venue - seating only 20 patrons, black curtain backdrop the only hint that it was a theater and not the warehouse in which we were seated. In typical Boulder fashion, the attendees were a diverse lot. The event was a reading of the play, in which one could tell they had rehearsed, but they read their lines and those attending were in actuality like a focus group ~ invited to give input.

Mr. Tropf and I spoke prior to my treck to la la land and he led me to believe we were seeking the same lofty goal ~ legally protecting the pre-born; at least that was my perception.

The play was interesting and although I cringed at many of the lines, as I hastily scribbled them on my program, I was amazed at the play's outcome in which the protagonist (a female infertility specialist with lots of pro-abort statements) chose life.

Most astonishingly afterwards during the feedback segment, a female from Boulder Valley Women's Center stood up and said she really liked the play! Since my initial reaction was mildly favorable, I was particularly perplexed.

Mr. Tropf sat down beside me immediately following the play to garner some input. I shared that it bothered me deeply that Sara persisted in telling the woman of faith, Mary, that her ectopic pregnancy was a "fetal mass" and not a baby. We also discussed whether the "woman of faith" and her husband were caricatures of sincere believers.

Ralph said he'd appreciate input by e-mail and actually gave me the script so I could give the dialogue deeper consideration.

In our subsequent e-mail communications, I must admit to feeling a bit betrayed.

Mr. Tropf shared today that legislation isn't the answer ~ as he claimed his play demonstrated. He insists changing hearts and minds is the real solution. I replied that we have been on that road for over 40 years and meanwhile 4,000 babies are dismembered daily!

While I laud his prescience in writing a play about the demise of Roe, I'm sad that he remains persuaded that "inalienable
rights" aren't and that the Word of God is negotiable.

Any discussion of life and death issues where a choice for life raises a round of applause from Boulderites makes me smile.

We are making progress!!

But I'm with Walter Hoye . . .

Monday, June 07, 2010

'She has poured mud all over my family's name'

The horrendous anti-semitic rant over the weekend by veteran White House Correspondent, Helen Thomas really has stunned the nation with the open hostility toward Israel shown so blatantly ~ up close and personal.

Today WND has an article that warms the heart about a Hearst family member's support of Israel and the people of Gaza.

Hearst heiress, Victoria responded quickly, "I've never heard any Hearst family member make an anti-Semitic remark, and none of them would be in agreement with Helen Thomas."

According to the WND article, Victoria Hearst is a lover of Israel and has founded Praise Him Ministries in Ridgeway, Colorado.

The Praise Him Ministries' write up of Victoria's work in Israel is so encouraging at a time when American's are cringing about the evil things happening to Israel and God's chosen people.

"Victoria sits on the board of Billye Brim Ministry/Prayer Mountain of the Ozarks in Missouri, and the advisory board of Voice of Refugees ministry in California. Victoria loves Israel and the Jews. She has been to Israel many times and helps Mayor Ron Nachman of the city of Ariel in Judea and Samaria with certain projects. She also assists the Jews of Gush Katif who lost their homes and livelihoods when they were forced out of Gaza in 2005. Victoria believes that all Christians need to support Israel and the Jews’ right to the land as GOD promised in the Bible."

"We wholeheartedly condemn what she said. The Hearst Corporation and the Hearst Family do not condone anti-Semitism in any way, shape or form. And we demand a heartfelt apology to the Jewish community around the world.'"

Now that Helen Thomas has today rightly retired, we can pray that Victoria will keep her in prayer as she undoubtedly needs Jesus, so that she will understand (before it is too late) why the Jews in Israel are precisely where God wants them to be.

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