Killeen-based Christian television station KPLE-TV this week hosted its annual banquet with a guest speaker focused on the issues regarding the unborn child and its right to life.
The banquet is the 21-year-old station’s only major fundraiser of the year, said KPLE-TV founder Catherine Mason.
“It sets us out as to what we do and why we do it. We’re about unity in the community and getting the word out,” Mason said.
All denominations represented
The banquet’s guests included supporters of the 24-hour-a-day station from all denominations.
Brockley K. Moore, of Simmonsville Missionary Baptist Church of Killeen, attended in support of Mason and her vision.
“I met Ms. Mason 15 years ago and I’ve known her through her ministry and pro-life work. I follow all that she does. She’s all about the kids and the right for life,” Moore said. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the state of Texas who doesn’t know Ms. Mason. She’s an amazing woman.”
With 420 attendees, the banquet raised about $15,000 for KPLE-TV.
Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief’s Central Texas unit served the evening’s meal.
“This is just our little contribution,” said unit leader Chuck Christian. “We want KPLE to be successful.”
The organization exists to serve people in times of disaster. “We meet people’s physical needs, and also (offer) a shoulder to cry on, for spiritual needs.”
Thought not professional caterers, the Belton-based unit provides “a drink of cold water in Christ’s name,” Christian said. Recently, the organization has assisted at a disaster site in West Texas and is willing to travel anywhere its services are needed.
Richard Land, president of the Southern Evangelical Seminary, spoke to a riveted audience on what he considers the defining moral issue of our time, the sanctity of life versus the quality of life ethic.
“Society is a dangerous place to be unless you’re young and healthy,” Land said as he explained the current different ways of thinking.
The sanctity of life ethic assumes that all men are created equal, with a right to life.
“It’s not whether you’re old or young or healthy or mentally or physically (impaired). It impacts all of us. We will all be old and infirm one day,” Land said.
The opposing ethic is primarily concerned with the quality of one’s life, meaning if the quality is determined to be low, death is considered to be the better option.
This is a viewpoint Land strongly opposes.
His hope is that today’s culture will reassert the need for the sanctity of life ethic, rather than descend to a mere quality of life ethic, he said.
“I believe we need as much Judeo-Christian influence on society, including media, as possible,” Land said, describing the fight between the two ethics of life as a “tremendous struggle.”
On Thursday evening, the crowd was in agreement, responding with rousing applause.