Our Collective Consciences are Seared

Over the last few weeks, I have forced myself to watch every single one of the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal body parts to StemExpress. I was shocked by the cavalier conversations about “tissue” and “procurement.” The most recent video was the most horrifying of all: a fully intact male child, still clinging to his last moments of life on a metal dish, awaiting his final resting place in a bio-hazard bag. At this point, I’m sure many people will simply close this browser window and numb the pain of that mental image with a funny article at the theonion.com. But that says something about us. As much outrage that has registered over the past few weeks about this video, some might say that we should chill out for a moment. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post calls this “antiabortion extremism.” Some might be really bothered…

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Black activists feel abused by the Democrats

Have you seen this? The Democrats have had a stranglehold on black voters for years, which doesn’t make a lot of sense since the Entitlement state has done so much damage to black families and communities. This result was inevitable. In 2008, Democrats controlled the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, with the most liberal president in a generation, who also happened to be black. If there was ever an opportunity to showcase a liberal Utopian vision, this was it. And this is the result.

Glenn Beck and the Political Gospel

Great Post today from Dr. Russell Moore about Glenn Beck’s rally in Washington, DC. Read the whole thing here. A few gems… Too often, and for too long, American “Christianity” has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it. There is a liberation theology of the Left, and there is also a liberation theology of the Right, and both are at heart mammon worship. The liberation theology of the Left often wants a Barabbas, to fight off the oppressors as though our ultimate problem were the reign of Rome and not the reign of death. The liberation theology of the Right wants a golden calf, to represent religion and to remind us of all the economic security we had in Egypt. Both want a Caesar or a Pharaoh, not a Messiah… Where there is no gospel, something else will fill the void: therapy, consumerism,…

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We Don’t Deserve Safety, Prosperity or Greatness

A powerful quote regarding abortion from Tony Woodlief in World Magazine: But I’ve come to believe that a nation that tolerates destruction of innocents deserves neither safety nor prosperity nor greatness. We’ve descended into barbarism, and it poisons how we treat the elderly, the incapacitated, even ourselves. We shouldn’t be surprised, having made life a utilitarian calculation, that more and more humans become inconvenient. John Piper recently stated that God will not judge us for abortion, abortion is the judgment. The judgment for sin is more sin and the increasing inability to distinguish between good and evil. America’s collective conscience has been seared to the point that “abortion fatigue” has set in and many seem unfazed by its the utter horror of abortion. As a result, we have elected a man who would not support legislation to require doctors to provide medical care to infants who survive abortion. And we…

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What Would an Obama Presidency Mean for Black America?

Thomas Chatterton Williams answers this question. /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} Black children would be able to avoid internalizing what James Baldwin called “the propaganda of race inferiority,” since every night on the news there would be a visible reminder that there is nothing whites can do that blacks cannot. That is the real change Obama offers-all of a sudden the world young black kids imagine themselves inhabiting would seem a richer place to live, one without an upper limit. To Biggie Smalls’ dismal list of career options afforded young black males-“You either slang crack rock / Or you got a wicked jump shot”-we could add the office of president. And in response to what Jay-Z cynically defined as the black man’s…

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Choose Your False god

One of the most refreshingly honest and penetrating albums for Christian consumption in recent memory is Derek Webb’s Mockingbird. This album was marketed using the increasingly popular give-it-to-me-for-free-and-I’ll-pay-what-I-think-its-worth strategy. This was a good move, since most Christian bookstores wouldn’t stock it anyway because it contains such incendiary language as “sex” and “whore” and he dares criticize the Republicans as the Messianic party. Released in 2005, this is during the 2nd Bush term where Republicans appeared poised to rule for a generation. My, how things have changed. There is one stanza from the song King and a Kingdom that sticks out to me: there are two great lies that i’ve heard: “the day you eat of the fruit of that tree, you will not surely die” and that Jesus Christ was a white, middle-class Republican and if you wanna be saved you have to learn to be like Him What I…

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Planned Parenthood is “Excited” to Abort Black Babies

My wife and I have been scouting out neighborhoods in Cincinnati for church planting and we think we’ve found a neighborhood in the city that will work for us. Oh yeah, and Planned Parenthood will be one of our neighbors. Oh, and by the way, they’re “excited” to accept donations earmarked for the termination of African American women’s pregnancies. Black Pastors complain about it here. Further incriminating evidence can be viewed here. Planned Parenthood has a history of racist policies concerning African-American abortions. For Christians, abortion is about creation, the image of God, protecting the widows and orphans and not making more widows and orphans. It is about sanctity of life. But make no mistake: for the abortion industry, it is all about money. What started out as an ideology of personal privacy and women’s health choices is now a billion dollar industry with no small amount coming from the…

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The State of Black America – According to Bill Cosby

Barack Obama’s candidacy and his speech on race in America have brought America’s original sin and subsequent racial issues back to the front of our collective conscience. This is good and healthy for America. Too many white Americans (myself included) have little idea of what is going on in the African American community, while assuming that since we in the Civil Rights Era there is no more work to do. In the very near future, my family will be moving to Cincinnati to plant a new church. Our desire is to begin a church that will specifically embody the gospel in its racial makeup. Is this possible? “No, it isn’t,” I have been told recently, because I’m white. A white person told me this. I also spoke with an African American pastor in Cincinnati, who told me “Yes, it is possible.” His reasoning? Because I’m white. How can my whiteness…

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Obama’s Extreme Position on Abortion

Justin Taylor gives an overall summary of Barack Obama’s position on abortion, particularly noting the charge making the rounds that he supports infanticide. Jeremy Pierce also weighs in. By God’s grace may the day come when abortion is considered as unthinkable as slavery or racism or the halocaust. But if or when that day comes, all evidence suggests that Obama will not be on the side of the unborn.

Democrats Dump Hillary–many thanks!

Bill Kristol offers a sincere word of thanks to the Iowan Democrats who successfully labored to put an end to the Clinton era of politics. I’m no liberal. But one thing that matters to me, more than necessarily a listing of policy preferences, is character. Yesterday, I posted a link to an MSNBC interactive tool to better get acquainted with the candidates. Unfortunately, these sorts of tools do not measure character. All we have to go by here is a few external evidences and gut intuition.