Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pray and Act: Three core principles

There is a website called Pray and Act which is calling people to stand for three fundamental principles:
  1. The sanctity of human life
  2. The sacredness of traditional marriage
  3. Preservation of religious liberty.
The first one has to do with the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not murder." There are seven Hebrew words for killing, but the word used in this command (Exodus 20:13) seems to convey the idea of intentional, premeditated murder. 

Those who try to argue that unborn children are not yet persons are using the same kind of argument that Nazi's used to justify killing Jews or that some in America once used to justify enslaving or killing black people. The scientific fact is that a baby is biologically human. Both Jewish and Christian tradition are very clear: Thou shalt not take
innocent human life!

The second core principle has to do with the marriage of a man and a woman. Contrary to the sophistry of some gay rights advocates, Jewish and Christian tradition are exceptionally clear: God considers sex between two people of the same sex to be such a profoundly abominable behavior that he threatened nations' existence because of it (Leviticus 18, 20). 
Note that the issue is about behavior, not orientation! This cannot just be dismissed as though the Old Testament is no longer relevant since condemnation of this behavior is repeated in the New Testament (Romans 1, 1 Cor. 6:9-10, 1 Tim. 1:9-10). 

The third core principle has to do with the preservation of religious liberty. One of Barack Obama's appointees, Chai Feldblum (a lawyer) has argued that "we should...not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity that adversely affect LGBT people." She also said,
"There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win…”  

To give one example, after same-sex marriage was legalized in Massachusetts, gay sex began to be taught as an acceptable lifestyle in the grade schools--to children as young as second grade! When one family wanted to have their child opt out, the school refused. They went to court and the judge determined that since same-sex marriage was public policy, the school had an obligation to teach it and parents
did not have the right to opt out. The judge didn't actually say "screw the Constitution" but he might as well have said it.

In recent years, Christians psychologists have been sued. Christian business owners have been sued. Christian organizations have been sued. Some Christians have even been jailed--all because sexual freedom is beginning to trump religious freedom in America. And this is happening now! Just wait until same-sex marriage is national public policy!

I understand why non-Christians might vote for those who do not stand for the three principles above. What I absolutely cannot understand is how people who claim to be serious about their Christian or Jewish faith, can in good conscience vote for someone who does not uphold the above principles.

I know there are some Democrats who stand up for the first principle--the sanctity of human life. I'm not aware of a single one who has faithfully supported the other two. Are there
any Democrat politicians who stand for all three of these core principles? I'd really like to know.

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