|LET US PRAY www.kentuckyfamily.org Wednesday, July 25, 2012|
John was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets,’ and ten roosters to fertilize the eggs. He kept careful records, and any rooster not performing went into the soup pot and was replaced. This took a lot of time, so he bought some tiny bells and attached them to each of his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so he could tell from a distance when a rooster was performing.
This made things much easier for John. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out the efficiency reports simply by listening for the bells.
John’s favorite rooster, Old Butch, was a very fine specimen, but this particular morning John realized that he hadn’t heard Old Butch’s bell ring even once! When he went to investigate, he saw the other roosters were busy chasing pullets, their bells a-ringing, but the pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.
To John’s amazement, Old Butch was holding his bell in his beak so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job, then go off in search of another one. John was so proud of Old Butch, he entered him in the Saint Lawrence County Fair. Old Butch became an overnight sensation and a hit with the judges. Not only did they award Old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize,” but they awarded him the “Pullet Surprise,” as well.
Clearly, Old Butch was a politician in the making! Who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the unsuspecting populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention?
In a recent email, I read about a woman named Pam, who knows the pain of considering abortion. More than 24 years ago, she and her husband Bob were serving as missionaries to the Philippines and praying for a fifth child. Pam contracted amoebic dysentery, an infection of the intestine caused by a parasite found in contaminated food or drink. She went into a coma and was treated with strong antibiotics before they discovered she was pregnant.
Doctors urged her to abort the baby for her own safety and told her that the medicines had caused irreversible damage to her baby. She refused the abortion and cited her Christian faith as the reason for her hope that her son would be born without the devastating disabilities physicians predicted. Pam said the doctors didn’t think of it as a life, they thought of it as a mass of fetal tissue.
While pregnant, Pam nearly lost their baby four times but refused to consider abortion. She recalled making a pledge to God with her husband: If you will give us a son, we’ll name him Timothy and we’ll make him a preacher.
Pam ultimately spent the last two months of her pregnancy in bed and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy August 14, 1987. Pam’s youngest son is indeed a preacher. He preaches in prisons, makes hospital visits, and serves with his father’s ministry in the Philippines. He also plays football. Pam’s son is Tim Tebow.
The University of Florida’s star quarterback became the first sophomore in history to win college football’s highest award, the Heisman Trophy. His current role as quarterback of the Denver Broncos has provided an incredible platform for Christian witness. As a result, he is being called The Mile-High Messiah.
Tim’s notoriety and the family’s inspiring story have given Pam numerous opportunities to speak on behalf of women’s centers across the country. Pam Tebow believes that every little baby you save matters. I pray her tribe will increase!
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always!
|LET US PRAY www.kentuckyfamily.org Monday, July 16, 2012|
Below, the Family Foundation of Kentucky weighs in again on the homosexual activist movement. The question every reader should ask is, "How do I determine right from wrong? What tests should I use to evaluate and distinguish that which is unethical from that which is ethical. Is there an objective standard of right and wrong? If not, why should my behavior or the behavior of any individual matter to society or any authority?"
Below, the Family Foundation of Kentucky weighs in again on the homosexual activist movement. The question every reader should ask is, “How do I determine right from wrong? What tests should I use to evaluate and distinguish that which is unethical from that which is ethical. Is there an objective standard of right and wrong? If not, why should my behavior or the behavior of any individual matter to society or any authority?”
Now, dear reader, you are unlikely to take on the challenge of these questions in any intellectually serious manner. We live in the age of anti-intellectualism, hedonism, and instant gratification. “If it feels good, do it.” Or more simply and emphatically, “Just Do It.” But if you are willing to subjugate these baser instincts to thoughtful reflection, you will ultimately realize that you cannot determine matters of right and wrong for me, and I cannot determine them for you. In fact, you and I are incapable of determining right and wrong even for ourselves. In our usual moments of infatuated self-evaluation, we deny this. But in the end, matters of right and wrong have already been decided, and were so long before you and I were on the planet. Indeed, such matters have not only been decided by a higher authority, but by The Highest Authority. But each of us stokes his pride, and rebels.
You are likely to reject this by saying this author invokes absolutes, and retort that “there are no absolutes!” Really? Isn’t that an absolute statement? Of course, it is. And so you are intellectually and logically compromised. If, as you say, there are no absolutes, then your argument that “there are no absolutes” is logically inconsistent. It is an absolute statement.
I cannot decide right and wrong for you. If you are intellectually honest, you’ll admit that neither can you decide for me these matters of right and wrong.
That which is right and wrong has previously been determined by a higher authority. Indeed, the Highest Authority of all.
|LET US PRAY www.kentuckyfamily.org Friday, July 6, 2012|
I received the email below very recently from a friend, who in turn received it from a friend. He did not know who the author was, but the analysis is quite provocative. If any reader can identify the author, please advise.
Sent: Sun, 01 Jul 2012 05:59:40 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: INTERESTING ANALYSIS
Below is an optimistic and very interesting analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent decision concerning Obamacare. I hope this fellow is correct in his reasoning.
June 30, 2012
Lexington, South Carolina
To all my friends, particularly those conservatives who are despondent over the searing betrayal by Chief Justice John Roberts and the pending demise of our beloved country, I offer this perspective to convey some profound hope and evidence of the Almighty’s hand in the affairs of men in relation to the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare. I initially thought we had cause for despondency when I only heard the results of the decision and not the reason or the make-up of the sides. I have now read a large portion of the decision and I believe that it was precisely the result that Scalia, Alito, Thomas, Roberts and even Kennedy wanted and not a defeat for conservatism or the rule of law. I believe the conservatives on the court have run circles around the liberals and demonstrated that the libs are patently unqualified to be on the Supreme Court. Let me explain.
First let me assure you that John Roberts is a conservative and he is not dumb, mentally unstable, diabolical, a turncoat, a Souter or even just trying to be too nice. He is a genius along with the members of the Court in the dissent. The more of the decision I read the more remarkable it became. It is not obvious and it requires a passable understanding of Constitutional law but if it is explained anyone can see the beauty of it. The decision was going to be a 5-4 decision no matter what, so the allegation that the decision was a partisan political decision was going to be made by the losing side and their supporters. If the bill was struck down completely with Roberts on the other side there would have been a national and media backlash against conservatives and probably strong motivation for Obama supporters to come out and vote in November. With today’s decision that dynamic is reversed and there is a groundswell of support for Romney and Republicans, even for people who were formerly lukewarm toward Romney before today, additionally Romney raised more than 3 million dollars today.
Next, merely striking the law without the support of Democrats and libs would have left the fight over the commerce clause and the “necessary and proper “ clause and the federal government’s role in general festering and heading the wrong way as it has since 1942. As a result of the decision the libs are saying great things about Roberts; how wise, fair and reasonable he is. They would never have said that without this decision even after the Arizona immigration decision on Monday. In the future when Roberts rules conservatively it will be harder for the left and the media to complain about the Robert’s Court’s fairness. That’s why he as Chief Justice went to the other side for this decision not Scalia, Alito, Thomas or Kennedy, all of whom I believe would have been willing to do it.
Next let’s look at the decision itself. Thankfully Roberts got to write it as Chief Justice and it is a masterpiece. (As I write this the libs don’t even know what has happened they just think Roberts is great and that they won and we are all going to have free, unlimited healthcare services and we are all going to live happily ever after.) He first emphatically states that Obamacare is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause saying you cannot make people buy stuff. Then he emphatically states that it is unconstitutional under the “necessary and proper” clause which only applies to “enumerated powers” in the US Constitution. Justices Ginsberg, Breyer, Sotomayor and Kagan all went along with these statements. They never would have gone along with that sentiment if that was the basis for striking the law in total. This is huge because this means that the Court ruled 9-0 that Obamacare was unconstitutional under the Commerce clause which was Obama’s whole defense of the bill.
They also ruled 9-0 on the “necessary and proper” clause. Even better both of these rulings were unnecessary to the decision so it is gravy that we got the libs to concede this and it will make it easier to pare away at both theories in the future, which we must do. Well done.
Roberts, through very tortured reasoning, goes on to find that the taxing law provides the Constitutionality for the law. Virtually everyone agrees that the Federal government has the power to do this as it does with the mortgage deduction for federal income taxes. This too is huge because Obama assiduously avoided using the term “tax” and now he has to admit this law is a tax and it is on everyone even the poor. That will hurt him hugely in the polls and will help Romney. More importantly though is the fact that this makes this a budgetary issue that can be voted on in the Senate by a mere majority instead of 60 votes needed to stop a filibuster. That means that if the Republicans can gain a majority in the Senate, it can vote to repeal Obamacare in total.
Finally the Court voted 7-2 to strike down the punitive rules that take away money from states that do not expand Medicare as required in Obamacare. This too is huge because we got Kagan and Breyer to join this decision and it can easily be applied to many other cases of extortion the Federal government uses to force states to do things they don’t want to. This is alsoamazing because Obamacare has no severability clause so by striking the Medicaid mandate portion as unconstitutional the whole bill should have been struck. If that happened none of these other benefits would have been accomplished. I haven’t read far enough to know how he did it but I am sure it is brilliant.
So to recap the Roberts court through a brilliant tactical maneuver has: strengthened the limitations of the commerce clause and the necessary and proper clause by a unanimous decision, made Obama raise taxes on the poor and middle classes, converted Obamacare into a tax program repealable with 51 votes in the Senate, enhanced Romney’s and Republican’s fundraising and likelihood of being elected in November, weakened federal extortion and got the left to love Roberts and sing his praises all without anyone even noticing. Even Obama is now espousing the rule of law just 2 weeks after violating it with his deportation executive order. That is why I have decided this was a genius decision and that I did in fact get a great birthday present today not to mention U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt. What a day.
I’m not Catholic. I grew up in small town attending a United Methodist church. I remained a United Methodist for the first 40 years of life, before moving to a non-denominational church about twelve years ago. But I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen of Roman Catholic leadership in the last year.
The blurb below was sent to my email box by The Family Foundation of Kentucky. It is not a Roman Catholic organization. It’s principals, Martin Cothran and Kent Ostrander, are not Roman Catholic. But they clearly recognize the important role the Roman Catholic Church is taking in the culture war.
Roman Catholics are way out front of the rest of Christian America in thinking about critical social issues that intersect at the junction of religion and politics. The Calvinists are very good, very intellectual, but timid in leadership by comparison to American Catholicism. In addition, Roman Catholics bring mass (no pun intended) to the calculus of social and political influence. They can mobilize a lot of people very quickly and the money is already there. Protestants are divided and financially weak by comparison. Also, I sense the Establishment media have a certain respect and fear of the Roman Catholic Church. But they demonstrate only contempt and derision for Protestantism in all its forms.
I recommend to all readers two books recently written by Roman Catholics that address specifically some of the important questions of our generation. Father Robert Sirico’s book, Defending the Free Market will help you sort out the moral and ethical questions you may have about capitalism and socialism. Sirico is formerly a man of the political left, who worked along side Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden. He later returned to the faith of his boyhood and is now President and thoughtful spokesman for the Acton Institute (www.acton.org).
If this book whets your appetite, then I recommend Love & Economics by Jennifer Roback Morse. She is another Roman Catholic, and Ph.D economist who served on the faculties of Yale and George Mason University. She operates The Ruth Institute (www.ruthinstitute.org) and is a leading intellectual light on the nexus of economics and family. The Ruth Institute also does a regular podcast featuring Dr. Morse. The pod can be downloaded free from the iTunes store.
|LET US PRAY www.kentuckyfamily.org Friday, June 22, 2012|