January 19, 2001
volume 12, no. 19
A man who will walk in the Lord's truth!

    Tomorrow a new era begins in America! Finally, after years of prayer, sacrifice and hope, the Sanctity of Life has a chance thanks to the election of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Tomorrow when they put their hands on the bible and swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States you can believe their convictions. Tomorrow Bill Clinton will have cleaned out the oval office and a sad chapter of American history will hopefully fade away, to be replaced by the theme of uniting not a dividing.

    The latter is still the intent of the liberal Left who continue their agenda of personal destruction from all flanks of the progressives. Never mind the scandals of Bill Clinton's ethics right up to the final day of office in which he finally admits he lied under oath, or Janet Reno's cover-up or Hillary's manipulation or the "righteous" Jesse Jackson's just revealed affair of adultery, or Ted Kennedy's sordid past and present. Nevermind the sins of the Left, for they are too busy throwing stones at the Right.

    Regardless of the volley by the culture of death, President Bush, a man of integrity and high standards, is out to silence the brickbats through love, not hate in his effort to bring peace and tranquility to the soul of America and reestablish a respect for the Sanctity of Life. How does he do that? By being himself, by carrying out the Christian principles he was weaned on. His parents George Sr. and Barbara Bush have done a good job in that regard and brought their children up to be God-fearing people of responsibility. Is George W. perfect? Far from it, and, by his own admission he has made more than his share of mistakes. But unlike his predecessor in the Oval Office, he has learned from his mistakes and been the better for it. So have the people he has served while in Texas. There is a saying, how Texas goes there goes the rest of the country. I don't know if I'd go that far for I'm not big on rodeos or Tex-Mex cuisine, but I do know there is a strong family bond in Texas and a strong Christian backbone that has long endured despite the other rabble and dust storms found in the lone star state.

    George Sr. was more east-coast in style, George Jr. is pure Texan through and through. But they both have quite a lot in common - besides their genes they both have strong, loyal wives who stand by their man through thick and thin out of love, not political expediency. Both men embrace a strong moral and ethical fiber that has shown in their appointments. Some are complaining that George W. has appointed men from his dad's administration. So what, they were the cream of the crop and it shows one of the strongest attributes of our new president - the ability to designate quality people.

    President Jimmy Carter was a good man, a man of high moral character and Christ-centered, but he had a difficult time judging character and designating the right people. His successor President Ronald Reagan, another God-fearing man who placed Christian principles above personal gains, turned things around by selecting men and women of character. He chose George W's dad and thus the Bush dynasty begun.

    But George W. would be the last to call it a "dynasty." He calls it what the office was meant to be - a servant of the people. Unlike his predecessor, George W. is intent on serving the people of this land and listening to their needs not the polls. Notice we said needs, not wants for if he catered to that every extreme organization would be at his doorstep wanting a handout or their agenda to be placed first and foremost.

    There have been more than a few Christians upset that Bush and Cheney didn't speak out stronger during the campaign for Pro Life. We even expressed that a few times. But, in retrospect, we failed to heed Our Lord's words in Matthew 10: 16, "Behold, I am sending you forth like sheep in the midst of wolves. Be therefore wise as serpents and guileless as doves." The objective was to get elected. Once that was assured Bush has shown remarkable resistance to the culture of death with his appointments in key positions that can only enhance the culture of life. Yes, there is a method to his madness.

    He has shown during his term as governor and in his campaign and elect-period that he indeed does subscribe to what the Apostle Paul emphasized in expressing the diversity of graces in Ephesians 4: 14-16, "And this has been done that we may be now no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine devised in the wickedness of men, in craftiness, according to the wiles of error. Rather are we to practice the truth in love, and so grow up in all things in Him Who is the head, Christ. For from Him the whole body derives its increase to the building up of itself in love." So also George W. Bush seeks to carry out Paul's counsel in all things by his promise to be a uniter, not a divider.

    His father established his presidency under the theme of "a thousand points of lights" in reaching out to all. His son's presidency could easily expand on that and he's off to a good start before he even takes office in his appointments and dedication to the cause of the Sanctity of Life. Once he signs the partial abortion ban that Clinton refused to sign, we can look to a brighter future because it will be illumined with 4000 points of lights, the 4000 lives saved from the Holocaust of the Womb. We can only pray and hope that this will multiply into millions of lights with the appointment and confirmation of ethical, strong judges to the Supreme Court - men and women who will reflect in their judgment the truths and meaning of the Constitution and who will be humble enough to remember Who truly is Supreme. In time, through prayer, they will overthrow the hideous, horrendous Roe vs. Wade. That is our goal as God-fearing people. Only then will we be able to say again confidently, "I am proud to be an American!"

    No doubt, as George W. Bush takes the oath of office tomorrow, he will have in his heart Psalm 86: 11, "Teach me, O Lord, Your way that I may walk in Your truth; direct my heart that it may fear Your name." A God-fearing man our 43rd President, a man who will walk in the Lord's truth!

Michael Cain, editor

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