Prayer Targets: The Soul of America; Born-Alive; Female Draft; "Medicare for All"; Transgender Troops
February 27, 2019
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, "But we knew nothing about this," does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done? (Proverbs 24:11-12)
Dear Praying Friends,
Dr. Laurence White is the senior pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. Dr. White is a regular speaker for national pro-life, pro-family organizations across America. In that connection, he has had the opportunity to address millions of Americans through national radio and television broadcasts and has spoken to nearly 20,000 pastors across the nation. He is also part of FRC's Watchmen on the Wall pastors' network. In 1997, Liberty University awarded Pastor White a Doctor of Divinity degree in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the pro-life movement. White has travelled and spoken widely across the U.S., urging pastors and ministers to speak the truth of God's Word without apology, hesitation, or reluctance. These excerpts are from his sermon, "The Soul of America: For Such a Time as This":
I was very pleased this past January and the end of this last December, to have the opportunity to take my two sons, Adam who is 23, and Aaron who's 20, with me on a trip to Germany. As a Lutheran Christian, that's where my historic and theological roots are and I wanted the boys to see where they came from, and to get some context, I guess you could call it, a setting in which to balance what's happening in our country and in their lives.
So we flew out of Houston on Christmas Day. We landed in Berlin on December the 26th. The end of December, the beginning of January is a wonderful time to go to northern Germany, because all the sane people have left northern Germany. The sun comes up at 10:30 in the morning and then goes down at 3:30 in the afternoon, and in between it snows. Well, we got to Berlin and the boys were having a wonderful time, doing what 20-year-old men do in a great, world-class city. I was looking at churches and they were looking at other things.
But one afternoon, we rented a van and we drove out into the countryside, about 35 kilometers or so, northeast of Berlin, to a little farming community called Oranianburg. Not much there, couple of taverns, couple of gas stations, a few houses, that's about it. Nobody would ever have heard of that little town were it not for the fact that Heimlich Himmler chose Oranianburg as the site of one of his prototype concentration camps, a horrible place called Saxonhausen. It means the home of the Saxons. I took the boys there that day because I wanted them to see what had happened to this great Christian nation, this homeland of the Reformation, almost overnight.
The boys grew quiet as we walked across the vast expanse where the barracks once stood which held hundreds of thousands of prisoners during the twelve years of the Hitler Reich. We saw the bales of human hair, the piles of children's shoes. We went to the medical laboratories where gruesome experiments were conducted on living human beings without anesthetic, because they were not viewed as human because of their race and language. Finally, we walked to the back, far in the corner, to the crematorium that once stood, the oven where they burned the bodies of the dead. And out in front of it was a grotesque rod-iron statue of two emaciated inmates holding the dead body of one of their cohorts toward the gaping doors of the oven. The building itself had actually collapsed, they buried so many people underneath it, that the foundations had been undermined. But the metal supports that once held those ovens were still there.
And as we came up there, three days after Christmas, in front of the doorway to that crematorium, there was a withered Christmas wreath with a white ribbon on it. The slogan on that ribbon said, "From the Christians of Germany: We kneel before God in bitter regret and humble repentance and we ask His forgiveness for the Jews and all the others who died in this place." As we turned to walk away out across the compound once again, my 20-year-old, Aaron, put his arm around me in the condescending way sons have with their fathers, and looked at me and he said, "Dad, you need to keep giving those speeches that you've been giving."
And I felt good, because for the first time my boys understood in the depths of their hearts what's happening in America, today. Now those boys have always been pro-life, they've never had any choice in the matter. But there in Saxonhausen, for the very first time, they saw for themselves how much is at stake in our America. And how desperately important these issues are and how much we stand to lose if we do not awaken and rouse ourselves quickly.
The Christians of Germany learned only too late that the people of God cannot disengage from the culture in which they live. We cannot withdraw to the comfortable security of our beautiful sanctuaries and sit in our padded pews while the world all around us goes to hell. For to do so is a betrayal of the Lord whose name we bear, and it is a denial of the power, the efficacy of His Word, the word that He has given us to proclaim.
Infanticide Prevails in U.S. Senate -- A Marist Poll shows that 9 percent of Americans who identified as pro-choice a month ago, have switched, and now declare themselves pro-life after Governor Andrew Cuomo led the New York Legislature to pass the most liberal abortion law in America and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared his support for a bill legalizing infanticide for babies who survive abortion. A full 80 percent of Americans, pro-life and pro-choice, believe abortion should be limited to the first trimester. Nevertheless, against all abortion-surviving babies and the vast majority of Americans, 44 Senators, all Democrats, voted Monday to prevent passage of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act championed by Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska. Three Democrats voted for the bill: Sens. Bob Casey (Pa.), Doug Jones (Ala.), and Joe Manchin (W.Va.). Three Republicans did not vote: Kevin Cramer (N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Tim Scott (S.C.). Sens. Cramer and Scott were co-sponsors but absent. Pro-choice activists said there was no need for the legislation, characterizing it as an assault on Roe v. Wade and an attempt to limit women's healthcare choices.
Tony Perkins wrote, "Democrats have lost where it matters -- in the hearts and minds of Americans. The winds of change are blowing across this country... No, we didn't win on Monday's vote. But this is far from over. This is truly a moment of choosing for the nation. Similar to the choice Moses put before the children of Israel, 'I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live' (Deut. 30:19)." The Speaker of the Maryland House of Representatives, who had proposed to enshrine abortion in the Maryland Constitution, has since withdrawn his proposal suggesting that he might wait until 2020. Maryland is one of the most pro-abortion states in the Union. Truly the choice before Americans is not only life or death of abortion survivors, but the very survival of our nation. (See Grave Consequences of Infanticide; How is Abortion After Birth Not News?; Marist Poll; Scorched Birth Campaign; Consider joining FRC's Baby Hat Campaign; the Born Ultimatum)
- In your mercy you have withheld your wrath from our nation, but we know that just as President Abraham Lincoln declared regarding the institution of slavery, "every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword," as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said "the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether," we know that neither shall the shedding of the innocent blood of 60 million babies in America go unrequited. Forgive us Oh God! We plead for mercy and ask that you awaken and stir the American Church to arise and fight for the lives of our children and for the soul of our nation using every spiritual gift and political tool you have graciously given us to stop this hellish curse while there is any time. Awaken your leaders in every mountain of culture to use their power and influence to turn this evil tide. May the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act become law, no matter how long it takes! In Jesus' Name, Amen. (Lev 20:1-5; 2 Sam 12: 9-14; 2 Chr 7:14; Ps 127:3;Joel 2:12-18; Mt 18:5-6)
Finally, please add these to your prayer list: 1) The proposal for an abortion rights amendment to the Maryland Constitution has been tabled for the moment, but promised to be offered again in 2020; 2) President Trump's negotiations with Kim Jung Un over North Korean denuclearization; 3) Those who heard today's Supreme Court hearing say the justices seem to be leaning in favor of the Peace Cross; 4) An all-male military draft has been ruled unconstitutional by a Texas federal judge (see No Draft Dodging for Women); 5) House Democrats have introduced their socialistic Medicare for All legislation. This worries centrists; 6) The Pentagon spent nearly $8 million to treat 1,500 transgender troops since 2016; 7) The United Methodist Church will maintain its opposition to same-sex marriage and clergy who identify as homosexual, thanks to the votes of African Methodist pastors; 8) Former North Carolina Pastor Mark Harris, who urged the Election Board to call for a new election, has said he will not run again due to serious health concerns, so please remember him in your prayers.
Always more to pray for but these are all important issues. America is in the balance! Thank you for praying!