March for Life: Focus on the Family President Shares the Project Close to His Heart
- Voice leading the pro-lifecause is Focus On the Family.
Earlier I sat down withPresident Jim Daley
to talk about the importanceof the March for Life
and a pro-life project close to his heart.
All right, well, Jim, thanksso much for joining us.
Welcome to Washington.
- It's great to be here.
- This issue of life,obviously, very important
to Focus on the Family,
one of the leading voices in this battle.
Why is it important forall of you to be here
for this March for Life?
- Well, I think that solidarity to say,
we are standing for the pre-born child
to say that is a human beingmade in the image of God.
And I think, for tensof thousands of people
to come to Washington andsay, we agree with this,
makes a statement to the culture
that they are not forgotten.
And I so appreciatethe momentum right now.
technology has really helped
to prove that the baby
in the womb is truly a baby in the womb.
It's not just a blob of tissue.
And I think, more and more so,
the culture is understanding that.
- Speaking of technology,
and you all are getting ready
to roll out your OptionUltrasound Program.
Talk about that.
- It's a great program.
It's actually been happeningfor about 14 years.
We're gonna up the game, so to speak,
and put more machines around the country.
But we've already placedabout 800 machines
around the country.
It's resulted in over425,000 babies being saved.
And our goal is a million alive in 2025.
And that's what we're gonna try to do.
- So when people see these ultrasounds,
they have a change of heart.
Talk about just the psychology of that
and how it really changes.
It can be a 180 for someone who has this.
- Yeah, the numbers,
they're anywhere from 60% to 70%
of an abortion-minded woman,
when she receives counselingand sees the ultrasound,
actually uses that technology
to see the baby in the womb,
often sucking its thumb,or waving its arms,
she has a change of heart.
60% to 70% of the womenthat go in for an abortion,
if they see the ultrasound,
they will say, wait a minute,
I don't wanna do this.
And I think that's all about information
and I think that's the difference
between the pro-life movement
and the pro-abortion movement.
We're more than willing to show a woman
what is happening in her body.
Planned Parenthood and other clinics,
typically, will try to preventher from seeing that shot.
- And abortions, in recent years,
the number is down.
Talk about just, inthe context of history,
where does the pro-life movement
and the abortion issuestand right now, today?
- Well, the difficulty,
so often we're looking at the numbers,
staggering, 55 million children
have been taken through abortion.
It's the greatest catastrophicloss of human life
55 million, it tops wars,and combinations of wars.
So when you look at itfrom that perspective,
that's the heavy-heartedness
that the pro-life movement has,
is how many children havedied through abortion.
And yet the numbers are down.
Our concern is that it may be down
because of the morning after pill
and other pharmaceuticalsnow that are being used
after a woman realizes she is pregnant,
she can take pharmaceuticals
in order to terminate the pregnancy.
The great news is, there's also a pill
that can reverse that,
once a woman, if she regrets taking it
if it's within a certain amount of time,
she can reverse the effectsof those abortifacient pills.
So my point, and I think thepro-life movement's point is,
we need to understand
that all life is created in God's image.
We're all God's creatures.
And we need to protect them at the border,
as well as here in the womb of a mom.
- Jim Daley, with Focus on the Family.
Thanks so much.
- Good to be with you.
- More and more excavations
in Israel are validating the Bible.
As Chris Mitchell reports,
one dig is uncovering one
of the Old Testament'smost important sites.
- You're looking at theheart of Biblical Israel
along the route known asthe Way of the Patriarchs.
This is ancient Shiloh,
the place where the Bible says,
Joshua divided the Promised Land
between the 12 tribes,
and where the tabernacle of the Lord stood
for more than 300 years.
- Welcome to ancient Shiloh.
This is the first capitolof ancient Israel.
And it's a sacred spotbecause the Mishkan was here,
the tabernacle, where peoplecame to connect with God.
- [Chris Mitchell] Scott Stripling directs
the excavation here,
and along with dozens of volunteers,
they're digging into history.
We're dealing with real people,
real places, real events.
This is not mythology.
The coins that we excavated today,
we're talking aboutcoins of Herod the Great,
Pontius Pilate, Thestas,Felix, Agrippa the First,
Agrippa the Second.
The Bible talks about these people.
We're got the image, right there.
- [Chris Mitchell] That imageincludes a fortified wall
built by the Canaanites.
They're finding a treasuretrove of artifacts
including coins and 2,000pieces of pottery a day.
- Now, this one was from yesterday,
it's been washed already,
so you see the same formright out of the ground
and yesterday, and these are those handles
from the stone vessels.
Remember Jesus' first miracle at Canaan,
there were stone jars full of water.
That's that ritual periodculture of the first century.
- [Chris Mitchell] Anarcheologist looks at these shards
as a fine timepiece.
- Just like your greatgrandmother's pottery is different
from your pottery that you're using today,
and once we learn the pottery,
then we can use it as ourprimary means of dating.
- [Chris Mitchell] Stripling says,
literally digging into theBible can change your life.
- You can read the Bible,you can walk the Bible,
but the ultimate is to dig the Bible.
When we actually get into the soil,
like these students from Lee University,
they're literally, it'sunder their fingernails,
and in their nose, in theirmouth, and their ears.
And they're exposing this ancient culture
and it becomes one with you.
And sort of like, we came out of the soil,
and as we dig into the soil,
we connect with God and with each other
in a very important way.
- I love gettin' my hands dirty,
I love diggin' in the dirt.
It's my favorite thing.
- [Chris Mitchell] Peoplefrom all ages man the dig
with the main drivers beingstudents like Abigail.
- It's tiring and exhausting,
but it's really rewarding, it's exciting
to find ancient things,
things that have been laying in the dirt,
just waiting for usfor thousands of years.
- [Chris Mitchell] She says,
the Bible comes alive in the dirt.
- I read the Bible totally differently
than I did before I came here.
And when I read theBible, I know the places,
I know what's going on.
I understand it more deeply.
Especially where previousarcheologists have claimed
that the archeology disproves the Bible.
But when we dig here,
we find that everything matches.
You read it in the Bible,you dig in the dirt,
and there it is.
- Archeology doesn't set out
to prove or disprove the Bible.
What we wanna do is toilluminate the Biblical text,
the background of the text.
So to set it in a real-world culture,
to what we call verisimilitudes.
So we get an ancient literary description,
now we have a materialculture that matches that,
Chris, you're sitting where Samuel,
and Eli, and Hannah, and these people
that we have read about,
they came just like us,
needing answers, needingto connect with God,
- [Chris Mitchell] He saysthat they dig into the past
and find lessons for the present.
- One of the faith lessons for us is
that God is the potterand we are the clay.
And even if our lives are broken
like these vessels are, God told Jeremiah,
after he told him to go to Shiloh
and see what he had done,
he told him to go to the potter's house
and look at a flawed vessel,
and see how the potterputs it back on the wheel
and works out the imperfections.
So my faith lesson is this,
that yes, we're imperfect,
but if we'll allow God,
he wants to put us on his potter's wheel,
and he wants to make us a vessel of honor.
- [Chris Mitchell] Striplingoften cites Zion 102
that says, "O Zion, yourservants take delight
"in its stones and favor its dust."
- Ultimately, Chris, if the Bible is true,
then the God of theBible has a moral claim
on our lives.
And as we establish theveracity of the Biblical text,
I hope that everyone watchingwill just think about that,
that God loves us and he hasa moral claim on our lives.
- [Chris Mitchell] ChrisMitchell, CBN News,
Shiloh, Biblical Samaria.
- And that is going to doit for Faith Nation tonight.
Thanks for joining usand have a great evening.