Letter To My Brother: A Call to the Liberal Christian Who Supports Health Care Reform Measures by the President
By: Guest Authors
By: M.D. Whitlock
First and foremost I would like to extend a warm greeting to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My name is Melvin Whitlock and I have been trying to encourage churches of all denominations and races to unite and promote a solid voice in promoting traditional values as Jesus had shown us through His life and His words. I write this letter as a means of reaching out to those of Christian faith in the hope that we can unify in the near future to promote a cause for truth and righteousness. I contend that I am a Christian Conservative, but I am appealing to you as a Christian and I hope that you will allow my words some thought before accepting them, or disregarding them as a â€œconservative scare tactic.â€
Recently, President Obama called on spiritual leaders to garner support for the passage of the Health Care Reform that mirror the congressional bill HR 3200. Upon reaching out to the religious leaders of each community, President Obama asked spiritual leaders to view the issue of passing a bill like that of HR 3200 as a â€œcore ethical and moral obligation.â€ President Obamaâ€™s extension to the church and other religious entities, expresses his understanding of history and the impact that people of faith have had in shaping American policy; but I question the Presidentâ€™s sincerity to reach out to religious outlets in order to gain popularity for a bill that holds so much controversy. I write this letter to ask the religious supporters of the current health care reform measures taken by Democrat-members of congress and the President, to allow themselves the opportunity to evaluate the decision and the bills presented as a whole, before offering a full-fledged support to something that is necessary (health care reform) but manipulated by its current sponsors.
I ask those who are gracious enough to read this letter to first consider the following: When President Obama signed an Executive Order revoking Executive Order13435, to allow the Federal Government to extend federal funding of Embryonic Stem-Cell research, how many conference calls to spiritual leaders were held by the President on the moral and ethical implications of the measure? Embryonic Stem-Cell research has been a moral issue since its inception, yet no true effort was made by the current administration to consult religious leaders on the matter.
While in the Illinois State Senate, Mr. Obama refused to vote for or against a measure to protect â€˜live-born children,â€™ restrict â€˜Partial-Birth Abortion,â€™ and he was given a 100% approval rating by the Illinois Chapter-Planned Parenthood according to factcheck.org., and vote-smart.org. The issue of abortion holds high moral validity, and I question whether or not then Illinois-Senator Obama sought counsel from religious leaders within the state on any matters pertaining to abortion and other major moral issues.
Lastly, President Obama designated June as the National Gay and Lesbian Pride month; thus, catapulting the issue of homosexuality as something to be celebrated, such as that of African-American culture during Black History Month in February. My question to you: Did President Obama solicit the opinion of church leaders and other religious figures in America, before designating the month of June as the NGLP month?
I fully understand that the President has limited control in what actually is placed within a legislative bill by congressional leaders, but I am critical of President Obamaâ€™s attempt to solicit religious influence of such a vague and manipulated construction of bills. Currently bills like that of HR 3200, which has been presented in the House of Representatives, offers the possibility of issuing federal funding for â€˜Death Panels-End of Life Care,â€™ â€˜Reproductive Assistance-Abortion Proceduresâ€™ and other controversial matters of morality to the depths of the human soul. If you the reader believe that I have presented the fallacy of falsifying information and promoting a series of â€œconservative scare tactics,â€ then I encourage you to read pages: 425-430, 30, 26, and 424. Though these pages may not specifically contain the phrase â€œDeath Panelâ€ or specifically outline â€œfederal funding for abortion,â€ I believe you to be knowledgeable of interpretation, and would support and encourage legislators to specify prohibiting these measures from occurring within the bill. After all, if the bill does not support federal funding for abortion, then the bill should specify that it will not support federal funding for abortion for the sake of clarity.
The support of President Obamaâ€™s call to unification on health care by spiritual and religious leaders has given me a sense of sadness and hope. I am discouraged to see some leaders in Christ proudly heed President Obamaâ€™s call for public option of health care reform as â€˜a moral obligation that can no longer be ignored,â€™ because it was and is still, many of these same leaders who remain silent on issues pertaining to a traditional family structure according to God and the protection of the unborn. In hope and solidarity, I ask that those who believe that public option health care is a moral obligation that can no longer be ignored also pledge to take an equally aggressive approach to fight against the killing of the unborn. I ask that those who are as passionate to answer President Obamaâ€™s call on health care, to also answer the Christian call on moral care of each issue that we as Christians have been confronted with within our society. No cause is more or less moral in the eyes of those who have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and the Bible as our inerrant book of life, and should be knowledgeable and passionate on each issue that we as Christians call moral.
Each year millions of innocent lives are taken from the opportunity to have a chance to contribute to this world, and the method in which these lives have been lost is through abortion procedure. According to the Guttmacher Institute of Research: One in three unintended pregnancies end in abortion, and 67% of abortions are committed by women who are not married; with women of color having the most abortions per year among ethnic groups. So many great minds have arisen through the most adverse of circumstances, and it is time for the spiritual leaders in this country to speak up for morality and not what is politically convenient morality. The word of God is neither Republican nor Democrat, neither Liberal nor Conservative; but the word of God is truth. Abortion has long been a procedure as a means of population control within urban and immigrant communities and no Christian should sit silent and allow a revised version of Margret Sangerâ€™s Negro Project to determine the worth of our children.
I work for no grassroots organization, I am not here as anything other than a representative of my own self and concerned citizen of my adopted community and my natural country. I hope that you may judge my work fair and accordingly, and hopefully there will be a common-ground on Christian morality that is not being held together by the barb-wire of political affiliation. Remember we are Christians before we political affiliates, and we are brothers with the same standards before we are adversaries looking for self gain.
Words to Remember:
â€œThe hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.â€-Martin Luther King Jr.
â€œTruly children are a gift from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a rewardâ€ -Psalm 127:3
â€œBut when it pleased God, who separated me from my motherâ€™s womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascusâ€.-Galatians 1:15-17
God Bless you,
Melvin D. Whitlock