Tebow Ad: Politics or Christianity?

I wrote last week about Tim Tebow’s pro-life commercial to be aired during the Superbowl. The spot has already sparked controversy even though no one has even seen the ad yet. ABC News reports that pro-choice and homosexual activist groups on the campus of the University of Florida are already taking shots at Tebow for going “political.”

Daniel Smith, UF associate professor of political science and faculty adviser to “Gators for Choice,” says that,

“It’s a big coming-out party for Tim Tebow in terms of moving from athletic superstar to the political realm. . . Whoever wants to pay for an ad during the Super Bowl should be able to do so. It’s more interesting that Focus on the Family was able to convince Tim Tebow to promote their organization and their issues.”

I think this professor’s remark comes off as patronizing. It’s an attempt to paint Tebow as a dupe for a political organization—as if his pro-life views weren’t really his own. I’m not buying that, and I’ll bet hardly anyone else will either. He’s a Christian (as practically everyone knows), and protecting innocent humans from being killed is a transcendent value for Christians. It’s simply a part of following Jesus’ command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).

I think the Tebow ad is less about Tebow’s politics than it is about his Christianity. Cynical professors notwithstanding, I’m betting that’s how most everyone else will see it too.

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Leno as Hitler?

Where are the Editors at The Wall Street Journal? Not only do they allow an inane comparison between Jay Leno and Adolf Hitler, they also don’t realize that Jimmy Fallon (not Jimmy Kimmel) follows “The Tonight Show.” In his goofy Op-Ed, Joe Queenan writes,

“Mr. Leno will soon go after ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!,’ which follows ‘The Tonight Show,’ quite possibly demanding that NBC expand ‘Tonight’ to its original 90-minute length.”

I expect we’ll see a correction on the on the Kimmel gaffe. The only way to correct the rest of it would be to remove the article.

Meanwhile, Conan bows out gracefully.

Now as Forest Gump would say, that’s all I have to say about that!

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Support Abortion Alternatives

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, and I delivered the sermon this morning at my church here in Louisville, Kenwood Baptist Church. My text was Proverbs 24:10-12. At the end of the sermon, I exhorted the congregation to support alternatives to abortion with their prayer, time, and money. I mentioned two organizations in particular here in Louisville that they might consider supporting. Here are the names, links, and info about both of these groups.

A Woman’s Choice Resource Center is a crisis pregnancy center that assists pregnant women with free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, maternity/infant clothing, counseling, and information about adoption. The Center is a frontline effort at convincing women to keep their babies and at supporting them after they do.

The Lifehouse is a maternity home for women and families facing an unexpected pregnancy. They provide spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of pregnant and/or parenting teens and women and their children, both born and unborn, in a Christ-centered home environment.

You can be a part of delivering the innocent from being led away to death by supporting either one of these groups. I would encourage readers to consider working a monthly donation in to your family budgets for groups such as these. The two websites above have sections for making donations.

Proverbs 24:10-12:

10 If you are slack in the day of distress,
Your strength is limited.
11 Deliver those who are being taken away to death,
And those who are staggering to slaughter,
O hold them back.
12 If you say, “See, we did not know this,”
Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?
And does He not know it who keeps your soul?
And will He not render to man according to his work?

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Very Sad Picture from March for Life

I just came across this picture from a Washington Post video report on the 2010 “March for Life” in Washington, D. C. When I saw it today, it reminded me of another outrage from a 2006 “March for Life” (see below). I don’t think the pro-choicers realize how much these types of protests work against their cause. I think most people recoil at such displays.

The national Sanctity of Human Life Day is tomorrow.

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Neuhaus on Roe Anniversary

“The most consequential cultural and political event in American history in the past half century was the Roe v. Wade decision of January 22, 1973. An argument can be made that it is rivaled by September 11, but that fateful day did not result in the deep realignment of religious, cultural, and political dynamics resulting from the Supreme Court’s ukase, which established an unlimited abortion license that wiped from the books of all fifty states any legal protection of unborn children. . . This Monday marks the thirty-fourth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. On January 23, 1973, the New York Times reported that the Court had ‘settled’ the dispute over abortion. Thirty-four years later, there is no more intensely contested issue in our public life.”Richard John Neuhaus, First Things (January 2007)

What Neuhaus said on the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is still true today. Read the rest here.

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Children in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage

The New York Times reports that the New Jersey state house welcomed children to speak out in favor of gay “marriage.” Ten-year old Kasey Nicholson-McFadden talked about the sadness he feels that his mothers aren’t allowed to marry:

“It doesn’t bother me to tell kids my parents are gay,” he said in a clear voice. “It does bother me to say they aren’t married. It makes me feel that our family is less than their family.”

Why would anyone want a child to speak-out in a public forum in this way? It’s a new strategy on the part of supporters of same-sex “marriage.” They are trying to reframe the debate about how such marriages affect children. Many assume (or at least know instinctively) that homosexual “marriage” works against the best interests of children. Proponents of same-sex “marriage” are trying to dislodge that assumption with appearances like this one. They want to plant this question in the popular consciousness: “What about the children now being raised in families headed by gay men and lesbians? How does the lack of marriage benefits for their parents affect them?”

The strategy is clear. Let’s pray that it doesn’t work. Read the rest here.

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Supreme Court Strikes McCain-Feingold

“The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns. . . The justices also struck down part of the landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that barred union- and corporate-paid issue ads in the closing days of election campaigns.”

This is big political news. Read the rest here.

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To My Students

On Friday night, I exhorted the new students of Boyce College, “Don’t turn from God when you turn to your books.” I took that line from an essay that had an enormous impact on me when I was in seminary. The essay is B. B. Warfield’s “The Religious Life of Theological Students.” It is an address that Dr. Warfield delivered to the students of Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911. In it, Warfield insists that students who separate the rigors of a theological education from devotion to God do so at their own spiritual peril. Devotion to God and the study of theology should not be divided into different psychological compartments. Here is how Warfield put it:

“Why should you turn from God when you turn to your books, or feel that you must turn from your books in order to turn to God? If learning and devotion are as antagonistic as that, then the intellectual life is in itself accursed, and there can be no question of a religious life for a student, even of theology. The mere fact that he is a student inhibits religion for him. That I am asked to speak to you on the religious life of the student of theology proceeds on the recognition of the absurdity of such antitheses. You are students of theology; and, just because you are students of theology, it is understood that you are religious men— especially religious men, to whom the cultivation of your religious life is a matter of the profoundest concern—of such concern that you will wish above all things to be warned of the dangers that may assail your religious life, and be pointed to the means by which you may strengthen and enlarge it. In your case there can be no ‘either—or’ here—either a student or a man of God. You must be both.”

I think this essay would benefit almost anyone. My aim today, however, is to encourage my Boyce College students in particular to read this one very carefully as you begin this semester. God wishes for you to glorify Him through your studies, and this exhortation from Warfield lays the foundation for doing just that.

The Master’s Seminary Journal has a reprint of Warfield’s essay that you can download and read here. Blessings to you on another semester of study!

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