Is there room for forgiveness? Are people capable of holding one view, at any point in their lives, but having a change of heart that completely alters their previous stance?
Under normal, rational circumstances, I think all of us would give that bit of grace and answer to the affirmative. After all, as we grow older, we come to the realization that very few of us would look back at our lives 20, or even 10 years ago and say we are the exact same person we were, at that time. The very act of living, socializing, and maturing is designed to break and remake who we are.
If you are of the Christian persuasion, 2 Corinthians 5:17 assures us a clean slate. We are “new creations” in Christ, with our former misadventures put away from us.
Those of a secular bent call it, “turning over a new leaf.”
Either way, change in attitude, appetites, and worldviews are a natural, common occurrence within this human condition.
Mark Robinson recognizes that.
Robinson is the lieutenant governor of the state of North Carolina. He’s a rock-ribbed, firebrand Republican, acting as second to Democrat, Governor Roy Cooper. To call him “controversial” would not be an overstatement.
Robinson is unapologetic, to the point of leaning on the side of caustic with his rhetoric.
And is he running for governor in 2024? Yes, he is.
Will I vote for him? There’s a strong possibility that I will, depending on what the field looks like, when the time comes.
Among some of Robinson’s more blistering comments would be his thoughts on homosexuality and the transgender issue.
In late 2021, the leftwing howler monkeys caught on to comments Robinson dropped during a Baptist church service, in regards to the teaching of alternate sexual lifestyles in NC schools:
“There’s no reason anybody anywhere in America should be telling any child about transgenderism, homosexuality, any of that filth,” Robinson said at Asbury Baptist Church in Seagrove.
His characterization of the sexual exploits of that particular special interest group as “filth” was enough to cause all the usual suspects to take to their fainting couches.
His concern, however, was valid. He, and so many other parents in NC (and around the nation) do not appreciate the school system attempting to indoctrinate their children with ideas and morals that are not in line with their beliefs.
Calls for Robinson to resign his position have been met with defiance.
Good for him.
In response to their unreasonable demands, Robinson issued this statement:
“The media and those on the left have tried to change the focus from education to the LGBT community, specifically, that I hate them,” Robinson said in the video. “Let me be clear: I will fight for and protect the rights of all citizens, including those in the LGBTQ community to express themselves however they want. That is their right as Americans, and I don’t think the government has any role in telling them otherwise. However, the idea that our children should be taught about concepts of transgenderism and be exposed to sexually explicit materials in the classrooms is abhorrent.”
The statement is completely reasonable, but the advocates of this insidious movement do not want reasonable; They want compliance. They know full well that to win this culture war, they must infect the hearts and minds of the children.
The homosexual agenda is not the only raw nerve Robinson has managed to touch. The abortion issue – arguably the left’s most revered golden calf – has also been spotlighted.
Fast forward a few months to today, and an article in The Daily Beast is framed as a “GOTCHA!” moment for Robinson – except for the fact that it’s not.
In the article, a decade-old social media post had surfaced, where Robinson admitted to paying for an abortion. This was before Robinson had entered the arena of politics.
Robinson argues [correctly] that 99% of abortions are not for rape or incest, as its advocates so vociferously harp upon. Rather, that mind-boggling majority is for the purpose of convenience. A look at the statistics from the Guttmacher Institute, the National Library of Medicine, and others, bears this out.
The women having abortions are doing so because of careers, lack of money or support, they’re in school, etc…
All of these are valid reasons for not starting a family, but the goal should be to avoid pregnancy, in the first place. Just a bit of concern for their reproductive outcomes beforehand would go a long way in curtailing the abortion issue, but that would also require a generation of emotionally retarded, self-centered individuals to practice self-control and take personal responsibility.
Robinson goes on to say that it isn’t his words that abortion is wrong, but the Word of God which deems the practice an abomination.
“It’s wrong when others do it and it was wrong when I paid for it to be done to my unborn child in 1989.”
This was it! This is proof of his hypocrisy! VICTORY! VICTORY!
This was a man owning up to what he did, and with the regret he and his now-wife have lived with for the last 3 decades.
This should be a non-issue. There are many broken hearts left on the battlefield of abortion. Robinson and his wife, Yolanda, are just two. He should be commended for his courage in coming forward.
He should be, but actual shows of redemption and maturity are such foreign concepts to certain darker elements of our society.
Because of the resurfaced issue, Robinson and his wife released
a video earlier today, discussing their stance.
“Before we were married and before we had kids. We had an abortion,” Robinson says in the video. “It was the hardest decision we have ever made and sadly, we made the wrong one.”
“It’s because of this experience and our spiritual journey that we are so adamantly pro-life,” he adds. “We know what it’s like to be in that situation. We know the pain that an abortion causes.” He also talks about how their Christian faith has sustained them.
“No one is perfect, but no one is too far gone to be saved,” Robinson says.
And this is it. This is all of it.
They made a mistake, and it’s not one they can take back. That doesn’t mean they can’t change their hearts.
I know women, personally, who have gone through it, and it has shaped their current pro-life views. They wish they could take it back, too.
Sometimes it takes that. Sometimes you need the hard lessons to really grasp the severity of an issue.
And yes, we can change. We can change our minds, our hearts, and our views.
Robinson, a former mill worker-turned-politico, may or may not have a future beyond the Lt. Governor’s mansion. We really will have to see where the winds blow.
For all his bluster and grit, however, he is not wrong. He, nor anyone else who swallows their pride and admits to having a change of heart are to be admired.
I’d say shame on those calling this hypocrisy, rather than the bold stand and transparency that it is, but that would allude to these people actually being capable of shame.
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As a straight fellow with no kids (or plans for kids), I don't really have a dog in this fight. However, the comment made by Robinson about sexually-explicit issues raised the same alerts in me as the claims that Florida's new law is needed to prevent grooming of children:
"However, the idea that our children should be taught about concepts of transgenderism and be exposed to sexually explicit materials in the classrooms is abhorrent."
Not being an NC resident, are there actual examples of teachers exposing NC children to officially-sanctioned sexually-explicit material that Robinson is citing where a reasonable person could agree with him? I posed a similar question to proponents of the recent Florida law, and the best that they could give me were that there were cases that must exist, even if no one was around to see them (and subsequently cite them). I guess I'm curious whether Robinson is addressing an actual problem OR if this is just his salvo in the eternal culture war against an imaginary strawman.
Feels like you made a decent effort to express your views clearly, strongly and overall with minimal invective Susan. However the following two statements miss the mark IMO:
"...that would also require a generation of emotionally retarded, self-centered individuals to practice self-control and take personal responsibility."
"I’d say shame on those calling this hypocrisy, rather than the bold stand and transparency that it is, but that would allude to these people actually being capable of shame."
There certainly are very strong emotions on both sides of the abortion issue (and many other social and political issues), and personally I understand your strong feelings on the issue.
However, if one truly wants to win over hearts and minds to a Christian view of abortion, or if one want to be a true representative of Christ when making statements in a public square (such as this blog), then I question whether using invective and snide remarks will win over anyone, or whether those types of remarks will further the antagonism and divide in society.