Wednesday, November 5, 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Okay I realize this blog has been a bit politically charged the last couple days, but it has been a unique couple of days. The news of California’s passing of Proposition 8 was really encouraging. Prop 8 has amended the California Constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman (this was the previous definition as affirmed in 2002 by the voters until four San Francisco judges decided they knew better than the state’s citizens). This is a major victory in upholding the Biblical and historic institution of marriage.

However I was not as encouraged by the results of another proposition. Prop 4 to amend the state Constitution to bar abortions by un-emancipated minors until 48 hours after a physician notifies the minor’s parent or legal guardian failed. This would have been a major deterrent to having an abortion and would no doubt have limited the number of babies whose lives would be taken. Those lives will be given no freedom of choice. Inexplicably the state passed Prop 2 which will require farmers to provide room for egg-laying hens and other livestock to fully extend their limbs or wings, stand up, turn around and lie down. The argument for this proposition for that farm animals deserve to be treated humanely. I have not argument with this (though it is not a simple issue and will bring a significant economic hit to farmers), but it is unbelievable that 52% of a state values the leg room of chickens more than the lives of human babies.

The need for Christians who are filled with courage and conviction for Biblical truth is all the more critical in 2008- that kind of Christian is trained up in Bible-proclaiming (and living) churches. We need to get back to that singular focus in our churches and in our pulpits if we want the gospel to spread throughout our nation and transform our society.

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