Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Nancy Pelosi and the Values of Jesus

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Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi D-Calif., says she believes she must pursue public policies, "in keeping with the values" of Jesus Christ, "the Word made Flesh." (Click here to view video).


I can only imagine if a conservative or evangelical in her elected position would make such a statement.

Many of us work hard to elect people who want to do just that.

So far, so good. Right?

Ms Pelosi continued, "My favorite word is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word."

"And that Word," she continues, "is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it?"

The homily continues: "But, of course, we know what it means: 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.' And that's the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, how we measured up."

She's right that Jesus is God. God did become flesh and dwell among us to take upon Himself our sins, be crucified and raised from the dead on the third day.

And yes, there is a judgement day, however the judgement she refers to turns more on what we have done with the person of Jesus Christ than on cultural values or our works.

Jesus Himself said (John 14:6), "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me." The only way to "measure up" is to personally accept the forgiving, redeeming grace of Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for our sins.

That's why He taught (John 8:12), "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Speaker Pelosi is known to quote or reference Scripture. In April of 2008 she used "Scripture" in the
Gavel blog to advance the far left agenda of environmentalism. She quoted that Bible reference often in a number of different settings. The problem with that particular exhortation was that the Scripture she referred to does not exist.

And recently
she directed the cardinals, the archbishops and the bishops of her Catholic Church to promote her immigration reform plan. She said, "The people who oppose immigration reform are sitting in the pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels."

She said, "I want you to speak about it from the pulpit."

Is the ACLU okay with that? What about that misinterpretation of Thomas Jefferson's letter to the Danbury Baptists that we hear so much about? The separation of church and state that all far left progressives hold sacred.

Is she sincere in wanting to follow and enact into public policy the values of Jesus?

The New Testament church in Crete was plagued with difficulties, among those issues was the problem of false teachers teaching false doctrine for personal gain. It is written that their minds and consciences were corrupted.

A biblical method of discerning the authenticity of the teacher is given in Titus 1:16. "They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good."

Very strong words.

No one knows her heart, however, it is very difficult to reconcile her actions with her words. It is impossible to view the expansion of abortion as a human right under the guise of choice, as being compatible with the values of Jesus. It is equally difficult to equate her vote against a ban on partial birth abortions with the values of Jesus.

And while Jesus didn't address homosexuality, He certainly affirmed the Old Testament Scriptures in His teaching and the Old Testament Scriptures are clear on homosexual behavior.

The New Testament teaching on the subject is also clear. How does an agenda to redefine marriage, reengineer the family and normalize that which is not normal square with the values of Jesus?

You will recall that candidate Obama, at a fundraiser with the so- called "elite" in San Francisco, referred to fearful middle Americans, as people who "cling to their guns and Bible."

Perhaps there is an element of fear with Speaker Pelosi. Her public and professional life may be in transition.

If she is clinging to her Bible in fear, I sincerely hope and pray she opens it and actually reads what it says with an open mind.

In it she will not only learn of the values of Jesus, in His own words, but of His power to change and transform a life.

Jesus once said, "Those who the Son sets free, are free indeed." (John 8:36) May she be free.

May God help us.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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