Reconciliation is generally a good word. The process often brings together marriages, families and friends.
In the Christian faith, it is what happens between a person and God, when the individual accepts Jesus Christ, God's Son, as his Savior. The individual's sins are forgiven, he is justified and reconciled to his Creator.
Webster's New World Second College Edition seems to think it's a good thing as well. They say to reconcile is, "to make friendly again or win over to a friendly attitude" or "to bring into harmony."
Bring into harmony?
It's hard to imagine a place where the most divisive thing you could do is called "reconciliation"---but that's where we are in America, in regard to the health care reform bill. And that's exactly what the President and his administration is threatening to do if the so-called bi-partisan health care summit doesn't work today.
When the dust settles from today's meeting, a meeting that syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer calls "mere theater," you will hear the word "reconciliation" soon and often.
It's interesting and revealing what leading Democrats, including Senator Barack Obama, Senator Joe Biden and Senator Hillary Clinton, were saying about "reconciliation" aka., the nuclear option, just a few years ago.
Simply stated, the "reconciliation" is a legislative process that is intended to allow consideration of a budget bill without the threat of filibuster and can be passed by a simple majority.
For more information, I have linked WIKIPEDIA for your convenience.
It is both stunning and revealing what Obama, Biden, Hillary Clinton and others were saying about this process.
I have linked a short video with their comments in 2005 regarding "reconciliation".
Please take a look at it. There is nothing I can say to bring more clarity than they bring in their own words.
While there is some humor in this on the surface, just below the surface is a very troubling matter that is getting worse, not better.
America is deeply polarized.
There are several good reasons to oppose President Obama's health care plan, however, the one that is perhaps most important to many of us is the unwavering commitment of the President and his administration and the Congressional leadership to federally fund and advance abortions in America.
And deny they are doing so.
This is a sad commentary on how far we have drifted from our founding, godly principles.
I firmly believe that for the most part, the contention is not so much partisan or political, but is principle centered.
It is a more than a Democratic or Republican issue.
It is a matter of ideology--- a matter of deeply held personal beliefs.
On the one side there are those who along with the President see abortion as a choice---a right, which trumps the sanctity of life itself.
On the other side there are those who believe life is a gift from God, our Creator, and must be protected above all things. They hold a profound belief in the sanctity of life, which cannot be compromised.
Will the Democratic leadership and the President ram their health care bill, including federally funded abortions, through the Congress? I don't know. We'll see.
However, I am absolutely certain there can be no blessing and continuing prosperity in our land until we are reconciled with our founding principles and the God who gave them.
And that is why we do what we do at Faith and Freedom. Thank you for standing with us.
God bless you. And may God's blessing be fully restored on the greatest country in history.
Faith & Freedom
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