My state is currently in the news for passing a piece of legislation that declares something every person in the nation already knows whether they’re willing to admit it or not: Unborn babies are human beings and are therefore entitled to equal protection under the law. On Wednesday night, Governor Kay Ivey (who happens to be a woman) signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, making nearly all abortions throughout the state illegal and making the mere act of performing an abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison unless the mother’s life is in jeopardy. There are no exception clauses in the bill for cases of rape or incest, something which predictably sent the Left into unhinged pandemonium (although, to be fair, any limitations on abortion cause the Left to erupt into unhinged pandemonium.) If you don’t believe me, here are a few tweets from prominent liberal celebrities:
Of course, the Left was already in a tizzy as similar anti-abortion bills recently passed in states like Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Ohio. Missouri is also on a similar path. This was just the last straw needed to send them over the edge.
Indeed the pro-life movement has been gaining ground, making incredible strides, and winning victories across the country like never before. Alabama’s law, however, is undoubtedly the strictest one to date or, to use the Left’s own terminology, the most “extreme.” In fact, it is “too extreme” we are told. It is “so extreme” that it is “harmful to women’s health” and “a threat to women’s rights” and — as feminist actress, novelist, and scriptwriter Amber Tamblyn noted above —it’s enough to start a “war.”
To that, I have only one thing to say: So be it. If you want to start a war, we’re right here. We’ve been here all along. We’re the pro-life movement and we’ve had enough. We’ve had enough of the senseless slaughter and bloodshed. We’ve had enough of the 60 million dead bodies since Roe v. Wade. We’ve had enough of the soulless acceptance of infanticide. This war you’re talking about started 46 years ago. It started in 1973 when the Supreme Court found some magic pixie dust in the Constitution granting women the right to murder their unborn children in the name of “women’s rights” or “reproductive healthcare,” both of which are nonsensical and unconstitutional. The only casualties in this so-called “war” have been the 630,000 defenseless children butchered every year in our culture’s endless cycle of death. That is the real war, and we have been fighting it all along.
Now, as for the Alabama law being “extreme,” I personally, I couldn’t be more thrilled — both as a pro-life conservative and as a Christian — to see the Left using this word. For once we have finally made enough of a difference in this arena to cause abortion enthusiasts to label us radical fanatics (which is somewhat ironic coming from folks who openly endorse and support the genocidal massacre of babies.) Nevertheless, we’ve not only gotten their attention and ruffled some feathers, but we’ve simultaneously maintained the fundamental integrity of the pro-life belief: That unborn babies are people, that life is precious at every stage of pregnancy, and that every child has a right to life no matter the circumstances of said pregnancy (rape, incest, etc.) There is nothing outrageous or revolutionary about this viewpoint. The law here in Alabama was only “extreme” in as much that it shaped the pro-life position into a piece of tangible legislation.
If that position is “extreme,” then I am more than happy to wear that label and to wear it proudly. If it is “extreme” to want to end the decades-long bloodbath of children, then yes, I will be an extremist. The mere fact that the Left is this enraged over Alabama’s law and similar anti-abortion rulings tells you everything that you need to know about their platform and their ideology. It also tells you who the true extremists are in our society — the true supporters and arbitrators of child murder. And personally, I want to be at the other end of that extremist spectrum. I want to be at the end of the spectrum where science, morality, and Absolute Truth are on our side. After all, those are the things that not only make us right, but make us unstoppable.
In the coming days, pro-aborts and the leftwing media will undoubtedly use every play in the book to fight against the progress being made on the pro-life front. In many ways, this has already begun. A quick glance at Twitter will serve as proof. Mark my words: We will see everything from childish scare tactics to harassment to false statistics to leftist legislative pushback at the state level or even in Washington.
Mrs. Tamblyn is right about one thing: This is a war. And, as pro-lifers, we’re finally fighting it like soldiers who believe in our cause. Now is not the time for halfheartedness, dispassion, or indifference. We are finally effecting real change and making a lasting impact. If you’re unsure about where you stand on this issue, if you’re worried about losing a few Facebook friends, if you’re terrified of offending someone, or afraid of being labeled “extreme,” perhaps it would be best for you to get out of the way and remove yourself from the discussion altogether. Those of us who remain will continue to stand our ground as anti-abortion “extremists.” And we will do it for as long as it takes.
Last Thursday, video surfaced of Pennsylvania Democratic State Representative Brian Sims harassing an elderly pro-life woman outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The lady was merely praying for the lives of unborn babies and handing out information cards to any passerby who might want one, an action perfectly acceptable within the confines of free speech and the First Amendment. If you’ve been following the story — or know anything about Sims — then you know this isn’t the first time he’s engaged in such pathetic and disgusting behavior. In recent weeks, he’s also accosted a group of teenage girls who were praying peacefully outside of an abortion clinic, and even went so far as to offer 100 dollars to whoever was willing to come forward and identify them.
It may surprise you to learn that, despite what we’ve seen in these clips and despite his behavior, Brian Sims is not some mentally-disturbed drug addict screaming at random people on street corners or a psychotic bum too drunk on convenience store liquor to understand what he’s doing. He’s actually an elected state official and a college-educated lawmaker. But, watch the footage for yourself and you’ll clearly see that Brian Sims is also a nefarious bully and an immature coward who has no business whatsoever engaging in public discourse, much less holding public office.
In the first video, the former college football defensive tackle turned state legislator approaches the old woman and mocks her gender, race, and age: “An old white lady telling people what to do with their bodies. Shame on you. Shame.”
Never mind that Sims is a 40-year-old adult man with a postgraduate degree who apparently spends his spare time heckling senior citizens and old ladies and picking on little girls, yet doesn’t seem to be embarrassed by or ashamed of his own absurd and utterly childish behavior. Indeed, the irony is rich here.
Anyway, he then goes on to berate the old lady for another eight minutes or so. Here’s a brief sample: “How many children have you clothed today? How about how many children have you put shoes on their feet today? … Instead you’re out here shaming people for something they have a constitutional right to do. Who would have thought than an old white lady would be out in front of a Planned Parenthood telling people what is right for their bodies?”
Sims has naturally been hailed as a courageous hero by many on the progressive Left for confronting pro-life ideology and for railing against the supposed contradictions in Christianity, the latter of which you can hear him do in the video. Let’s temporarily ignore the fact that he didn’t even seem certain whether he should condemn Christianity as a religion or criticize this particular woman as a bad adherent to Christianity. (Obviously the man is clueless about a great many things.)
Now, in a sane world, any rational human being — on the Left or the Right, conservative or liberal — would view Sims’ behavior as nothing short of morally reprehensible. At the very least, he acted like an arrogant and unhinged jerk, and his behavior is worthy of condemnation in the strongest terms possible. So, why has the leftwing media remained silent (CNN and MSNBC didn’t even touch the story) and why are progressives applauding him? Well, for starters, Sims happens to be gay, which places him in a protected class and exalts him to a plane where he cannot be criticized for anything at all. Moreover, not only are his actions protected from criticism, they are automatically deemed acceptable and even legitimate because of his progressive sexual orientation and leftist political ideologies. As far as liberals are concerned, he can’t be denounced and, not only that, he must be right in acting how he did. After all, he's one of their own.
The unborn child in the clinic who’s about to be injected with poison, stabbed, and ripped apart with forceps is of no consequence or concern to the Left when pitted against a self-centered 40-year-old gay man screaming in the face of an elderly Christian woman whose only desire is to pray for the life of said child.
I think that in this story, it’s perfectly clear who’s the courageous hero. And it’s certainly not Brian Sims.
“Kill them now or you kill them later.”
Those were the words spoken by Alabama Democrat State Representative John Rogers on Tuesday in reference to unborn babies while members of both parties debated House Bill 314, which would essentially ban abortions in the state. Moreover, the legislation would make it a felony for any woman to receive an abortion unless her physical health is in jeopardy, and would additionally penalize doctors with a class C felony should they perform such abortions. In other words, this is an amazing bill that any conservative — or any human being — with an ounce of compassion and half a soul would support. Sponsored by State Representative Terri Collins, the bill passed 74 to 3, mostly because a bunch of Democrats refused to even vote by way of protest, according to the Alabama Political Reporter.
Rogers decided to speak up, and his chilling, stomach-churning remarks have since gone viral:
“Some kids are unwanted. So you kill them now, or you kill them later. You bring them into the world unwanted, unloved, then send them to the electric chair. So you kill them now or you kill them later.”
But, it didn’t end there:
“I may bring a bill to force all men to have vasectomies. That would end this whole debate. There would be no more abortions and eventually no more voters.”
He then went on to advocate for killing children who are “retarded” and “half deformed.”
“Some parents can’t handle a child with problems. It could be retarded. It might have no arms and no legs.”
After Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter to criticize Rogers’ remarks, Rogers seized the opportunity to attack him and even used Trump Jr. as a defense of abortion:
“[Donald Trump Jr.] is proof that mothers ought to have the right to an abortion because he is evidently retarded or crazy. I know there’s something wrong with that boy. I look at him and I can tell there’s something wrong with him. That’s the best defense I have for more abortions right there looking at him.”
Leaving aside the astonishing miracle that a rambling, nearly incoherent, and somewhat incomprehensible liberal psychopath was actually elected to public office in the predominantly conservative state of Alabama — and has somehow managed to remain in office for over 30 years — his words reveal something rather incredible about the Left in regards to abortion: For once, they’re finally being honest.
I’ve mentioned numerous times both here on the blog and on my social media channels that the radical pro-abortion position adhered to by extremist progressives usually comes wrapped in palatable euphemisms, flowery language, unique code words, dishonest terminology, and the like. This is, of course, done in a desperate attempt to confuse and distract the general public and to keep women in the dark, lest they clearly see and understand the barbaric horrors of the abortion industry and its accompanying ideology. This is the whole reason that the undercover Planned Parenthood videos were downplayed by the Left and why several key Democratic abortion advocates accused Republicans of doctoring the footage. ‘Better that they not know the gruesome and gory details’ has been the longstanding modus operandi of the industry and its supporters in the public square.
That ship has now sailed. Following the examples set by New York’s unapologetically savage abortion law and politicians such as Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, men like Rogers have become blatantly honest about what abortion is and why his party believes in it. In other words, the Left has taken off its mask. Just look at Rogers’ own bloodthirsty rant. Rather than use words like “fetus,” or “clump of cells,” he actually says “child” and “kids.” He admits that these are human children — something that the vast majority of his liberal counterparts would never dream of doing — and even goes a step further and admits that abortion is a form of “killing.”
The rich irony in all of this is that, whether he consciously meant to or not (it’s difficult to determine given the man’s unintelligible style of rambling), Rogers has actually exposed the lies of the Left — his very own political party. He is literally conceding that every single abortion procedure, regardless of the stage of pregnancy, deliberately ends a human life. It doesn’t end the life of an ostrich or a long-eared woodland hedgehog. Abortion “kills” human children — helpless, innocent, defenseless human babies. This certainly isn’t breaking news to conservatives, Christians, or anyone willing to agree with basic scientific facts and biological truth. But it has never been, up until just recently, so candidly acknowledged by a hardcore Leftist like Rogers.
As for some children being “unwanted” and “unloved,” this is obviously a ludicrous and utterly nonsensical assertion. Right now, there are over two million American couples waiting to adopt. There’s no such thing as an “unwanted” or “unloved” child. Rogers’ entire argument is one gigantic straw man that just collapses in on itself when you run the numbers. Besides, even if there were millions of unwanted children roaming the streets of our nation, would that justify slaughtering them in the womb? Out of the womb? Certainly not.
But, for all of his logical fallacies and factual errors, at least Rogers was correct and honest about one thing: The hideous truth of abortion and his party's depraved adherence to it. And that’s more than can be said for most of his political cohorts.
Soaring electric guitar solos resonate across the amphitheater arena as attendees make their way through the cramped lobby, where vendors are selling everything from t-shirts and coffee mugs to DVDs and the pastor’s latest book. Somewhere someone is wondering, “Wouldn’t Jesus be flipping over these tables?” But before there’s time to have an actual theological debate, congregants find themselves standing in front of flashing lights, pulsating stage speakers, and three colossal multimedia screens, the latter of which are broadcasting a montage of video clips and announcements featuring an overly hyperactive dude in skinny jeans and a muscle shirt. In-between his cheesy dance moves and horribly scripted dialogue, he encourages everyone to snap a selfie with their neighbor and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #JesusRocks.
There’s not a wooden pew in sight. No, they’ve been replaced by luxuriously padded chairs or even by the sort of seats you would find at an expensive movie theatre in your city. Come to think of it, this might actually be a renovated movie theatre, or at least an imitation of one. Everywhere you look, the church’s sleek and contemporary logo is staring back at you because, as they say, “Brand identity is everything.” A lady on stage grabs a mic and announces that before the service is over, one lucky attendee will win a lifetime’s supply of free Starbucks coffee and an autographed copy of the pastor’s New York Times bestseller. The crowd roars. Just when you think the buildup can’t possibly get more intense, the so-called “worship band” takes the stage and begins performing something so indistinguishable from the Billboard Top 100 that you have to honestly wonder whether you’ve stumbled upon a rock concert, a televised gameshow, a shopping mall, a church, or some weird amalgamation of all four.
The picture that I’ve just painted for you might seem outlandish and utterly farfetched. But, anyone who has attended a few of our nation’s millennial-minded megachurches — or, even worse, a small local church pretending to be a millennial megachurch — is likely familiar with at least a few of these elements.
Of course, my generation has come to see right through much of this inauthenticity. Over 59 percent of millennials have already left the church and it’s not because they hate the idea of organized religion. It’s not because they hate values, morals, or even Jesus. It’s because they can smell a phony a mile away. A church that places more emphasis on entertainment than relationships; more value on the pastor’s public image than the Gospel; or more focus on hype than authenticity will stick out like a sore thumb every time. In other words, a church that is trying to be something other than a church comes off as shallow, disingenuous, and completely bogus. Millennials already see enough nonsensical marketing and consume enough hollow entertainment in other aspects of their lives. As far as they’re concerned, church should look and feel different than the rock concert or sporting event they attended the night before.
Moreover, recent data from the Barna Group, in conjunction with the Cornerstone Knowledge Network, found that some 67 percent of millennials prefer a “classic” church as opposed to a “trendy” or contemporary one, and 77 percent would rather worship in a “sanctuary” than an “auditorium.” Although I was a bit surprised by how high this number was, I found myself in agreement. Attending a church service so large that it has to meet in a basketball stadium or a shopping mall doesn't quite have the same feel of authenticity or intimacy as the congregation of 200 or less meeting in the 1970's-style building that boasts decades of stories and history. To be clear: The Holy Spirit may indeed be present and honored in both locations, as He is obviously not bound by such physical barriers. But, millennials have their preferences like anyone else.
Maybe the answer to millennial church attendance, then, isn’t more fog machines, more lighted columns, more lattes, and more beard oil for the worship leader. Maybe the church doesn’t have to feel “cool” or be “woke” to cultural fashion trends. Maybe the church should just be the church. You know, reach lost people, engage the local community, and build authentic relationships. What a novel idea. Someone should write that down in a book that will last for all Eternity. Oh wait, never mind.
In regards to their approach to millennials, this will mean a few things for the modern church:
1) Keep your message content theologically accurate and rich in content. Remember, we hate that whole empty and hollow thing. We see right through it every time.
2) Stop lying to us about who you are. Be real, even if it means having to shrink your entire program, restructure everything you've done, or break up into small "multicampus" churches.
3) Provide us with a genuine worship service rather than the sort of pop or alt-rock concert faux experience you’ve been told we want. I think I speak for many millennials when I say: You’ve been gravely misinformed.
Maybe if we start with this, we’ll slowly return to some vague semblance of what the church was meant to be. Maybe.
In perhaps one of the most blatant displays of utter hypocrisy in modern day politics, South Bend Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg recently challenged the authenticity of President Trump’s Christian faith and accused him of being a “hypocrite.” Of course, this is rather interesting — not to mention ridiculous — for a couple of reasons. First, Buttigieg is openly gay and married to a man. Secondly, he’s also a staunch abortion enthusiast and pro-choice advocate.
Now, anyone who’s followed my work, my blog site, or my commentary on social media for any length of time knows that I’m perfectly fine with doubting Donald Trump’s salvation. I would like to think that he is saved. I pray that he is. Like some of you, I’ve seen and read reports about influential pastors and evangelical leaders who have met with the president concerning spiritual matters. Many of them have left those meetings with mixed reactions. Some do not think Trump has actually accepted Christ as personal Lord and Savior, while others believe he might be in a sort of “spiritual infancy” or “baby Christian phase.” Regardless, God alone knows the current status of President Trump’s eternal soul.
Sure, it’s easy to see why someone would challenge the legitimacy of Trump’s salvation and Christian faith. A simple look at the man’s past — full of extramarital affairs, divorce, degrading rhetoric toward and about women, shady business deals, and scandals — and even his current unpresidential mannerisms all certainly lend credence to that theory. But no one is arguing that Donald Trump is some sort of exemplary, ideal Christian whose face should be etched onto Bible covers across the nation. He’s not a Christian superstar for conservatives, and he’s never claimed to be. He’s not the next Billy Graham. He’s not the Pope. He’s just the president.
For progressives, however, an interesting phenomenon has occurred with Mayor Buttgieg, recently illustrated by CNN’s Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, who penned an article titled “Buttgieg is a symbol for a rising Christian left.”
USA Today also offered their own zealous support for Buttgieg’s beliefs and for his accusations against Trump, while remaining totally oblivious to the irony of the mayor’s own hypocrisy, even going so far as to refer to him as a “devoted Christian.” I guess the paper and Buttigieg both overlooked (or chose to ignore) the biblical truths found in Genesis 1:28 concerning God creating men and women in His own image for the specific purpose of heterosexual reproduction, as well as the countless verses which refer to God’s personal involvement in the creation of every human life in the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16, Job 10:8-12, Isaiah 44:2) And then there’s that pesky little issue about spilling innocent blood (Jeremiah 7:6) and murdering the innocent (Exodus 20:13). It should be noted, however, that there is always grace and forgiveness available to all through Christ’s death on the cross.
You know something has gone drastically wrong with your political party if you’re trying to pawn off an openly homosexual, fanatical pro-abort as a new “symbol” for the “rising Christian Left,” as if there even is such a thing. And therein lies the problem: “Christian Leftism” simply doesn’t exist because they are two diametrically opposed belief systems. They cannot exist on and within the same plane anymore than darkness and light can do so. Saying “Christian Leftism” is like saying “cold fire” or “liquid smoke” or “well-groomed Bernie Sanders.” This isn’t rocket science, folks. This is 2,000-plus years of unchanging Scriptural truth.
Moreover, Christianity is a religion consisting of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, while Leftism is a political ideology consisting of a set of worldly beliefs and practices, many of which — like abortion and gay marriage — are, ironically, at odds with the Bible and the very teachings of Christ Himself. This is why it’s not only brazenly hypocritical for Buttigieg to question Trump’s faith, but even more ironic for anyone to cast him as a “symbol” for “Christian Leftism.”
Even if Christian Leftism could exist in some sort of strange form, which it can’t, Mayor Buttigieg certainly would not be its poster child. One cannot be a symbol of something while simultaneously defying and denying the most sacred beliefs for which it stands. This why, until or unless the Democratic Party changes many of its political and ideological platforms, it is essentially impossible to be both a modern Leftist and a professing Christian in today’s culture. Modern Leftism and its leaders — like Mayor Buttigieg — have willfully and purposefully chosen to adopt and inherit unbiblical practices and beliefs.
And, sadly, there is indeed nothing Christian about that.