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Archive for the month “March, 2012”

What Our Culture of Death Has Wrought

After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?. As absolutely horrible as the ideas put forth in this article are to even contemplate (& as horrendous as it is that a peer-reviewed journal published it), having this article out could actually be a positive thing for those of us who value the sanctity of life. As John Knight of Desiring God points out, “[The authors] have, in fact, done a great service to the cause of the unborn by openly and clearly connecting the argument for infanticide with abortion.” And that’s just it, I think the average person would be appalled at the thought of infanticide, especially of otherwise “normal” babies. Most people, I suspect, would consider that to be murder (and rightfully so, I might add!). But, if someone considers abortion to be a  perfectly okay choice for whatever reason the mother wants (and many do think this way), then it is only logical that infanticide is also okay for whatever reason the parent(s) decide. The fact that this has been published in a well-respected peer-reviewed journal should, it seems, be an indication of the increasing acceptability of such ideas, at least at the academic level (which means it is only a matter of time before it is acceptable at the lay level).

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I’m Not Letting This Go

The more posts I come across regarding the Obama administration’s total disregard of the 1st Amendment, the more I’m going to keep passing them along…

Law forcing sales of abortion pill struck down. Hopefully, this will set a precedent when the Obama administration’s war on religion through contraceptives invariably goes before the courts.

“The Con” – a video presented by AUL – YouTube.  Whether you’re religious or not, this issue should be important to you.

Labor In the Little Things or Go Big For God

The other day, my friend & I were discussing (among other things) what the local church should be like & how it should exude the Gospel in all aspects of ministry both corporately & individually. He made a statement during our discussion to the effect of him tending to think big about this things with the implication (in my mind, anyway) that this could be, at least partially, a negative thing.

So on Wednesday evening I tweeted the following quote from DL Moody:

A good many are kept out of the service of Christ, deprived of the luxury of working for God because they are trying to do some great thing. Let us be willing to do little things. And let us remember that nothing is small in which God is the source.

Now, I must confess, I was thinking of my friend when I tweeted this, but when I came across this quote, I really liked it & would have probably tweeted it anyway.

Well, the next day my friend tweeted this quote from JD Greear (which I think he had mentioned to me during our conversation but I had forgotten):

The gospel fills us with audacious faith, making us expect great things of God and then attempt great things for God.

After reading that, I thought, “Wow! That’s a great quote; maybe Moody has it wrong.” But the more I consider these two ideas, the more I’m beginning to think they’re not mutually exclusive, and I wonder if they can’t be reconciled this way:

Be faithful in the little things, but expect God to do great things.

Or maybe:

Don’t attempt great things for God unless you are willing to do the little things.

I’m not sure that either of my ideas are correct, but I’m relatively convinced that both Moody & Greear are correct.

What do you think? I’d love to hear others’ ideas.

Human Trafficking & Sex Slavery

Burk Parsons had an interesting, yet horrifyingly sad string of tweets today regarding human trafficking&  especially sex trafficking. I think it’s important for more people to be aware of what is going on so I’ve decided to post his tweets from today here along with some others regarding organizations that are fighting this modern-day slave trade.

From @BurkParson‘s Twitter feed today (3/1/12):

  • Meeting with community leaders and lawyers in downtown Orlando today to discuss how we can better fight human trafficking and sex slavery.
  • Surrounded by judges, commissioners, FBI SVU officers, newspaper writers, and other community leaders. Florida is third in trafficking in US
  • Stats on human trafficking: 2.5 million people trafficked in the US.
  • Trafficking is a $34 billion a year industry internationally: Labor trafficking $21 billion // sex trafficking $13 billion a year.
  • Human trafficking is second only to the drug trafficking trade in the US and internationally.
  • Many of the modern day sex-trafficking pimps are women. Average age, point of entry into sex slavery for girls is 11, boys, 12.
  • Just last week in Orlando at the NBA all-star game, there were thousands of girls involved in sex trafficking.
  • More than 200,000 American children who are US citizens are trafficked within the country yearly.
  • Many girls who are victims in sex trafficking become pregnant and the babies are aborted privately, off the books.
  • Many girls are deceived into sex trafficking by being told they could have a modeling career. They’re brought in for an audition and drugged
  • Often girls who are victims of trafficking are threatened to keep quiet or their parents and other siblings will be killed.
  • As I listen to the FBI’s stories, my heart is torn apart. I think everyone here wants to cry.
  • FBI agent: This is a domestic problem in the US. It’s not just a problem over there. It’s a problem right here and everywhere in America.
  • There’s only a 50% recovery rate of girls who are victims of sex trafficking. They move the girls around constantly and some they just kill.
  • Where there’s big money sporting events is where sex-trafficking is most abundant.
  • Many girls are smuggled by a Romeo pimp in a nice car, who’s a smooth talker, and dates her once a week for months and gains her trust.
  • Most girls in sex trafficking would rather die but are so drugged, hurting and 24/7 busy w/ clients that they don’t have wherewithal to die.
  • Many girls who become victims of trafficking are “throw-away” kids from foster homes whose parents abandoned them and were never adopted.
  • One of the biggest problems when recovering sex-trafficking victims is that we have no place to shelter them, no homes where they can live
  • Of 27 victims recovered last year in one month (Oct-Nov 2011), 16 girls ended up homeless because there was no place for them to live.
  • Heartbroken. Tears. On my way to hug my daughters. Will send more links and ways to tangibly help fight trafficking. Please send me links.
  • 6 ways to get involved to fight human trafficking at end of this post http://ow.ly/9orDl Several more helpful posts http://ow.ly/9orFv

Tweets from others in response to @BurkParson with organizations that are actively fighting against human trafficking:

I would add Women At Risk, Intl. that helps rescue & protect women from trafficking.

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