Supreme Court’s Same-sex Marriage Ruling Seriously Harms Religious Liberty

America changed. What we used to celebrate on the 4th of July is the inception of a government by the people and for the people, citizens of equal value under God as ensured by the rule of law – the Constitution. For the first time since the Dred Scott v. Sandford case fueling a Civil War, the Supreme Court issued a decision presuming upon a different definition of liberty, thereby trampling rule of law with rule of a few (nine to be exact). This is not my interpretation alone but that of the four dissenting justices all of whom felt so strongly about it that each one wrote their own dissenting opinion with exactly the same concern. Furthermore, each one highlighted that this shift in the understanding of liberty and self-government will have significant and broad implications for the free exercise of religion.

All people of faith now have a problem. If you support the long enduring definition of marriage or even if you don’t, we all have a problem. If you support the protection of self-evident inalienable rights such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech you have a problem. If you enjoy living

Justice Thomas

Justice Thomas

according to the teaching of your church or enjoy supporting ministries that engage in education or services that promote your beliefs, such as pro-life pregnancy centers, you have a problem. This is not hyperbole or fear tactics to raise money—we don’t do that. This is the interpretation of some of the best legal minds in America including four of the nine Supreme Court justices AND those that brought the arguments in favor of same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court on April 28, 2015. As Justice Thomas reminds us in his dissent, “Numerous [briefs]—even some not supporting the States—have cautioned the Court that its decision here will ‘have unavoidable and wide-ranging implications for religious liberty.’”

On June 26 the Supreme Court of the United States released their decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) regarding whether the Constitution provides for a right to same-sex marriage. Justice Alito in his dissent warned, “Even enthusiastic supporters of same-sex marriage should worry about the scope of the power that today’s majority claims.” Based on a narrow majority (five

Justice Alito

Justice Alito

justices out of nine) they ruled in favor of the redefinition of marriage and that a State has no basis for withholding that ‘right’ to homosexual couples. Justice Alito summarized the court’s ‘profoundly incoherent’ logic: “This reasoning is dependent upon a particular understanding of the purpose of civil marriage….its argument is that the fundamental purpose of marriage is to promote the well-being of those who choose to marry. Marriage provides emotional fulfillment and the promise of support in times of need. And by benefiting persons who choose to wed, marriage indirectly benefits society because persons who live in stable, fulfilling, and supportive relationships make better citizens.” This line of reasoning supports the majority’s mandate (i.e. legislation) requiring that all 50 states license same-sex marriage and recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

By redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, which no other society had ever considered doing in the history of mankind before the Netherlands did it in 2000, the court ruled unconstitutional at least 30 States traditional and democratically chosen definition of marriage thereby undermining America’s political process that is designed to protect our liberty. This decision robs the people of their constitutional democratic privilege and represents the largest case of judicial legislation since Roe v. Wade struck all laws prohibiting abortion in all 50 states. Many in fact have referred to the Obergefell decision as the ‘Roe v. Wade of Marriage.’ But it is much worse. Roe v. Wade limited its scope by disallowing the Federal government from funding or forcing the provision of abortion services for individuals or states. Like Obergefell, Roe short circuited the national democratic process and made it illegal for states to outlaw abortion. But even Roe’s limited action (compared to Obergefell’s overreach) in attempting to settle a cultural question with the stroke of a pen created a cultural rift heretofore irreconcilable. What consequences should we expect

Justice Scalia

Justice Scalia

from Obergefell if its scope is so much more sweeping? The following statement made by Justice Scalia in his dissent possesses a ‘WOW factor’ never before articulated by a sitting Justice to my knowledge: “A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.” Earlier he clarifies stating, “This [Obergefell decision] is a naked judicial claim to legislative—indeed super-legislative—power; a claim fundamentally at odds with our system of government.”

Also Roe v. Wade did not have the power nor the potential for a mass violation of what the Founders deemed so important as to place it first in a list of Constitutional Amendments in a document called the Bill of Rights, namely: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Obergefell inherently threatens these foundational principles, as Justice Thomas ominously warns the decision carries with it, “…ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”

The reason for the dissenting justices concerns over the threat to religious liberty is that the majority in fabricating the fictional right to same-sex

Chief Justice Roberts

Chief Justice Roberts

marriage had to redefine the court’s long history of the very term ‘liberty.’ Government does not confer liberty upon people (as it has just done with same-sex couples) according to fashionable political trends. The court is supposed to understand that America’s legal understanding of personal liberty is largely negative, meaning liberty is freedom from government, not positive meaning benefits provided by the government. If nine unelected justices can redefine ‘liberty’ in order to fabricate rights there is no limit to its power over the people. To put it more clearly, if judges can create and confer new ‘rights’ then those upon which they are conferred are not actually free self-governing people with inherent dignity but rather subjects of a servile state. Freedom then becomes a fiction the ruling elite uses to quell and lull the public into compliance to their agenda. If the people of the United States allow this ruling to stand then rule of law as citizens subject to a Constitution is supplanted by rule of man and we are no longer citizens but subjects to the whims of the powerful. As Chief Justice Roberts noted, “If an unvarying social institution enduring over all of recorded history cannot inhibit judicial policymaking, what can? But this approach is dangerous for the rule of law.”

To the decision’s wide-ranging implications for religious liberty the Chief Justice goes on to say, “The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to ‘advocate’ and ‘teach’ their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to ‘exercise’ religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses.” He gets more specific: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage.” (See Tr. Of Oral Arg on Question 1 at 36-38.)

Even if losing tax-exempt status were not a problem, the condescending and demeaning way that people of faith are portrayed portends worse things to come. Those who uphold the ‘enduring definition of marriage hav[ing] acted to ‘lock…out,’ ‘disparage,’ ‘disrespect and subordinate,’ and inflict ‘[d]ignitary wounds’ upon their gay and lesbian neighbors. Ante, at 17, 19, 22, 25. These apparent assaults on the character of fair-minded people will have an effect, in society and in court…it is something else to portray everyone who does not share the majority’s ‘better informed understanding’ as bigoted. Ante, at 19.” Justice Alito confirms the Chief Justice’s grave concern foreseeing that, “It will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy….The implications of this [paralleling of same-sex marriage to the equal treatment of African Americans and women] will be exploited by those who are determined to stamp out every vestige of dissent….I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”

CompassCare along with many Churches, act in ways informed not by government but by God. It is our religious liberty and freedom of speech that has protected CompassCare and other Pregnancy Centers nationwide from being dragged into court at the whim of a political activist. And if we do find ourselves under legal attack we usually prevail based on the principles of the freedom of religion and speech found in the First Amendment. If we support and actively promote natural marriage and gender roles we are now at risk. When the free public exercise of religious liberty is called into question in part it is called into question as a whole and that is exactly the point the four dissenting justices each made in their own way. We have been warned, and warned not by some talk show, conspiracy theory, or alarmist but by Constitutional lawyers and members of the highest court in the land familiar with philosophy, history, law and culture.

While we implicitly understand as thoughtful American citizens (by the sovereignty of God—See Romans 13:1-7) the harrowing implications of allowing the redefinition of liberty from its traditional meaning as ‘freedom from government’ to ‘benefits permitted by government’ it is important that we remember two things: 1) This is not just a case of the world acting like the world. We ignore it to our detriment and the detriment of the future of godly families and 2) We must prepare for direct persecution by being convinced about what we believe about the purpose of mankind and marriage, readying ourselves to courageously speak the truth publicly.

1) This is not simply a case of the world acting like the world. This case is about the nature and purpose of marriage as Chief Justice Roberts noted, “The real question in these cases is what constitutes ‘marriage,’ or—more precisely—who decides what constitutes ‘marriage?’ He lamented that the court ordered the ‘transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia…Just who do we think we are?” The majority agreed with the petitioners that marriage should be redefined in order to include same-sex unions. The redefinition did not simply cut against the Judeo-Christian understanding of marriage but against ALL religious and cultural understandings of marriage from time immemorial! Marriage is not just a Christian institution. It is a primordial reality that predates all government and is required for the stability of all organized societies. As Justice Thomas quoted from John Locke in his dissent, “The first society was between man and wife, which gave beginning to that between parents and children….that to the institution of marriage the true origin of society, must be traced.”

2) We must prepare to resist in the evil day as the Apostle Paul exhorted believers in Ephesus, “…and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore…” (Ephesians 6:13b-14a). In order to stand firm we must first know what we believe. Government did not create marriage but it does have an interest in preserving it if the government wishes to ensure a future presence for the nation it represents. Marriage is the mechanism that generates and educates tomorrow’s good citizen. States do not have an interest in sanctioning the deviant sexual appetites of adults so that they feel better about themselves, even though none of the states restrain them from doing so (implying the traditional legal definition of liberty as that freedom from physical restraint). The purpose of mankind is to glorify God. In fact the Constitution is founded upon this principle in order to derive the concept of God-given inalienable rights. From this concept of rights that are common to the nature of man-made-in-God’s-image we get ‘dignity.’ Because of the nature of man we each have inherent worth that cannot be given or taken away by a government. This inherent value of each person is the basis for human dignity. Yet as Justice Thomas noted again, “…the majority goes to great lengths to assert that its decision will advance the ‘dignity’ of same-sex couples. Ante, at 3, 13,26,28.” He goes on to assert, “the government cannot bestow dignity, and cannot take it away.” He concludes his dissent with an ominous warning, “[The Court’s] decision will have inestimable consequences for our Constitution and our society.”

We must hold to the understanding that God’s creation as well as God’s word defines marriage as the comprehensive union between one man and one woman that is exclusive, permanent and has the potential to generate new human life. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:27), and “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:6). We must remember that the basic unit of civilization is the family, not the individual. We must remember that God means something very specific by male and female in terms of who we are and how we are to reflect his image with those natural roles in family and society. The family is the first institution in the history of man, and therefore is the primary community in all society.

And believing these things now puts us at risk for persecution. After Paul was stoned and left for dead in the town of Lystra instead of receiving encouragement by the disciples he gave encouragement in Acts 14:22, “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.’” And writing to Timothy, Paul spoke of his experience at Lystra among other places setting the expectation that, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). What this means for us is that we must search our souls for any vestige of the misconception that liberty has anything to do with maximizing individual desires and feelings of happiness which is the basis of the courts deeply flawed decision. To reject marriage by redefining it serves only to undermine the dignity of humanity and the stability of civilized order. We must reignite our passion for true godly family and repent of any cultural worldliness we allow lodging in our souls. We must recover our submission one to another, rededicate ourselves as fathers and mothers, rethink ‘financial security,’ careerism, and even contraception. We must remember that our spiritual well-being is found not in bowing to a government agent’s lesser view of man and liberty but being willing to defend a higher view. Not for ourselves but for the sake of our fellow man both generally and specifically to the glory of God. We must get acquainted with the idea that our fellowship with Christ will become a fellowship in His sufferings and remember that this is a high privilege for which the Holy Spirit will empower us. As Peter encouraged the Gentile believers: “…but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation” (1 Peter 4:13).

How then shall we live in this New America? Repent, take up our cross to follow Jesus, and endure.

1000 Expected at Highland Bowl in Support of Preborn Personhood

For Immediate Release: May 2, 2015
Contact: Jim Harden, President | | (585) 820-7229 | @compasscare

Rochester, NY— Over a 1,000 people from the Rochester area are expected to converge on the Highland Bowl this Saturday May 2 at 9:30 A.M. The purpose of the 2 mile walk is to demonstrate the dignity of women and the personhood of their preborn boys and girls. Over the last 15 years thousands have gathered for CompassCare’s annual Walk for Life, the largest benefit walk of its kind in New York State. It is hosted and promoted by local medical pregnancy care provider, CompassCare.

Among the participants great enthusiasm exists over the 39% reduction of abortion in Monroe County between 2008-2013 according to most recent New York State Vital Statistics. In fact, CompassCare’s Walk for Life is expecting record turn-out in the wake of a statewide reduction of abortion by over 20% in just six years. CompassCare is calling people everywhere to “Love your neighbor as yourself” by dignifying women and protecting the personhood of all humans especially preborn babies.
The 2014 Walk raised approximately $193,000 for CompassCare’s services, and the 2015 Walk is on track to break that record. The 2015 fundraising goal is $201,000, which will enable CompassCare to serve an additional 10% of the entire market of women considering abortion in Monroe County. If they are successful in serving those additional women the abortion rates in Rochester will have been cut in half in just 8 years…a national first.
CompassCare is a non-profit organization dedicated to erasing the need for abortion, facilitating the immediate delivery of baseline pre-natal visits for women facing unplanned pregnancy as well as safe-guarding the future reproductive health of men and women via STD testing and treatment.

And women love coming to CompassCare’s giving the services an average satisfaction rating 9.8 out of 10. CompassCare believes the reason for its high marks is because women are treated with dignity. “Women most often have abortions because they feel stuck, trapped, like they have no other choice. CompassCare provides women with true freedom: when a woman feels empowered to make the most difficult choice—to have her baby—then she is truly empowered with choice,” said CompassCare’s President, James R. Harden, M.Div. “Treating a woman with dignity means we support her autonomy and trust her with all the information about her options.” Harden went on to say that, “When women feel supported with the information and care they deserve, most of the time they have their babies.”

A child in the womb was denied personhood status by the Supreme Court in 1973, paving the way for abortion on demand. For the 2015 Walk for Life, what CompassCare is saying is that the denial of personhood is the beginning of abuse. Harden commented, “It is incomprehensible that one person or group of people should be able to disqualify categories of humans (like preborn babies) from protection under the law in support of a political agenda like the Supreme Court did in 1973. It is a slippery slope. What’s to keep that same group of people from changing the definition to deny other groups their ‘inalienable’ human rights in order to legalize future abuse, inequality, and injustice?”

“Abortion Was Definitely on the Table.”

Watch this 1 minute video as Stephanie shares her story of considering abortion and how CompassCare helped her.

Join CompassCare in protecting preborn children and the dignity of their mothers at the 2015 Walk for Life on Saturday, May 2 at the Bowl in Highland Park. Register or give at

These Women Didn’t Choose Abortion. Their Reason Might Surprise You.

Watch this 2 minute video of three women telling their stories of being pregnant and realizing the importance of protecting their preborn baby.

Join CompassCare in protecting preborn boys and girls and the dignity of their mothers at the 2015 Walk for Life on Saturday, May 2 at the Bowl in Highland Park. Register or give at

Why Are You Passionate?

“Dad, are dragons real?” My 6 year old son asked me this question in our back yard one evening by a campfire. I looked my son square in the eye and said, “Yes they are.” But before I could explain what I meant tears of fear welled up in his eyes as he ran inside exclaiming, “I’m telling mom!”

DragonLater I was able to explain that while the flying, fire-breathing animal may not exist, these mythical creatures are metaphors for the embodiment of evil. And evil does exist. It seeks to steal, kill, and destroy the crown of creation- human beings. And we need to be careful and well-armed when it comes for us or those around us.

Abortion is one of society’s dragons and it has killed and harmed many. Yet some believe that abortion is a good, or at least a necessary evil. But I don’t believe that. In fact, I am what many would consider to be passionately ‘pro-life’ but not for the reasons you might think.

I’m not passionate because there are over 40 million abortions occurring worldwide every single year, over 1 million of those in the U.S., with more of them occurring in New York than anywhere else in the nation. The reason I am passionate is not because of corrupt politicians, or unconstitutional judicial legislation (i.e. Roe vs. Wade). And while I clearly see that abortion represents the exploitation of the coercive life circumstances of women facing unplanned pregnancy and that children are dying to line the pockets of abortionists, that’s not even the core of why I am passionate.

All of those reasons listed above can be dismissed as merely arbitrary opinion, no better or worse than the opinions of the abortionist’s (except that his are sanctioned by government).

I am passionately pro-life because of what I believe. Principles determine practice. God says that every human life is worthy to be blessed and protected at every stage, in any station. And my beliefs are not informed by ‘me’ but by someone more objective…the God of the Bible. I do not pick and choose what I will value, I simply submit to what God says is valuable. So the question is not, “What is my opinion about abortion?” Rather, “What is God’s perspective on children?” The answer to this question will motivate how I treat them.Infographics 2015 - #9

The Old Testament demonstrates that pre-born children are full-fledged people, not just because the Bible makes no ‘not-yet-fully-human’ classification for them, but because they are afforded protection under the law. One could even say that they are afforded the greatest protection as seen in Exodus 21:22-25. A man ‘accidently’ strikes a pregnant woman and causes a miscarriage – and his life is forfeit if the baby dies. What if the harm is intentional? Israel participated in child-sacrifice and was judged severely for it. God took away their country and exiled them to Assyria and Babylon.

And so because Jesus is God in the flesh and God is the same yesterday, today and forever, He reaffirms the summation of the law in Luke 10:25-28, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:29 recounts the lawyer ‘wishing to justify himself’ asking Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. His answer is effectively: One’s neighbor is any human in need. As James points out (James 2:1-9) the opposite of ‘loving my neighbor’ is partiality. It means that I decide who qualifies for my favor. I become law-maker and the judge, usurping God’s role over humanity.

TimelineThis question, “who is my neighbor?” has been asked throughout history in an attempt to justify dehumanization, enslavement, and destruction of entire categories of people from Native Americans, to Black Americans, to Jews in Nazi Germany. In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court asked the question “Is a pre-born baby a person [my neighbor]?” Their answer echoes down the dark halls of the sordid history of man’s inhumanity to man, “The word ‘person’ does not apply to the unborn.”

I am passionately pro-life because the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me that God is passionate for each human lost in sin, powerless before a holy God. I am dead unless someone leverages their power and voice on my behalf. And God does just that at the cross, exchanging our sin for His righteousness not so that we might spend our newfound liberty on our own pleasures but so that we might leverage it as Christ did–for others, the disenfranchised orphan and widow of society.

I am passionately pro-life because Jesus has called and empowered us to walk in His steps speaking and acting on behalf of those that cannot do so for themselves—the dehumanized pre-born baby and his exploited mother.

NY Abortion Rates Fall for the 6th Straight Year…Hits Record Low, Monroe County Leads

Rochester, NY—New York Vital Statistics for 2013, published late last week, revealed yet another drop in abortion numbers statewide. Across New York the number of abortions have hit an all-time low since abortion was first legalized in 1970. In the last six years alone (between 2008 and 2013), the number of abortions dropped by 20.3%, including 3.3% in the most recent year measured.

Monroe County continues to lead the way in this trend reversal, with an 8% reduction in just one year and a six year total decline of 39.1%. In fact, Monroe County’s abortion rate has dropped so far and so quickly that it is responsible for 22% of the state’s one year reduction, despite having only 3.7% of women of childbearing age as residents.

Interestingly there have been no legal restrictions on abortion nor a reduction in abortionists, which some pro-life organizations have argued contribute to the reductions other States are experiencing. In the past some pro-abortion organizations have asserted abortion reduction is the result of increased access and use of contraceptives. However, this would mean that the overall abortion rate (total abortions divided by total number of pregnancies) would be the same. But what is actually happening is the abortion rate is going down. Simply put, this means that fewer women are choosing abortion when pregnant. And in Monroe County the abortion rate has trended down more than twice as fast as the rest of the state, while the total number of pregnancies has remained steady.

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New York has been labeled the abortion capital of the United Sates, with more abortions occurring per capita than any other state. Which is why this trend is so important because, as goes New York with respect to abortion, so goes the United States. Since New York reveals its numbers before the national data is available, it is usually a bellwether for what we can expect nationally. New York is one of the few states that actually requires abortion reporting. This recent round of data seems to further underscore the national abortion reduction trend of 13% (2008-2011) captured by a recent Guttmacher study

Jim Harden, President of CompassCare said, “It is encouraging to know that women don’t feel like they have to choose abortion in such high numbers. It means that the community is rallying to support women. And we are proud to be part of Monroe County, leading the state and nation in abortion trend reversals. Not by changing laws but where it really matters; serving mothers and their preborn babies.” Harden elaborates, “The difference between the state decline and Monroe County’s decline is almost precisely CompassCare’s patient load. Women have abortions because they feel like they have no choice. CompassCare gives them back their true autonomy with ethical medical care and comprehensive community support.”

2015 Walk for Life: Voice Your Passion

The real issue in our country is not simply one million abortions every single year. Nor is it the unethical abortionist’s mercenary exploitation of a woman’s unfortunate circumstances. The problem is not human trafficking, terrorism, the degradation of the family, or corruptible politicians. Focusing on any one of these burgeoning inequities alone will not create a lasting solution. Why? Because they all represent systemic injustice and stem from the same source. Only when we address the root cause can legalized human rights abuses like abortion ever truly be solved. Our outrage over terrible human injustice has to be rooted in something lasting, something objective. Otherwise it is just sentiment, able to be dismissed as mere bigoted opinion by those who disagree.

Jesus dealt with rampant, systemic human injustice and inequality, not simply by exposing it and speaking against it, but by declaring that each person is responsible to love one’s neighbor as oneself. But we would be powerless to do so were it not for the command that precedes it: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). Justice and equality are an illusion if there is no God by Whose standard we will all be measured. All humans are created in His image and therefore are of equal value. If we do not love the Lord first, our default is the love of self and we become the standard by which we measure all others. I enthrone ‘Me’ as god and judge of all. That is how partiality, inequality, and injustice are born.

But how is it possible for a society that values ‘human equality’ to legalize systematic inequality? The same way societies have always done it: by disqualifying undesirable humans from personhood status in order to strip them of their right to their own body. And how is it done? By narrowing the definition of who qualifies as a person. “Who is my neighbor?” This is the question the lawyer asked Jesus in an attempt to ‘justify’ his unequal treatment of humans (Luke 10:29). Likewise, the Supreme Court in 1973 asked the same question, “Who is a person?” in order to justify depriving fully human preborn babies of the protection of their right to their own life.

Humans who say they value human equality while justifying their inhumane treatment of people are hypocrites of the highest order. We saw it with Black Americans, calling them 3/5 of a man in order to enslave them. We saw it with Native Americans, labeling them ‘savages’ to justify stealing their land. We saw it with those deemed ‘mentally unfit,’ to forcibly sterilize them in order to cleanse the population gene pool. And now preborn boys and girls are treated with a level of callous dehumanization seldom seen in the sordid history of man’s inhumanity to man.

To narrow the definition of human like the Supreme Court did with Roe vs Wade saying, “The word person does not 1973 Supreme Courtapply to the unborn,” is not an act of a progressively enlightened people but an act of an increasingly selfish one. What is the solution to the legalized injustice of abortion and all other human inequalities justified by sinful men? How do we re-order society rightly, recapture justice, and reclaim peace among all men, not just the chosen elite? Jesus’ answer: Love God with uncalculated devotion and reflect back to Him the dedication He manifested to us on the cross. Then, and only then, we will refuse to make distinctions between categories of people. Only then are we empowered to treat all persons without partiality. Then the weak, the vulnerable, the oppressed, and the marginalized of society we will raise up with gladness and rejoice in the glory of the God who made us and in whose image we are made. Then justice will “roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24).

So, rally your passion for the personhood of all. Remain outraged at the irony of legalized injustice in the land of liberty. Raise your voice for the voiceless preborn. Do all that and more. But let it all be done out of your love for God first. Then and only then can you and I love our neighbor without distinction or classification, truly free from hypocrisy. The hallmark of a person of faith is that he is truly no respecter of persons. For in our salvation from selfish sin at the cross of Christ we have experienced the rich truth that each of us is the very treasure of God. And so, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35), knowing that, “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).

Because of the generosity of people like you over the years, CompassCare has added ultrasound technology, STD testing and treatment, cutting-edge marketing campaigns, continuously improved medical services, and helped pregnancy centers all over the nation become more effective. Because of your passion and your dedication, thousands of women have been dignified with ethical medical care and their preborn children saved.


CompassCare’s 2015 goals are: 1) REACH 38 more women each month in such a way that they have their babies and 2) SERVE those women more effectively by implementing a continuous improvement software system. To accomplish these, CompassCare needs to raise $201,000 at the Walk for Life. If everyone receiving this email expressed their passion by being a pledge-raising Walker and/or by sponsoring a Walker(s), CompassCare would far surpass its target! Because of the work of CompassCare and your passion to support it, the abortion industry is experiencing financial pressure. Together, we are erasing the need for abortion in Rochester.

For more information you can go to to register or sponsor your Walker. If you want to Walk and cannot be in Rochester on May 2, you can participate as a ‘Ghost Walker’ and still raise pledges for the women and babies CompassCare serves. Together, we can love our neighbor – the preborn child and his mother – as Christ commands us. Let’s Walk for Life!Walk for Life Logo

P.S. For more information about the Walk for Life visit or CompassCare’s Facebook page.

Barbarity: The New Normal?

We are each confronted with facts every day…the same facts, in fact. Facts like the falling price of gas, cold Factstemperatures, and bad television. Those facts often impact decisions like filling up the family hauler for the first time in six years, or deciding to wear an Alaskan parka instead of that measly wool winter coat, or exercising restraint by not throwing the remote at the talking head on the TV screen.

Notice though, that the facts just described require interpretation using both immediate personal circumstances, like body temperature or finances, as well as a general filter of ideas about the world (i.e. concepts of right and wrong). The fact that the human body does not like being cold and will shut down if not warmed back up is a detail of science that does not care if you or I believe it. Nor is the falling cost of a barrel of crude oil just so for the purpose of comforting a family’s checking account. They are simply facts that may or may not require a response.

So why is it so different when the talking head on TV tells the viewership that abortion should be celebrated in order for women to control their bodies and experience financial equality? Is it because the propagation of the Gas Pumpnext generation of humanity ought to be afforded more consideration than the effects of a polar vortex and dollars at the fuel pump? It used to be that if one person had full control over the life of another weaker person it was called slavery. Well, what do we call it when one generation has control over the lives of all generations to come and is making decisions about those successive generations based on a short-sighted maintenance of their current or hoped-for standard of living?

And herein lies the problem: Society’s value of human dignity is dwindling. When this happens we begin to lose sight of the sacrosanct nature of each person, using and disposing of them to the greatest extent allowed by law. Women become commodified objects of pleasure and sex trafficking thrives, divorce levels out but only because marriage declines, children are seen as financial liabilities rather than bearers of the torch of God’s image, the elderly are warehoused or ‘euthanized,’ and the terminally ill are offered compassion in the form of doctor prescribed death. When we forget what it means to be a person, barbarity becomes the new normal. When we forget the purpose of man, we lose any basis for virtue. All we have left are animal instincts: what I feel…now. And if that is all we have and are asked to abide by, then we are all slaves: to the indiscriminate passion of the judge or the legislative body, to the fickle mob that elected them, and to our own sin now called freedom. The loss of the belief that we are made just a little lower than God, can only end in culture cannibalizing itself, ironically in the name of equality and individual rights.

Furthermore, while abortion is certainly legal and accepted by most of western ‘civilization,’ a woman facing unplanned pregnancy still struggles between the proverbial rock and a hard place, hardly a description of liberty. "Rock, Hard Place" Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.Abortion does not represent her freedom but rather her servility to her circumstances. She is not free to terminate her pregnancy; she is forced to do so by a litany of cultural pressures and manipulative relationships. Most women feel that any outcome of her unplanned pregnancy represents a tragic ending of someone’s life, either the baby’s or her own.

When viewed through the lens of human meaning, true compassion means empowering a woman with actual choice. Giving her the ability to choose the most difficult option, to have her child, is the only honest way to support women at-risk for abortion. The fact is that being present for every woman by providing her with comprehensive information, support, ethical medical care, and follow up is a truly humane way to deal with the abortion epidemic in America and worldwide. And CompassCare is doing just that.

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A Truly Liberal View of Life

Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Most New Year’s resolutions revolve around health or habits. But how do we arrive at those goals? What is it about our life now that causes us to want to change it…for the better? How do we define ‘better?’

Somehow, we all have an idea of what a good life looks like and the intuitive understanding that we are in some way missing the mark. Paul says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Hence, if one has their heart set on New Year’s resolutions, it would be smart to clarify what sin is and what a ‘good’ human life looks like so we can understand exactly how we are falling short.

Since God is the standard of ‘Good’ and humans are made in His image, then the only ‘good’ human life is one that reflects the pure character of God. Fallen man is that way precisely because he wants to fashion himself into his own image rather than do what he was designed to do in reflecting God’s image. So, what’s our New Year’s resolution to be now…how do we narrow it down and what is the likelihood of success?

Jesus Christ came because He loved fallen humanity and wanted to redeem us from our hopeless sin-induced death. This teaches us at least a couple things: 1) That God places ultimate, intrinsic value on all men regardless of our behavior, age, status, sex, race, etc. and 2) That God’s moral law is stronger than any physical law and does not change in light of man’s weakness. Knowing that we could never attain to the good standard of God, Jesus came to fulfill His Father’s law on our behalf, not change it to suit our sin. Jesus says in Matthew 5:17-18, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass World in handsaway, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” God’s redemption plan has been accomplished, not by changing the standard, but by fulfilling it. The pathway for man to be redeemed has been opened up to us through the cross of Christ, and it is now our task to confess the reality of our enslavement to sin and submit to the Truth, the Lordship of the King of kings. Only then are we infused with a new Spirit, His Spirit which graces us with the power to live truly good lives, reflecting His glory, a glory that loves all others in the same self-sacrificial manner as He loved us.

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, Roe vs Wade in January of 1973, this month now also represents a time for people to not just review their personal life goals, but the purpose of life itself. Society has confused our God-given governance over the Earth for God’s role as Master over life itself. In a culture that insists man’s existence is merely physical, in a society where avoiding pain and pursuing pleasure is the highest purpose to which individuals can aspire, where society’s only shared core value is the insane belief that each person’s differing notions of right and wrong are equal, and in a world that says all humans are the same…except the ones we decide are not human, Christians must stand and say, “There is a higher purpose to man and it’s rooted in God.” Only in that position can a society resist the temptation to play God. Believing that we are ‘made a little lower than God’ is the only way to dignify every human. Only in this way can we hold that all humans have inherent worth and are of ultimate value, just because they are human. Therefore all humans deserve to have their lives protected, especially the most vulnerable.

All life is invaluable. All life deserves protection. To hold a narrower view and exclude preborn babies from personhood status by hiding Protect heartbehind women’s rights is the signature cowardice of bullies, despots, and murderers. Protecting the lives of preborn boys and girls begins with treating their mothers with the dignity they deserve as humans. Providing her and her child with the resources they need to flourish is the only humane path. Anything less, despite being done in the name of compassion, is cruelty.

P.S. Resolve to remember CompassCare in your prayers and consistent financial support in 2015.

A Call to Repentance?

“Wash yourselves. Make yourselves clean” (Isaiah 1:16a). God through His prophet Isaiah just dropped a theological atomic bomb. God set up the sacrificial system to cleanse His people from sin because they could not do it themselves. Now He was telling them all bets are off? Why? Because they were treating the system of purification as an impersonal formula so they could live just like the world, while attempting to Isaiahmanipulate God. They were devoted more to their own comfort than to God’s revealed character. After getting their attention he then proceeded to give His people Israel the road map out of the oppressive circumstances God had allowed them to experience. The reason for God’s indictment was that their “hands are covered in blood” (Isaiah 1:15). More specifically, they had systematically legalized injustice as noted in verse 23, “Your rulers are rebels…They do not defend the orphan, nor does the widow’s plea come before them.” The weakest, most defenseless categories of people were being oppressed and in that oppression, dehumanized. And God was judging them.

What was God’s solution? A command: “Remove the evil of your deeds (society’s systematic injustice) from my sight” (verse 16). The verb in the Hebrew implies that this removal of bad cultural habits must become a way of life. They must refuse to allow the oppression of the vulnerable of their society lest they suffer oppression and exile themselves.

God goes on to tell them exactly how they are to go about removing this evil: “Learn to do good” (17a). Here again the verb is a command but in the imperfect tense meaning this kind of learning needs to become a habitual way of life. Added to that this learning refers to yet another verb, ‘to do good.’ This verb is also a command and refers to doing specific good for someone else.

It begs the question, “What is good?” Perhaps the better question is, “Who is good?” The rich young ruler called Jesus ‘Good Teacher.’ Jesus responded by revealing who He is: “No one is good except God alone” (Mark 10: 18). Since there is none good but God, then learning to do good requires our study of God’s character and nature in order to reflect Him in our behavior. Any other standard of goodness is an attempt to dethrone God and results in evil toward others.

What then would be God’s good response to government-sanctioned evil of abortion? “Seek justice. Reprove the ruthless. Defend the orphan. Plead for the widow.” Every single one of those four phrases represents a command and a way of life. ‘To seek’ means that we continually inquire about whether justice is being fulfilled. Justice itself represents a standard code of conduct between individuals and groups of humans, especially the conduct of the strong in relationship to the weak.

To seek justice demands that when we see injustice we reprove it, that we restrain the oppressor wherever we find him. It is easy to find Am I Not a Maninjustice. Just look for ruthless oppressors. They are easy to spot too. All we need to do is find the most vulnerable of society. Find the categories of people that those in power have deemed less than human in order to legalize their oppression and murder. The widow and the orphan in Israel’s day were the most marginalized of society. There was a time in our history that this class of person was the Native American, or the Black American, or the ‘mentally unfit’ American.

In America today there is only one category of person left that has been stripped of all legal standing, just one category of human that has no voice, no power, and no influence to leverage against their oppressors…the preborn baby. God tells us to ‘Defend the one who has become fatherless.’ There is no child more utterly fatherless than the preborn child. We must take up the cause to redeem the orphan’s life and the life of his mother. The widow in America is the woman facing unplanned pregnancy. She too is being exploited and coerced by relationships and cultural pressures beyond her control, to force her into aborting her baby. God says that we must ‘plead’ for her. We must make a case on her behalf, publically countering the false rhetoric of “reproductive freedom” with honest information.

As people of God we understand that without someone taking up our cause we would still be dead in our trespasses and sins, spiritual widows The Crossand orphans, helpless before our holy Creator. But Jesus redeemed us from the oppression of sin. He freed us and empowered us to walk in His footsteps. Through the gospel Jesus resurrected us to live the gospel on behalf of women and their preborn boys and girls, to replace the evil around us with good.

CompassCare has helped 27% more women to have their babies so far this year over last. Join CompassCare in taking another great stride in humanizing an inhumane society by reaching 10% of the market of at-risk women in 2015.

P.S. Please consider deepening your commitment to erasing the need for abortion as CompassCare pursues new life-saving initiatives, reaching more at-risk women, more effectively.