The Rick Scarborough Report - 3/6/08

  • Rick Scarborough
  • Mar 6, 2008

1.    Congress to Force Employers to Pay for Sexual-Disorder Treatment
2.    Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont Vote!
3.    Iowa Governor Attacks Abstinence Education
4.    Who is Endorsing the Candidates?
5.    Rick Scarborough Ministry Report
6.    Please Support our Efforts to Mobilize Pastors and Value Voters

Congress to Force Employers to Pay for Sexual-Disorder Treatment

HR 1424 would force employers who provide health-care coverage to provide “substance-related disorder benefits and mental health care coverage to treat cross-dressing, fetishism, pedophilia, necrophilia, gender identity disorders and more. It would give these deviant behaviors the same coverage as verifiable medical conditions—and force companies to pay for the coverage.

In a time that many consider the beginning of a recession, this move would not only place a huge burden on our nations businesses, but it would also give equal status to deviant sexual behavior and medical conditions. When you couple this move with the current discussion on the campaign trail to establish universal, government-run health care, the long term potential of this move becomes even more troubling.

Your tax-dollars, being spent to treat these conditions. And only the naïve would think that the focus of the treatment under a liberal health care system would be to cure them of their deviant behaviors. No, it would be to help them accept their deviant behavior as normal and something to be cherished and embraced.

I cannot stand by and allow this to happen. And I hope you can't either.

It has already passed the U.S. House. Don’t let it pass the U.S. Senate. Please take a moment and contact your senators. Demand they oppose HR 1424 and tell them you will be watching. Click here to contact them today!

Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island and Vermont Vote!

It’s over and it continues. This past Tuesday saw the Republican nomination battle come to an end, with Senator McCain sweeping all four primary states, and Governor Huckabee graciously dropping out.

The Democrat nomination battle, on the other hand got even closer. Senator Clinton won Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island, and Senator Obama collected the delegates from Vermont. Their race is a virtual tie, and could conceivably stay that way until the Democrat convention.

But as we watch the debate continue, and prepare for the general election later this year, we must not lose sight of our convictions and values. I have often said I am not a Republican or a Democrat—I am a “Jesus First” conservative. What that means is my values and convictions, which I get from the Word of God, come first. And I have to match my values and convictions with how I vote—every time.

If a candidate is running on a platform that stands in opposition to the values I consider essential to my faith, then I cannot vote for him or her.

In every race there are winners and losers.  Many voters may find themselves disappointed with the outcomes of the elections Tuesday, but followers of Christ should never lose sight of God’s sovereignty in human affairs and while we may not be happy of about who won or who lost, we must stay engaged in the process.  Politics is the art of the possible.  And remember, the election is still months away, and in politics a day can be a lifetime.  Pray for God to bless and guide this process and do what you can when you can.

Have a voice in 2008--Register to vote today!

Iowa Governor Attacks Abstinence Education

On March 3, 2008, Iowa Right to Life issued a press release about the fight for abstinence education in their state schools.

The release reads, “Iowa's Governor, who owes his election to an abortion group, Planned Parenthood, has rejected funding for a program that teaches teens to wait until marriage before having sex.”

The release continues, “While the governor has rejected $320,000 that would go to Iowa Educators to teach abstinence only, he has placed in his appropriations budget $1,000,000 to go toward Planned Parenthood's family planning, a program they call ‘Healthy Families.’”

Iowa Right to Life has been raising the alarm on this issue for some time now. The abstinence education programs in Iowa have been attacked through legislation, briefings and now funding denials.

The press release ends by stating, “Families should be warned of the deliberate attempt by Planned Parenthood to eliminate abstinence only education because they believe that it discriminates against the homosexual life style by mentioning marriage.”

Nationwide, we find ourselves in a fight for the values that made America strong and enabled her to be a blessed nation. We encourage you to get involved in Iowa Right to Life’s fight. You can find out more at http://www.irlc.org/. You can also e-mail Iowa Governor Chet Culver here.

Who is Endorsing the Candidates?

Endorsements keep getting attention although not always the kind the candidates want.  While they don't speak for the candidates, they do tell us something about who is drawn to the campaigns of each candidate.  Ellen DeGeneres, an openly lesbian television host showed her support for Hillary Clinton this week.  McCain also attempted to distance himself from radio talk show host Bill Cunningham, who preceded him at a rally and called Obama by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama. McCain followed by calling both Democratic candidates honorable people he disagrees with profoundly on certain issues.

But Obama had his own problems after the latest debate with Clinton.  Louis Farrakhan endorsed Obama, stating last Sunday that Obama was "the hope of the entire world" and is "capturing audiences of black and brown and red and yellow"--omitting white.  Farrakhan is the Nation of Islam leader and the national representative of Elijah Muhammad, a well known black supremacist.  Farrakhan is a well-known advocate for African-American interests and a critic of American society--which doesn't help Obama after the focus on his wife's comment last week that she was proud of America for the "first time" in her life. 

Obama's pastor since before law school, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., presented his Trumpeter Award last year to Louis Farrakhan stating that he "truly epitomized greatness."  Obama's pastor stated that the attacks on 9-11 proved that "people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just disappeared as the great white west went on its merry way of ignoring black concerns."  

Wright is not an incidental figure in Obama's life, or his politics. Obama said he uses Wright as a "sounding board" to "make sure I'm not losing myself in the hype and hoopla."  "If you want to understand where Barack gets his feeling and rhetoric from," says the Rev. Jim Wallis, a leader of the religious left, "just look at Jeremiah Wright."  It is hard to tell if this will blunt Obama's momentum but the scrutiny on him and McCain as the front-runners has heightened.  

We must do our homework with diligence, studying each candidate to determine how they stand on important issues and not let endorsements or the media sway how we will vote in this or any election.

Rick Scarborough Ministry Report

Today, I spoke to, and met with, about 100 of the nation’s Values Voter organization leaders about the upcoming elections and our duty our nation in this time.

This past weekend we hosted a gala in Houston, Texas, to honor the lives of two wonderful servants of our Lord--Drs. Tim and Beverly LaHaye.  When we began planning the event we could have never imagined it turning out so wonderfully.  From the superb way that Pastor Steve Riggle of the great Grace Community Church emceed the event, to the messages of both the LaHayes, the evening was a memorable night.  A video tribute to their life of achievement was shown and is available to all who contribute this week to our work.  Click here to make a contribution. 

I know the LaHayes were appreciative of all who came.

I have known the LaHaye’s for many years and yet every time I am around them I come away even more impressed with not only the list of their accomplishments, which reflect what God can do with a yielded servant, but the quality of their lives and marriage as well.

On Monday I traveled to Denver, Colorado, for two days of meetings and brainstorming with several national leaders, discussing how to energize Values Voters to register and vote their convictions next fall.   These were very important and productive meetings which you will be hearing more about in the near future. 

And finally, the work at Harvest Point Church where I am now serving as senior pastor continues to progress.  Next time you come to East Texas please stop by.  I am enjoying the privilege of preaching every Sunday to this wonderful church family.

Please Support our Efforts to Mobilize Pastors and Value Voters

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Warmest Regards,

Pastor Rick Scarborough

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