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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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