Breaking the Facade

Where The Lines Overlap

By Liz Reed, Executive Director of Georgia Businesses for Life

The Girl Scouts…My initial thoughts are of my own few years in the Scouts as a young girl. Selling cookies, earning badges, going to campouts, reading Bible stories around a camp fire, spending precious time with my mother who worked 3 jobs and yet still had time for every scouting event. Those memories are probably some of the most precious that I carry with me from my childhood.

I’m certain that for most Americans, this warm, fuzzy, sentimental reaction is pretty standard when considering the Girl Scouts. It is an organization that we trust, one that we turn our daughters to in complete faith that only good things will come of it.

Which is precisely why the conservative community is expressing such an outrage to the exposure of the once-so-innocent group’s ties to and outright support of pro-abortion organizations…

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Myself, Bristol Palin And The Abstinence Message

lately I’ve been accused of being a hypocrite by the pro-abort trolls that can’t seem to keep their noses out of other people’s business.

I’m a hypocrite because I advocate for abstinence even though I myself have had a child out of wedlock.

My answer to that is: So what?

Why can’t I be an advocate for abstinence? Should I stand by and let others make the same mistake I did?  I don’t think so. People make mistakes. No one is perfect. I’ve never said that I was and I never will. I made a mistake. I learned from it and with that experience its my duty to teach others.

Bristol Palin feels the same way. She became an abstinence ambassador for the Candies Foundation after giving birth to her son Tripp.She’s using her experience as an example of what not to do. I think its admirable of her to use her experience to help prevent other teens from getting pregnant. There is a great interview with her  on the Christianity Today web site.

I understand that abstinence is not for everyone. I don’t expect every teen out there to practice it. I will however continue to advocate for it, as it is the ONLY 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy. That is what I intend to teach my daughters as well. If one slips up and ends up pregnant, they will have my full support. I can’t judge them because I’ve been there myself.

If some hear the message and decide its the way they want to go, good  for them. If they don’t, I can’t force them to, but at least I have put that information out there for them instead of sitting idly by while teens are getting pregnant and turning to abortion as a solution. Two wrongs don’t make it right.

God bless.

 

 

 

 

Pro-Abort and Christian? How?

The other day I was sparring yet again with the militant pro-aborts on facebook. One page in particular feels the need to comment on every post I make. Most of the time they are attempting to harass me personally, but other times they take swipes at my Christianity.

One of the administrators of this particular page claims to be a Christian and that her morals are straight. Yet she is a pro-abort and has teamed up with a militant atheist to run a hate page.

I pointed out this particular part of scripture, and she blew a blood vessel, accusing me of judging. (Again.)

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (New Living Translation)

14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them
    and walk among them.
I will be their God,
    and they will be my people.
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
    and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
    and I will welcome you.
18 And I will be your Father,
    and you will be my sons and daughters,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

How can one be a Christian with “straight morals”, yet be yoked with an unbeliever? How can you work with someone who hates your God? The only answer I can think of is: You can’t.

She countered my verse with one of her own, and advised me to follow it:

1 Peter 3:15-16 (New Living Translation)

15 Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Isn’t that what we as pro-lifers do? Christ is the Lord of our lives. We are  always ready to explain Christian hope to those who ask. We are always gentle and respectful to those who ask us about our faith. The last sentence of verse 16 applies more to the pro-aborts who constantly speak against  us. We have  great lives because we belong to Christ.

The word Christian means to be like Christ. How can one  be like Christ while advocating for the murder of his most beloved? Simple answer: You’re not.

15 Things to Consider about Abortion

My Co-admin on our facebook page posted this. I thought it was great and decided to share it here.

This was Written by John Piper, he is the Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. this was originally posted on Resurgence.

 

Given that today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, here are 15 things to consider about abortion:

1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother’s womb (except in the case of abortion).

2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.

3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is still legal beyond this limit.

4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.

5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.

6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.

7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.

8. Ultrasounds have given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, and responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.

9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.

10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.

11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.

12. The outcast, the disadvantaged, and the exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.

13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person-nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.

14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.

15. Jesus Christ can forgive all sins and will give all who trust in him the help they need to do everything that life requires.

 


 

This post is adapted from Pastor John’s article on Desiring God. For more on abortion, watch a biblical theology of the issue in this sermon from Pastor Mark.

 

The Subtle Pro-Life, Pro-God Messages from TV’s “Desperate Housewives”

I used to watch Desperate Housewives when it was on prime time, but I missed out on the last 2 seasons, I can’t remember exactly why. I think there was a conflict with another show that both my husband and I enjoyed, so I just stopped watching.

I recently found it on Netflix Streaming, so I’ve been catching up on the seasons I missed. I began to notice something: The show had a definite Pro-God, Pro-Life message.

A majority of the characters on the show attended church. Bree was very active in her church and wasn’t afraid to profess her faith. At one point during the show’s run, she even helped Lynette grow closer to God.

Even Edie, the “slut” on the street, went to church. There was even an episode where she went to confession.

Now I’m not saying that the characters were perfect Christians, because we all know there is no such thing, We all sin, we all fall short of the Glory of God. But these folks did their best to live good honest lives.

Now on to the Pro-Life message. First we have Danielle, Bree’s daughter. She gets pregnant before finishing high school.  She has her baby and gives it to her mother to raise so she can finish school and go to college.

Next we have Edie. Edie had a son named Travers. She was not interested in being a mother, but she had the child anyway and her son was raised by his father. He made a few visits to Edie during her run on the show.

Then there’s Lynette. She becomes pregnant with twins late in life. She isn’t sure if she wants to be a mother again and confides in Susan how she is feeling. It doesn’t take her long to come to the decision that she will have the babies.

Lastly we have Susan’s daughter Julie, She comes home in the last season 6 months pregnant. She hadn’t told anyone of the pregnancy, but springs the news on her mother and that she is  going to put the baby up for adoption.

I think Julie’s story in particular is the most Pro-life of all. She waited 6 months before telling her mother. She knew she didn’t want to be a single mother, especially since she was 1 year away from getting her PhD. So she did the responsible thing and chose adoption. Her story could have gone a totally different way. She could have come home to tell her mother that she had gotten pregnant and had an abortion. But the writers chose to take the high road and go Pro-life.

Sure this show has its share of adultery, crime, lying, excessive drinking, and a whole host of other problems. But you can’t deny that there are some positive messages brought across as well.

Me, I like to focus on the positive.

Until next time, God Bless!

 

Raising Our Daughters To Be Ladies And Sons To Be Gentlemen.

Recently I came across this graphic on facebook:

LadiesThat quote gives us something to think about doesn’t it? If we want our daughters to be ladies and our sons to be gentlemen,  we need to teach them how instead of hoping they figure it out on their own.

We already teach them (At least I hope everyone does) to use good manners; saying “please” “thank you” and “excuse me” to name a few. I also teach my daughter’s to address their elders in a formal manner, using “Mr.” and “Mrs.” instead of first names. My mother always addressed our neighbors in this manner. I do it today.  To me, it shows the person respect.  My mother was a lady, and she raised me to be one as well. I remember she would dress for the grocery store they way some women would dress for the office. I found it a bit humorous that she’d be in her dress clothes, makeup on and hair up in a french twist, then climb into her little red Ford Ranger (complete with lift-kit) and head off to the store. She never walked out the door unless she looked like a presentable lady, and never let me out the door until I was as well.

Being a Lady or a Gentleman goes beyond manners. It also means teaching our kids to respect themselves as well. Girls need to learn that she doesn’t have to swear, drink alcohol, take drugs or have sex in order to be cool. Boys need to learn the same thing.

For girls, being a lady doesn’t mean that she is weak or repressed. It takes much more willpower and self-control to be a lady. I managed it until I was 26. I(I stumbled in the not-having-sex department, but I am now married to the man I stumbled with.)  NOT giving in to peer-pressure to drink or have sex is a lot harder than giving in. By not giving in, she will have more self respect for herself instead of caving in and having regrets. If your daughter possesses these qualities, she will go farther in this world, and if she chooses to marry, will attract a man that will treat her with respect.

Our sons should be taught to respect women. Don’t cuss in front of them. Don’t pressure a girl to do something that she doesn’t want to do, and stay away from those that are all too willing to do things they’ll regret later. Hold a door for others, be it a woman or a man. Use “Sir” and “Ma’am”. when speaking to a girl’s parents. Simple little things like that go a long way.

Just think, if all it took was our kids having a little self respect and respect for others, Drug and alcohol abuse wouldn’t be a huge problem.  The teen pregnancy rate would drop. Imagine what that would do to the abortion rates.

Until next time, God Bless.

P. S. Well, isn’t this interesting? When using the proof-reading feature, it marked the word “ladies” as biased language but not the word “gentlemen”. Go figure.