Archives For January 2016

“This last-ditch move of desperation is going to expose all of the sordid dealings of the California Planned Parenthood affiliates to the light of the legal system and the public will see them for the corrupt abortion and baby body parts profiteers that they really are.” Center for Medical Progress website.

That’s a confident statement from David Daleiden–the man behind the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s principle players negotiating deals for the sale of baby parts.

We can only hope he’s right, but we can’t be sure yet.

When I heard the news that the Harris County District Attorney’s office was indicting Daleiden and an associate, my initial reaction was surprise.

But I should not have been surprised. America’s legal system was established with truth seeking in mind. The system presumes the accused are innocent. It has established rules of evidence. Those who speak to it swear to be truthful. The system is supposed to expose wrongdoing and to seek justice for wrongdoers and victims. Continue Reading…

“In a post-Christian culture the dominant worldview is not longer founded on Christian principles. . . The Church no longer shapes the culture. . . . In a very real sense, this ‘post-Christian’ world is coming full circle to resemble the pre-Christian world.” From Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change It AgainAquilina and Papandrea, 23.

In the 1950s and 60s we made room for Daddy and Father knew best, but Donna Reed’s version of Mom held her own as did Lucille Ball’s.

Entertainment mirrors society. As the family is the foundation of a Christian culture, so it was in the land of television more than half a century ago. But in the late ’60s and into the ’70s, as America turned away from devotion to God, television lost its devotion to family.

In the 1970s Archie Bunker was a cartoonish father who did not know best. Television celebrated the single woman with Marlo Thomas’s That Girl and Mary Tyler Moore’s self-named series. Men were accessories, not necessities. Continue Reading…

“The great conflicts in American history, especially slavery, civil rights, and abortion, have been unusually hard fought and passionate because they cannot be understood as symbolic fights over different worldviews or cultures. Instead, they are better understood as clashes over how common liberal values should be extended to different categories of humans. These conflicts have been disagreements over who counts as a human person.” (Jon Shields)

It was supposed to fix it all–women dying from illegal abortions, child abuse, poverty. Abortion would end dangerous, back alley procedures that killed desperate girls and women. Child abuse would end. Lessening the burden from “unwanted children” would enhance the economic stability of the poor.

Compassionate helpers would be the heroes of abortion “rights”. That’s what they told us in the 1960s and ’70s.

All lies. Former atheist and “abortion doctor” Bernard Nathanson revealed the concoctions after his conversions–first to a pro-life perspective, then to a Christian one. A leading proponent of ‘legal and safe’ abortion became a vocal proponent for life–and a voice of truth. Continue Reading…

Before Christ, “In all of history, only one culture had prohibited [abortion and infanticide]–that of the Jews” (42)

I remember my mother telling me where she was and what she was doing when she learned that the Japanese had attacked Pearl Harbor. She was sweeping the basement floor and listening to the radio. When the news came, she shut off the radio. Denial is our first response to unfathomable news.

Eventually the event becomes memory. But if we lose our awareness of the past, we neglect the help it offers. Few people alive today remember the horror of hearing that news.

We’ve reached the point in our nation when few school age students remember the events of September 11, 2001. Now most students have only heard about the day 19 terrorists killed more than 3,000 Americans on US soil. Continue Reading…

“Sin has a ripple effect. You never ever sin alone. Because when you sin, you are changed. And when you are changed, you will affect somebody else. And when we talk about victimless crimes in our society, they may be legal, sociological, psychological terms; they are not biblical concepts.” Ravi Zacharias

We often don’t think enough about life shaping us. We look back over time and see that we have changed, grown–we hope. But we don’t often think of the shaping as it’s happening. We tend not to see that our choices form our beings. They also shape those we encounter.

I remember sitting in a college classroom, a criminology class, and hearing the instructor discuss “victimless” crimes, the encounters society frowned upon (more then, less now) but that “didn’t hurt anyone.”

The instructor suffered from the disillusionment that “consenting adults” could engage each other, agree to exploit each other, walk away, and remain unchanged, unharmed, perhaps even happier or better off for having had the experience. Continue Reading…

The Power of One Life

January 11, 2016 — 2 Comments

 

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 
Psalm 139:14.

One cell. And no one knows you are here yet. No one except God.

Eternity has shifted because you are.

All that you will be is within this one cell, you–your cocoa brown hair, your sea green eyes. Your stubborn temperament that will eventually mellow but never become too passive, too gullible.

You will love dancing, playing the piano, and writing stories you think are silly for the brothers who will come after you.

You will not like peas. Continue Reading…

This decade saw the final launchings of my children and another son deployed. My father died.

A friend provided a metaphor: I was now a root, no longer a branch.

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‘A conviction ungirded by love will make the possessor . . . obnoxious and the dogma he possesses repulsive. That’s why the cohesive factor in the ministry of the early Church resulted in the comment: “Behold how they love each other!” (Ravi Zacharias)

“How they love one another!” It wasn’t just something someone said only once. According to Tertullian, “See how they love one another!” was a common statement in Rome when new Christians painted a bright contrast to the darkness of the empire’s decadence and brutality.

We live in a decadent and brutal society today. We can barely drive down a highway, walk through a shopping center, or turn on our televisions or computers without noticing some element of our culture that reflects the debauchery of Rome. Continue Reading…