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One Woman’s Story of Abortion, and Her Journey Back to God!

22 Jan

One Woman’s Story of Abortion, and Her Journey Back to God!

I love this!  God is love and He wants relationship with His fallen creation.  All of us!  Our sins, whether we think they are small or large, all separate us from Him until we accept His forgiveness in Christ.  

Rape Insurance??? What our Language Says . . .

16 Dec

Those in Michigan (and nationwide) who object to Michigan’s official policy, written into law last week, that abortions are not a covered service required to be provided by insurance companies, have taken on a new tactic to express their anger.

Coverage for abortions now requires a separate rider in Michigan, sometimes from a different insurance company or sometimes paid for by the individual if her employer has a moral conflict with covering her abortions.  

Opponents are calling these riders “rape insurance.”

Ah, yes, use hyperbole to bring up the extremely small percentage of abortions that are requested due to rape.  Then drag that language front and center!

They say the people who control the language also control the dialogue.  This is not a time for conservatives to passively sit back and let the language be hijacked this way.   

When I was younger, insurance companies often had separate riders for maternity insurance. We didn’t purchase one, even when trying for a brother or sister for Joey (he was born at the local naval hospital and cost us a sum total of $16).  We had intended to have our second child, and any subsequent children, born at home and to pay the midwife out of pocket.

Quaint concept that–paying out of pocket for the things we want.  We now think everything our heart desires must be covered by someone else’s funding, don’t we?   

Thus we have an outcry when those who desire an abortion can’t find a way to get them free (read:  at taxpayer expense or at the expense of the other people employed by their companies).  

I categorically object to the term “rape insurance.”  

It is a false categorization of riders which are making people pay for their own abortions.

Morally, I don’t intend to pay for them.  You have the right to have an abortion.  You also have the right to find a way to pay for it that does not involve me. 

Just sayin’

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Welcome to Rome, Part II!

5 Jul

Welcome to Rome, Part II!

I love it! I wrote a post called “Welcome to Rome” last year and now the Southern Baptist Conference has so many posts on that issue that the writer of this one calls it “cliche.”

I promise you the phrase was from my own brain, after much reading, when I posted it last year. Obviously, nobody who is a thinker thinks in a vacuum, so I probably took data points from the SBC as well as from other voices when I made my assessment.

But the phrase “Welcome to Rome” was original to me.

Great minds think alike, or our blogs crossed paths and someone over there saw my post . . . one or the other.

Very cool. Since I am not paid for this blog, it is not important to know whether I was the first to use the phrase. But neat that I found it on my own, in the midst of others coming to the same conclusion.

Waiting for God to Grow us a Heart!

15 Apr

I ran into a friend at Farm Fresh the other night–came out of the checkout aisle and saw my son over talking to him at the grocery’s Starbucks.

Our friend is in seminary and made the statement to me that he is seeking to successfully merge  his studies with his outreach to a dying world.  He is thinking a lot about how to do that and is not yet convinced that he knows the answers.

He especially emphasized, “How do I get motivated to get up and go out to a world that is dying right outside my door?”

Good question, and one, if we are honest, that we all face, at least some of the time. 

We know what Jesus called us to do.  The Great Commission says that explicitly in three of the four gospels, and in the book of Acts.  Go reach people with the gospel (for you social action types, He also taught that people probably are not going to be able to hear your gospel presentation if they are starving at the moment . . . so there is that, too). 

So my friend and I asked each other, “Why don’t we do that?”

We know Jesus loves lost people.  We know we are called to love them, too.

Why don’t we do what He asked us to do?  

There are many sanctimonious answers to that (I love the one where the person gets all drawn up to his full height and says, “God called me to equip the saints so they can go reach the lost . . .”  Yeah, right!).  

We can omit outreach due to pride or fear or a number of emotions . . .

But the bottom line is what the Holy Spirit inspired in 1 John.  If we love Him, we will keep His commandments.  If we love Him, we will love our brothers and sisters also.  Both the ones already in the church and the ones who could be in the church once they hear the gospel . . .

If we say we love God and show by our actions that we don’t really love people out there in a dying world . . . well, we just showed that our love for God is pretty suspect (1 John would say “nonexistent”).  

And, if we are genuinely born again, that does not annull our salvation, nor make God love us any less, for He still remains the Great Initiator of all Love.  

It just shows that we need to be honest with ourselves about our total need of Him, even to instill in us His own heart so we would love the lost and grieve over them as He does.

If I look on young girls broken by sin’s effects–pregnant at 12, aborting babies at 15, holding no higher aspiration in life than to get their identity from a man (or from a serial progression of many men), and my heart is not moved . . . I need to move closer to my Saviour, putting my head right up against Him and hearing the beating pulse of His heart, as He grieves for what sin has done to people precious to Him!!!

Have We No Mercy?

12 Apr

Dr. Kermit Gosnell stands accused of running a nightmare of an abortion clinic in Philadelphia.  The kind of clinic even prochoice people should condemn (and some have).

The accusations are bad enough.  But there is a whole backstory being told by his staff (and former staff), too.

Callousness of the highest degree.  Letting unlicensed people administer anesthesia to his largely African-American and Asian-American population.  Yet tending to the white women who came to his clinic personally (and putting them in a nicer room reserved just for them).  Dr. Gosnell, an African-American himself, supposedly explained that as “just the way of the world.”

He injured mothers, killing at least two of them.  

He did late-term abortions, much later than Pennsylvania law allows, ensuring that no baby was born alive by putting a two-inch scissors notch across their neck and spinal cord, severing the cord.  

I could go on but others have detailed these abuses much more categorically than I ever could.  

My question is:  Have we no mercy for Dr. Gosnell’s victims?  For the babies who died?  Precious babies made in God’s image and for whom His Son went to the cross.  Ripped apart with scissors for the sin of not being wanted.

Have we no mercy for the women who died?  For the women who were mutilated?  Some of them were not yet adults and some of them were adults who thought abortion was their only option.

 There are lots of women who feel all alone in the world and turn to abortion as a solution, not knowing that that particular solution can be much worse than a problem pregnancy.  

Where is our mercy?  Where is our hope in Christ?  Can we hold our hope in Christ out to these victims and pray they will see it?  Can we pray for them, wholeheartedly?  

Christ is our only hope, lost in sin as we all are before we meet Him.  

Can we remember that about ourselves?  Can we hold out hope to those who don’t know Him yet, that He can change their lives, both now and eternally?  Can we?

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Atheist’s Post on Why He Believes Doctors Should be Forced to Perform Abortions

15 Mar

Atheist’s Post on Why He Believes Doctors Should be Forced to Perform Abortions

We have trained each other a lot, these nine months that I have been blogging. See how many logical fallacies you can find in this argument, by an atheist, that OB-GYN’s don’t belong in their field unless they are willing to perform abortions.

I will start by saying the hyperbole is obvious. There is a big difference between a Jehovah’s Witness doctor not willing to save a life with a blood transfusion (I doubt that situation would ever happen, for starters . . .) and a doctor not willing to end a life, as abortion is universally agreed to end a life, even by those who totally believe it is a woman’s right to elect to do so.

And . . . really? Saying someone who is against the gay lifestyle could refuse to treat a case of HIV? That would never happen either. You see, we are talking about doctors with morals here when the subject is abortion, not capricious decisions of convenience.

The writer acts as if doctors awaken every morning and decide what their morals will be for that day!

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Women’s Thursday: A Majority of the Human Race is Never Born

28 Feb

A Majority of the Human Race is Never Born

 

Writing about abortion, I have been running into statistics like those expressed in this chart about the miscarriage rate.  As you can see, it is estimated that 75% of pregnancies spontaneously abort before the mother knows she is pregnant.

Beyond that, be careful with interpretation.  The next statistic means that 10% of the 25% of pregnancies that survive the first few days will then go on to spontaneously abort in the next period.  Then 5% of the pregnancies that have survived the first two periods will spontaneously abort in the next one . . . and so on.

If we read that incorrectly and assume that 10% of the original pregnancies will spontaneously abort in the next period, then 5% of the original pregnancies in the next period after that, we end up with a chart that seems to imply that almost 100% of all pregnancies spontaneously abort.  Added to our 20-25% intentional abortion rate, that would make a birth rate of, say, 0%!!!

Now, for those of us who regard a fertilized egg as possessing an eternal soul from the moment of conception, there is a staggering thought here.

Take just a moment to contemplate that far more than half of the human race never gets to the birth process.

We pretty universally agree that those who have a soul and never reach the age of accountability go to heaven automatically.

So over half the human race will be in heaven without having ever taken one breath on this planet.  Without having made a choice to follow the God of the Bible.  In fact, He chose for them.

Now, I want us to dare consider another thought.  In the matter of election that can be so controversial, is it possible that God chose for the rest of us, too?

I know some Arminian folks are aghast at this idea.  Choice is very important to them.  They call it “free will.”

But is it as important to God as it sometimes is to us?  We love our choices, but does He see them the same way we do?

Especially the choice to be saved.

We willingly acknowledge that He knows who will be saved in the end.

Could He also have chosen them, chosen for them to come to the part of their life where they get saved?

It’s just a thought . . .

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Women’s Thursday: One Voice in the Abortion Debate

21 Feb

Women’s Thursday: One Voice in the Abortion Debate

I disagree with this blogger on many different levels  She gives me the opportunity to address them.

First of all, most people who are against abortion are not also against contraceptives.  The people who are against both are usually traditional Catholics.  They are only a small percentage of Catholics, let alone of the pro-life movement!

Secondly, one bit of data usually not included in comparisons of countries where abortion is legal and those where it is illegal is the status of doctors conducting abortions in both places.  They are usually the same bunch, with one bringing women in the front doors of their clinics and the other bringing them in the back doors of their clinics.   That was also the difference that occurred in the U.S. in  January of 1973, when abortion became legal.  A totally new group of doctors did not get trained in the procedure from one day to the next.  The ones who were already providing it just became legal.

That is key because when a country makes abortion legal, the blood of those unborn babies accrues on that nation’s conscience.  When abortion is illegal, individual doctors and mothers incur the guilt for a baby’s death.  That may seem a fine point now, but that only proves how far downward our thinking has spiraled since 1973.  I don’t want anybody’s blood guilt spread over our entire nation.  If someone chooses to murder a child in the womb, let those people bear their own guilt.

So I do not concur when the post says that countries that make abortion illegal punish women who want abortions by making them seek them illegally.  In light of responsibility for blood guilt, I can’t buy that line.  For when abortion is legal, I am punished by living in a society where we collectively bear the blood guilt of every woman who aborts and every doctor who provides an abortion.  Why should I be punished with that?  Given the choice between “punishing” a woman by making her find an illegal abortion and punishing our entire society with blood guilt, I choose the former.

Thirdly, the post advances the shaky argument that a woman’s body naturally expels more fertilized eggs than are expelled via birth control; this event is referred to as a natural abortion.  Well, so what?  If God causes a fertilized egg to pass out of a woman’s body, then that is God’s decision.  I am not worried about those cases.  My objective is not to maximize the number of fertilized eggs coming to the birth process, but to suggest that people don’t have the right to play God and to cause the death of a fertilized egg, whether by a birth control method that works after fertilization or by abortion.

Fourthly, however, I do agree that those who are prolife must be consistently so and must advocate for ways in which poor women can be helped to raise the children they bear.  Those ways do not necessarily have to be funded by the government, however.

And fifthly, one final word about the post is that statistics should often be questioned.  The Western European abortion rate is said to be 12 per 1000 women, while the Eastern European abortion rate is 43 per 1000 women.  Yet we know that in the U.S., a western nation, we abort between 20% and 25% of all pregnancies.  If that were consistent with Western Europe, then we would be talking about an abortion rate in Eastern Europe that is almost 100%.  I believe the discrepancy exists because all women are included in the statistic, not just all women who get pregnant in a given year.  That would be a more meaningful statistic.

There is much to be said on the abortion issue; my initial two posts have merely scratched the surface.  But when we say it, we need to use meaningful words and concepts.

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Women’s Thursday: Putting a Tenuous Toe in the Water on the Subject of Abortion

14 Feb

Putting a Tenuous Toe in the Water on the Subject of Abortion

This link is interesting to me.  I have some pretty fundamental differences with some stands Tony Campolo has taken in the past.  But that doesn’t mean I think he should shut up and never write anything again.  In blogging, there is no concept of secondary and tertiary separation, as there is in fundamentalist pulpits!

I do like the idea presented by both men here that we can’t just make it our project to dissuade women from abortion, then leave them on their own to pick up the pieces of their lives.  I think we have to be willing to use our own time, talent, and treasure to help them after their babies are born.

When we homeschooled, we collected gifts at Christmas for “Baby Jesus” in our homeschool support group.  Baby clothes, diapers, wipes, etc. to be presented to our local crisis pregnancy center.  The thought of it makes me cry even now, as Joey and I would drive a car full of packages over after our Christmas party.  Our saying was, “Since Baby Jesus isn’t here right now, let’s give to another baby in His Name.”  Such a blessing to be involved.

I do agree that the majority of abortions seem to be caused by hopelessness in women, particularly financial hopelessness.

However, I also see that many abortions don’t particularly appear to be a woman’s “choice” (as prochoice people constantly say they are).  When a young woman is being coerced by her parents or by the baby’s father to abort the child, that is no choice for her.  Just sayin’.

And there is the guilty secret, hardly ever addressed, that many, many pregnancies (and subsequent abortions) in minors involve a man who is not, himself, a minor.  How very cold of him to encourage or even offer to pay for the operation that destroys the evidence of his crime, eh?  Because sex with an underage person is still a crime.

Where is the mercy for the woman who wants to keep her baby but is being told by her parents or by her boyfriend that she will be abandoned if she chooses to give birth to the child?

And where is the mercy for the underage girl, abused by an adult and then pressured to abort an innocent child to hide the guilt of that adult?

Real people have to live with the consequences of these abortions, too.  And mental scars are no less real . . .

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The Belief That Abortion Can Save A Mother’s Life

11 Jan

The Belief That Abortion Can Save A Mother’s Life

 

This article is the first salvo in a series of points about abortion I wish to make within the next week.

This article eloquently points out that a panel of doctors has concluded that no planned abortion is ever necessary to save a mother’s life when she has a medical condition.  In other words, you don’t have to abort a pregnant mother’s child before you start her on chemotherapy, radiation, dialysis, or any other lifesaving treatment.

Now, what may happen is the child may spontaneously abort when a lifesaving treatment is begun.  For example, chemotherapy could kill an unborn child.  Probably does many times.  But there is a huge, huge difference between planning an abortion and dealing with a spontaneous abortion that comes along.

The first one would equate to playing God; the second one would equate to letting God be God and decide whether the child lives.

An important distinction.  Please keep it in mind as I begin writing on this topic.

Gendercide

25 Oct

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/goodletters/2012/10/the-three-deadliest-words-in-the-world-its-a-girl/

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