June 23, 2019

Sunday (Moderated) Open Thread (062319)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Black Pastor: ‘I Must Speak Out on Abortion Because 19 Million Black Babies Have Been Killed’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Forestville, Maryland, via Life News:

JUN 6 2019, 9:39AM

Rev. Nathaniel Thomas is the pastor of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church in Forestville, Maryland. This originally appeared at Daily Signal.

In recent months, multiple states like Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana have passed laws to curb access to abortion.

The left and the mainstream media are spinning a narrative that a draconian cabal of lawmakers is unjustly trying to take power away from women, and that under these laws women will face unspeakable horrors as they make their way to backroom alleys to have abortions performed with coat hangers.

Loud is the outrage and sharp is the criticism from women’s groups, college students, and prominent Democratic leaders.

But the fact of the matter is that over 61 million babies have been aborted since Roe v. Wade in 1973. Over 19 million of those babies were African-American.

The left loves to play identity politics when it suits their agenda, but the uncomfortable facts on abortion cut against their narrative: While blacks only make up 13% of the population, they account for over one-third of all abortions in the U.S.

Of all the people talking about abortion, I want to hear from the church. Where does the body of Christ stand on these new abortion laws sweeping the nation? In particular, I want to hear from the black church.

Throughout our nation’s history, and through all our struggles to become a more perfect union, the church has led the charge as a voice for morality and righteousness. From the abolitionists who fought to end slavery to the suffragists who fought to give women equal access to the ballot box, the church historically has been the heartbeat of justice.

Yet today, many pastors seem more concerned about losing church members than saving babies, and are silent when the only right thing to do is to speak out. They preach under a misguided view of separation of church and state, thinking their moral voice should not apply to any political issue.

There is so much wrong with this line of thinking. I could easily spend a month of Sunday sermons unpacking it—but let me try in a few words.

The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in either the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. What we have is the First Amendment’s “establishment clause,” which prohibits setting up an official state church.

Somehow, “separation of church and state” has soaked into our collective consciousness and brainwashed us into thinking the church must never insert itself into political discourse or public policy. It is actually the other way around: The point of the First Amendment is that the government must get out of the church’s business.

Preachers and politicians have been playing the telephone game with the Constitution. Remember that childhood game where you whisper into a can tied to a string, and after a message is passed on multiple times, you see if the original message remotely resembles the final message?

Well, that’s what we’ve done to the Constitution’s original message about the relationship between the church and the state.

The original message in the First Amendment is that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” Somehow that has become garbled into, “The church should completely separate itself from politics, policy, and the moral teachings that guide lawmakers.”

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