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FORCING YOUR MORALITY

Have you ever given your Christian opinion on questions of morality to a friend, relative or even a stranger, only to be challenged in return by an intimidating counter-question? As Christians, when our biblical viewpoint goes against the grain (which much of Christian morality does – sexual morality, the morality that relates to the rights of unborn children, same-sex marriage, those kinds of things), frequently we are going to be challenged with the question, “Who are you to force your morality on someone else?”

The first thing you should know is that this challenge is offered in a self-refuting way. It is self-defeating and refutes itself because it is a challenge to you that you ought not force others or ask others to live according to your moral point of view. Yet, that challenge itself is a moral point of view that someone else believes in and is asking you to live by. To put it simply, they’re forcing their morality on you when they say that you shouldn’t force your morality on someone else.

When someone brings up this objection to our Christian moral value we must be ready to help them see the self-refuting nature of their question. I think first of all, we must help them face, honestly, the truth that all of us have a moral point of view that we are seeking to have believed and acted upon in society, and we are seeking to do that by some measure. It may be through very forceful means – the force of law – or it may be through less forceful measures. But one way or another, we all have our moral point of view. Once we can honestly agree with that, there is no escaping the conclusion: we all have a moral viewpoint that we seek to have enforced in some fashion in society, and we are seeking to compel other people to adopt.

Given the fact that we all have a moral point of view that we are seeking to impact society with, the real question then becomes, “Is our moral point of view legitimate? Is it appropriate to have it forced? And beyond that, even if it is legitimate, we have to ask, “How weighty is the moral concept?”, before we can know how much force we need to apply in enforcing this moral concept.

’til next time

Danny

(next time: What do we mean “forcing our beliefs”?)

Gate Crashers! (illegal immigration)

President Calderon of Mexico, recently in the U.S., spoke of “migration” as a natural occurring phenomenon, as if Mexico was welcoming with open arms Central and South American “migrants” pouring into Mexico. That we know is a joke. His administration is totally against migration as a natural phenomenon when it is into his territory, Mexico, but feels confident in lecturing us that we should be ok when it happens to the U.S.

I recently read a letter purportedly written by a Mexican, now a naturalized U.S. citizen, from Arizona. I think the analogy is valid when speaking about illegal immigration or justice, a word which liberals love to throw around, means nothing.

Here is the quote:

“If you had tickets to a sports event, concert, Disneyland , or for an airline flight, and when you got to your assigned seat you found someone else was in that seat, what would you do? You would call for a person in charge of ticket checking and have the person in your seat removed. You would properly be asked to show your ticket, and you would gladly and proudly do so, for you have bought and paid for that seat. The person in your seat would also be asked for a ticket, which they would not be able to produce. They would be called “gate crashers” and they would properly be removed.

Now in this huge stadium called the USA we have had millions of gate crashers. We have been asking security to check for tickets and remove the gate crashers. We have been asking security to have better controls in checking at the door. We have asked security to lock the back doors. Security has failed us. They are still looking the other way. They are afraid to ask to see the tickets. Many people say there is unlimited seating, and whether there is or not, no one should be allowed in for free while the rest of us pay full price!

In “section AZ”, of “Stadium USA “, we have had enough of the failures of Security. We have decided to do our own ticket checking, and properly remove those who do not have tickets. Now it seems very strange to me that so many people in the other 49 “sections”, and even many in our own “section” do not want tickets checked, or even to be asked to show their ticket! Even the head of Security is chastising us, while not doing his own job which he has sworn to do.

My own ticket has been bought and paid for, so I am proudly going to show it when asked to do so. I have a right to my seat, and I want the gate crashers to be asked to show their tickets too. The only reason that I can imagine anyone objecting to being asked for their ticket is that they are in favor of gate crashing, and all of the illegal activities that go with it, such as drug smuggling, gang wars, murder, human smuggling for profit, and many more illegal and inhumane acts that we are trying to prevent with our new legislation. Is that what I am hearing from all of the protestors such as Phoenix Mayor Gordon, US Rep. Grijalva, even President Obama? If you are not in favor of showing tickets, (proof of citizenship, passport, green card, or other legal document) when asked, as I would do proudly, then you must be condoning those illegal activities.”

Makes perfect sense to me. What do you think?

’til next time,

Danny

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – The Left’s Tar Baby

Illegal immigration is the “tar baby” of the Left.

The current U.S. illegal immigration fiasco is not benign in any way. It poses a dangerous threat to our Republic. It is, I believe, a naïve attempt by our unwise leaders to exploit an issue for partisan, political gain. It is reminiscent of the historic Gothic invasion of the Roman Empire which eventually destroyed it from within.

In 376, tens of thousands of Goths arrived at the Danube River, the long-standing frontier of the Roman Empire, requesting asylum from the Roman Emperor Valens. Believing that he could benefit from these individuals coming into the Roman Empire, Valens promised them farm land, grain, and government protection. With such an enormous influx of Goths into the Roman Empire, Valens was unable to keep the promises he made them and herded them into temporary holding areas under guard. His dream of having the Goths increase the size of his army and gain a new tax base for his treasury was as naïve then as it is today under our current leadership.

The Goths feeling “mistreated” by the Emperor Valens rebelled and thus began the destruction of the Roman Empire. The very Goths that Emperor Valens had naively believed would be his advantage became his undoing. By the end of the Gothic wars (in 382), the Goths (those refugees envisioned by Emperor Valens to be his political trump card), had killed him, destroyed a Roman army and had laid waste large portions of the Roman Empire, much of which never recovered. For the first time in its history, the Roman Empire would negotiate a peace settlement with an autonomous barbarian tribe inside the borders of the Roman Empire. With the migration of the Goths over the Danube River, the Roman Empire collapsed as it was carved up into smaller barbarian kingdoms.

Today, our current leaders are just as naïve. They believe that giving lawbreakers (illegal immigrants) amnesty and citizenship (all the rights and promises pertaining thereto) will facilitate their continuance in power by increasing their (army) numbers. They will repeat Emperor Valens’ mistake and not only suffer the consequences themselves, but may also find, too late, that they gave up their nation, and their children, into the hands of modern barbarians who have no desire, as the Goths, to integrate into the society that gave them welcome.

2010 can usher in a new leadership who understands the dangers these lawbreakers pose to our Republic. Being of Mexican descent, this issue for me is not an issue of racism, it’s an issue of righteousness. Will we be a nation governed by laws or overrun by lawbreakers who unrighteously demand what they have not earned? Will we allow the modern-day Goths to invade our Republic, cheered on by our naïve, self-seeking, and law-ignoring politicians? If we do, we will certainly go the way of ancient Rome, and our children will, one day, rightly detest our cowardice.

God grant us grace.

‘til next time,

Danny

The Most Important Right of All

All human beings, born and unborn, have a fundamental right to life. 

When we speak of being “pro-life” we are restating one of the most famous phrases in the United States Declaration of Independence.  It reads as follows:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.  That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government ….”

 

The founding Fathers wrote in the Declaration “that to secure these rights” (among which “are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”) “Governments are instituted among Men.”  Government, we are told in this precious document, must exercise “just powers” (derived “from the consent of the governed”) which must protect  these “unalienable rights.”  When any “Form of Government becomes destructive to these ends”, (protecting these “unalienable rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”) it is the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish” that “Form of Government.”

Because Life is the fundamental right given us by our Creator, pro-death or pro-abortion  laws, which our government promotes and sanctions, are an exercise of unjust power.  It is the right of the people to alter or abolish any form of government that becomes the very destroyer of these basic human rights:  especially the right to life.

We must understand this in the most simple and basic of ways to keep from being embroiled in the confusion of arguments that ignore the basic premise of all other rights:  life.  The founding Fathers understood the importance of the intrinsic dignity of the human person as a creature created in the image of God.  The right to life is the moral claim that a person has to exist.  Since people are “endowed by their Creator” with the right to life it cannot be taken by the whim of human “choice” because it is an “unalienable right” [a right from which one cannot be alienated or separated].  Even the order of these unalienable rights in the Declaration were intended to prioritize their importance. 

Life … Liberty … pursuit of Happiness. 

One cannot have the “Liberty” to pursue his own “Happiness” if one is dead.  Life precedes Liberty because the right to liberty has no meaning apart from the right to life.  The pursuit of happiness follows liberty because one cannot pursue anything if he has not the liberty to do so. 

Our culture of death today has it all turned around.  They speak of “liberty” first and whatever is best for me and makes me happy next.  Life?  Ah, it’s dispensable.  Abort the child.   In this twisted thinking, freedom is the most important of human rights; life comes last.  Clinical abortion, the destruction of infants in their mothers’ wombs, violates the foundational right of all other rights: the right to life.  But liberty and pursuit of personal happiness without life is ludicrous.  Without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless.    

The existence of the “right” to totally unrestricted abortion, as exists in our culture today, is an malevolent evil to which our culture, for the most part, is now totally desensitized.  It is plenary evidence to the seared conscience of a nation, and world, that has abandoned reason at the altar of convenience and is confused about what really matters.  

Abortion is the most pressing human rights issue of our time.  A nation or people who cannot, or will not, roll back this unjust power over the unborn will not long endure.  Divine judgment is inevitable. 

We need to petition All Mighty God for a government and elected leaders that protect the right to life.  If we don’t have it, let us exercise our right to vote and to “alter and abolish that form of Government” that has become destructive to securing the right to Life for the most frail among us: the unborn.

God grant us mercy and grace to see politicians, who are enamored and passionate about the killing of the unborn, retired from public “service”, and the scourge of abortion removed from our land in our lifetime.

‘til next time,

Danny