Injustice

To be the victim of an injustice is hard. Yes, we all agree. But really think about it. Think about a true injustice committed against you. Does this happen often? Perhaps. Perhaps not. When it does happen, it stinks.

Though we hate injustice (and we agree we hate injustice), there is a catch – most only hate injustice if it is they who are the victim.

You say, “No, I hate injustice for all!” – you are a liar. The general, good, upstanding citizen will condemn injustice, as this is the socially accepted thing to do: “Yes, isn’t it terrible about that dictator. . . Oh indeed, slavery was a horrid thing. . . How could anybody do that to another person. . . ”

But actions speak louder than words – a lot louder. The way to prove you are as virtuous as you think you are, is go and do something. It is hard to do something, humans are instinctively selfish. We may not like that something happened in history, or that there is evil in the world, but we only act if we think it may effect us in some way – if it threatens our well being.

This truth is saddening, but it is the human state. Love your neighbor as yourself – that’s hard.

Many, many, many, many unborn children are murdered each day. How sad we say. But few of us do anything about it – because we are born, an the issue hardly effects us.

The bible says that no one is good (Romans 3:10). The only one who is good, the only one who truly cares about the oppressed and destitute, is God Himself. God is Love, and he hates injustice. For abortion to end, people must be convicted by God’s spirit. Christians who say they oppose abortion must be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. . . no Holy Spirit, no true love. No true love, no true action. No true action, no end to human abortion.

We must act, but we don’t care to. We must care, before we act. We can’t care, but God does care. We are not God, but He has given us His Spirit. Take hold of His Spirit, thank Him for it, and then act. . .

“An injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere” – MLKJR

Game of Words

Once I told my mother to name my brother Rocking-chair. She pondered it for a time. I was young, and the thought of having a brother named Rocking-chair, well, seemed fun.

Now, my mother was a wise woman, and despite my conjuring, she denied the request. Oh well. Who knew that the exchange would leave me with a fitting metaphor. . .  Let us suppose that my mother did indeed name my younger brother rocking-chair. Despite what you may think, this would not have made my brother a piece of furniture. . .

Forgive me, perhaps you find this explanation insulting. And rightly so. However, there are those who need to hear it.

I watched a clip from The View today. I don’t usually entertain myself with Whoopi and her friends. However, when investigating the latest ideals of the extreme feminist, Whoopi  delivers.

She was talking about the woman’s march, and all that. But, then she began discussing the march for life (and started playing the part of a confused stepchild, watching her newlywed parents quarrel) . . . I am paraphrasing, but she spouted off something to the tune of, “I am pro-life, we are all pro-life. . . We just don’t want the government controlling our bodies. Sometimes women have to make hard decisions, and that’s why we need abortion.”

Goldberg and her pals began discussing it. There was a catholic at the table, who gave a sub-par pro-life rebuttal, obviously not wanting to offend. (You can watch it using the link below)

Whoopi says she is pro-life

There are several things worth pointing out here.

1) Because you say it, does not make it so:  If I say that I’m a feminist, but that I think men are better than women, it begs the question: What’s your problem? If I say that I uphold equal rights, but that I wouldn’t hire a black man, it makes one question my sanity. Further, If say I am pro-life, yet support the world’s right to murder over 50,ooo,ooo unborn babies a year, many will begin chanting. . . Phony!Phony!Phony!

This fraudulent narrative boggles my mind. “I’m pro-life,” – for what? Grass? Egyptian cacti? Certainly not human beings.

Whoopi, your antics are not so clandestine. Your abortion supporting days are numbered, and you know it.

There will come a day – probably soon – when the word abortion, will be abhorred. When those who support it will be brought to justice. And when the precious person of the unborn is fully recognized. The time is coming, and Whoopi inc. (i.e The abortion rights supporters) know it. . .

With this knowledge, abortion supporters soften their narrative. Oh, no, I’m pro-life – see, I said so. What, no no, I think abortion is a bad thing. . . just necessary.

I do hope Whoopi is changing her ways, but I also know she understands the situation. She is losing, and she must find a way to soften the fall. Her thoughts represent many pro-choicers. Can’t beat em’ join em. . . subtly, and slyly. “I’m pro-life.”

. . . They know.

Let’s continue to pray for the unborn, and to love those who oppose us. God can change hearts.

 

 

It’s a baby. . . So what?

I tried to go to bed tonight. I was looking for some sleep. But sleep evaded me, and my mind began swirling. Perhaps it’s the quiet. Or the dark. . . for some reason, my mind is clearer. And I become overwhelmed.

Many times it’s life stuff, like school assignments, or an unsure work schedule. Tonight it was babies.

I don’t have time or patience, at this moment, to lay out specifics. The message is lost in specifics. Here is the thought that torments my mind. . .

“But. . . it’s a baby.”

“So what?”

The first quote being a plea for the precious life inside a mother’s womb, the second being the stark reality of the position the world holds.

I am horrified truly, at someone’s ability to murder their unborn baby, and claim to be an upstanding human being. I am further astonished at some people’s passionate belief in the necessity of being able to murder their child. The   self-centered ness of abortion advocates simply defys the laws of decency. Abortion is a work of Satan himself.

And, I guess what makes all this so saddening, is that they know it’s murder. I have conversations with pro choicers, or read articles… Every time I hear them saying the child would have a bad life, or the mother is alone, or their is a birth defect, or the the baby can’t even think yet. . . I just look up, and am like . . . “you didn’t just say that. . .”  Let me paint the bitter picture of today’s pro abortioner:

She has down syndrome. Kill her.

He will grow up poor. Kill him

Mom feels inconvenient having a child right now. Kill it.

It’s so small still, can’t even think. Kill it – if you want.

Since when did people murder vulnerable, small, needy, helpless unborn babies!!! And have the foolishness to call it a right. This is disgusting. I thought being vulnerable, small, needy, and helpless warranted a safe haven, and warm protection. Not getting murdered.

Let no one reading this be mistaken – abortion is murder, and God will hold those who do not repent accountable for their sin. Don’t scoff. God cares about the billions of children killed in the womb. He is grieved over each one. And God cares about you – pro choicer, abortion performer, baby murderer. Jesus Christ came to earth to die for these sins, and make you a new person. And He did come, and He did die – for you. And me. Turn to Him.

And stop murdering babies.

 

Killing Babies – Practice vs. Principle

I recently had a discussion about abortion. The opposing party went through the pro-choice routine. Woman’s health, some parents can’t care for kids, what about rape, bodily autonomy. My response?

Cool, cool. . . But those things don’t justify killing a baby.

I went on to explain a conundrum with the pro-choice/pro-life discussion.

Practice vs Principle.

In practice, I suppose I understand why people are in favor of abortion. There are “benefits,” one could say, to abortion. They say, “pregnancy is dangerous – it shouldn’t be forced on a woman.” (Then don’t engage in activity that would result in pregnancy – this however, is the scum of pro-life arguments, based upon unhinged religiosity . . . they say). “But rape –  you can’t force that child on a woman.” – “If the mothers health is in danger, it would be tyrannical to force her to bare that child.”

These arguments are just fine, and not easily refuted – if we are discussing practice. But we’re not.

Let me say something rash: the world doesn’t revolve around anyone. No one. It revolves around nonhuman things. For a reason.

Indeed, if decisions were only based on practice, then slavery was fine. And there was nothing wrong with the word’s genocides. If the shoes fits, one might say.

Practice says, “If it’s good for me and my select people group, then I’m going to do it – don’t judge me.”

Principle says, “Wrong is wrong – do the right thing, whether it benefits you or not.”

Slavery didn’t end because the founding fathers had a eureka about slaves being bad for American society. The educated analyst will affirm, free labor doesn’t hurt business returns. But slavery had to end, because it was wrong. Wrong in principle.

Abortion is eerily similar to slavery. One people group affirming their superiority to another.  Us first, unborn second. It doesn’t matter to abortion advocates that the humanness of the unborn has been proven. Doesn’t matter to them that killing another’s life is wrong. Doesn’t matter to them that they contradict themselves with their very name: pro-choice. What about the baby’s choice? Woman’s rights. What about the unborn women?

Abortion must end. And not because it’s bad for society, or woman’s health, or population-growth-forecasts, but because killing babies is bad.

I pray God would give people a hunger for truth. That God would give people a desire to do what is good – not just what’s “good” for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Encouragement – How abortion will end

You don’t win a battle by crippling your enemy, you win a battle by developing a superior power. If a nation gains more territory while losing their own, what has been accomplished? A person must ask – am I encouraging those who share my passion? Or am I trapped in fighting the opposition? So noble the cause of “fighting the bad guys” I allow my fellow man to stumble behind. God’s word says that we are the body of Christ. A body needs all its members working smoothly to function effectively.

Your heart is important, but it’s far from useful without blood to pump. Blood is theoretically needed, but disposable without oxygen. Oxygen is a nice idea, but without  lungs to breath, it is nothing but lonesome matter. The mouth is noble in many ways, but without a stomach – well – I suppose it would be rather awkward after we are done chewing our dinner.

Every body part is needed, but without its companion – it’s nothing. God’s word describes us, the collective population of believers, as a body. The body of Christ.

The Buildup/Undermine principle. At it’s roots, this principle is the idea that it is better the build up your own ranks, than to tear down your enemy’s. It’s a healthier quest to strengthen your friend than to weaken your foe. If you cripple your enemy,  but allow your allies to suffer – you have failed.

Firefighters leave no one behind. Soldiers die together. And anyone who fights for a cause must realize that it’s brother and sisters first, enemy second.

The spark of these first paragraphs was a number – 70.

I saw a figure in an article that seventy percent of women who have abortions identify as Christians. I’m not sure the credibility of this number, or all the variables – but even if the number were twenty-five percent, this would still be heartbreaking. The pro-life movement (many people of faith) arduously fights against abortion – billboards, websites, videos, debates, research – this is all needed. But it would seem that before we fight the bad guys, we should take care of our own. 70 %. This means that the churches are the places that are falling short. But churches – of the many I have gone to – don’t address abortion. Many of us in the church who take an active stance against abortion assume that the women in our churches our covered. Busy fighting planned parenthood, Hillary Clinton,  and NARAL – we forget to look in our own backyard. Our sisters need support. We have fallen unacceptably short in this area. Unless Christians come together, through the Holy Spirit, and protect their own – I fear that abortion will last, much, much longer.

I don’t know why. Perhaps Christians don’t want to offend people. Perhaps they don’t care. Perhaps they don’t recognize the problem. If the body of Christ where to show women that they are loved and supported, and that their unborn child is loved and supported – before, during, and after birth – we would vastly reduce the number of abortions. Not only that, but many who are “pro-life” are a conversation away from actually realizing the gravity of this issue. Our laziness in this area is horrendous. Christians must see the gravity of this practice – because once the problem of abortion is made real to people, action takes place. By choosing to love and support mothers and young women within the church, and to discuss this practice openly during prayer meetings/bible studies, not only are we mitigating abortion, but we are also raising up more soldiers for the cause – it’s a win-win.

This only happens if we take action – if we choose to bring this up in our conversations with fellow believers. If we choose to love the women in our lives.

Don’t mistake my position – I do believe in fighting the opposition. Debating pro-choicers – voting against pro-abortion legislation and leaders. These things have their place, but not at the expense of the body of Christ. The body must heal before it can fight this battle effectively. Christians need to love their own, before they fight their challengers. There’s a balance that must take place.

I assure you – abortion won’t end through fights, or billboards, or protests, or websites, or tee shirts, or Presidents, or money, or groups, or debates, or logic, or legislation. . .

How will abortion end? It will end through loving our neighbor.

Don’t be a Faker

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Joe Biden. Current vice-president of the USA. His statement in defense of the unborn: “My Catholic faith believes life begins at conception. . . but. . . I refuse to impose that view on others.”

See Biden’s statement here, Biden believes that the child in the womb, from the time of conception is human life. Biden believes the unborn are human life, abortion is the killing of that [human life], thus Joe Biden believes abortion is the killing of human life.

Keep this tidbit in mind during the following scenario:

1940 – mid-holocaust. Jews are escorted into gas chambers. Thousands – millions – of women, men, and children.

John Nance Garner (vice president of the USA between 1933-1941)  and his defense of the minorities – “My view is that [Jews, Christians, and the disabled] are human life . . .but . . . I refuse to impose that view on others.”

What’s the difference between this hypothetical (inconceivable) statement by the vice president of the United States of America in 1940, and the statement made by our current VP?

Both state a belief in  human life, and both refuse to “impose their views on others.” Is that moral? Is that justice? The statement made by John Nance Garner, I am relieved to tell, is 100 percent made up. The statement by Joe Biden is – less relievingly – 100 percent not made up.

Maybe Joe doesn’t know what he’s saying – but probably he does, and his reasoning is as logical as a spider-teasing-frog-puppy. . .  You, Mr. Biden, believe wholeheartedly that the unborn are humans, yet you don’t think it’s your place to impose that on others? That doesn’t add up. I’d understand if the issue were regarding saving watermelon rinds for the wholesome stiffening of ones erythrocytes, or the endorsement of Smileys lollipops – “I believe the rainbow lolly to be the finest lolly in the western hemisphere. This is my belief… but… I refuse to impose it on others.” – I can live with that Mr. vice president. But Joe, these are not lollipops, or watermelon rinds – these are human beings, and your willful neglect of what you believe to be a human being is, frankly, incomprehensible.

Biden believes the unborn are human beings, that life begins at conception. . . this would infer that  – as the Declaration of Independence says – he believes they are created equal, and have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, for political agendas – because he’s a coward (forgive me, but this is a troubling strain of information) – the man refuses to stand up for over 50,000,000 babies killed in the USA over the past forty years. Wouldn’t want to impose. . .

But what about Christians. Are we going to be Joe Biden? Personally believing that whole generations are being wiped out, but not having the courage to stand up for what we believe, for the truth.

Don’t pretend to care about the unborn – that doesn’t help. God’s word calls us to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8). It’s our duty to take part in looking out for our fellow man. God calls it loving thy neighbor as thyself. Don’t worry if you aren’t having cozy feelings of compassion – God will give you all you need. Don’t fret if you have little reserves in the courage barrel – God will give it.

Sorry to rain on your parade Nazi tyrants,  but you don’t get to kill millions of people because your demon-possessed mind thinks it’s right. You will be held accountable. Because all are created equal. 

You’re in a concentration camp in 1940. Out of the two statements in bold, which do you want to hear?

Hmm. That’s a tough issue. . . I don’t want to get . . . it’s not my place, I mean the holocaust – yeah – I disagree, but who am I to say it’s wrong? There are millions over in that country who think it’s okay. I can’t impose on their views.

Please, think about this.

If you think comparing the holocaust to abortion is extreme, then. . . well, I tend to agree with Ben Shapiro that “facts don’t care about your feelings”; however, in this instance, the facts will give you feelings. The truth about abortion is ugly and sick. Whenever institutionalized evil is backed by public support, all is on the table as far as corruption, and the disease spreads.

Ah yes, the boy in the picture. That’s Hans. I was reading about Hans; let me tell you about him. At the age of 6 his family was dodging Nazis, so they applied for visas to the USA and were accepted, but were put on a waiting list before they got on a ship. During this time, his dad was imprisoned, and his mom became ill and could no longer take care of him. Hans was placed in a children’s home with 40 other Jewish kids. They did kid stuff, swam, and hiked. But the “kid stuff” was short lived, it wasn’t long before the Nazi’s caught up. Hans was murdered on April 15, 1944, at the age of ten, along with the other children from the home.

Hans was killed because a movement of people sincerely believed him to be a lesser human being. Would you have stood against the movement? Or are you a “silent protester” – which is no protester at all.

If you believe the unborn are human beings, then here are two options: renounce that belief, or stand up for the unborn. But no fakers. Kids like Hans don’t need fakers. The book of James says that faith without works is dead. Meaning, to say you believe in something, and you are not driven to action by that belief, this infers that you don’t believe in what you proclaim to believe. If you love your friend, then you hang out with them. If you love God, you spend time with Him. If you love your spouse, you buy them snacks. If your child is drowning, rock or not, you jump in and try to save them – because you love your child. If you believe the unborn to be humans in the eyes of God, then you will do something.

Things you can do about abortion (Let’s call it the 4 P’s): 

  1. Pray. Prayer changes things. Real prayer changes things. Fervent prayer. Honest prayer. Humble prayer.
  2. Post. In short, start doing something remotely productive with all the time spent on social media. Share pro-life videos, loving pro-life proclamations, articles that proclaim the truth. Yes, people will hate you for it – but this is good! God’s word says to rejoice when we endure hardships in the name of Jesus.
  3. People. Talk to people, and engage in productive debate. Be wise, and enter into these conversations with the Holy Spirit. Some may be more productive than others. Remember to love people who oppose you, they are humans too.
  4. Pay. We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help. You can always give to organizations that’s on the front lines of defending the unborn. Though being asked to give $ is a hallowed exhortation, it helps. Don’t shy away from little opportunities to help.

 

Little steps in the right direction mean a lot when compared with little steps in the wrong direction. Every thing you do counts and is part of a change that will make the aborting of our little boys and girls a thing of the past.

 

 

 

 

 

Abortion will only be stopped with the power of God’s love

Amidst activist seeking to be the next revolutionary, there is a power that can change this terrible practice.

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Who will change abortion? Will it be an impassioned protester? Donald Trump? Millennials? I’m afraid not. If anyone is to change this sickness it’s God, and Him alone. The love of God changes lives. Think about what brought you to Christ. God’s power. Not human based wisdom; this world rejects anything they’d rather not hear, true or false. The same power that drew you to Christ will change the USA. People can make all the arguments they want, all the logic, all the science – without the love and power of God, nothing will change.

“If I give all I have to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3

This verse comes after a string of verses about “good deeds”, but because there is no love those “good deeds” are worthless. In this push against abortion God will not be on our side if we don’t allow Him to lead the fight and lead it His way.

Activist, conservatives, ashamedly myself, we all get caught in the hero mentality, “I’m the next W. Wilberforce, I will save the babies!” – No, we wont. But God will. His love and His power will save those children.

Don’t be discouraged – by all means take action against this atrocity. But, understand, If this is about anything besides showing people the love of God, and calling them to repentance, our work is in vain. Christians must first be filled with the power of God. An abortion is the murder of a precious, innocent child. We must fight it with truth, but purposefully finding ways to make the opposition look foolish “just because” will give only fleeting victory, and it undermines credibility.

This years’ presidential election was a perfect example – two candidates who threw love out the door – they cared only about the winning one-liner, the witty zinger (and failed miserably at even that). None of their arguments had any substance, and listening to them made most feel 10% dumber. They lowered themselves to a level no human should go. Our culture  believes that correcting others is offensive, and that it’s smug and arrogant. Showed them.  But, as Jesus did often, people can gently, and lovingly,  explain to someone that they are in the wrong. Lovingly, truthfully, boldly explain what is happening; always remembering this is God’s fight, not ours.

Remember to love the women. They are valuable. God loves them. He cares equally about them as he does their unborn child. Society says abortion is necessary – that it’s a fundamental right for a woman to live a good life. The baby is not the problem. A society that says “your baby is a problem,” is the problem – this culture must change. Girls who are contemplating aborting their baby need to know their pregnancy is accepted, and that it is even a gift. Don’t forget to love the moms. Because true love changes things – it changes people. If you’re standing up against abortion, start by encouraging and loving the moms and women in your life.

Finally, if winning the battle to end abortion is only that -“winning”- we are misguided. This is about extending the Love of God to people. This is about shining our light amidst a rough time in history. This is about winning people to Christ, not winning an argument.

If you are only pro-life because you want to make other people look foolish – repent, and God will fill you with His Spirit. The power found in God is the ONLY thing that will have a meaningful impact on women, and their babies. God loves, and forgives. He wants humans to know their ways are wrong. When showing someone their ways are wrong, there are two things you can do – tell them, “Hey, your ways are wrong” or, you can show them true love. Faced with God’s unconditional love, that’s when people are convicted.

You cannot know pure white until you’ve seen the truest black, and you cannot know the depth of your sin until you’ve encountered the greatest love.

Prayer. Truth. Love. These things will make the little guys below a whole lot safer.cropped-screenshot-2016-11-17-12-50-53.png