Life itself is a pure gift.
The video above is of President Harrison of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LC-MS). Today, he joined Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist and Jewish leaders to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding these issues. (Reporter, the official newspaper of the LC-MS).
First, the Obama Administration sought to force all employers to pay for contraception & abortion drugs. Then they “compromised,” and basically said they would give citizens of faith a year to change their beliefs. Then they promised a future “accommodation” which was nothing more than an accounting gimmick. An accounting gimmick is just another way to deceive. Unfortunately, these issues are fraught with deception.
Even the very words we speak are under assault. One of my law school professors explained the difference between contraception and birth-control in this way: Contraception means against conception. In other words, contraception stops conception. Birth-control means to stop a birth. That is exactly what many birth-control pills do: they deliver drugs that hinder conception, and they cause the death of children already conceived.
The very term “emergency contraception” is a deception, because these drugs were designed to kill a child after he has been conceived. These drugs are not used to stop conception, but rather to stop a live birth.
Furthermore, pregnancy is a condition, it is not a disease. All children are a blessing from God. Why must that even be said? Why? Because such undeniable truths are under constant assault. Human dignity is under assault. Human life is under assault. Truth is under assault.
The Enemy of truth is trying to embed deception and delusion into our very language and thought patterns. However, Christians need to think and speak clearly.
May the Creator of heaven and earth bless the testimony of our religious leaders in Washington D.C. as they speak for freedom and the truth of the dignity of all human life.
Yesterday, the head of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), President Mark Schroeder said:
Recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will require all health care plans, including those provided by religious organizations, to include coverage for contraceptives, abortive drugs, and medical procedures that are contrary to the doctrinal positions of many Christian churches and denominations. This action is a clear and unprecedented threat to the religious liberty guaranteed to all citizens by the First Amendment. No religious organization should be required by the government to support or facilitate activities which are in clear violation of its principles and beliefs.
The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod clearly understands and teaches that Jesus has directed his followers to ‘give to Caesar what is Caesar’s’ (Mark 12:17) … [However, we] “also confess and affirm that if the government directs us to do something in clear violation of the will of God, ‘we must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29).
— (WELS News).
These are unprecedented attacks against our most basic American rights and fundamental freedoms. These attacks are coming from the highest levels of government.