Ethical & Social Issues Church and State

Life and Politics

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, CLR National Director The American political structure forms public policy and, as such, moral issues often become political issues. For that reason, it is necessary, at times, for CLR to comment on political issues. In particular, I…

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Life Exists at Conception

Human Life Alliance of MN Education Fund, Inc. Dr. Jerome LeJeune, M.D., Ph. D., explains much about the beginning of human life. Unlike the popular view that a baby becomes more developed and thus “more human” as the weeks of…

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The Christian and Government

Have you ever tried to walk two big dogs at one time? It’s alright as long as both animals want to go in the same direction. But as soon as one dog sees a cat running east and the other…

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Money vs. Life in Light of Life Issues

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources There is often a correlation between prosperity and immorality. That does not mean all who are prosperous are immoral or that all who are impoverished are moral. Rather, it appears that prosperity…

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An Overview of Scriptural Principles as They Apply to Selected Current Life Issues

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In the course of human history, various issues rise to the surface of public consciousness. Oftentimes those are life-threatening maladies that victimize a population, such as war, famine, and pestilence. In recent…

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Abortion and the Law

Former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Victor Manian On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a decision by seven of the nine justices, held that state statutes prohibiting abortion were unconstitutional. The decision has divided the nation,…

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Election Time: Shouldn’t My Congregation Be Doing More?

Every year at election time some people complain that their congregation doesn’t take a more active role in making them aware of political candidates’ views. There are some important facts to keep in mind: The work of your congregation is…

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What Actually is Pro-Life?

Cindi Sampe Squeak, squeak is the sound the park swing makes as children — my children — “fly high to the sky.” As I listen to their squeals of delight and observe their exuberance, I can’t help but reflect on…

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The Christian and Government (6 Parts)

The Christian and Government Series: Part 1 – Understanding the Christian By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It seems that every 100 years or so the relationship between Christians and their government becomes strained. In the middle…

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How Does a Christian Vote?

Mark Clifford Brunner Does God want me to vote? Is it ever proper to vote for a non-Christian candidate? How can I be sure that my vote is pleasing to God? Does the Bible give instruction on how to choose…

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The Legislator and Pro-Life Issues

What is the civic responsibility a Christian who lives under a non-Christian form of government? What role is a Christian civil servant to play in the shaping and molding of the country’s policies and legislation? Mr. Allen Quist, retired psychology…

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Suicide and Matters of the Heart

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources More and more people are using compassion for others as the basis for their own sinning. The poor will squander meager possessions on lottery tickets arguing that, if they win, the earnings…

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Our Role in Government

There are three realms of activity in government: the judicial, legislation and political. Christians enjoy various degrees of influence in each realm. In the judicial realm all you can hope for is to express your opinion and hope the judge…

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Statement on the American Heart Association

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, CLR When a loved one or friend struggles with a life threatening ailment it is not uncommon to become desperate for a cure. In that desperation, however, a Christian will always take care not to…

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Protection Coming for the Unborn

It appears that piece by piece the U.S. Supreme Court is dismantling its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The most recent dismantling dealt with restrictions for agencies receiving Title X funding. Title X is the designation for federal money provided…

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Biblical References Regarding Civil Disobedience

Romans 13:1-7 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against…

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Is There a Right to Life?

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I never gave the phrase “right to life” much thought until I heard talk about a “right to die.” For years I have considered myself to be “pro-life” and in the “right-to-life”…

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The Christian and Civil Disobedience

“Non-Violent Direct Action Rescue” (NDA) I. Human Government is a Blessing of God Romans 13:1-7 Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been…

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Abortion Clinic Killings Distort Issue

John Salvi, a 22-year-old hairdresser, from Hampton, New Hampshire, is the latest so-called “anti-abortion zealot” to be accused of committing murder at an abortion clinic. Salvi faces two murder charges in a shooting attack at two abortion clinics in suburban…

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Respect for Life: It Begins and Ends With You!

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources With every issue of Beginnings we wrestle with what is worthy to serve as the lead story. Often it is some dramatic development that hits the media regarding life issues. The subjects…

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The Christian Responsibility of Obedience and Action

GOD-PLEASING OBEDIENCE IT BEGINS WITH MOTIVE Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins…

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Bible Study: The Christian and Governing Authorities

Bible Study: The Christian and Governing Authorities (Student’s Guide) There is an inseparable yet distinct relationship between Christians (the church) and the governing authorities (the state). The relationship demands recognition and respect for their particular responsibilities. This Bible Study examines…

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Violence in Wichita: What’s a Person to Do?

Pastor Robert Fleischmann, National Director, CLR Over two thousand protesters arrested outside an abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas, have been charged with illegally blocking the clinic’s entrance. Pro-abortion advocates accuse the protestors of violating constitutional freedoms. The protesters claim they…

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Christian Citizenship

Mr. Tim Snyder, Media Services Coordinator for Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI cit•i•zen•ship: the quality of an individual’s response to membership in a community (The Merriam-Webster Dictionary) What is your response to membership in the nation you call home? Are…

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Listening to Voices Unheard – How To Be A Part of the Pro-Life Solution

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources It is easy to identify error and wait for other people to do something. By God‘s blessing, however, we can be part of the solution. Prayer Prayer acknowledges Him from whom all…

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Q&A on Pro-Life Activism

QUESTION: For years I’ve been rather quietly pro-life, but now I am more concerned about the abuse of human life. What can I do to help make a difference? ANSWER: You are not alone in your feelings. Here are some…

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Vote! You’ve Got to Be Counted!

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources On more than one occasion when I was growing up, in my youthful folly I questioned and challenged the wisdom of maturity and the authority of parenthood. Speaking for my three younger…

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A Pro-Life Future?

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of July 2018. Kennedy was appointed to the Court by President Ronald Reagan and began serving in…

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And So It Goes

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Pro-life Christians were appalled when Governor Cuomo signed New York’s liberal abortion law on January 22, 2019, the 46th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. Sadly,…

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Let Us Not Love With Words or Speech but with Actions and in Truth

By Pastor James Hein, Lead Pastor at St. Marcus Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1 John 3:11-18 11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered…

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On Assisted Suicide and Abortion Laws – What You Can Do to Be Pro-Life

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it did not find a constitutional right to assisted suicide. This ruling sharply contrasted the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion. In 1973 the Court…

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I Am Personally Opposed, But…

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I am sure you have heard it too. “I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I can or should force my convictions on others.” Get real! It’s time we…

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Q&A on Overturning ‘Roe v. Wade’

Question: Is there any hope of overturning Roe v. Wade? Answer: Roe v. Wade was the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling which legalized abortion across the nation. Many feel we are nearing the necessary majority margin on the Supreme Court…

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Look at What is Coming

Pastor Robert Fleischmann In 2011 Mariette Buntjens was a patient suffering from metastatic cancer at a Roman Catholic nursing home in Diest, Belgium. Buntjens requested euthanasia but the nursing home refused on obvious religious grounds. Her family brought her home…

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