SAN DIEGO, March 30, 2013 — While much of the nation is consumed by NCAA basketball March Madness, three events with profound national implications happened in the space of less than one week, from March 20 to 26.
The first was President Obama’s trip to Israel. The public display of mutual respect between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu helped bolster Israeli confidence that we’re still their strongest ally. This is appropriate since the United States shares more in common politically, traditionally and spiritually with Israel than we do with virtually any other nation on earth.
But even deeper than that, many American Christians are convinced that whoever curses Israel will be cursed, and whoever blesses Israel will be blessed (for example, see Genesis 27:29; Numbers 24:9; and Zechariah 2:8). In fact, many Christians welcome Obama’s new found affection towards Israel as consistent with an understanding of end times prophecies and our nation’s role in events leading up to the second advent of Jesus Christ.
But unfortunately this camaraderie soft sells some real dangers. Obama’s smooth talk and reliance on negotiations won’t soften Palestinian hatred towards Israel. In fact, to imply some moral equivalency between Palestinian genocidal hatred and Israel’s iron will for self preservation is foolishness.
What about Iran’s nuclear blood-lust towards Israel? Obama’s simplistic dependence on negotiation, reason, and sanctions only puts Israel at greater risk since it creates false hope and won’t delay the inevitable. Claiming all options are on the table rings pretty hollow based on his prior track record. Remember Obama’s decision not to support anti-regime protests in 2009; or “leading from behind” in Libya; or overlooking the Islamist threat during the “Arab Spring”; or his aloofness as 70,000 have died in Syria; or his shameful inaction in Benghazi.
Well spoken words may provide a warm afterglow, but anything less than a strong military commitment to Israel will only encourage her enemies to stay the course they’re on.
The second event impacts the pre-born. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple signed several pieces of Pro-Life legislation that will severely restrict abortions. In addition, the state Senate passed SCR 4009 that declares, “the inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.” This proposed state Constitutional amendment will be subject to voter approval in 2014.
Granting the unborn a legal right to life (i.e., personhood status) is an incredible step towards recognizing the obvious: Human life begins at conception, it has a sanctity that deserves to be protected, and it should never be treated like disposable property (for some Biblical insight, see: Genesis 1:27; Psalm 127:3-5 and 139:13-16).
As a nation we’re incredibly double minded (James 1:5-8). We go to extremes to protect the rights of mass murderers and then allow an estimated 55 million babies since 1973 to be destroyed without any trial, jury, or conviction of any crime.
Now the citizens of North Dakota will have an opportunity to restore what was irresponsibly destroyed by an arrogant U.S. Supreme Court – a right to life for the most vulnerable amongst us.
The third event dealt with marriage. The long road for California’s Proposition 8 is coming to an end. Passed in 2008, it simply recognizes what over 40 other states affirm, that marriage is only between a man and a woman. This is what biology, civilizations, major religions, and common sense have known from time immemorial (for instance, see Genesis 2:18-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Yet it speaks volumes about the immoral political correctness of our day that the highest court in the land has to make a decision about what marriage is.
How the Supreme Court rules will not just impact the small number of same-sex marriages, it will affect every child raised by same-sex couples without the benefit of being nurtured by both a father and a mother. If the Supreme Court deconstructs marriage into something other than its obvious purpose and nature, there’s no rational limit to what will be embraced either in numbers of partners, ages of consent, closeness of relatives or any other construct.
But it won’t stop there. This decision will also have profound implications on our freedoms of religion, conscience and speech if decided improperly. This destructive pattern has already been seen in Europe, in Canada, and those states that have legalized same-sex marriages.
Sadly, much of the country is more interested in watching basketball than tracking these three life-death developments. Entertainment is an important and legitimate pursuit, but when it becomes our passion at the expense of demanding our leaders do what’s right for an ally nation’s security, individual life, and a healthy family, then we’ve truly lost our way.
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