By Jay Rogers
Published December 1, 1989
During the 1980s, the issue of abortion emerged as the most pressing social concern in America. Once thought to be a settled issue, the abortion debate fiercely reentered the public arena with polarizing force. According to public opinion polls taken in the ’80s, the majority of Americans viewed abortion as “one of the most important issues facing our nation today.”
Both Ronald Reagan and George Bush made abortion one of the central themes of their campaigns by firmly stating their commitment to the sanctity of life. Bush’s victory over his pro-abortion opponent – along with his outspoken promotion of adoption as an alternative to abortion – insured that the unborn still had a voice standing in favor of life. One of Bush’s first actions as president was a meeting with pro-life activists in which he pledged his commitment to overturn Roe vs. Wade.
Throughout the decade, several pro-life justices were appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, rounding out a pro-life majority which put the future of the Roe decision in jeopardy. The 1989 Webster decision was the first sign that the decision about abortion rights would eventually be returned to the states.
After many years of organization and prayer, groups such as National Right to Life, the Moral Majority, and Concerned Women for America made some headway against legalized abortion. But perhaps the most instrumental group to bring national media attention to the abortion issue was Operation Rescue (OR), a loosely organized band of pro-lifers who staged non-violent sit-ins in front of abortion clinics and risked arrest, incarceration, and police brutality. It was no coincidence that after 17 years of pro-life lobbying efforts and education programs, progress in a pro-life direction began to accelerate when the rescue movement began in 1987.
Taking Proverbs 24:11 as a biblical mandate (“Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and watch them die.”), OR turned hundreds of mothers away from abortion mills where their babies were about to be slaughtered. To date, 25,000 people have participated in rescues. Randall Terry, founder of OR, had been involved in the pro-life lobbying process, counselled pregnant women, and picketed the sanctioned murder of unborn children in front of abortion clinics. But one day Terry realized that while pro-lifers were winning some battles, “they were losing the war.” Over 15 years of political lobbying had not achieved the necessary results.
“If my little girl was about to be murdered,” reasoned Terry, “I certainly would not write a letter to the editor. If a child you love was about to have his arms and legs ripped off, what would you do? Would you write your congressman? No! You would do whatever you could to physically intervene and save the life of that child! That is the appropriate response to murder.”
Even though the national attitude has changed concerning abortion, pro-life leaders realize that the ultimate victory over legalized abortion will be secured only when a constitutional amendment is passed which outlaws child killing. While very limited pro-life victories were gained on the state level in Pennsylvania and Missouri, the decade of the 1980s closed without any major sign that abortion would end. An estimated 15 million babies were killed through legalized abortion during the ten-year span.
A war of words was sparked during the ’80s over the abortion issue. The news media implemented pro-abortion terminology, calling pro-life activists “anti-abortion” and those who favored abortion “pro-choice.” Disproportionate coverage was given to pro-abortion demonstrations, and the American public was portrayed as favoring abortion even when major newspaper polls reflected otherwise.
But on the eve of a new decade, pro-life activists have not lost hope in the struggle to end abortion. Even though there is only a minority aggressively dedicated to the complete eradication of legalized child killing, history has shown that a minority standing up for righteousness can effect great change over time. Before the Civil War, abolitionists were a minority. Although most Americans favored restrictions on slavery in the early 1800s, few were initially dedicated to slavery’s complete abolition. Christians dedicated to the sanctity of life in the 1980s are in the same situation. The 1990s have apparently been reserved for the final victory over the legalized killing of the unborn.
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“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
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This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
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Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification
In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.
By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).
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After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
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Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
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“Here I stand … I can do no other!”
With these immortal words, an unknown German monk sparked a spiritual revolution that changed the world.
The dramatic classic film of Martin Luther’s life was released in theaters worldwide in the 1950s and was nominated for two Oscars. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reform efforts, this film traces Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Catholic Church.
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