VIDEO Podcast smashes pro-abortion arguments at March for Life

Ben Shapiro smashes pro-abortion arguments at March for Life podcast

 

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Festivities for the 2019 March for Life kicked off Friday with a live broadcast of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” which the popular conservative commentator devoted to an overview of the case against abortion and common “pro-choice” arguments.

After taking the stage to enthusiastic cheers, Shapiro noted that this was the first time both at the March and doing a full hour themed around a specific issue, then quoted several pro-abortion statements from former President Barack Obama, including that God should “bless” Planned Parenthood.

“I know the March for Life has gotten a lot of flack for allowing me to broadcast from this stage because I’m a political partisan, because I don’t hide the fact that I’m conservative,” he said. “But the fact is that the pro-life position does not have to be a partisan issue. The only reason that so many folks believe it to be a partisan issue is because, unfortunately, one party in this country has decided to embrace the full-on abortion-till-point-of-birth position.”

Shapiro went on to cite a Thursday Washington Post piece quoting Obama “faith outreach” strategist Michael Wear, who said involving Shapiro and President Donald Trump “doesn’t necessarily suggest that you’re too focused on broadening the tent […] Democrats generally feel marginalized at the March for Life.”

The conservative talker noted that the March for Life welcomed pro-life Democrats such as Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, and that it wasn’t pro-lifers’ fault most Democrats have taken their current position and abandoned their former stance of “safe, legal, and rare” (which Shapiro also criticized as morally incoherent).

Shapiro noted that mainstream press coverage of the March likely wouldn’t admit that the pro-life position was based on the “sheer, unadulterated science of human life,” preferring to frame it as simply a theological stance. He went on to explain fetal development with visual aids, then spent the bulk of his program dismantling common pro-abortion talking points.

The “viability” argument, that preborn babies don’t have a right to the life if they can’t live on their own “obviously doesn’t hold,” he said, because infants and many elderly are dependent on others, as well. As for the notion that the difficulty of parenting justifies abortion, Shapiro noted that raising children was difficult “because it’s the most important thing we do […] there is nothing moral about the idea that you think you’ll be a bad parent so you get to kill the child.”

Shapiro also took aim at the “bodily autonomy” argument for an abortion, which likens pregnancy to an adult who’s been connected to a violinist against his will as a form of life support. Shapiro pointed out that in the hypothetical, the person is not responsible for the violinist’s plight whereas the pregnant woman directly caused the baby to be dependent on her body. Even in cases of rape, where the woman is not responsible, Shapiro added that “abortion is not just pulling a plug,” but more akin to killing the violinist with an ax.

Further, he noted that “what about rape cases” was not a “good-faith argument” from most abortion defenders, because even if pro-lifers agreed to make an exception their opponents would not then agree to ban non-rape abortions.

Other pro-abortion arguments debunked by Shapiro included the notion that a woman’s “health” should automatically justify killing a child, that women die without abortions (Shapiro reviewed the truth behind the Savita Halappanavar case in Ireland), and that legalizing abortion reduced crime rates.

Shapiro predicted the media would pretend he didn’t make any of these secular arguments for life, but went on to add that pro-lifers should also acknowledge there is a religious proposition at the root of the issue: the innate value of all human life.

Later in the show, Shapiro interviewed Vice President Mike Pence by phone, who touted the Trump administration’s pro-life actions such as reinstating and expanding the Mexico City Policy, and signing legislation to let states defund Planned Parenthood.

“I must tell you, Ben, your voice on the airwaves across the nation, your presence at this March for Life, the presence of this pro-life generation that will gather on the national mall today, gives us great, great confidence that this will be the generation that restores the right to life in America,” Pence said, pledging that in the meantime Senate Republicans would “stand in the gap” to block the machinations of the Democrat House of Representatives.

Near the end of his broadcast, Shapiro gave his own optimistic forecast, as well.

“I do think that in the end, our movement is going to win. I think that it will win because science is moving in the direction of our movement,” he said. “And I think that as more and more people search for meaning in their own lives, and they look for a purpose to existence, and they look for a rationale for getting up in the morning, they’re gonna recognize that their own lives matter.

“And if their lives matter, then so do everyone else’s lives. And those lives include the lives of the unborn.”

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Creation’s Song

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

Using acoustic astronomy, scientists can observe and listen to the sounds and pulses of space. They’ve found that stars don’t orbit in silence in the mysterious night sky, but rather generate music. Like humpback whale sounds, the resonance of stars exists at wavelengths or frequencies that may not be heard by the human ear. Yet, the music of stars and whales and other creatures combine to create a symphony that proclaims the greatness of God.

Psalm 19:1–4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul reveals that in Jesus “all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible . . . all things have been created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16). In response, the natural world’s heights and depths sing to its Maker. May we join creation and sing out the greatness of the One who “with the breadth of his hand marked off the [vast] heavens” (Isaiah 40:12).

By Remi Oyedele

Today’s Reflection

How great You are, O God! Open my eyes to see You in creation’s majesty and open my heart to offer the praise You deserve.

Overcoming Life’s Ups and Downs, a Must

Philippians 4:10-13

Have you ever heard a testimony from someone who has been through a horrible tragedy and seen firsthand the faithfulness of God in that situation? We pay close attention to these accounts because they inspire us to trust the Lord. And of all the witnesses to God’s grace in times of trouble, none is more compelling than the apostle Paul.

Paul was no stranger to hardship. Throughout his ministry, he was dragged, beaten, stoned, arrested, shipwrecked, and accused of heresy by both the Jewish leaders and the Roman government (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). This was certainly a contrast to his early life, when he enjoyed opportunities that his Roman citizenship and Jewish education provided.

In the midst of these amazing ups and downs in his life, Paul discovered a valuable lesson. In Philippians 4:11, he writes, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” His attitude didn’t change with his circumstances—it remained constant whether he had plenty or was in need (Phil. 4:12).

Paul referred to this contentment as a “secret” but then revealed the source of this attitude in the very next verse: “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13). He is speaking, of course, about Jesus.

In ourselves, there is no way we can muster contentment in every situation. But once we understand that God works through our trials to make us more like His Son and that our union with Christ strengthens us to endure and even rejoice, we have a strong foundation for contentment no matter what is going on around us.

Saving Faith, True Creation

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3) 

This is the very first object and example of faith in the Bible’s great “faith chapter,” Hebrews 11. This fact strongly argues that any truly meaningful and effective faith must be founded, first of all, on the revealed fact of special creation—creation ex nihilo—not creation through some protracted, naturalistic, imaginary process of evolution. All of the “worlds” (Greek aion—that is, the “space/ times”—the continuum of space and time which constitutes the physical cosmos) were simply called into existence by God’s omnipotent word. “He spake, and it was done” (Psalm 33:9). In no way did He have to start with some chaotic form of matter already in existence. Jesus Christ—the Word of God (John 1:14)—created space and time as well as matter/energy. “By him were all things created” (Colossians 1:16). “Without him was not any thing made that was made” (John 1:3).

Right at the end of the previous chapter, the apostle asserts that “the just shall live by faith” (Hebrews 10:38) and concludes by speaking of those “that believe [literally ‘have faith’] to the saving of the soul” (v. 39). Following immediately then is his definition of faith, and after that the great progression of objects and examples of faith in Hebrews 11. Heading the list of these, of course, is faith in the special creation of all things by the Word of God. The necessary conclusion is that a “living” faith and “saving” faith must be founded, first of all, on the fact of supernatural creation of all things by God in the beginning.

Evolution is also based on faith, but it is contrary to Scripture and to true science. “Theistic evolution” is a false faith, and those Christians who believe such things should carefully examine their hearts in the light of God’s Word. HMM

Our Dependence on God

And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there.

—1 Kings 17:4

We can learn important lessons by considering God’s disciplines in dealing with Elijah. As Elijah fled to the wilderness following his first confrontation with King Ahab, God said to him, “Elijah, go to the brook Cherith, and I will feed you there.” God sent big, black buzzards—ravens, scavenger birds—each morning and evening with Elijah’s meals. What humiliation! All his life Elijah had been self-sufficient. Now he waited on scavenger birds to deliver him his daily bread….

Elijah was like so many faithful preachers of the Word who are too true and too uncompromising for their congregations.

“We don’t have to take that,” the people protest. And they stop contributing to the church. More than one pastor knows the meaning of economic strangulation. Preach the truth, and the brook dries up! But the Lord knows how to deal with each of us in our humiliations. He takes us from truth to truth.   MMG096

Lord, I commit myself anew today to never compromise the truth, even if it costs me my job. Amen.

 

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, fill ye that hope in the Lord.—Psalm 31:24.

Lord, all my desire is before Thee.—Psalm 38:9.

 

Think not again the wells of Life to fill,

By any conscious act of your own will;

Retire within the silence of your soul,

And let God’s Spirit enter, and control.

The springs of feeling, which you thought, were stilled,

Shall so be deepened, sweetened, and refilled.

Anna J. Guanniss

 

When you find that weariness depresses or amusement distracts you, you will calmly turn with an untroubled spirit to your Heavenly Father, who is always holding out His arms to you. You will look to Him for for gladness and refreshment when depressed, for moderation and recollection when in good spirits, and you will find that He will never leave you to want. A trustful glance, a silent movement of the heart towards Him will renew your strength; and though you may often feel as if your soul were downcast and numb, whatever God calls you to do, He will give you power and courage to perform. Our Heavenly Father, so far from ever overlooking us, is only waiting to find our hearts open, to pour into them the torrents of His grace.

Francois De La Mothe Fénelon.

 

God’s Enemies Shall Bow to God

“The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord.” Exod. 7:5

The ungodly world is hard to teach. Egypt does not know Jehovah, and therefore dares to set up its idols, and even ventures to ask — “Who is the Lord?” Yet the Lord means to break proud hearts, whether they will or not. When His judgments thunder over their heads, darken their skies, destroy their harvests, and slay their sons, they begin to discern somewhat of Jehovah’s power. There will yet be such things done in the earth as shall bring skeptics to their knees. Let us not be dismayed because of their blasphemies, for the Lord can take care of His own name, and He will do so in a very effectual manner.

The salvation of His own people was another potent means of making Egypt know that the God of Israel was Jehovah, the living and true God. No Israelite died by any one of the ten plagues. None of the chosen seed were drowned in the Red Sea. Even so, the salvation of the elect, and the sure glorification of all true believers, will make the most obstinate of God’s enemies acknowledge that Jehovah He is the God.

Oh, that His convincing power would go forth by His Holy Spirit in the preaching of the gospel, till all nations shall bow at the name of Jesus, and call Him Lord!