Friday, November 23, 2007

Slaves to Culture

Watching the newly released DVD for "Amazing Grace"over the weekend, I couldn't help but once again see the similarities between Abolitionists and the Pro-life movement.

Both have their roots in Christianity (granted more and more history books try to down play or remove that fact altogether); in both is the theme of a person's God given dignity, and in both we anguish over the damage done, not only to the slaves and murdered babies, but also we mourn for those pawn's of the enemy who are inflicting the damage (and rejoice with God, if one might turn towards the Light and the Truth).

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places"
Ephesians 6:12

A while back,I read a Yahoo article on a slave passage found in George Washington's Philadelphia home, and a local Attorney's attempt to self promote by raising a stink about a whether or not it should be a separate exhibit (which I kinda agree with), I was left with a few ponderables (my blog, my words).

Besides my first silly question of "Will the house have a brass (or brash) sign reading- George Washington Slept Here?", I started to think about how politicians have to navigate around the culture of the day. The first Pres himself was quoted as saying "
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery", and since it was said he had a sincere faith, I take him at his word. Why he didn't do more, probably had to do with with him trying to make sure this new government did not get more power than it should, so to keep us all from becoming a different kind of slave (kinda like what we have now with over half our income going to DC, to pay for ????????).

The sad fact that slavery was part of the cultural norm (among those who could afford it), also plays a big part, as politicians, even great ones, are always looking to the "lowest" common denominator. Thinking about this, I fast forward to now, and how every President since "Roe vs. Wade" should also be judged the same.

Ronald Reagan was an important leader, but almost 20 million babies were murdered in their mothers womb, during his presidency. The same goes for Bill Clinton or George W., regardless of your opinion of either man (granted abortion is down now, but thanks more to all our "free love" disease scarred bodies, keeping women from getting pregnant). Pro-life or Pro-choice, these men went about their day, while the abortion industry served lattes in their own lil' private neighborhood Auschitz's.

I have a customer that is located next door to a Planned Parenthood, which is also near several little restaurants and cafes. People are hanging out with friends, sharing a tiramisu with two forks, laughing about who they woke up with on Sunday morning ,while a child's life (and a mother's soul) is being destroyed only a few doors down.

Are we any different from the people during the time slavery was legal, who maybe talked about it at parties, but did little to stop it? I must say we are only different, in that I fear we are much worse.

"It is a poverty to decide that a child must die
so that you may live as you wish.
Mother Teresa

1 comment:

Athos said...

'Just came from seeing 'Enchanted' with my youngest, D'art. It was very encouraging, after the trailer for -- you guessed it -- the Pullman propaganda: Golden Compass.

The trailer hits all the right publicity buttons (read: gnostic flavored intrigue, action, excitement, violence, polar bears in armor). It even mentioned the "evil" Magisterium that "wants to control the world" represented by Christopher Lee, of course. Sigh

God bless the little children. I wouldn't want to be in Pullman's shoes. To paraphrase Mother Teresa, "It is a poverty to decide to smear the one source of faith, hope, and love in the world so that you may make a bazillion dollars and live as you wish."