Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Yesterday was Legislative Day in Albany, New York. It was a chance to go to the capital of New York, congregate with like-minded people, and learn. Legislative Day is a gathering of Christians who are concerned about and praying for our country, dedicated to understanding our Constitutional freedoms, and committed to standing up for what's right within the legislative process. Several assemblymen and senators--Democrats, Independents, Conservatives, and Republicans stopped in to speak to us. Some left meetings just to share a word or two and then return to the business of the day. Over 1,300 people attended, and what a blessing it was.
The theme was "To Every Generation," and the sentiment was that the nation's problem--which includes New York's problem--is that we have decided we do not care what our founders had to say about God and His Word. We have chosen to get rid of the moral compass--the Word of God--and, instead, chosen to be "wise in our own eyes." This, of course, has come at the price of Christian liberties to the point where we have embraced a system intent on threatening and silencing Christians upon whose beliefs this nation began, are sacrificing our children by robbing them of their right to truth within our schools and our homes as we teach them to cherish destructive mindsets, and have removed all clarity distinguishing right from wrong. But our focus yesterday was to declare that there was and is a standard that defines morality, and that standard is the Word of God--and its truth is a Truth that pertains to every generation. Yes, there is a remnant willing to stand up--and I have determined that I will be among that remnant.
Over the next few days, I will discuss three or four highlights of Legislative Day, addressing each in a separate post because there are a few points I want to make. Today, I'll start with the first highlight.
David Gibbs III is a mighty man of God and the lawyer who represented Terri Shiavo in the case you may all remember. She was the young woman who, against her parents' wishes and protests, was ordered to be starved and dehydrated to death because her husband insisted she be left to die although she was "as alive as any one of us," said Gibbs, who spent much time with her in the hospital. He described in detail the suffering Terri was made to endure while he and her family watched her be killed over several days when the final decision came to deny her food and water--and this deprivation was court-ordered. She died on March 31, 2005. How depraved is a society that legislates such a death when she has parents willing to care for her. How sick a society has become when it stations a police officer behind the mother to make sure she doesn't do anything to help her daughter, not even wipe her brow--or he will arrest her. How unfathomable it is that her husband, her legal guardian, when offered millions of dollars to turn guardianship over to her parents, who desperately want her to remain alive but whose hands are tied, refuses. No food or water was allowed this woman. Gibbs watched as not only Terri's lips became chapped, but her very mouth--tongue and all--began to flake from thirst.
God, please help us. From the unborn, to the sick, to the elderly, and to those with special needs, we have somehow embraced a culture of death and called it "choice," but God has said, "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live"--Detueronomy 30:19.
Are you ready to take a stand for liberties, for justice, for all?
It has been wisely noted that the hypocrisy of abortion-support is that everyone who supports it has already been born. The truth is that those who oppose the right to life and any other God-given liberty do so to their own detriment. It might serve us well to understand that the fight we fight now for someone else's life might bring the victory needed to save our own one day. Silence is consent; find your voice. And if you're not moved by any of this, take a lesson from the Tin Man--and get a heart.