Category Archives: Life Issues

My experience at an AA meeting…

On Monday afternoon I drove to “Happy Hour.”[1] A group of about twenty, gathered to share their experiences under the deadly addiction of alcoholism. I walked in quietly to a room filled with the stench of cigarette. The ceiling was blackened with mold and the carpet stained almost at every spot. My first thought was how much that room reflected their lives: stained and darkened. The meeting began as Luke read about the purpose of the AA. Hi, my name is Luke and I am an alcoholic. “Hi Luke”, everyone replied. Some introduced themselves in the same manner. One young man introduced himself explaining that it was his first time with the group.

The first part of the meeting was a reading from the big book as they call it. The first reading summarized the AA creed and the second was a passage from the “book.” I noticed that almost everyone had a copy of it. It looked just like a Bible, and indeed, they treated it as such.

After the reading, Luke opened the time of discussion by sharing his own testimony. It appeared as if he had shared it millions of time. The group nodded and affirmed him as a congregant affirms his pastor with an “amen.” Luke, then, left the discussion open for a topic. A young woman in her 40’s broke the silence by speaking about the powerlessness of alcoholism. After that, everyone spoke. There was no fear! Some had been sober for over 30 years, others, for 30 days. The group was diverse, but their stories were so similar that it sounded like it came from a textbook. One spoke about how everyday he would promise to stop and everyday like it for 10 years. Another spoke about her sobriety for 3 years until unexpectedly being offered a drink; she though that she had overcome it, but that one drink led her to another 10 years of addiction. The power of that first sip was overwhelming.

They looked tired and worn beyond their age, but all had overcome alcoholism, even it had been just an hour. They were at the right place. They appeared strengthened by each testimony, each word of encouragement. It was almost as if every time they met they were fit to live one more day sober.

That community was a striking resemblance to the community God calls us to enjoy. Their commitment to one another and their sincere desire to see their brothers and sisters overcome this miserable evil was the most genuine expression of self-sacrifice I have witnessed outside the church.

It is true that God the higher power is unable to help them in their need, but it is also true that a community is able to thrive when united for a common cause. Perhaps for some Christ is their God. Only Christ can bring true serenity and only Christ can heal their diseases. Nevertheless, in the end, who am I to judge their success. It was God himself who instituted the community. In or outside the church, the world benefits from loyalty and commitment.

In the last part of the meeting we all stood in a circle, held hands, and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Yes, Lord, deliver me from the evil one and strengthen me in my own addictions for thine is kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen.

[1] Happy Hour is the name of the “Alcoholics Anonymous” group that meet 3 times a week. As part of one of my assignments for Introduction to Counseling, I had to attend one of their meetings, in order to understand a little better the nature of addiction.


My neighbor, Maria McBride, 77, died on Thursday afternoon at the hospital. She and her husband have been lovely neighbors since our arrival here in Orlando. We have had many meals together, and have shared many long conversations. Both Marie and her husband have been a source of great joy. Marie was always deeply concerned about our well-being and was always making sure I picked up the trash can and bring it back into the garage after the trash was taken. Every time I pick up the trash can I will remember her smile.

Maria was a deeply catholic woman. I remember several times conversing with her about her faith. One time I took the advantage to question Maria and her husband about what role works play in their salvation. Both seemed confused and were unsure how to respond. At that time, I quickly pointed them to Ephesians 2:8-9 and told them that though works were necessary, only grace can save. I pray Marie truly trusted Christ.

Marie was a charming lady. She enjoyed a Scotch every afternoon and was a fanatic Braves fan. She loved life even amidst so many health problems. I will truly miss her.

Yesterday, I spent some time with her husband, who is deeply grieving. Please pray that I would minister to him during these difficult times.

An Authentic View of Life

It has certainly been a long time since I have promoted The Constitution Party. In fact, most Americans have not even heard of an alternative Party to the present two-party system. In the next few days I will be posting a host of links to our platform. To begin let me post in full our position on Life.

Sanctity of Life

The pre-born child, whose life begins at fertilization, is a human being created in God’s image. The first duty of the law is to prevent the shedding of innocent blood. It is, therefore, the duty of all civil governments to secure and to safeguard the lives of the pre-born.

To that end, the Constitution of the United States was ordained and established for “ourselves and our posterity.” Under no circumstances may the federal government fund or otherwise support any state or local government or any organization or entity, foreign or domestic, which advocates, encourages or participates in the practice of abortion. We also oppose the distribution and use of all abortifacients.

We affirm the God-given legal personhood of all unborn human beings, without exception. As to matters of rape and incest, it is unconscionable to take the life of an innocent child for the crimes of his father.

No government may legalize the taking of the unalienable right to life without justification, including the life of the pre-born; abortion may not be declared lawful by any institution of state or local government – legislative, judicial, or executive. The right to life should not be made dependent upon a vote of a majority of any legislative body.

In addition, Article IV of the Constitution guarantees to each state a republican form of government. Therefore, although a Supreme Court opinion is binding on the parties to the controversy as to the particulars of the case, it is not a political rule for the nation. Roe v. Wade is an illegitimate usurpation of authority, contrary to the law of the nation’s Charter and Constitution. It must be resisted by all civil government officials, federal, state, and local, and by all branches of the government – legislative, executive, and judicial.

We affirm both the authority and duty of Congress to limit the appellate jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in all cases of abortion in accordance with the U.S. Constitution, Article III, Section 2.

In office, we shall only appoint to the federal judiciary, and to other positions of federal authority, qualified individuals who publicly acknowledge and commit themselves to the legal personhood of the pre-born child. In addition, we will do all that is within our power to encourage federal, state, and local government officials to protect the sanctity of the life of the pre-born through legislation, executive action, and judicial enforcement of the law of the land.

Further, we condemn the misuse of federal laws against pro-life demonstrators, and strongly urge the repeal of the FACE Acts as an unconstitutional expansion of federal power into areas reserved to the states or people by the Tenth Amendment.

In addition, we oppose the funding and legalization of bio-research involving human embryonic or pre-embryonic cells.

Finally, we also oppose all government “legalization” of euthanasia, infanticide and suicide.

Pro-Abortionist Turns Pro-Life

Q. What has happened to nurse Brenda Pratt Shafer who launched the partial-birth abortion controversy?

A. Shafer is a registered nurse and, according to her Web site, she’s currently writing a book. Shafer says she was pro-choice before she worked in a women’s clinic in Ohio in 1993. But, she says, the experience changed her mind and she is now a pro-life advocate. Her book will be called, “What the Nurse Saw and Heard.” She says the book will include her stories as well as those others have shared with her. She is still collecting stories for the book.
For more information on Shafer, visit her Web site at

Does Republicanism mean Pro-Life?

In an article written a few days ago related the sad reality of the Republican party. If this party were truly consistent with how evangelicals (who by the way without which the Republicans would have vacated the White House) view the Republican Party, these sorts of articles would never have been written. But the reality is that Christian ethical principles such as LIFE for the UNBORN has not been a priority for this administration. Not only was it proven in the research done by Princeton that under Bush’s administration more babies have been aborted than under Clinton’s administration, but now we cannot be certain if these same statistics will be any different by 2008.
see article on 32 more years of Roe vs. Wade

What about the unborn?

I surely wasn’t expecting all the e-mails on this last blog. It seems that if you don’t vote for Bush then you are not on God’s side. Listen, it’s not about the votes, it’s about principles. top story relates the following:

An independent study by an ethics professor at Fuller Theological Seminary who is also trained in statistical analysis finds that, contrary to popular assumption, abortion has risen in the U.S. during George W. Bush’s presidency and that the increase is linked to Bush’s economic policy.” Under President Bush, the decade-long trend of declining abortion rates appears to have reversed,” said Glen Stassen, Professor of Christian Ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, a leading evangelical divinity school.

Is this what you want for four more years? You have 11 more days to reconsider and vote for a man who will defend those who can’t defend themselves.