Fewer things really get under my skin more than a hypocrite. As I sit and listen to President Obama's speech since the mass murder in Newtown, Connecticut, I cannot help but seethe. I could sit here and be cautious by simply calling him insincere. But it's more than that. Because he says things like:
"This is our first task as a society: Keeping our children safe." ~President Obama, January 16, 2013.
Really?! Can he really believe that statement? I have a hard time believing he does and so I don't believe him when he says it. Since he took office, 5,099,500 children have been aborted in the United States. Five million, ninety nine thousand, five hundred babies, children, our smallest, most innocent and most defenseless. And yet, he continues to champion abortion as a "fundamental constitutional right." He continues to support the abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, by means of federal funding and Obamacare.
"Planned Parenthood’s funding jumped from 33% to nearly 50% – over $487 million in taxpayer funding now goes to the abortion giant (under Obama and his administration)" [source]. If Obama were truly concerned with keeping our children safe, he would have cut or ended funding for Planned Parenthood. The abortion provider performs over 300,000 abortions every single year in this country. He certainly has made no effort to protect those children from mass murder. His actions have only encouraged it further.
And then there's this statement:
"If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try." ~President Obama, January 16, 2013
If he cared so much about life, he'd be against abortion. And yet he's not. Abortion kills more people in the United States each year than guns, alcohol and cigarettes combined. He says, one life. How about 54 million lives?
But this statement really got me:
"The majority of those who died today were children. They had their entire lives ahead of them — birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own." ~President Obama, December 16, 2012
As most Americans did, I sat and listened, in tears, to Obama's speech just hours after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. We'd never seen him so broken up, and how could he not be as a father himself? His words were truly touching, especially this specific quote. And as soon as the words left his mouth, I was reminded of President Reagan's words on the day he proclaimed January 22 to be Sanctity of Human Life Day. He said, of all the children aborted in America, "These children... will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among nations."
President Obama's words about the 20 children slain in Newtown on that terrible December day are just as true for the 3500 children who were slain in their mother's womb on that very same day. And yet, he says nothing about them. He doesn't gather a task force to decide how to better protect those children. He doesn't stop everything to make a statement about tragic their deaths are.
And so I seethe.
I so wish that he really understood the magnitude of what he said here. I wish his heart would be broken for the unborn as much as it seems to be for children who are victims of gun violence. But wishing will get us no where. Wishing won't change a thing. Instead, I need to be praying for his heart to change. I need to pray that he would be given understanding and strength to do whatever it takes to protect these innocent babies. I need to pray that his words would match his actions. We all need to pray.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior. ~1 Timothy 2:1-3
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