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We must stand immoveable on our principles in this ideological war

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

“Civil words they speak not, but ... they fashion treacherous speech. And they open wide their mouths against [the righteous], saying ‘Aha, aha! We saw [them] with our own eyes!’ ... Let them not say in their hearts, ‘Aha! This is what we wanted!’ Let them not say, ‘We have swallowed [them] up!’” (Psalm 35:20, 21, 25, NAB).

Blatant, blasphemous, blameworthy — ah, their speech is so civilly treacherous. For goodness’ sake, how can anyone who proposes to lead a nation imply (his voice sodden with sincerity) that to stand on ideology somehow foils good government?

Different ideologies can do no other than oppose each other. Nonpartisanship will never prevail over principle. “Here I stand; I can do no other.” The one who breaks proves that he has no principle but expediency. Expediency for what?

For what? The what is the principle. When the what is waffled for expediency — “Don’t just stand there; do something!” — there is no place left to stand. “He, who stands for nothing, falls for anything.”

Who will fall? He who attempts to have one foot on the left and one foot on the right — while they continue to spread apart. Spread apart they must, for they are irreconcilably opposed.

What is to be done when an irresistible force meets an immoveable object? If these terms are correct, standstill (read: government shutdown) can be the only result. If the standstill is to be broken, one of us has to compromise his principles. To compromise a principle is to admit that, oh, well, it wasn’t the sort of principle worth staking my life and reputation on anyway.

C’mon, get a life! If you cannot stand immoveable on your principles, don’t even bother to attempt this thing called life (or this thing called politics), for you will always be entirely at the mercy of those who are principled.

We are in an ideological war. I for one (only by God’s powerful grace) will never bend before the enemy. I stand for Life with a capital J (Jesus), and no civil treachery has any chance of ever weakening this stance.

“A woman’s reproductive rights” will never, ever, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever trump the pre-born child’s inalienable right to life! Murder is the recourse of an enemy.

Why would anyone make herself the enemy of her own defenseless baby? Regrettably, she is often deceived into murder by those who call it instead “a woman’s right to her own body,” ignoring the fact of the baby’s separate body (with its own distinct DNA). It is attached to her care — to her care!

At least two souls are murdered in every abortion, whether chosen or coerced.

David Ulrey is a resident of Fort Wayne.