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A most illiberal decree

January 21, 2012 Leave a comment

The latest depredation of the Obama administration involves a health care regulation that will force all medical insurance plans to provide full coverage for drugs and procedures which can take the life of an already-conceived human being. This is exactly what we warned the nation about during the great healthcare debate a year and a half ago, and when Bart Stupak and other “pro-life Democrats” made their idiotic deal with the devil. Now it is coming to pass, though predictably, it is slipping through incrementally.

Funny how the implementation date for the new regulation has been pushed back one year, from August of ’12 to August of ’13. That just so happens to delay the issue until after the coming presidential election. Funny.

If Obama gets his way, there will be no refuge from the complete control of health care by the government. And that means control by humanists. The conscience of Christians will not be respected, as we plainly see. If you want to stay in business or keep your job, you will comply.

It’s hard to know what to say. If the problem were merely Obama, it would be easy to fix. But as the Psalms ask, if the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do? It was the people who placed Obama in the highest office in the land. It was the media which hypnotized them, it was the government schools which dumbed them down. It was Big Labor which appealed to their selfishness. But ultimately it was the people who fell for the load of malarkey.

It’s easy to get discouraged by the state of the nation. I’ve never seen it so depraved and profane. All the warnings the moralists gave us were true, and the consequences of our decisions have come upon us. Unless somehow we can pull a rabbit out of the political hat, we are going to see the nation pull further and further away from us.

That’s why it is essential that each one of us does not run out of lamp oil. You will recall that according to the parable of the ten virgins, five wise virgins went back and got oil for their lamps, just in case the expected bridegroom was delayed. But five foolish virgins instead slept. When the bridegroom arrived, the wise virgins had enough oil, but the foolish did not.

If our faith rests on the good graces of the United States of America, we’re going to be in trouble. While that may have worked well for several hundred years, it doesn’t seem to be so any longer. We need to dig down deeper than that.

The political realm is a valid place to fight the good fight, and I hope more people do. But the spiritual realm is really where the action is. If you look at the much-quoted 2Chron 7.14:

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

You see that the verse refers not to the electorate, but to the people of God. It all hinges on us, and on our faithfulness. We are the ones who need to humble ourselves, pray, seek the Lord’s face, and yes, to turn from our wicked ways.

Simply put, the church needs to be the church as Jesus intended it to be. Each one of us needs to seek the Lord’s will for our lives, and conform ourselves to His wonderful character. If this happens as a grassroots movement, it becomes a revival. And as it gains steam the church gains the power to bear witness to the truth and love of God. We gain the power to love the unlovely – those who have fallen to the schemes of satan and this world. This is a powerful, life-changing dynamic. I found in my own life that it was when Jesus stuck by me when all others had left, when even He should have left according to my own calculations, that He won my heart forever. And it can be the same for the hurting people today, if the church will reach out to them in their difficulties.

I’m not happy watching this nation sink into the swamp. The humanism, the political correctness, and the immorality are literally killing us. I hope something can be done about it, and I will do whatever I can. But I have learned that my main focus must be the person of Jesus and the kingdom of God. Unless we see to that, there is no hope of saving the nation.

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One great leap for socialism

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

A sad day for the nation, as it takes a major step towards socialism. The healthcare bill will do nothing good for medical costs, quality of coverage, the national debt or the economy. It will instead ration care, bankrupt the nation, and prove to be an open door for taxpayer funding of abortion.

Rep. Stupak, who had led prolife opposition to the bill, has fallen into delusion. Accepting as a promise a piece of paper – an Executive Order – from the most pro-abortion president in history, whose first act was to reverse the longstanding prolife Mexico City policy, who during his short term in the Senate was the most pro-abortion member of that chamber, who as president has consistently staffed his administration in every field with radical leftists, is equivalent to the Israelis giving land for peace. Once the land is gone, it is gone, and the peace quickly follows.

Executive orders have a history of abuse and disuse. They can be overridden, they can die by a thousand paper cuts, or they can simply lie unenforced in the back files at the Department of Justice (Eric Holder’s DOJ!). And no executive order will survive even the most frivolous court challenge, if it conflicts with underlying legislation, as this one does.

So at fantasy best, Bart Stupak’s deal plunges the nation into more contention and litigation, with no end in sight. But in reality, the executive order may as well not exist. This bill – which Health Secretary Sebelius has in an unguarded moment admitted allows for pubic funding of abortion (search this blog for abortion or go to youtube, to see the video), will be the basis for a major leap forward in the killing of babies.

Stupak gave a pitiful colloquy with Henry Waxman on the floor, in which they did a Kabuki on how the Democrats would work to make sure that abortion was nowhere part of the bill. Stupak was bent over, wouldn’t look up, and appeared dejected and defeated. Waxman seemed to know that Stupak had been blindly led to slaughter, and couldn’t even look at him as he gave the thinnest promise possible that he would keep good faith on the promise.

I came away from that sad display feeling sorry for Stupak, but in his impassioned defense of the bill later, he sealed his fate on the matter. He could have been a true American hero, but he bargained away babies’ lives for nothing. Planned Parenthood issued a statement hailing the bill as a breakthrough for reproductive healthcare, and the executive order as a “symbolic gesture”. They’re right.

The Republicans, too often known for compromise, did well yesterday. I’m linking to speeches by Paul Ryan and Mike Pence, both principled, insightful and moving. Both men are true patriots with much to give to their country.

As Ryan says, this is not about healthcare, this is about the fundamental principles about which we order our society. For two and a quarter centuries our rights have been derived from God – and emphatically not from man. But now we make government our king and father – just what Jesus warned us against in Matthew 23. The result will be twofold: a spiritual weakening of our population and the loss of freedom, while nothing will be done for healthcare or its costs.

The ironic thing is that what the Democrats say they want is obtainable, but to be sustainable it must be done the right way. The system needs to be opened up to competition. The government needs to get out of the way, and that includes dropping the employer tax break for employee healthcare, which skews the market and shifts all medical care to inefficient insurance. This is basic economics, but like climate science, when guys like Paul Krugman can pull down economic Nobels, you know that the science has been hijacked. And we need massive healthcare tort reform, but the Trail Lawyers being one of their most endowed constituencies, the Dems will not hear of it.

Politics has become a cancer on the nation. Thank God for the good men who are standing and fighting. My prayers are with them, and that America will continue to be a light. Though the nation deserves strong chastisement, God’s grace is greater than sin, and I pray for repentance and restoration. May those who oppose God receive light and truth.

Here’s the Ryan speech. And the one by Pence.

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Where There Is No Doctor

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Where There Is No Doctor, a classic self-help book that missionaries have long used in the field, has, through the generosity of its principals, been made available for free download. This move seems to have been spurred by the uprising in Iran, but this book could be a lifesaver for anyone in our uncertain times.

It’s wise to publish a disclaimer with this, so here it goes:

Seek Medical Attention!

The information provided herein does not preclude and is not a replacement for professional healthcare or medical treatment.

Injuries and infections can be life threatening!

If injury or bleeding is severe, if the injured person remains unconscious, or if wounds appear infected, medical assistance should be sought immediately!

Specific diagnoses and therapies can only be provided by a physician or other professional healthcare provider.

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Whom not to trust

December 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Do not put your trust in princes, nor in the son of man in whom there is no salvation. –Ps 146.3

I watched Obama’s victory statement at the securing of the winning 60th Senate vote for his healthcare reform initiative. His performance did not disappoint. Virtually every statement he made concerning the bill was a lie.

We were promised universal coverage, at reasonable premiums, and we even were assured that the bill would reduce the national deficit. But this bill in reality is a artesian work of sleight-of-hand, and what Obama is promising is categorically impossible.

One cannot create goods and services out of nothing. Yes, there are efficiencies that can be realized over our present system, but this bill isn’t about those efficiencies, it’s about forcing the medical system to make bricks without supplying it the necessary straw. Either fewer bricks will be made (rationing), or the medical industry will be put to forced labor. Taking money and initiative out of the system will of necessity stifle creativity, bring research to a screaming halt and lower the standard of treatment.

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Abortion in the healthcare bill, documented

November 3, 2009 2 comments

The ACLJ has come up with the abortion provisions in the House healthcare bill, H3962. You will find it here.

Joe Wilson was right about Obama’s bald-faced lie to the joint session of Congress and to the American people. Recall that Obama had wrapped his lie about abortion coverage in a harsh accusation that it was his opponents who were doing the lying. My impression of that speech was that Obama under pressure is far less smooth – and no more honest – than the debonair candidate much of America came to believe in.  His true nature was surfacing, recalling incidents such as when he discretely flipped off Hillary and McCain from the podium.

There are other proofs that Obama had boldly lied to us. Rep. Stupak, a prolife Democrat, tells how Obama called and insisted that during that speech he had said “my” healthcare plan does not support abortion. There are two problems with that. First, the record shows that he said “our” healthcare plan, indicating the one before Congress, and Second, Obama hasn’t even released a healthcare plan, so a) no one knows if it even exists, b) therefore no one can rationally comment on it, c) it would have been absurd for Obama to be referring to an undisclosed plan no one knew the provisions of in his joint session defense. He was referring to the Congressional plan, in particular the one that Pelosi was championing, and he was lying.

Additionally, Stupak has said that Pelosi continues to pressure him about his resistance to the abortion provisions of her plan. Why would that be, if those provisions didn’t exist? Read more…

Religion, Politics, Healthcare and Obama

September 7, 2009 1 comment
In which I finally get to tick off a lot of people

A revival list that I’m on sent out two emails last week, to the effect that we shouldn’t divert our attention from preaching the Gospel to waging the present culture war that increasingly consumes the US. I came away from the emails confused.

I believe that Christ must come first, before everything. Nothing must be allowed to rival His importance in our hearts and lives. He is the God who has become wisdom and salvation to us. He is my hope of glory, and I do not intend on trading that away for anything.

But becoming involved in other things is not always wrong. Sometimes doing so is a practical demonstration of love. And sometimes not doing so is a demonstration of love’s opposite, apathy.

Jesus Himself was scolded by the Pharisees for not being religious enough. Time and again he was caught doing works on the Sabbath, you will recall. At one point he answered His critics:

“Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” – Lk 14:5

Clearly, from this and many other examples, we can firmly conclude that Jesus was more concerned with practical applications of love than with religious observance or empty theological proclamations.

Now let’s take a look at the current political scene. But before I do let me digress a bit on strife and alienation within the Body. Read more…