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The sacredness of every human being

By Richard D. Land, Christian Post Executive Editor| Friday, June 04, 2021

In the United States, history tells us that Old Testament teachings have combined with New Testament declarations to proclaim the sacred interior life of every human being – each created in God’s image (Gen. 1:26-27).

This sacred interior space, often called the “soul,” received prominence of place in the nascent nation’s first official document, the Declaration of Independence. On behalf of the new nation, the Continental Congress proclaimed to the world,  “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” 

As they won their independence from Great Britain the new government of the United States, struggling “ to form a more perfect Union,” ratified what we now know to be the U.S. Constitution ratified in September 1787.

This new American Constitution, along with the Bill of Rights (comprised of the Constitution’s first ten amendments, ratified in 1791) represented a new theory and kind of government, one in which the government gained its power from the consent of the governed and minority rights were protected from majority suppression.

This rather simple sounding concept was absolutely revolutionary in the world of the eighteenth century.  Over the next more than two centuries it has proven to guarantee and protect more basic human rights than any government yet conceived and incorporated on this planet.

And, thanks be to God, over that expanse of time it has produced brave men and women of faith who understand the inviolate, sacred integrity God envisioned and planned for every human being.  This has produced citizens of great and noble courage with an unshakeable sense of human dignity.

A beautiful illustration of this is Mr. Jack Phillips, the proprietor of the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.  Mr. Phillips, a devout Christian, on a summer afternoon in July 2012 declined to bake a wedding cake to celebrate a same sex union.

Immediately, the “cancel culture” war machine mobilized against Mr. Phillips and his little bakery.  They believed that he must be forced to conform under penalty of law and bake the cake and thus affirm same sex unions.  The Colorado Civil Rights Commission began a legal campaign against Mr. Phillips that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually label as  harassment. 

Jack Phillip’s response to this campaign of vilification (“his objections must be simple prejudice; religion is just an excuse”) went through the entire legal system until the Supreme Court upheld Jack Phillips’ right to freedom of conscience (7 to 2) in Masterpiece Bake Shop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission

Now, Mr. Phillips has written a book relating his almost decade long struggle to live out his understanding of how God desires for him to use his God-given talents in living out God’s purposes for his life. 

In The Cost of My Faith, How a Decision in My Cake Shop Took Me to the Supreme Court, Mr. Phillips narrates his struggle and the attacks on his character and physical person that he has endured. 

He then asks the $64,000 question,

Why not just bake the cake?  Mr. Phillips’ answer to the question is
brilliantly and beautifully illuminating.  He says, “My objection is
never to the person. . . asking me to create a cake  with a particular
message.  My objection . . . is to the message itself.  I can and
cheerfully will serve anyone.  I cannot and won’t communicate every
message.”

Jack Phillips, in telling his story, discovers and displays a God-given talent for the written word that rivals his breathtaking skills as a baker and decorator of cakes. 

Here is a riveting and moving example:

My beliefs are what make me who I am.  My commitment to God and
to . . . his holy word is the defining premise of my life. . . and the
guiding direction for my actions.  If you ask me to separate all of that
from my work. . . I simply can’t do that.. .It’s like asking a contractor to
build a great building, but first remove the foundation.

Then he asks what is really the crucial question: 

Where do we think artistic creativity comes from?  Something
outside of ourselves.  Of course not.  It’s water from the foundation of
our soul. It comes from a deep- down place inside each of us where
our experiences, our understanding, our intentions, our deepest
beliefs and convictions all stir together.  These can’t be separated
from each other anymore than you can sift out the various
ingredients from a cake after it is baked. 

Mr. Phillips goes on to explain that he does not disrespect anyone and affirms everyone as made in the image of God – and “as a person worthy of respect.”

He understands any talents he has were given to him by God and he has a responsibility to use these  gifts to glorify God, not that which God  disapproves.

Then he explains that demanding that he use his artistry to communicate a message that he believes is wrong is:

asking me to stop being me. . . . to deny the deepest convictions of
my heart. . .that’s not something any person has a right to ask of
another. . . or a command any government has the right to force one
of its citizens to obey.

Well said, Mr. Phillips.  As the seventeenth century Puritan preacher Roger Williams, aptly put it almost four  centuries ago. for anyone to force the conscience of another person on religious maters is “soul rape!”

May God lead our people to demand that our government continue to hold that the sacred inner space of our citizens’ souls is beyond the purview of any government or merely human organizations.

https://www.christianpost.com/news/the-sacredness-of-every-human-being.html

Abortion: A Deadly Battle for America’s Soul

God affirmed through the Founders that He endowed us with the “right to life.” He has never endowed us with rights to murder, truly a “right” human beings claimed for themselves


April 9, 2019 By

 

Abortion: A Deadly Battle for America's SoulImmediately at the beginning of 2019, the newly elected Democrats of 2018 took control of the House of Representatives and made known their determination to make funding for abortion a priority in 2019. The Democrat-controlled House immediately passed legislation to that indicated intent to directly support abortions worldwide, as well as the repeal of the Mexico City Policy, which is a U.S. government policy blocking citizens’ funding for non-governmental organizations providing abortion counseling, referrals, efforts to decriminalize abortion, or increase abortions.

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

Following the lead of the Democrats in the federal government, various states across the nation took up the battle. New York led the way.  On the 46th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, Governor Cuomo signed the abortion bill that permits abortions up to nine months, provides no stipulation that abortionists be doctors, and offers no protection for babies born alive. The new law also removed abortion from the NY penal code. Essentially, this bill legalizes infanticide!

Right now in America, there is a serious battle raging over the killing of babies by abortionists,  not even doctors, and abortion mills like Planned Parenthood. Jason Yates, currently CEO of My Faith Votes, issued a statement in the wake of the 2018 elections as conservatives and Christians were trying to put a positive spin on losing the Republican-controlled House:

…it is clear the radical Left is flexing its muscles and pushing an anti-life agenda. Conservatives across the country are painfully aware that elections have consequences. More than that, potentially thousands of unborn children are facing an increased threat to their lives. Christians must lobby their representatives, regardless of party, and urge them to protect life and refuse to fund Planned Parenthood or any group advocating abortion.

By late February, the United States Senate rejected legislation introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would have protected the lives of babies born. Yet in the crosshairs of immoral abortionists. U.S. Senators’ rejection of “The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (Senate bill S.311) is indeed a political action. It is an abomination upon this nation. Gov. Mike Huckabee, currently the Honorary Chairman of My Faith Votes, responded by stating that:

Ignorance, or pretense of ignorance, is not an excuse for the moral decline or rapid breakdown of our culture

It’s clear, our moral compass as a nation is severely damaged. It’s bad enough that states like Vermont and Illinois are following the lead of New York by introducing bills that would permit abortion up until birth, and now we are killing babies OUTSIDE the womb.

The only remedy for our nation is for Christians to boldly rise up and take action.

There is a movement in our country that is spreading like cancer and it seeks to destroy biblical values.

This is why we MUST mobilize 90-million Christians now to stand for life! We cannot wait.

Right at the beginning of the 21st century, the United States of America is facing a challenge to the heart of our culture, to the core of our existence as a free Republic. By the words of our own founding documents we are being judged in this incredible time. It matters not whether good people are aware of that challenge or plead innocence due to ignorance. Ignorance, or pretense of ignorance, is not an excuse for the moral decline or rapid breakdown of our culture. However, this breakdown is not only due to indifference, or to fear, it is clear there are people who attempt to do all they are capable of to destroy the foundation of morality in our nation. Gov. Huckabee is correct in pointing out the movement in America that is spreading like a cancer, seeking to destroy the biblical values that are at the foundation of America’s existence.

Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

Yet, good people all across America are boldly rising up, and My Faith Votes is instrumental in the awakening and the arising of people of conscience. The recent release of the movie Unplanned is an example of truth exposing the deceit and inhumanity of abortion. Based on the book from Abby Johnson, who was a former Planned Parenthood clinic director, the movie puts pictures to the thousands of words that could be shared to help people understand the inhumanity, and evil aspects, of abortion. Another recent movie about the abortionist Kermit Gosnell was released in October of last year: Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three infants who were born alive and multiple counts of illegal late-term abortions. That movie was also based upon the non-fiction account of an abortionist and is stranger than fiction.

If Americans have not seen either movie, they should because citizens need to be aware of the realities of abortion. Such movies strike strong blows for truth against the power of the abortionist lies and propaganda and the pro-murder monster that has perpetrated the concept that mothers murdering their own children is humane. While “Progressive” propagandists seem to have worked overtime in convincing the American people that the life growing inside a mother’s womb is not fully human, light is shining upon the truth, and citizens who truly care are taking action. Featured in the movie, Unplanned, is a Pro-Life organization called 40 Days for Life, which is very active in the fight against abortion in our time. Another campus-based group is called Students for Life that grew from the foundation of previous organizations, but since 2005, has stood on its own with a full-time commitment to fight for life at colleges and universities.

Both of these organizations are truly dedicated to helping to educate the public about the realities of abortion, as well as advocating for the eradication of abortion in our time. 40 Days for Life is now considered the “largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping local communities end the injustice of abortion.” 40 Days for Life started in 2004 in Bryan/College Station, Texas, by David Bereit. As of 2014, The organization had reported that there are official affiliate groups active in 25 countries around the world. Students for Life claims to be “the only national pro-life organization dedicated to training and equipping college, high school, middle, med, and law students.” They are directly fighting Planned Parenthood on the college campuses where the abortion activists target the young people with their propaganda, but also target them as potential business prospects.

America is being judged by the words of our own founding documents

Both of these groups take bold action, and local grassroots groups can be very important in taking action in rapidly changing situations. The organizations that are successful in taking action, usually rise to the public’s attention. Definitely, both of these pro-Life groups have risen to the public’s attention because they set an example of how the Christian community can respond to the evils of murdering babies in America. Also, through the recent movies, Unplanned, and Gosnell, the horrors and the tragedy of abortion are being exposed. Through such measures, the appeal to mobilize 90-million Christians to stand up and take action may “go viral”.

Well over 200 years ago, brave and brilliant men united together to take a bold stand against the tyrannical forms of government to formulate a new nation. As Abraham Lincoln stated, “a nation conceived in Liberty”. The Founding Fathers boldly affirmed self-evident truths endowed to humanity from our Creator certain unalienable rights: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” This is the Manifesto for Freedom that our Founders were willing to give their lives to defend, to hold onto such truths. America and American citizens are being tested on whether we truly believe in these truths. Certainly, the Democrat leadership has taken a stand to demonstrate that these rights are no longer sacred, they can be given or taken by governments of men as they defend taking human life a legal act.

God affirmed through the Founders that He endowed us with the “right to life.” He has never endowed us with rights to murder, truly a “right” human beings claimed for themselves. America is being judged by the words of our own founding documents. The nation’s continued existence into this new century may very well be tied to how citizens look upon and defend the continued existence of the tiny children growing inside mother’s wombs.

https://canadafreepress.com/article/abortion-a-deadly-battle-for-americas-soul

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