I can see the finish line.
For three and a half decades, we have marched uphill in Washington on the coldest day of the year: Jan. 22 – the anniversary of Roe v. Wade – all the way to the Supreme Court building. Pro-lifers know it well: As you make your way up Constitution Avenue, you look back to see the tens of thousands who stand with us. As you turn the corner, you see the goal: the U.S. Supreme Court.
We have now turned the corner, and I can SEE the finish line. That Supreme Court is right now within our grasp.
As a college kid speaking at youth rallies and the Memorials for Life, I said when Roe v. Wade is overturned, I’m having the victory party. And many in the movement politely smiled, inwardly thinking they would never live to see that party. Oh, we’re gonna see it; and we’re gonna see it soon.
Then there’s a crowd in Washington whom I affectionately refer to as the “status-quoers.” They’re happy with the crumbs, the parental consents, the partial birth abortion bans, but they fight real efforts to stop the killing completely. We’ve waited long enough. After 34 years, the time has come.
Having spent two-thirds of my life in the pro-life movement, I’ve felt all the emotions: the dashed hopes, the disappointments, the overwhelmed, taken for granted, frustrated, used, devastated, skeptical, tired, wanting to quit, try to squeak out one more election exhaustion. But there is something different now. Something that can move even those who were so disgusted that they actually sat it out in 2006, something the status-quoers didn’t expect. We have turned the corner on this issue, and I’m telling you, I can SEE the finish line.
You saw the YouTube Republican debate on CNN last week? Want to know why it was last week? It was originally scheduled for Sept. 17, but CNN had to re-schedule it. Want to know why? Because there was another debate on Sept. 17 – the Values Voter Presidential Debate.
The naysayers said the candidates wouldn’t come,
But they did.
They said CNN would never back down,
But they did.
They said there wouldn’t be a clear winner,
But there was.
They said he would never make it to “tier one,”
But he did.
They said he would never be a front-runner,
But he is.
Following last week’s re-scheduled debate, Rasmussen reports that although Giuliani led nationally by 12 points, “Huckabee has pulled to within three points of the front-running Rudy Giuliani.”
They said he could never compete with Hillary, but Rasmussen released new polling data yesterday showing that in a head to head contest, Gov. Huckabee is now within a single percentage point of Hillary Clinton!
The New York Times reported the question Mitt Romney was asked “about what he would say as a management consultant if one enterprise ‘spent about $7 million and one spent about $300,000 and they got the exact same results in market share.’ He was alluding to the approximate amounts Mr. Romney and Mr. Huckabee have spent respectively in (Iowa) so far. Mr. Romney bristled and said: ‘Sorry, I don’t have a particular comment on that.'”
When you flip on every issue, your credibility is about that of Hillary speaking of her “strong faith” at Rick Warren’s summit promoting a condom-driven solution to AIDS. Faith in what? Isaiah 29:13 helps to break through the rhetoric to the record: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
As I wrote about last week, no one seems to remember what Rudy Giuliani had said of the previous Clinton administration: “Most of Clinton’s policies are similar to most of mine.” No different now – no wonder his support is disintegrating. We don’t need a Hill-iani.
What do we need? Someone who actually believes the book the candidates were questioned about last week. The questioner may have been a Democratic plant like all the rest, but his question about whether or not the candidates actually believe every word of the Bible is valid. Giuliani and Romney want to cherry-pick the parts they like and disregard things like the commandment about not committing adultery and the part about how God hates the shedding of innocent blood or that John 3:16 verse about God giving His only begotten Son.
Gov. Huckabee believes that book, and he lives it. Yesterday, on CBS’ “Early Show,” when asked about the Proverb a day that he reads, he quoted Proverbs 3:5-6:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
That’s why when Gov. Mike Huckabee asked me to serve with the former Southern Baptist Convention President James Draper as a co-chair of the Faith and Family Values Coalition, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I am pleased to be a part of this effort of people like Jerry Falwell Jr. and Georgia Right to Life who have now endorsed Gov. Huckabee. I am planning to join Rick Scarborough this week in Iowa to speak at a number of rallies to break away from the crumbs and the status quo to actually see victory on the issues that matter most.
I can see the finish line. Victory is right before our eyes, so grab a baton and run for the prize. If you’d like to join those who stand with Mike Huckabee as he stands for life, e-mail me your contact information and group affiliation, and we’ll add you to the rapidly growing list below. It will also serve as the invitation list for my victory party bash when Roe v. Wade crumbles to the ground and children are protected once again. Maybe President Mike Huckabee can play in the band when we all go to the Mall not to march but to dance.
- Dr. Jerry Jenkins, best-selling author, including the “Left Behind” series; Colorado
- Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker; Texas
- Star Parker, Founder and president of CURE*; Washington, D.C.
- Karen Testerman, founder and executive director of the Cornerstone Policy Research; New Hampshire
- Michael Farris, chair of Home School Legal Defense Association* and chancellor of Patrick Henry College*; Virginia
- Rev. Keith Butler, founding pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center Church*; Michigan
- Thomas Glessner, attorney, author and founder/president of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates*; Virginia
- William J. Murray, chair of Religious Freedom Coalition*, chair of Government is Not God PAC* and author; Washington, D.C.
- Randy Alcorn, founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries*, best-selling author of 28 books, fiction and nonfiction; Oregon
- Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale* and The Church at Pinnacle Hills*, former president of the Pastor’s Conference, former chairman of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; Arkansas
- Michael Heath, executive director of Christian Civic League of Maine*; Maine
- Don Wildmon, founder and chairman of American Family Association*; Mississippi
- Bishop John Gimenez, international overseer of Rock Ministerial Family*, in conjunction with Rock Church International, and co-founder of Rock Church in Virginia Beach*; Virginia
- Pastor Anne Gimenez, co-founder and pastor of Rock Church in Virginia Beach*; Virginia
- Dr. Mark Bailey, president of Dallas Theological Seminary; Texas
- Stephen Strang, founder and president of Strang Communications and founder of Charisma Magazine; Florida
- Rick Scarborough, founder and president of Vision America*; Texas
- Dr. Joe Fuiten, founder of Positive Christian Agenda* and pastor of Cedar Park Church*; Washington
- Jerry Cox, president of Arkansas Family Council*; Arkansas
- Jim Pfaff, president and CEO of the Colorado Family Action*; Colorado
- Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel*, dean of Liberty University Law School*; Virginia
- Kelly Shackelford, chief counsel, Liberty Legal Institute, and president of Free Market Foundation*; Texas
- Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values*; Ohio
- Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church*, former president of Southern Baptist Convention*; Texas
- Dr. James T. Draper Jr., former president of Southern Baptist Convention, former president of Lifeway Christian Resources; Texas
- Dr. Jerry Vines, former president of Southern Baptist Convention, former pastor of First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Fla., founder of Jerry Vines Ministries*; Georgia
- Dr. Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary*; North Carolina
- Dr. Jay Strack, president/ founder of Student Leadership University*, world- renowned Southern Baptist communicator and minister; Florida
- Dr. Billy McCormack, pastor of University Baptist Church,* founding national board member of Christian Coalition*; Louisiana
(* Title and affiliation for identification purposes only and do not imply an endorsement by any ministry, group or organization.)
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