Friday, July 29, 2011

How to Remove the Scales?

In  Acts 9, Saul had a form of scales on his eyes.  Blindness had taken place and at one point, "something like scales" fell from his eyes.  His sight was then restored.  We don't really know what that covering was actually like but the substance kept Saul from seeing anything.

And so it is with those who deny the Holocaust.   They have a thick covering over their eyes, but more aptly their hearts, minds and souls.  There are people who actually deny the Holocaust ever happened.  There are people who diminish the numbers of Jews and the other victims Hitler rounded up to be murdered.  The people who deny such things are often shown photos of the piles of emaciated bodies, the piles of bones and personal belongings that once belonged to the dead.  They shrug and deny.

Personal testimonies from both sides of the war share what they saw or did.  My own father-in-law was present when a concentration camp was liberated.  He saw with his own eyes which haunted him and many others of his division.   There were trials of the war criminals and since then, some have repented of their actions.  No matter.  Whether you have photos, eyewitness accounts or documented reports.....these people deny it all or downplay the monstrosity and magnitude of the Holocaust.

Now we have it happening on a different front.  This is a different battle.  However, this victim has the same identity in that he or she is "not human" or is a "useless weed" and "not convenient to have around".  This victim can also be the subject of ghoulish and grisly experiments. 

The person in the womb is dehumanized and labeled "it", "blob of tissue", "clump of cells", or "genetic material".  It's all about placing a NEW label to fool the people.  It works.  It worked for Hitler and now it works for the abortion faction.  No one has to think about the victim and that's convenient. No wonder it's so easy to deny that millions have been slaughtered. 

Every day in the United States alone, around 3,600 babies are murdered.  That works out to over a million every year.   Since 1973, there have been over 53 million human beings murdered in the womb.  The Deniers refuse to look and believe.   You can show them photos of babies who have gone through an abortion.  The answer?  "Those are fake".   Eyewitness accounts from both sides saying yes, this is going on every day......the Deniers attack the messengers instead of the facts. 

Even to this day, we know there are people who still glorify Hitler.  We saw that with Klebold and Harris in 1999 at Columbine High School massacre.   There will always be people who think Hitler helped Germany.  There will always be SOMEONE who will say "Hitler did SOME good." 

Now we have the modern-day version.  You will always find someone who glorifies the abortion world and their abortion franchise. 

When I first started this blog, I saw the different designs and saw the weeds.  I thought at first...how sad.  They aren't FLOWERS.   I thought of Mother Teresa's quote (paraphrased) "How can there be too many children?  That's like saying there are too many flowers."  

The weeds are significant though and I chose this design.  Margaret Sanger repeatedly used the term "weeds" to describe her own opinion of people who didn't measure up to her idea of perfection.  "
"In his last book, Mr. [H.G.] Wells speaks of the meaningless, aimless lives which cram this world of ours, hordes of people who are born, who live, who die, yet who have done absolutely nothing to advance the race one iota. Their lives are hopeless repetitions. All that they have said has been said before; all that they have done has been done better before. Such human weeds clog up the path, drain up the energies and the resources of this little earth. We must clear the way for a better world ; we must cultivate our garden."   Margaret Sanger, "The Need for Birth Control in America," in Birth Control: Facts and Responsibilities, ed. Adolf Meyer, M.D. (Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Co., 1925), 11-49, here 48

"‘Nature eliminates the weeds, but we turn them into parasites and allow them to reproduce.’ Could any business maintain itself with the burden of such an ‘overhead’? Could any breeder of livestock conduct his enterprise on such a basis? I do not think so.”  Is Race Suicide Probable?  Colliers, 1925, 25.

By the way, according to Margaret Sanger, I would have been a "weed" clogging up her path.  In infancy, it was discovered that I was not growing normally.  There were problems of physical development and after a search for answers, they found a pediatrician who diagnosed the problem.  I had hypothyroidism.  Left untreated, hypothyroidism would advance to Cretinism.  For mental retardation, Sanger wanted mandatory sterilization and even suggested special farms/camps set aside for many classes of indigents, feeble-minded people, criminals and... well, you get the picture.  Suffice to say, had my pediatrician not discovered the condition,  Sanger would have categorized me as a class A, noxious weed.  Sanger died the year I was born.  WHEW, escaped THAT ONE! 

I pray for those who still believe that Hitler sang Kum Bah Ya and  that Margaret Sanger was all that and a bag of chips.  They keep their eyes, heart and brains screwed up tight into a mass of delusion.  Pride is a very deceptive sin and a very heavy set of manacles and chains. 

Romans 1:22-32 - Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.   Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

This blog is my blog! This blog is your blog. From California to Scotland's islands....

This post was going to be started tomorrow but it's very close to tomorrow so what's 10 minutes or so difference?

Those who are following and visiting are bearing very well with my clumsy and awkward attempts at blogging.  Kind of like what one expects from a newborn...head's a bit cone-shaped, eyes are in different directions, just kind of all herky-jerky and needing to be cleaned and bundled-up tight.  Goooooood....now you know that you have to help!  This lil' babe needs some assistance.   

As I was cogitating the direction of this blog, the number one thing that kept coming up was that it needed to be organized.  Not so much for me (although I need all the help that is offered) but for the regular attendees.  How will this blog be helpful?  How can it be set up to make things easy to find?   It's good to start off with basics--a primer (cue music from "Do, Re, Me").  It's not to talk down or treat anyone as a child but just to get everyone on the same sheet of music (Handel's Messiah).

For some, this page will be pretty boring stuff if you are involved already and are just here to give me morale (which I appreciate).  For you others, I need to hear from you!  If you are brand new to the pro-life movement or are just trying to not be overwhelmed by all the information out there, what will help?  This can go in so many directions.  Remember outlining your essays in school?  We had Roman numerals, letters, numbers and then all the subheadings below that. If you have been in the pro-life movement...how can we step it up a notch?

I thought about dedicating one month each to a subject.  September could be about LABORING.....okay, bad joke.   Sorry about that.....kind of.  I am still cogitating, but I DO need to hear what the new pro-lifer needs.  Early on, my experience was that I didn't know enough to defend my ground.   Yes, I was pro-life but why?  Where do I go for the facts and the science?   How can I share with others the right way?   Mistakes are going to happen and we try to do our best to not sound stupid, tongue-tied, uninformed or even angry, yet sometimes we do just that.  I guess for each individual, it will vary as to what subject is most important.  Let me know!

By the way, much of what I will share is information from people 1000 times more involved, smarter, dedicated and more experienced than I am.  There is just no reinventing the wheel.  They have been there and I am grateful for being able to draw from them.  My hope is just to funnel and direct all of it into an easy format.  If I ever start to sound puffed-up.....slap me (well, gently, and of course, figuratively).  I am open to rebuke and correction (I say that NOW).  ;)

Okay, the forum is opened....please jump in!!

1 Corinthians 10:31--"Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God"

Was I Always Pro-Life?

Greetings, Fellow Pro-lifers!

Let me introduce myself for the ones who are new to my blog (and don't fall into the family, friends from the olden days and the ones-who-see-me-often camp).

I was born (another reason to be pro-life...I am grateful for that gift of life) in New Mexico, raised in Texas in a family of five.  Our family comprised of Dad, Mom, my younger sister and baby brother.  I have good memories of growing up in a family that did things together.  We enjoyed many visits to grandparents' houses and extended family.  They had great stories of their informative years and they liked to have good, clean fun.

Growing up in Texas was pleasant.  Like many other girls my age, I loved to read Nancy Drew and play with my dolls.  Electronics in my life consisted of a personal sony tape cassette (nifty), my record player, my black and white television set that had bunny ears, and a radio.  A CD was a certificate of Deposit.  I loved books and music which kept me very occupied.

I thought babies were cute, fun and a lot of work.  Newborns were a little scary for me when I babysat, but otherwise I didn't really give too much thought to the pro-life issues.   My wish was to have a family of my own someday but I can't even remember when I heard the word "abortion" for the first time.  Yet, somewhere along the way, I had picked up a slogan or two that was abortion-oriented.  "My Body, My Choice" was one attitude and "Overpopulation" was the other attitude.  One girl in 10th grade speech class addressed abortion from a pro-life view.  The only line I remember somewhat was the end- "Congratulations.  You just aborted Einstein."

One incident stands out in 1991.  On a major move from one state to another, I heard a radio show late-night in the car.  Randall Terry from Operation Rescue was being interviewed.   They were taking calls (no cellphones back then or I might have called), and I remember yelling at the radio (with my 4 year-old son sleeping in the back seat), some pro-abortion argument.  We had parked at the hotel and my husband (in the other car) saw me talking to "no one".  His face was "What are you doing?"   I later explained with disgust, that this guy on the radio just didn't know what he was talking about!!!   It is funny to me now because if there was anyone who was the most clueless, it was me at that moment of yelling at the radio show. 

Somewhere along the way, I did an about-face.  One would think that moment would be crystallized but that's not the case.  I remember one image that reinforced it (and I'll link that article in a future post), but I was already pro-life by then.  It could have been an image that changed my mind, which I think is most likely as pro-life books/articles just weren't in my surroundings back then.  Except for one friend who was pro-abortion, I really don't remember talking to anyone about it.  This was not a subject that came up.

I was living in Alabama at one point and remember a friend visiting from out-of-town.  The subject came up and my argument was staunchly pro-life at that point.  No exceptions.  The friend asked, "What if your daughter was raped?"  The answer was, "That would be a hard situation but I would not be for it even for that." 

Whatever the vehicle that got me to that point, the fact is, before I became pro-life, I just plain hadn't thought things through.  It's a common theme of the majority.  It's very easy to spout "A woman has a right to choose".  All these manufactured pro-abortion slogans are easy to spout unthinkingly.  When people really take the time to think things through and to really SEE what abortion is, there is an adjustment.  It may not be set or formulated fully, but there is a new outlook.

Now there is a new chapter.  It's not just holding views but now there is action.  One story comes to mind.  A man was walking down the street one night and he hears a struggle taking place in a nearby bush.  He isn't sure what to do and he hesitates out of fear of getting involved.  He then decides to take action and heads to the struggle yelling, "Stop that!".   The attacker takes off running.  The man calls out to the victim and says, "He's gone,  you are safe now."  He hears the young woman in a startled, weak voice......"Dad?"
Yes, he stopped the attempted rape of his daughter.   How close he was to not getting "involved".  Will you get involved?


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Just a Helping Hand....

This blog has been started at the suggestion and urging by my daughter.  I resisted initially due to the numerous blogs already existing, plus numerous blogs that are very impressive to boot. 

Do I have anything to contribute?  Time will tell but it's my intent to glorify God through all of it. 

One of the goals of this blog is to give a helping hand to any who have become pro-life (maybe very recently) and are just now finding out there's a whole world of information out there.  Maybe the visitors to this blog  are on-the-fence or unsure about what to do next?  Maybe fellow pro-lifers have held these views for a long time but just want a sanctuary of like-minded souls? Whatever the curiosity that led you here (maybe you were invited :D).....I pray this blog will gird up, edify, inspire, energize and motivate you to take the next step in the protection of innocent life. 

The subjects will range from the beautiful, miraculous and sometimes even humorous (pro-life issues) to the ugly, disturbing and atrocious (abortion issues).   I will forewarn as often as possible any subjects and links that lead to pages or stories containing sensitive material.  More on that later.

A few years ago, the story of Shiphrah and Puah came into more focus.  I am not a midwife but I have great admiration for them (past and present!).  They desired to please God and not man (Pharaoh) by not killing the Hebrew baby boys as ordered. God favored them for this!  My love for God and His creation (with a special love for babies and kids), puts me in the same company as S & P.  I look forward to meeting them in Heaven someday. 

This blogging business is all so new but I welcome you all on this passage of pro-life proactivity. 

Psalm 139:14-17-- I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You.  When I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth, Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed.  And in Your book, they were all written, the days fashioned for me when as yet there were none of them.  How precious are Your thoughts to me, O God.  How great is the sum of them!