stem cell research and trust in princes

A few news items caught my attention around the same time.
The first one, Florida Measure to Fund Embryonic Stem Cell Research Fails in Committee (from, caught my attention for 2 reasons.  The first reason being that this is an important way for Florida to avoid massive debt.  According to the article, other states, "have already spend millions, and even billions, on the research, despite its failures thus far."  I firmly believe that those that refuse to do God’s will (e.g., people/states/nations that abort babies or clone/create life in order to destroy it to perform embryonic stem cell research) will not prosper.  From Deut 30:15-18 :
Here, then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom.  If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.  If, however, you turn away your hearts and will not listen, but are led astray and adore and serve other gods, I tell you now that you will certainly perish; you will not have a long life…
The second reason this is important goes along with the second article that caught my attention: Alito Votes Against Death Penalty.  The fact that now Supreme Court Justice Alito voted against the death penalty in one of the cases brought for an appeal demonstrates his consistent logic – he is on the side of life and he understands the bounds of the Supreme Court.  This, coupled with the fact that the FL bill to fund ESCR died in committee, shows that our votes matter.  Voting pro-life has made a definitive difference already in this state and this country.
That said, we must also keep the following in mind when reading the article that Mitt Romney Discusses Abortion Change: "Better to take refuge in the LORD than to put one’s trust in princes," (Psalm 118:9) and "I put no trust in princes, in mere mortals powerless to save." (Psalm 146:3)  The article states that Mitt Romney has supposedly changed his stance on abortion from pro-abortion to pro-life.  The reason for this change, he claims, is as a result of his own research into embryonic stem cells and cloning (getting back to where we started, with the first article).  However, the circumstances suggest caution should be exercised:
  1. He is currently in the process of seeking the Republican nomination for President in 2008.  This change may be more of a realization of the political realities of getting nominated by the conservatives in the party.  (This is likely to be the fatal flaw of former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for the nomination.)
  2. Gov. Romney’s change of heart came amid a vote on a hot-button item that he was sure to lose anyway.  He chose to veto a Massachusetts bill funding ESCR.  However, since the original vote was by a "veto-proof" super-majority, vetoing this bill could be seen as an attempt to curry favor with the conservatives/pro-lifers in the party.

I realize that people do change their minds/hearts (Abe Lincoln, at one time, was pro-slavery), but I also realize that people have been known to do anything in order to get elected.  Therefore, we must pray that God will continue to bless us with truly pro-life people who seek to do God’s will.  It is only through trust in God, and not politicians who claim to be pro-life, that we will be able to change this nation to a culture of life.


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