A sad pathetic story came out of Washington, DC this week following an unofficial hearing set up by Nancy Pelosi to garner support for the idea that taxpayers should pay for birth control pills for all women who want them, even students paying $60,000 per year to attend college. For this writer, it is not necessary to mention the name of the 30-year old, a reproductive rights activist, and former president of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice at Georgetown University, a Catholic institution. She is currently in her third year of law school. Neither is it necessary to re-state her testimony here.
When I first saw a short video clip of this woman’s testimony, I felt a bit embarrassed, embarrassed for women throughout America, embarrassed for Georgetown U., and embarrassed for all parents who have sons and/or daughters who will enter college some time in the future. And most of all I am embarrassed for the Body of Christ, embarrassed because we must shoulder some responsibility for this type attitude in America.
One blog entry I read referred to this woman as “Buffoon of the week.” That was accurate on one level for sure, but in the grand scheme of things, this woman is not the first adult to make a fool of herself in public. On the other hand, many cheered her on, including acting President of the United States, Barack Obama. He gave her a phone call.
She said of Obama’s call, “He encouraged and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women and what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud and that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I appreciated that very much.”
Of course Obama’s phone call is part of the charade that led to more embarrassment … for the whole country! All of us should feel embarrassed now. After the embarrassment wore off a bit I began to think of the responsibility of Christians in America. Yes, vote your convictions in the next election, but politics is barely the tip of the iceberg. Hand wringing time should be put behind us. We need some serious time with God, and LISTENING is the part of prayer we need most. Let’s face reality; whatever we are doing collectively in the Body of Christ in America right now, it is NOT working very well.