A Washington road experience

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Barack Obama is now the President of the United States of America. It is my commitment and covenant to pray for him, his family, the Vice-President, and all who serve the current administration. It is an historic time in American history. It is also a time of increased danger for the most innocent, vulnerable, and voiceless Americans.

President Obama is the most pro-abortion President ever to hold the office. The House of Representatives and the United States Senate are now under the dominion of pro-abortion leadership. Depending on who retires or dies and when, the Supreme Court could soon fall under that same ideology. Apparently, most of the country doesn’t care.

Roman Catholic voters, representing the most pro-life segment of Christianity in the nation, voted for Mr. Obama to the tune of 54 percent, according to “The Catholic World Report.” Reports indicate that a large number of Evangelicals, who normally vote a pro-life ticket, also voted for President Obama. Other issues, it seems —such as the economy and the war — have relegated the abortion question to the back burner. Still, the death toll mounts at a staggering rate of 1.4 million children each year who have their lives ended before ever seeing the light of day.

Mr. Obama has pledged to sign the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) which would do away with any and all restrictions on abortion — presumably included would be the current ban on the horrific and barbaric “partial-birth abortion.”

Father Frank Pavone, leader of the Catholic “Priests for Life” organization said on his website, “... the 7,000 or so appointments that will be made by the new President to various positions that influence public policy will be pro-abortion ones, with the only likely exception being the ambassador to the Vatican.”

If, on the one hand, Mr. Obama’s election is the fulfillment of a dream proclaiming that racism no longer rules in America, it could also be the beginning of a nightmare for those who hold all life, including the life of the unborn, to be sacred.

It could also, however, be the precursor to a Divine moment. In the Book of Acts, Saul of Tarsus, a religious zealot and Pharisee, was busy persecuting the growing Christian Church. On the road to Damascus, to do additional damage to the believers there, Saul had a dramatic encounter with the risen Christ, an experience that left him shaken and blind.

Following Saul’s conversion, healing, and baptism, he began a new life as the Apostle Paul, the greatest evangelist and theologian of the New Testament. The “Damascus Road Experience” transformed him into a mighty force for the Church whose influence continues today.

I do not doubt President Obama’s faith in Christ. I take him to be a man who desires to make a positive difference in the nation and in the world. I will, with God’s help, be faithful to pray for him privately and in the services of worship.

But I will also pray, as one man at our church suggested, that Barack Obama have a “Washington Road Experience” that will enable him to see with new eyes the horror and sinfulness of abortion.

I greatly desire for Barack Obama to succeed as President of the United States. I pray that he will be mightily used and that he will be a blessing to this generation and to those that follow. May God richly bless the President. And may God have mercy on the 44 million Americans (and counting) who will never have an opportunity to vote.

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Submitted by Main Stream on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 1:00pm.

Someday, Mr. Epps, I hope you write about being concerned, even outraged, about something other than embryo's and gamete's. Did you hear about the recent missile attacks in Gaza and Israel, perpetrated by both parties, however, the Palestinian's seemed to bear the brunt of the horrific casualties. Did you hear about the bombs that the Israeli's lobbed into Gaza and that some contained white phosphorus?

"Yesterday reports emerged from Gaza about the killing of five members of the Halima family, when a single white phosphorus shell dropped on their house in the town of Atatra on January 3. Two others were in a coma and three were seriously wounded, according to doctors and survivors.

Salima Halima, 44, who is in Gaza City's Shifa hospital, said that the chemical burst in all directions after hitting her living room.... Her wounds at first appeared superficial “but it eats at the flesh, it digs deeper and gets to the bone...The whole body becomes toxic,” he said."


Did you hear about the Palestinian doctor whose house was bombed while he and his family were home, killing three of his daughters and his niece?

"Abu al-Aish, a 55-year-old gynecologist, is a rarity among Palestinians, a Hebrew speaker who trained in two Israeli hospitals. He is also a known peace activist who was involved in promoting joint Israeli-Palestinian projects, and an academic who studied the affects of war on Gazan and Israeli children. He works at Gaza's main Shifa Hospital."


Did you hear about any of this? And all you can write about in your column is your continued battle against legal and safe abortion in our country. Is this your personal calling in your "ministry", to fight against a woman's right to choose, instead of the many atrocities acted out against actual humans, instead of gametes, in our own country and around the globe?

Did Jesus spend this much time fighting for gamete's and embryo's as you do, or did he actually take a stand and battle the injustices that he saw around him, like poverty, hunger and oppression? For once, use your pen and write about something other than your continued fight against safe and legal abortion for women. There are plenty of other burning issues that are impacting our country right now, and the rest of "humankind."

Submitted by Nitpickers on Sun, 01/25/2009 - 3:22pm.

Do npt have members who are interested in atrocities somewhere---just women having sex and getting pregnant and having abortions!

There were abortion methods in Jesus' time, bet he knew about them!

Anyway there is nothing in the Bible about Jews killing Muslims!

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