Cuccinelli is running for Governor of Virginia. He is pro-life, as am I. He has been soft-peddling his own position on abortion on the advice of political consultants who have held sway since the days of desegregation. “You can’t do good if you don’t get elected,” or so it goes. He has a lot of nerve to criticize the Roman Catholic church for being “soft” on its moral teaching. Here is a little quote from today’s story, followed by a link and a few pithy comments from me.
Ken Cuccinelli Is Amazed God Hasn’t Punished America For Abortion
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been trying to downplay his outspoken opposition to abortion rights in his campaign for governor this year as part of an effort to win back the support of women voters.
But in his speech to the Christian Life Summit last year — unearthed Monday night by NBC12 — Cuccinelli said he is surprised that God has not yet “imposed” more judgement on America for allowing abortion to be legal.
“Really, given that God does judge nations, it’s amazing that abortion has run as far and foully as it has, without what I would consider to be a greater imposition of judgment on this country,” Cuccinelli said. “Who knows what the future holds?”
Cuccinelli also criticized the Catholic church for its “soft and weak” leadership on social issues.
Yes, God does punish countries. He did a pretty good job with Nazi Germany after WWII. There is, however, a lot of historical evidence to the contrary concerning divine retribution. Have things really gotten any worse for Russia? It has been pretty consistently awful for hundreds of years (thousands?) but can we really discern punishment? How about Iran? All of Europe is hopelessly secular, and I mean in the wrong sort of way. And, yes, the good old United States of America comes to mind. Has American been punished for the sin of abortion? I have two things here.
First, considering the economic collapse of 2008, does Cuccinelli not feel a little bit punished himself? Does he expect that Christians will escape the punishment? Our lives may be spared, but we are still right here, still salt and light. Perhaps, Mr. Cuccinelli, an examination of conscience is in order.
Secondly, by the way he poses the question, the would-be governor,demonstrates that he has misdiagnosed the offense. Yes, abortion is almost always wrong. The common practice is an offense against Almighty God, but abortion is not the chief shortcoming of America. The real problem is our selfishness and materialism. So long as a handicapped child represents an intolerable inconvenience, we have a problem. It is not that we kicked God out of our schools, it is that we kicked God out of the everyday life of most Americans.
This is a country that has heard of Jesus, and rejected his gospel. Our churches face little fear of persecution because many have long ago rolled over to accommodate the idolatry of consumerism and narcissism. Messing with the status quo would require a real love for our neighbors and the living God. We treat compassion as a despicable sign of weakness and respect as a joke. That is what God is going to punish, and the smaller issues, such as abortion, will take care of themselves.