Feb. 4, 2010
President Obamas powerful words at todays National Prayer Breakfast were rightly examined by my dear colleague, Cathy Ruse. How can the same man who wants to force us to pay for the slaughter of innocents seem so convincing? He is surely right to say we must see the face of God in our fellow human beings. We must. Does he?
Abraham Lincoln said it well in 1858. He said the Founders believed that nothing stamped in the divine image was sent into the world to be trod upon. Our question to President Obama, with all due respect, is: Are not unborn children so stamped? Can we not see the face of God in their faces?
Lincoln condemned no one in his Second Inaugural, but he said it must seem strange for anyone to ask the help of a just God in wringing his bread from the sweat of another mans brow. Then the President quoted Scripture: Let us not judge lest we be judged. So we must not judge.
Mother Teresa was the 1994 honored speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast. I remember when the leaders of FRC came back from that event. They told us the marvelous reaction of the multitude when Mother Teresa pleaded for the lives of unborn children. She described the killing of the unborn as the greatest threat to the peace of the world. The greatest threat.
This winner of the Nobel Peace Prize had worked her entire life among the outcasts of Calcutta, the poorest of the poor. President Reagan had called her the Saint of the Gutters. Many a dying Indian had been cared for by Mother Teresa and her loving Sisters of Charity.
On that day, dais was filled, as it is today, with the rich and the powerful. President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton, Vice President Gore, Mrs. Gore were in attendance then. When this frail but fearless little woman strode to the microphone, she had to stand on tiptoe to reach the microphone. But her unforgettable words were greeted by thunderous applause. It came in waves.
The Clintons and the Gores did not applaud. They sat there as if frozen. They appeared to have been turned to stone, like the great statues on Easter Island. None of these rich and powerful people seems to have been affected by the words of the Saint of the Gutters.
But those words were heard on high. They resound with us still. As the Russian proverb has it: One word of truth can move the world.