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Lots & Lots & Lots O’ Links

So I haven’t had much time to post anything on here for a few weeks, but I’ve still been collecting links to things I find interesting, important, &/or edifying. So here’s a whole slew of things I’ve come across…

A little on the gay marriage debate to start with:

A thought on the homosexual marriage debate – Reformation21 Blog.–It is important to keep in mind Romans 1:18-32 when thinking about or discussing homosexual marriage. Let those verses influence your perspective on the subject.

Carl Trueman also has a little blurb on this subject–Around and About – Reformation21 Blog.

Along those same lines Alan Shlemon at Stand to Reason Blog asks  Is Homosexuality the Worst Sin of All?. He makes several good points, not the least of which is

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 places homosexuals among other sinners like thieves, drunks, swindlers, and fornicators. And 1 Timothy 1:8-11 lists them among liars, rebels, slave traders, and other sinners. There’s no special designation for any of these sins

Going Down? Dawkins, Doubters & Debauchery–The problem with holding staunchly to an atheist world-view is that eventually that world-view breaks down & you cannot defend your position.

The Name–We cannot make God’s name greater; it is already great.

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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.

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.

Why Requiring Employers (Insurers) to Cover Contraceptives is Wrong

Nearly 3 weeks ago, I published a post in response to the President’s decision that religious-affiliated employers will be required to cover birth-control pills including abortifacents. I asked (in essence), “how should Christians respond when the government goes too far?” And specifically, I asked, “How do you oppose the President & his policy & still adhere to Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, & 1 Peter 2:13-17?” Well, I got no response, and I’m really no closer to knowing exactly what the right response should be (or even if there is one right response), but here are some links on why this issue is so important (even if you’re not opposed to birth-control), what some Christian leaders are advocating in response, & a couple of other links on abortion & Planned Parenthood.

The FAQs: The Contraceptive-Abortifacient Mandate – The Gospel Coalition Blog. Here is why this controversy is so important: “If the mandate is allowed to stand it will set a precedent that the government can not only force citizens to violate their most deeply held beliefs but that we can be sanctioned for refusing to do so.”

“Please get the federal government out of our consciences”. From the testimony of the President of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

Christian Civil Disobedience against the U. S. Government? – Justin Taylor. Here is what Rick Warren, Chuck Colson, & Timothy George have to say.

On my mind and heart… « A Work in Progress. A passionate plea for Christians not to try to justify (even in part) the supposed good things that Planned Parenthood does.

More bullying from Planned Parenthood. Just one more reason I have no respect whatsoever for Planned Parenthood.

Some links I’ve been meaning to post…

I’ve been fighting a cold & sinus infection for more than 2 weeks (I think I’m finally almost over it) so I’m I little behind on posting these.

What Is Essential to Being a Christian? – Desiring God.

Death as a solution to life vs. life as a solution to death | Cranach: The Blog of Veith. –“The message is…welcome!”

The rise of American emotionalism | Cranach: The Blog of Veith.

Newsletter – redeemer.com–Statement on NYC School’s Decision to Ban Churches

It’s Not Saving If You Don’t Need It | Entreprelife. –Good advice that we probably all know but ignore: “Buying something you don’t need because it’s “on sale” isn’t the same as saving money.

Sixth Circuit Victory In Counseling Student Conscience Rights Case!!! |.

While I’m on the subject… « A Work in Progress. –Planned Parenthood is not who they would have you believe that they are.

Pastor Megadeth | Cranach: The Blog of Veith. –The former bassist for Megadeath is studying to become a Lutheran pastor…

These last two are on forgiveness & are written by 2 very different men. While Challies post is from from 4 years ago, he happened to post a link to it on the same day that Pastor Matt posted his.

Is Forgiveness Conditional or Unconditional? | Challies Dot Com.

Does Forgiveness Demand Reconciliation? | Pastor Matt.

The Obama Administration Goes Too Far. How should we respond?

I am generally of the opinion that we should respect the President because of the office he holds & because God’s Word tells us to:

1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Romans 13:1-7 (ESV)

See also Titus 3:1 & 1 Peter 2:13-17.

But how do we respond when the President goes too far?

It seems bad enough that the administration is forcing religious institutions to cover birth control pills even though it violates the beliefs of some religious groups. But what should we do when he tries to force religious institutions to cover abortifacients (which are required to be covered)?

I understand that God’s law trumps any human law, but what do you do if you are an employer like mine (I work for a Catholic hospital system)? Essentially the only way they can avoid providing coverage for these things is to offer no health insurance whatsoever to their employees. And what happens if they do that? Well, besides having a bunch of ticked off employees, the company would have to pay very steep fines which could potentially sink the organization resulting in lack of access to healthcare for scores of people.

So what do you say? What would be a biblical response to this rule? How do you oppose the President & his policy & still adhere to Romans 13:1-7, Titus 3:1, & 1 Peter 2:13-17?

 

And, by the way, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ comment regarding granting religious organizations an extra year to comply with the rule (“This . . . strikes a balance between respecting religious freedom and increasing access to important preventive services”) would be laughable if this wasn’t so serious a situation.

Sanctity of Life Weekend-Part II (i.e.-the infamous anniversary of Roe v Wade)

A lot of these links are from Desiring God primarily because this is an issue that John Piper speaks on, writes about, etc every year.

John Piper: Jesus didn’t come mainly to stop abortion, but to save abortion-committing sinners. via Desiring God.

What Does Roe v. Wade Actually Say? – Desiring God.

An Actual Pro-Life Conversation – Justin Taylor. Some very wise words from Sam Crabtree on how to discuss contentious issues such as abortion.

John Piper: Abortion is always unsafe. The baby dies and the mother is hurt. Always. via Twitter.

No, Mr. President: John Piper’s Response to President Obama on Abortion – YouTube. Piper’s response to President Obama’s remarks on Roe v Wade from 2009.

President Obama’s Asinine Remarks on the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade | Denny Burk. Obama’s statement hasn’t really changed since 2009 (see video immediately above) & Mr. Burk’s response is accurate & appropriate.

Racial Slavery and Abortion in America: How History Repeats Itself – Desiring God. The historical rationale for slavery in this country is not much different than the rationale for abortion.

The Fourteenth Amendment and the Personhood of the Unborn – Justin Taylor. Why Roe v Wade won’t be overturned in our lifetime.

Attacks on Incremental Pro-Life Legislation: Unfair and Dangerous – Justin Taylor. Why we should support incremental pro-life legislation.

J. C. Ryle, Temperance, and Abortion – Desiring God. Lessons from JC Ryle’s fight against drunkenness that can be used in the fight for the sanctity of life.

Five Things We Can Do For the Unborn – Desiring God.

Burk Parsons: Sanctity of life has not only to do with protecting the lives of the unborn but helping to ensure they’re fed and clothed after they’re born. via Twitter.

The 200 Million “Missing” Girls – Justin Taylor. I wonder if pro-abortionists in this country would agree with the systematic killing of girls in Asia…

Together for Adoption. There ARE alternatives to abortion.

Noel Piper: Being prolife brings adoption into many of our lives. This is a day to thank God for the birth mothers who chose life for our children. via Twitter.

Sanctity of Life Weekend (i.e.-the infamous anniversary of Roe v Wade)

A Short, Free eBook on Abortion – Desiring God. “God is calling passive, inactive Christians today to engage our minds and hearts and hands in exposing the barren works of darkness. To be the conscience of our culture. To be the light of the world. To live in the great reality of being loved by God and adopted by God and forgiven by Christ (yes—for all the abortions that dozens of you have had), and be made children of the light. I call you to walk as children of light.”

AlbertMohler.com – “Abortion is as American as Apple Pie” — The Culture of Death Finds a Voice. “Abortion is now America’s most common surgical procedure performed on adults”\\How very disturbing & sad…

Abort73.com / Abortion Unfiltered. A deep & accurate understanding of abortion does not exist…

Why Tim Tebow Totally Aggravates Pro-Abortion Activists | LifeNews.com.

Your State | Americans United for Life | AUL.org. Find out how your state stacks up in the fight for life.

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