Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Second Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

ALMIGHTY God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls; that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Collect from the First Day of Lent is to be read every day in Lent after the Collect appointed for the Day.

Daily Bible Verse

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Partial Birth Abortion Is Now Illegal

Finally. After four long years we have a Supreme Court ruling that upholds a good law that makes illegal to perform an abortion procedure where a premature baby is partially delivered and then his or her brain is literally sucked out of the skull, collapsing the head. While this is by no means a reversal of Roe v. Wade, it does give hope that abortion can be regulated by individual states, especially in its most extreme forms. The original Roe v. Wade ruling was supposed to limit abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy but radicals on the extreme left pushed for unrestricted abortion rights allowing abortion right up to the third trimester.

Those of us who believe in God rejoice that right has prevailed for a moment. However, if the culture war is to be won, we must not give up the fight. This is a glimmer of hope that morality and ethics from a Christian perspective can make a difference if Christians flex their muscles in the ballot box. While I am not entirely pleased with President George Bush's decision to go to war in Iraq, I am very pleased that I voted for Bush in both elections and that Bush prevailed. The Bush appointments to the Supreme Court have been worth the effort to get him elected. Perhaps this will send a message to the atheists, the radical feminists, and radical left that Christians and other religious conservatives have a real voice in the democratic process here in America.

I am not entirely pleased with Evangelicalism these days because of the loose commitment to confessional theology and dogmatic theology and doctrinal content. But so far it looks like at least the moral foundations are still intact. How long that will last remains to be seen.

My biggest concern is the upcoming election of our next President in 2008. Bush will be gone and the person in the oval office could appoint several more Supreme Court justices. Those of us who are religious and social conservatives on the moral issues should think hard about who we will support in 2008. The very conscience of our nation is at stake. Will we continue to allow the mass genocide of the unborn? Or will we do the right thing and end this slaughter of the innocent? Only God and His providence can change the course of our nation. I pray that God will indeed intervene and appoint more godly men and women to authority in our government and that secular materialism and atheism will be soundly defeated.

May God grant us the courage to be involved in the democratic process and to stand against the erosion of the religious liberties given to us in the Bill of Rights. But even more to the point, we have a God given right to worship as we are commanded to do in Holy Scripture. And we have as much right to influence public opinion and the legislation of laws as any atheist, feminist, homosexual rights advocate, or anyone else who is opposed to traditional values, Christianity, and the American form of democracy. God bless America!

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