Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), a candidate for the U.S. Senate will go down in the chronicles of history for opening his mouth and sticking his foot in. Let this really be a lesson to us all, especially pastors. Who hasn’t said things in the pulpit and in hindsight wish you had not? Come on, tell the truth and shame the devil – ye without sin cast the first stone. Two things we pastors must always keep in mind:
- Check our facts
- Follow the script (your prepared script & the Holy Spirit script)
We sometimes miss the ball when we move out of the spirit into the flesh. Are we really to believe that our congregation never picks up when we blunder? We should just thank God for Grace & Mercy.
Akin’s passion for LIFE regardless of “conception means” caused him to misspeak as he is a strong proponent and advocate for the Pro-Life stance.
Here’s what we heard, “Women have the means to be able to shut down, redirect the sperm before it can get to the egg.” What? We do? We can? That’s the ultimate birth control. Is it some type of telepathic state we can put ourselves in that we can, like Star Trek’s Captain Kirk shout out, “Lower the defense shield – incoming!”?
I’m just poking fun, trying to lift a somber mood, but the real sad commentary on this is, I believe Akin really believed this to be true in cases of sexual trauma as a result of rape.
I personally believe he should stay in the race, but these days our culture is quick to crucify anyone who stands up for one’s own moral conviction. Just ask Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick Fil-A who took a stand to defend traditional marriage being between a man and a woman.
As Christians, we are to expect persecution. And let’s face it persecution can come disguised in many forms. However, in the same sense, the Bible also tells us to be as why as a serpent and as innocent as a dove.
If a man already has an unloaded gun pointed at your head, it’s crazy to give him a bullet. That’s not murder, that’s suicide. I think my dad’s advice comes in real handy here, “Think before you speak.”