Gospel

Merry Christmas From Planned Parenthood!

It's the Christmas season. A time for merriment, joy, sharing and generosity, and, most importantly, celebrating a birth — the birth of the Word made flesh, the Christ child, the King of Kings. Of course, there is the other side of the Biblical story, that of King Herod murdering every boy of two years or younger. That's where Planned Parenthood comes in. This year it has reprised its sick fundraising ploy of selling gift certificate "stocking stuffers" as presents that can be used for, among other things, abortion services. It started this at least two years ago in certain localities as we reported at the time (see commentary and video). No matter how old, it is no less appalling. Now, it has taken it nationwide to, as Americans United for Lifesays, "evangelize for the unholy gospel of taxpayer-funded abortion." It calls the campaign, "Choice on Earth," a despicable twist on what people pray for this time of year — Peace on Earth. Planned Parenthood has no shame in flaunting a horrendous act in the face of a Holy time of year.

According to Dr. Charmaine Yoest of AUL (see FoxNews.com), Planned Parenthood is seeking more than just a few sales to supporters or, worse yet, unsuspecting women, to fill its coffers. It has a bigger fish in mind:

Clearly, Planned Parenthood isn't interested in peace. They are interested in only one thing: using your tax dollars to expand access to abortion services. Now, more than ever, it's time to cut off their financial lifeline.

Here are the facts: Planned Parenthood receives over $350 million of your tax dollars each year. ... Indeed, tax dollars are the lifeblood of the Planned Parenthood empire.

The one bright spot is that a new Congress takes office in about a week. It's time the federal government stops funding Planned Parenthood. The nation's largest abortion provider may claim it needs the money, but just because no one wants its sick gift certificates is no reason for Congress to take Americans' hard-earned earnings and "spread it around" to nefarious groups such as Planned Parenthood.

Pastors Day At The Capitol February 3!

As we approach Christmas and think about our vision for the upcoming New Year, our state lawmakers are preparing to go back to Richmond for the 2011 General Assembly. As always, there will be many battles to fight — the protection of the family and the unborn, the preservation of our religious liberty and standing for the principles that have made our Commonwealth great for so many years. The Family Foundation and our outreach arm, Pastors For Family Values, are planning for a special Pastors For Family Values Day at the Capitol on Thursday, February 3. Pastors and ministry leaders from across Virginia will come to Richmond to be updated by pro-family senators and delegates as well as staff from The Family Foundation. Pastors will have an opportunity to meet with your elected officials to encourage them to support pro-family legislation and possibly have a chance to minister to them.

It is up to us as the church to let legislators know where we stand on the issues and that we believe the traditional values that made Virginia great are shared by a vast majority of Virginians. One thing is certain: Those who oppose our values will be in Richmond in force and will continue to pressure lawmakers to support an agenda that is against our principles.

The event will conclude with a complimentary lunch at which Martin Brown will be the keynote speaker. Mr. Brown is the commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services and is a former executive director of The Family Foundation. He will provide a unique insight into how the church can have an impact on the lives of the poor . . . not just by feeding them or offering a helping hand, but by teaching them the principles of God's Word. Studies have proven conclusively that the best way out of poverty for a child is to have a mother and father who are married and in the home, to stay in school, and avoid pre-marital sex and drugs.

Youth pastors also are invited this year and we will have a speaker of interest to them: Justin McClure, the youth pastor at Beaverdam Baptist Church, will share his vision and plan for networking with other youth pastors and affecting teens with the Gospel. 

We look forward to an informative, exciting and positive day on Thursday, February 3, at the state capitol, as we make an impact on our state (see a picture from our last pastors event). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the activities will run from 9:00 until approximately 2:00 p.m. 

Click here to register for Pastors for Family Values Day at the Capitol.

If you are not a pastor or youth pastor, please share this link with your pastor and/or youth pastor. For more information, you may also contact Roger Pogge at roger@familyfoundation.org or 804-343-0010.

Lindsey "Call Me Billy" Graham Invokes Jesus To Vote To Confirm Kagan

It's bad enough when Nancy Pelosi bungles the Gospel into an incomprehensible defense of her disingenuous and destructive public policy and legislative pursuits. Anything to rationalize the righteousness of ramming through unconstitutional laws against the will of the people. But when U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (see LifeNews.com) invokes Jesus' Golden Rule on the Senate floorto excuse his incomprehensible decision to vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, he not only ignores his constituents (see NewsMax.com), he shirks his responsibility to the U.S. Constitution by granting someone who doesn't believe in it as written the power to redefine America (see TheRightScoop.com). The irony of invoking Jesus to put on the Supreme Court someone who believes in partial birth abortion and who, by virtue of that position, will have a huge say in determining the legality of that infanticidal practice, is abominable. But listen closely. In untwisting his verbal pretzel, Senator Graham is really saying that we must treat Barack Obama as he would treat us. If that's true, then surely there was no reason to vote to confirm Ms. Kagan.

His bumbling foray into non-germane, nonsensical and impromptu theology is appalling and confounding. By contrast, his South Carolina colleague, Senator Jim Demint, voted against her confirmation (Miami Herald). The blowback from this, another in a long line of disappointments from the senator, is that a primary challenge in 2014 now is more likely, according to the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza at The Fix Blog. By the way, both of Virginia's senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, predictably, voted to confirm her.

Here's the video, but CSNNews.com has much more:

Senator cum preacher Lindsey "Call Me Billy" Graham on the Senate floor explaining how Jesus inspired him to vote to confirm Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court despite her disregard for constitutional principles.

And You Think Rev. Wright Is A Wacko, Introducing Presidential "Spiritual Advisor" Jim Wallis

Listen to President Obama's new spiritual advisor, Jim Wallis, who admits he's a Marxist and is unapologetic in his advocacy of redistribution of wealth. Most telling is where he relates his impression of an advertisement for a charity that wanted to change the lifestyle of the poor in Africa. He said that isn't enough — that we need to change our lifestyles (i.e., it's our fault, we live too well, and the sooner we're poor, the sooner the rest of the world will be better off). We're not shocked. More prominent leftists have proudly pronounced these same sentiments recently, though perhaps not to the length and brazenness of the Rev. Wallis. But it is nevertheless disturbing that someone like this is so close to the president. On the other hand, it explains a whole lot, and exposes the intentions of the Obama Regime.

We didn't know the Gospel had a chapter on Marxist economic theory.

The Real Face Of Jesus?

Here's a television recommendation: If you haven't seen it already, watch the History Channel's The Real Face of Jesus? this weekend or next. It debuted earlier this week and is absolutely spectacular — part history of the Passion, part history of the Shroud of Turin and part hi-tech CSI. It airs tonight at 8:00 Eastern and at midnight, at 5:00 p.m. Easter Sunday, and at 5:00 p.m. a week from today. Special effects expert Ray Downing of Studio Macbeth, after in-depth consultations with the world's foremost experts on the Shroud, used the latest 3-D imaging technology and brought to life what Jesus looked like, both bloodied and not. It is a striking figure and already has affected me: As I have heard Jesus in the Gospel during Mass this Holy Week, I see a figure, a man. It is something that will provide a new perspective. It will increase your faith. I won't try to explain it for fear of watering down the affect of the documentary, although others have done a decent job (see Mike McManus of the Boston Herald).

Our friends at Real Catholic Blog have put up some good background on the documentary, including a side view of the reconstructed face put out by the studio, as well as some excellent links and a video of Mr. Downing on a Fox News Channel interview. 

For the record: Many atheists try to discredit the Shroud of Turin, but the carbon dating on the Shroud, which supposedly disproved its authenticity, was taken from another layer of fabric sewn on the Shroud centuries later. In fact, two compelling pieces of evidence outweigh much skepticism: floral residue and a stitching pattern unique to first century Jerusalem. Also, demagogues say the Catholic Church proclaimed it the burial cloth of Jesus through some dogmatic authority. Not true. The Church only calls it an ancient relic worthy of reverence. (Again, the secularist technique of contrivance to diminish the faithful's credibility.)  

The evidence is overwhelming that the Shroud of Turin is the burial cloth of a first century crucifixion victim. Could it be Jesus? That's where faith comes in. But even a bit of logic, as this documentary points out, makes the case. Happy Easter!

Virginia News Stand: April 27, 2009

It's a somewhat light day at the News Stand. One item of note is that a challenger has emerged against the incumbent in the 15th House district, according to the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record. Why mention only "incumbent"? Because that's all the DNR did, which makes for an interesting piece of journalism. The incumbent is, in fact, Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah). In news about faith, an Episcopal author has some harsh words for his denomination. In his new book, Mortal Follies: Episcopalians and the Crisis of Mainline Christianity, William Murchison claims that when its presiding bishop is more concerned about education, AIDS and hunger than she is the Gospel, the Episcopal Church is more service organization than faith (see previous comment).

In news about where faith and values meet public policy, it's wedding bells in Iowa, but not for any good reason; while Kansas Governor and HHS Secretary-nominee Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a pro-life bill reveals deeper ties than imaginable to abortionist George Tiller. Finally, Vice President Bishop Biden is back in the news, disgracing the Catholic Church once again by accepting an award from a pro-abortion group at a Catholic university. (More on this in the next post.)

News:

Va. House incumbents take early lead in money race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Challenger Comes Forward In 15th District (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Gubernatorial Trio Have Quickly Tailored Messages to Draw Blacks (Washington Post)

Iowa poised to begin same-sex weddings (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

'Brazen allegiance' to Tiller behind veto by Sebelius (OneNewsNow.com)

Episcopal Church resembles 'Peace Corps in ecclesiastical drag'  (OneNewsNow.com)

Presbyterians reject homosexual clergy again (OneNewsNow.com)

Pro-Abortion Joe Biden Says There's 'No Excuse' For Violence Against a Child (OneNewsNow.com blog)