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Should Christians Vote?

Friday, October 10th, 2014

SPACER141002 blog image7This is part three of what is becoming a series about voting. Some of the intel from the previous two articles is recapped here.

Just before I was born-again in 1983, I served two terms as a State Legislator for the 28th Georgia House District. I was a Democrat. Years later I served as a Republican Presidential Appointee. Along the way I remember learning that God is greater than politics and that politics can become an idol.

Coming from a Christian family who was very active in the 20th century Civil Rights Movement, we marched and some died for equality at the ballot box; the right to vote. So yes, I honor the privilege and responsibility of taking part in our electoral process.

Yet, for far too many, the issue of voting is still shrouded in debate. Many are still asking: “Should believers take part in the politics of this world, including elections?”

In 2008 two of my friends experienced startlingly revealing dreams about the soon to be “first Black President of America.” Please note that America’s president is not the first Black president in the world; only in America. For instance, countries on the continent of Africa have been electing Black presidents for ages.

So many Americans made an idol of a man’s skin color; electing him for the color of his skin rather than the content of his character.

Never mind that racism is based upon the lie that we are separate races rather than accepting the truth that we are one human race.

Acts 17:26 – “Of one blood God created all people…” YES! One race.

In 2008, amidst the skin color furor of the campaign trail, my radio co-host Emmanuel Boose of cycbroadcast.com was a surrogate speaker for the soon to be elected Black President of the United States. Just before the election, my friend dreamed of a field covered with black garbage bags. As he walked through the maze of bags, he heard a wailing cry from one of the bags. Investigation revealed that the bags were filled with aborted babies. Emmanuel woke up crying, sweating and praying. He knew that he couldn’t vote for his candidate. Emmanuel now had to raise his voice and his vote for the lives of the babies.

During the same time, the wife of another minister friend had recurring dreams of then Senator Obama in a hospital wearing a medical lab coat and a stethoscope. He appeared to be a doctor or medical professional.

It would later be revealed that as US President, Mr. Obama would support an HHS Mandate as a “healthcare cloak” for abortion and harmful experimental contraceptives. The medical guise in the dream represented the invasion of deceptive medical reform.

I was angry about what God was revealing at that time. We were going to elect the most abortion supporting, marriage threatening president we had ever known, and skin color would be used to do this. Wow!

Yet another minister friend, Rev. Clenard Childress of LEARN reminded me to forgive God because God would use this president to expose racism, abortion and the attack on Bible principles for marriage in a way that we had not yet seen.

Since that time, I’ve been praying for the President and his family; and have even visited the White House twice in the last seven years to express God’s love to the President.

Now, voting time is upon us again. Yes, I do vote. When I can’t reconcile my faith to the platforms, I write in names. Yet, I vote. People died for my right to do so.

So what do we do now? Let’s start at home base.

What does the Bible say about voting in elections? Surprisingly nothing specifically. Why?

Consider that in the times of Jesus the Jews were under Roman rule and they were not Roman citizens. Therefore, they were not permitted to vote. In fact, most Roman citizens couldn’t either. Only the very wealthy were allowed to vote.

But we can see in Acts 6:1-5 that an “election” of sorts did take place.

“Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “But select from among you, brethren, seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.” And the statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a proselyte from Antioch.”

Clearly the seven were to help protect the rights of the people and settle the dispute between the Hellenistic Jews and the native Hebrews.

So it is with our government of today. Once the elected people, “politicians,” are in office, they are expected to safeguard our rights. But one difference is that in the Bible days, the people elected “men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom.” Today, you would have to question the “good” reputation of many in office and more importantly whether they are even men and women who are “full of the Spirit.”

In the elections of 2012, Billy Graham began a campaign, “Vote Biblical Values,” in which he encouraged people to vote for candidates that espoused biblical values and morality, “men/women full of the Spirit.”

So it should be for this election cycle and all elections as well.

In his recent report on “The Shemitah Prophecy” author Rabbi Johnathan Cahn talks about Biblical cycles of blessings which are sometimes affected by negative forces like economic depression, death affirming legislation, 9/11, world wars and the like. These cycles began in the days of Moses and are present today.
http://youtu.be/F6AXP41mr7Q and http://youtu.be/W8B14NSIWc8.

Of course the Shemitah is only one among many warnings of judgment. For example, the year 1963 when prayer was voted out of schools wasn’t a Shemitah year, but much harm has impacted our nation from that occurrence.

Still, all too many ignore God’s signs and judgments, preferring to consult astrology, psychics and demonology. Foolish and shameful!

“O foolish Galatians,” [and Americans] “who has bewitched you, that you turn away from obeying the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Galatians 3:1 [annotated]

The Rabbi’s words on Shemitah reveal that the 1973 Roe VS Wade decision that made abortion – the killing of babies in the womb – legal is likely and largely connected to many of the problems America is experiencing.

Mother Theresa once said: “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.”

She also said, “If we accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, rather, to use violence to get what they want.”

As in the days of old, isn’t that what the fear mongers of the world are doing today? Promoting greed and violence over regarding the sanctity of life… Selling birthrights and then shedding innocent blood to wrest erstwhile or unearned or unsecured inheritances by any means?

Yet all is not lost. We can still help shift our world towards a culture of life by voting for those who regard the sanctity of life, marriage, family and THE BIBLE.

So now, as we seek to reconcile everything, what would God have us learn regarding the electorate process?

The heart of God is expressed in the Bible as to His concern for government leaders and leadership by telling us as Christians that we should pray in this vein when we look at the admonition in the following verses:

“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

It is our duty as Christians and as citizens to participate in prayer for the elections and those who seek and gain power to lead. But are we to pray only and not vote?

“So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?” (James 2:17-20 NLT)

Some may say that the Bible doesn’t say vote so I’m not doing it. Well, I haven’t read in the Bible that we are to flush the commode after we use it, but I still do it. Seriously. Is anyone getting this?

So we pray in faith and then go to work; in this instance, vote.

With our votes we can elect godly men and women who will make laws that conform to biblical values.

Thankfully not all of us are called to be political servants. The majority of us will never hold office but still we have an important role to play. We must begin with prayer and discernment. We must educate ourselves on the stances of the candidates and vote accordingly.

October is the “Month for Life,” and is a critical month every year, especially in an election year. As we continue to pray over the upcoming elections, we ask you to spread your payers far and wide via your social media networks and email lists, and in your pro-life groups, community and civil rights meetings, and churches in the coming weeks.

After the elections, no matter what happens, continue to pray. Remember to warn your children and grandchildren about the foundation of Halloween being witchcraft.

Then get ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas, always thanking and giving glory to God for His goodness and the gift of His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. His pure, sinless, shed blood can never lose it’s power because it cannot die! Jesus’ blood never died. It was shed into the earth for us. He temporarily gave up his body, but was resurrected. HE LIVES.

Then on to the New Year of 2015, another Shemitah Year where the election cycle continues with the election of a new president. What does God have in store? His will is sure to be revealed.

Meanwhile, continue to pray and vote for candidates who agree with and follow THE BIBLE; who support life, marriage and family according to God’s way as if your quality of life is impacted by it. Because it is.

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Election Prayer and Voter Registration Announced by Priests for Life

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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August 19, 2014

Staten Island, NY – Priests for Life today announces a special nine-week Election Novena, starting September 2, that coincides with its other election-related efforts, including Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th, and Fr. Frank Pavone’s hard-hitting series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit.”

“Priests for Life is asking believers across the country to participate in our Election Novena by praying during the nine weeks from September 2nd to Election Day,” said Fr. Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life. “The Novena prayer asks God to awaken His people so that we are faithful citizens of His Kingdom who exercise our solemn responsibility to seek justice for all, including the unborn, when we enter the voting booth. As the prayer states, we ‘are not called to be a sect fleeing the world, [b]ut rather a community of faith renewing the world.’”

The Novena begins just five days before National Christian Voter Registration Sunday on September 7th when Christians of every denomination are encouraged to conduct non-partisan efforts to register as many voters as possible. “Not only is voter registration an entirely legal activity in which churches and non-profit groups can engage, but it’s also part of our moral responsibility,” stated Fr. Pavone.

Already online at Priests for Life’s Political Responsibility website is Fr. Pavone’s series of articles, “Politics and the Pulpit,” which addresses questions relating to the rights of clergy and churches at election time. In his series, Fr. Pavone shows why fears by some Church leaders that the Church will lose its tax-exempt status for speaking out at election time are absurd. He calls on Church leaders to stop stifling their own religious freedom.

For more information on Priests for Life’s Election Novena, please go to www.PrayerCampaign.org.

For more information on Voter Registration Sunday and to read Fr. Pavone’s “Politics and the Pulpit” articles, please go to www.PoliticalResponsibility.com

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Dear President and Congress: Good Government Protects Everyone

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Jeremiah 22: 3 “This is what the LORD says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!” (NLT)

“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Christmas Sermon 1967

Why are the leaders so angry? Why do the President and Congress waste their time with futile plans of human reasoning? The rulers of the earth prepare for battle; they plot together… And yet, people they promised to serve are crying and dying. Listen leaders, act wisely! Be warned leaders! Don’t be deceived, for God isn’t going to stand by and allow a mockery.

I was listening to human news reports briefly, and members of Congress on both sides of the isle are fighting to stand for whatever platforms they were elected upon. We don’t hear enough about standing up for truth. Rather than simply “standing your ground,” why not stand after having done all to stand? Stand in the full armor of God!

“One nation under God” still remains part of America’s credo. Are there any brave leaders who can do this? Godly leaders protect everyone, from the womb until natural death and everyone in between. America, it is time to stand up for truth. God help us.

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2014 VALUES VOTER SUMMIT: STANDING FOR FAITH, FAMILY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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REMARKS BY DR. ALVEDA C. KING
OCTOBER 11, 2013

As we stand together today, praying for faith, family, and opportunity for all, we can only be amazed by the hope that is rising among “We the People.”

As I approach my tenth year as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I look back at how far we’ve come – but I don’t look back for long! Because at the same time, I know how far we must yet travel.

Together we can embrace the power of faith working in our lives through God’s agape love. We must believe that that love will carry us over difficult bridges.

We are indeed facing turbulent times. You may remember that last year a man, Theodore Shulman, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for threatening the life of Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life.

Here in D. C., The Family Research Council, however, faced more than a threat. You endured an attack on the lives of everyone on the FRC staff.

A gay rights activist entered the FRC building with enough ammunition to kill everyone in it. He came to FRC as a gunman, fueled by hate mongering from The Southern Poverty Law Center. The shooter admitted he was directed to FRC’s location by the Southern Poverty law Center’s website. While SPLC claims to fight against hate, they have been saying hateful things about the Family Research Council and perhaps other groups who are represented here today. By the grace of God and the heroism of FRC security officer Mr. Leo Johnson, who took a bullet from the shooter, many deaths were averted. Today, the shooter is behind bars as a result of being convicted for domestic terrorism. But the SPLC and many others who couch hate and anger in false claims of civil rights activism still roam free to confuse the masses with their deceptions.

Friends, make no mistake, no matter our political affiliations or our church denominations, or our personal designer issue of the day; we are now called together to humbly fight the good fight.

So together in unity and love for humanity, we gird ourselves with the truth, we walk with the gospel of peace, and we carry the shield of faith. Our sword is not a spinning sound bite, a poll, or a focus group, but the word of God.

Please permit a confession:

At the top of my list of regrets are the deaths of three of my children – one through miscarriage and two by abortion.

Down the list, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M.L. (The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. Yes my Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican, but Uncle M.L. was an independent.

As a Christian and civil rights activist, Uncle M.L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a political party or candidate. He once wrote,

“I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both – not the servant or master of either. I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

As one who has been elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat and been a Presidential appointee in a Republican administration, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of my Uncle M.L. My aim is not to become involved in political squabbles, but to speak the truth as best I can.

We are commanded to pray for those in authority and I know we all do that. We also pray for our nation; understanding that human reasoning and human solutions are too finite to bring an ultimate resolution to our problems. The saddest and sickest heart longs for the gift of salvation in Christ.

Recent remarks by Pope Francis remind us that human beings have immediate problems in their lives and these problems are not limited to the great moral questions of our time

Pope Francis says that he must deal with the entire human condition, not just two pressing questions, abortion and marriage. Yet he is not suggesting that there is in any way a license to sin; rather, he is advocating for a license to repent, be healed, and be delivered from human failings.

Human issues, “social issues” are all intertwined. Abortion, for instance, cannot be separated from the breakdown of the family, which cannot be separated from the attack on natural procreative marriage. Neither can abortion be separated from human trafficking, rape, child abuse or a host of other issues.

I believe that when Pope Francis is looking at the entire human condition. So must we.

When I look at this human condition today, I see evil triplets – a three-headed monster – racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion. And it will take Jesus to set the record straight!

I once thought that white people killed my uncle. Not just one white man or a conspiracy of white men, but all white men were responsible. My father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, corrected me. He said:

Alveda, you cannot hate white people. White people did not kill your uncle, the devil did. White people march and die for us, fighting for freedom for everyone.

Before that, I thought that God wanted me to hate white people, and I was angry with God for creating white people and the human condition called racism.

It took my earthly father and my Heavenly Father to help me realize that Acts 17:26 is true. There is only one human race, not separate races. We are all of one human blood.

I have met people who battle with sexual perversion and human sexuality issues. For example, I’ve met, according to Matthew 19, some people who may have been born gay, some people who may have been made to be gay, and some people who have chosen to be gay.

On the other hand, I have met people who were born with conditions or developed conditions of sickness and disease in their bodies; high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart problems, all kinds of things. I myself have suffered from a human error called abortion. Yet, I’ve been forgiven and healed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

So there is no human condition, whether it is lust or sickness or greed or any condition of the heart, the body, or the soul that cannot be cured, healed, or delivered and set free and transformed by the blood of Jesus. If we were born a certain way, no matter what it is, we can be born again!

So therefore, we must all embrace each other in what my Uncle M.L. called the beloved community. In love we must carry all of our cares to the Lord and leave them there.

Today, we are at an impasse over Obamacare. The President says that if we won’t pay for free birth control and abortion, he won’t let the government operate.

My friends, I have daughters and granddaughters. They need free poison birth control and life destroying abortions like they need holes in their heads.

What our families need is good education, decent and safe living environments, good jobs as they grow up, and good work ethics and moral values. They need the security of living in a world free from terrorism. They need healthy bodies and a healthy growing economy. They need so much, and Washington isn’t delivering a check banked on a solid foundation.

Recently, as I went through airport security, the TSA officer was so sad that I had to stop and pray for him before I made it through the check point. The officer was on salary furlough, but was required to work anyway because of the shutdown. After the prayer, I received a somber “thank you,” and my credentials were returned to me.

What is so amazing to me is that our veterans and others are being needlessly and directly impacted, with no end in sight for relief. Why must veterans and honest, hard working Americans suffer so that forcibly subsidized birth control and abortions can reign?

Friends, this is why this Summit is so important. We can pray together for those who are in authority so that we can live peaceful – and not deceitful – lives. And we can act together to encourage and elect government officials who have hearts for righteousness.

My Uncle M.L., in his 1967 Christmas sermon, spoke these words:
“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

My Uncle also wrote a book titled Why We Can’t Wait. Well, I am so encouraged to see that we are not waiting anymore. We the people – red and yellow, black and white, all precious in God’s sight – are crossing every barrier to march to the polls and vote for true freedom and liberty.

As we move ahead, may God bless and guide us. Amen.

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Put the Political Strife Out to Pasture

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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I have few regrets in my life. At the top of the list is the demise of two children in my womb, and one miscarriage. Next to that, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M. L. (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. I said that without having all the facts. My Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican. Uncle M. L. was an independent, who in his own words tended to vote Democrat. I assumed that since Granddaddy was a Republican, Uncle M. L. was too. After all, before the election of President John F. Kennedy, the majority of African American voters were Republicans. Granddaddy convinced a large block of Blacks to vote for President John Kennedy after he helped to get my uncle out of jail during those turbulent days. Uncle M. L. tended to vote Democrat, but remained independent because he found weaknesses in both parties. The truth of the matter is that God isn’t a Republican or a Democrat or a Tea Party voter. God doesn’t vote. The squabbling and division among the parties is tragic.

Wise Christian leaders such as Dr. Billy Graham and others who have visited the White House over the years to advise sitting presidents have focused on the times and not the parties. I’m beginning to understand the wisdom of such. As a result, I am no longer endorsing political candidates, choosing rather to vote responsibly and to follow the Bible instructions that we must pray for all people, including those in authority.

Pray for All People: 1First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy chapter 2)

Please review below for Uncle M. L.’s perspective:

As a Christian leader and civil rights activist, Uncle M. L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a U.S. political party or candidate. He wrote: “I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both—not the servant or master of either.” In a 1958 interview, he expressed his view that neither party was perfect, saying, “I don’t think the Republican party is a party full of the almighty God nor is the Democratic party. They both have weaknesses … And I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

He also assessed both parties’ performance on promoting racial equality:

“Actually, the Negro has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition of southern Dixiecrats and right wing reactionary northern Republicans defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.”

Although he never publicly supported a political party or candidate for president, in a letter to a civil rights supporter in October 1956 he wrote: “In the past I always voted the Democratic ticket.” In 1960, like my grandfather, he privately voted for John F. Kennedy: “I felt that Kennedy would make the best president. I never came out with an endorsement. My father did, but I never made one.” He also went so far as to consider making one endorsement: “Had President Kennedy lived, I would probably have endorsed him in 1964.

Surely it is possible to be a Republican, Democrat, Tea Party Member, Green Party, Libertarian, Christian Party Member or affiliate with any party one chooses, and not hate our brothers and sisters who choose another path. Church denominations and political divisions make too many enemies when we need to be united in this one human race that dominates this planet. As one who has been elected to office as a Georgia State Representative (D), served as a presidential appointee (R) and who have often voted as an Independent, I can truly say that we would all be better off without the political squabbles that tend to divide us.

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Until They Truly Choose Life

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

SPACERMLK SrTime Is Running Out for Conservatives. Somehow we keep missing the point about which issues really matter. Life and Holy Matrimony should be at the top of the platforms of every political campaign. Added to that, most people have never even heard of moral turpitude these days.

This observation won’t help me win friends and influence people, at least not in my conservative circles. But like my granddaddy, M. L. King, Sr., used to say when he got riled up, ‘hold my mule. I’m about to shout right now.’

The thing is, I’m not about to do church shouting, but I would like to shout from the rooftops: We’re running out of time to find a more diverse slate of candidates for 2016, fearless candidates who will tackle moral issues.

And where are all of the women? African Americans? Hispanics?

With some notable exceptions — Gov. Susana Martinez and Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to name a few — we are doomed to repeat the same lesson over and over. If we trot out the same team election after election we will get the exact same results.

During the last election cycle, I literally begged conservatives to address women’s issues. Genuine healthcare awareness was at the top of that list. These issues got the cold shoulder in the platform lineup.

Of course women are also concerned about national security, the economy, and moral turpitude as long as the dialogue includes women’s voices.

Then, there is the Africa-American community to consider. We are Americans too, and want to be judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin. We are not asking for more entitlements, just a seat at the boardroom table, as well as a place at the secret meetings that most people don’t know about.

As an African-American woman, I can’t help but wonder how the conservative roundtables of America seem to keep forgetting about women and minorities, about life and natural marriage?

And when will we stop electing “lip service politicians” who have little intention of upholding and enforcing laws that they promise to pass when elected?

Oh, I know we are making progress, and women and African American leaders are beginning to be heard, but I pray that this is not a case of too little too late. When we look at the early “2016 hopeful lists” we see few women and fewer minorities in the top ten or even top twenty. It seems like we keep beating our heads against the same walls hoping for a different result. Nope, and the bruises to our heads and hearts still hurt.

Conservatives are in danger of falling off a moral cliff. Things can get better, but until we truly choose life, the way will still be rocky.

I believe I should close now, and go back to reading my Bible rather than raging about politics, because after all, humans play politics and God is in the business of saving souls.

Meanwhile, hold my mule.

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God Is Calling You To Be A Prophet For Life This Election!

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Yes, YOU!

God placed you here at this moment for a reason. And I believe He did so because He wants YOU to tell all those you know that they have a grave moral obligation, not merely to vote …

… but to VOTE PRO-LIFE.

After all, if a politician can’t respect the life of a little baby, how can we expect him to respect ours?

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Fr. Pavone Launches National Voter Guide Distribution Project

Monday, October 1st, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: October 1, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
347-286-7277

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, announced today the formal start of the national Voter Guide Distribution Project, with the release of a training video publicly available at www.PoliticalResponsibility.com.

“Hundreds of people around the country will take to the streets this month to distribute our voter guides on public property,” Fr. Pavone explained. “In this most important election of our lifetime, when the right to life and religious liberty are so much at stake, it is crucial that people not only know what the issues mean, but where the candidates stand on those issues.”

The project makes use of two voter guides that Priests for Life has prepared. One compares the positions of President Obama and Governor Romney on a wide range of issues of concern to the electorate.

The other compares the positions contained in the party platforms of the Republican and Democratic national parties.

Both of these guides are accompanied by letters issued by legal experts attesting that the guides are c-3 qualified, that is, that they may be distributed by Churches and other tax-exempt organizations because the guides are neutral rather than partisan.

The project involves having teams of people distribute the guides on the public sidewalks near churches, to the people coming out of the Masses and worship services.

“This year, more than ever, the faithful are ready to take up a task that, unfortunately, many of our institutions fail to do: to inform their fellow citizens about the positions of the candidates and the parties. We often wait in vain for Churches to distribute voter guides. Many are under the impression that they can never mention a candidate’s name, or that their tax exempt status is threatened by a c-3 qualified guide. From the vantage point of law, such a position is mistaken, and from the vantage point of morals, such a position is cowardly,” Fr. Pavone stated. “Then, we complain that the people we elect are threatening our religious freedom. Before we blame them, however, we should blame ourselves. As our United States Catholic Bishops have stated, ‘We get the public officials we deserve. Their virtue — or lack thereof — is a judgment not only on them, but on us’ (1998, Living the Gospel of Life, n.34).”

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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40 Days to Save America Under Way

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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Date: October 1, 2012

Contact: Leslie Palma
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STATEN ISLAND, NY – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, is urging all clergy to join him in taking part in 40 Days to Save America, a prayer and fasting campaign that began officially on Friday, Sept. 28.

Father Pavone serves on the Board of Governors of 40 Days at the invitation of Pastor Rick Scarborough, founder of Vision America and chairman of the campaign. Hundreds of organizations, ministries and houses of worship already have signed up to take part.

“This initiative combines the awareness that our nation is in an unprecedented crisis with the conviction of faith that prayer, fasting, and action can make a difference,” Father Pavone said. “And the fact that it leads up to Election day reminds believers that along with being in Church, they need to be in the voting booth.”

The 40 Days to Save America effort allows wide flexibility for Churches to use diverse resources and plan their activities. Among the resources Priests for Life provides are for prayer and preaching on the Culture of Life. See www.PrayerCampaign.org for the daily Election Prayer, and www.ProLifePreaching.com for preaching resources.

To sign up for the campaign, visit www.40DaystoSaveAmerica.com.

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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Mrs. Obama Almost Makes You Forget That Her Husband Supports Killing Babies and Killing Natural Marriage. Almost…

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

The First Lady of America took the grandstand last night in a rousing speech. As the emails flooded into my cache, with the pros and cons, I wrote back to one sincere young lady: “She looked beautiful and proves that she’s nearly as much a consummate skilled politician as her husband. She almost makes you forget that her husband supports killing babies and destroying natural marriage. Almost…”

In comparison to Mrs. Romney’s sincere and impassioned speech in support of her husband last week, Mrs. Obama’s speech was more glittering and glamorous. She skillfully moved through the controversial issues of abortion and homosexual marriage by drawing comparisons between the two leading candidates without ever mentioning her husband’s opponent’s name during the subtle attack on his candidacy.

Mrs. Obama’s efforts to pit the rich against the poor also fall short of the mark, when we consider that both candidates and their families are not poor people. The President and First Lady are not poor by a long shot. Both candidates also have humble beginnings in their ancestries. Neither the President nor the Governor have ancestors who have been slaves in America by the way.

What the First Lady didn’t mention is the high number of jobless families, and the astronomical debt her husband has run up in the name of entitlement during his tenure. This debt will fall on the backs of our children, at least those who don’t end up contracepted or aborted or not conceived in the first place.

However, after saying all of this, we can admit that both Mrs. Romney and Mrs. Obama have delivered stunning and memorable speeches in support and defense of their husbands. Women can be proud that two intelligent women are at the forefront of this year’s elections.

Women should also be very wary of an agenda that is very harmful to the female and family populations of America, which is the agenda that Mrs. Michelle Obama, the First Lady of America is promoting. The current administration supports programs and initiatives such as homosexual marriage and the HHS Mandate which delivers harmful chemical and medical procedures that are linked to strokes, heart attacks, breast cancer and a host of other ills that are harmful to the lives of babies and women.

The question that is continually being asked is: “What diseases do abortion and unnatural contraceptives cure?” Pregnancy and childbirth are not diseases, so how can abortion and harmful contraceptives help women? Who is on guard for the civil rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for women and babies who are being hurt, maimed and slaughtered in the name of birth control and abortion?

Of course, Mrs. Obama stayed away from these issues as much as she possibly could during her speech. It would be amazing if the women of America, if the voters of America could step away from the glory and the hype for a moment and put some of these questions before the First Lady and the President of the United States.

I’ll end with this one… All that glitters ain’t gold.

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