HuffPo writer aborts daughter with Trisomy 13

Click the above link to read the story of writer Kimberly Cates Escamilla explaining her decision to abort her unborn daughter after being diagnosed with the genetic disorder, Trisomy 13 (Huffington Post, April 10). Go to the Huffington Post (linked on Jill’s site) to read the whole story. I did not directly link to that publication.

The story is disturbing on many levels, but underneath the anti-life words is a woman who is suffering. I read the many crude and hateful comments directed at this woman from people who are pro-life, and it bothered me. Aren’t we supposed to be better than that?

The picture of the woman caught in adultery, thrown at the feet of Jesus by those who believed themselves to be righteous, flew into my mind. The question I had to ask is, what would Christ do with this woman? Would He condemn her? Or would he offer her mercy, not because she deserves it in any way, but because of Who He is? What would He call us to do?

This woman, and her husband, need prayer, not judgement. They will live with this decision for the rest of their lives, and they will be haunted by it. They will hear the cry of a newborn baby, they will know when the due date arrives. They will picture Sophia as a toddler, starting school, on her first date. They will remember 20 years from now. They will remember until they die. They are deluded and misguided, but they are people and Christ desires for ALL to come to Him. If we, in the pro-life movement, condemn and judge are we not just fueling the fire? Are we not affirming the idea that we are rigid, self-righteous, and unforgiving? What are we to do?

This couple may one day find themselves speaking to others about the pain and tragedy of their choice, as many of us do. While the story in the Huffington Post was full of anti-life propaganda meant to inflame the ridiculous idea of the ‘war on women’, the last sentence the author wrote is one I can agree with: “we need sacred ways to honor both women and the unborn that are loving, free of dogma and condemnation”.

Post-abortive women need the love of Jesus and the freedom to grieve the loss of their child. They should not be made to feel that the church of Christ is the last place that they can run to. It should be the first place.

Too many times, those of us who bear the name of Christ deny them those things. We speak of life, but not of mercy for the woman who made the choice, and that, to me, is very sad. And it is most decidedly not what our Lord would do.

He would likely kneel down and write in the sand as we stand with stones in our hands…

Good Friday is tomorrow and Easter is coming up this weekend. A gift we never deserved and that can never be repaid was given to us. God’s perfect, sinless son paid the price for us. I hope everyone has a blessed Easter weekend. Please remember that it’s so much more than eggs and candy.

I was eight years old when Paul Harvey spoke these words. It’s uncanny how true they are of the world we live in today…

“If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. Wit…h the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: “Do as you please.” “Do as you please.” To the young, I would whisper, “The Bible is a myth.” I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what is bad is good, and what is good is “square”. And the old, I would teach to pray. I would teach them to pray after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’
And then I’d get organized.  I’d educate authors on how to lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.
If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches that war that themselves, and nations that war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed.  And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flame.  If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, and neglect to discipline emotions—just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.
Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography—soon I could evict God from the courthouse, and then the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress.  And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.
If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. What do you bet I could get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich? I would question against extremes and hard work, and Patriotism, and moral conduct.  I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be.  And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure.  In other words, if I were to devil I’d keep on doing on what he’s doing.  Paul Harvey, good day.”

Of Alinsky, Twitter, and Hashtags

Posted: March 25, 2012 in Politics

President Barack Obama’s genius marketing team has come up with no less than three Twitter hashtags over the past week in an attempt to get his message out. Conservatives, and probably many Democrats who are fed up with “hope and change”, took over all three using a tactic that very few of us had ever heard of prior to 2007. We are beating them at their own game. And it drives them nuts. If you don’t think so, try to have a civil discussion with some Leftist on Twitter like I did today. Nothing but name-calling and profanity, and ultimately the race card. Because I’m white. It didn’t end well for the other guy. I didn’t have to lower myself to profanity or name calling. It was clear who was the racist in the conversation, and it wasn’t this southern white woman.

In his book Rules for Radicals (which, by the way, is dedicated to Lucifer), Saul Alinsky taught the political left, the ‘have-nots’, of America how to take away from the ‘haves’. For Alinsky, organizing is the process of highlighting whatever he believed to be wrong and convincing people they can actually do something about it. The two are linked. If people feel they don’t have the power to change a situation, they stop thinking about it.

According to Alinsky, the organizer — especially a paid organizer from outside — must first overcome suspicion and establish credibility. Next the organizer must begin the task of agitating: rubbing resentments, fanning hostilities, and searching out controversy. This is necessary to get people to participate. An organizer has to attack apathy and disturb the prevailing patterns of complacent community life where people have simply come to accept a situation. Alinsky would say, “The first step in community organization is community disorganization.”

Through a process combining hope and resentment, the organizer tries to create a “mass army” that brings in as many recruits as possible from local organizations, churches, services groups, labor unions, corner gangs, and individuals. This, my fellow Americans, is who was elected President in 2008. Barack Obama promised ‘hope and change’. It was a clever marketing slogan; it was vague, but it was catchy. And it worked. People, especially young people, read into it whatever ‘hope’ and ‘change’ meant to them. Obama was ‘cool’. Obama was ‘hip’. Obama was ‘one of us’. America fell for it hook, line, and sinker. And the plan to ‘fundamentally change’ a once great nation roared into action.

No one listened to those of us who were screaming about his radical past or his equally radical present. He was Obama, the healer of the world. Anyone who dared to question him was just a racist (Alinsky Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it). No one would answer legitimate questions about his true intentions, his worldview (Alinsky Rule 10: The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative. Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who says, “Okay, what would you do?”).

Obama preys upon the racial wounds that he promised to heal (Alinsky Rule 2: Never go outside the experience of your people. The result is confusion, fear, and retreat). He purposely does just the opposite to anyone who opposes his policies (Alinsky Rule 3: Whenever possible, go outside the experience of an opponent. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat). As the infamous quote goes ‘never let a crisis go to waste’.

Ah, but Obama didn’t plan on Conservatives using his own playbook against him. I guess he really believed that we were stupid. He didn’t, and doesn’t, know who he is up against. We have learned to play the game, and we have learned well. Just check out the #gen44 hashtag on Twitter (Alinksy Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage). Or you could do a search for the hashtag #ilikeobamacare (Alinsky Rule 6: A good tactic is one your people enjoy. “If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic.”).

And we can thank Obama’s campaign team, the ones who shined him up and packaged him to the world just four short years ago, for continuing to come up with new hashtags for Conservatives on Twitter to hijack (Alinsky Rule 7: A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag. Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues). It seems that maybe they aren’t as smart as they think they are.

Bring it on, OFA. We’re waiting. See you on Twitter.

Vision of Hope Counseling Center in Lafayette, IN, offers God’s love, hope, and healing to women who have been abused, who are addicted, who are carrying unplanned pregnancies. THIS is the ‘social justice’ that God calls us to do in this world. THIS is charity. THIS is what the prolife movement looks like!

This is where I am headed in the morning for a Biblical Counseling Training Conference:

We hope to one day have a facility like this at our church. Please pray with me that God will guide and direct us as we pursue this ministry.

John 3:16 Superbowl Ad Rejected

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Religion

In Isaiah 55:10-11, we read:
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

I hope you will join me in getting the ad in front of as many people as possible. Tweet it. Facebook it. Put it on your blog. To God be the glory!!

And a little child shall lead them…

Posted: February 3, 2011 in Religion

Watch and be blessed:

Be blessed by this video shared by Family Research Council [ ]

Abby speaks what has been in my heart for years. My church is not really listening. Is yours?