3,000…

3,000…

That is the reported number of how many babies are aborted every day…

3,000 human beings, eliminated, for various reasons…

And who am I to argue?  I mean – I’m a man, I shouldn’t be talking about women’s rights to abortion (Unless of course I support that right).

If that baby in the womb is not a human being, I would agree with that statement completely.  If that baby is just a growth, like a finger nail or a tumor, then yes, it is part of the woman’s body, and it is her choice whether to carry that growth to birth.

But really, are we still arguing that is the case?  Why?  Why is this subject SO politicized?  Why is abortion seemingly celebrated?  (Google “Shout Your Abortion”, and you will find several people arguing for the right to not only HAVE an abortion, but to celebrate it or at least be supported in this decision – as if it is good…

Again, if that child is not a human being, then I would wholeheartedly agree.

DNA at conception.  Unique DNA, that shows this child is human.  We’re not talking about DNA that mutates into human, from something else – the same DNA that child would have at birth, as they grow, into adulthood.

A heartbeat in 19 days.

We can SEE the child forming in the womb, thanks to technology we have today!  It’s pretty amazing, and any expected parent is beaming as they show their pictures and videos of their child.

THEIR.  CHILD.

Because they chose?  And that’s it?  If I was trying to have a kid, or decided to keep my kid, then it’s human.  But if I don’t want him or her – it’s just a thing?  A growth?  We don’t really believe that, do we?

I wrote this song from the perspective of the child in the womb.  A child that knows he or she is going to be killed.  From the perspective of a mother or father who lives with the haunting knowledge of a decision they can never take back.  I do realize that doesn’t fit the description for everyone who chose to have an abortion.  But it does for many.  There was a song written about it, from the father’s perspective, in the 90’s.  It was very popular, and very sad.  There are studies that show statistics around how a mother is affected after she has an abortion.  Again – I know that doesn’t fit everyone.  You are not a statistic.  But it certainly affects many.

So – I am sharing this song, at no cost to you (Other than your time).  However, I will be giving $5 for every download or stream of the song from Bandcamp, to an organization called “New Life Family Services”, specifically for a program they have called “Conquerors”.  This program is designed to minister to mothers who have had abortions, and are struggling or hurting.  If that is you, you are not alone…

You can read about them here and here.

If you want to help, great!  You can give directly from their website, or pay for the song if you so choose.

I’m NOT intending to raise money or awareness to further legislate.  We have enough of that.  I’m not suggesting we shouldn’t fight for that – I just feel that is not my job.  I want to reach your heart.  I want to talk about this.  Of course I want to change your mind on this subject.  As passionate as you are about what you have been conditioned to believe about this being a women’s right issue – I am about you knowing what you already know.

  • You are a human being with intrinsic value
  • Your value comes from the fact that you are created in God’s image
  • You are valued ultimately by God Himself – in a way nobody, including yourself, could fully comprehend
  • This is the same for your, eternally (“I have loved you with an everlasting love” – Jeremiah 31:3)
  • This was the same for you, when you were a baby in the womb…

So I again open this up for discussion.  And I pray that you accept the truth.

3,000, every day…

I love you…

T.

3,000…

 

If You Falter…

If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!
Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
(Proverbs 24:10-12)

Sunday January 22nd marked 43 years since abortion was made legal in this country…

It’s celebrated by so many today, as a woman’s right to her choice, to her own decisions with her body.

It’s mourned by so many others, as a time when we as a nation said, “It’s OK – no righteous – to kill your baby”.

We argue whether or not this baby is a baby – is a life.  When it’s a life.  What determines this child is a living human being.  What determines viability.

It’s become quite the topic, of late.  Political candidates ran on this platform, as they have in the past.  But it seems the lines have been drawn harder than before.  It’s a hill many are willing to die on.

Am I?

I wrote this post in September of 2015.  I talked about not being able to stay “on the fence”.  Then – I got back on the fence…  I never stopped believing what I wrote.  But I – just hid…

I confess, I am a coward.  I am afraid to post even this.  I’m afraid to take the stand.  I’m afraid to offend so many of my friends – to lose friends…  But if what I believe to be true, is true – how can I tremble in the background in fear?  How can I NOT say something?

If you falter in a time of trouble,
    how small is your strength!

So my invitation to talk is still open, to anyone who is willing.  If you think I’m an idiot, a bigot, against women and/or women’s rights, heartless, a monster – SHOW ME why this is the case.  Come talk to me.  Reach out to me, and I will gladly meet with you.  If you think a child with a heartbeat at 18 days is not a living human being – TELL ME why.  Let’s talk about it.

See – I don’t want to hide behind politicians making decisions that may or may not affect law in this country, or in our states.  I am surely interested in that – but I know it’s not the answer to changing hearts and minds.  Hearts and minds changing might however affect law, eventually – certainly it has in that the morality of the day says a women’s right to choose trumps the life of a child.  That didn’t happen overnight.  And I think short of Jesus returning, that likely doesn’t get reversed overnight.  43 years plus of the message that abortion is necessary, a right, GOOD, will affect us as a people.  Think about that…

So – let’s talk…

But I understand that an invitation will likely be met with silence.  Or an online argument that gets heated beyond what I am comfortable with – I’m willing to go there, and I will be patient and hear you out, responding with respect.  Or the invitation will be met with me being unfriended on social media.  Or labeled.  Or all of the above.  I get it.  There is a line in the sand.  One must choose sides.  It’s just not a topic anyone can speak passively on, or really, avoid.

I fear speaking out about such a divisive topic today could hinder my ability to share the good news of Jesus Christ.  But really, Jesus – God in flesh – came to save the weak, the oppressed, the sinners (all of us).  That’s this child growing inside of you, as much as it is YOU, dear mother…

And know that I am not here to condemn you, if you have had an abortion.  Just as I have plead with those I love getting a divorce, “Don’t do it!”, only to love them and move forward with them after they still made the decision to end the marriage, I would do the same for you.  Heck – that is what Jesus did for me…  That’s what He does for us…

Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.
If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?

That passage, has been used before in pro-life talks.  I think it is important to note, those “being led away to death”, that isn’t necessarily applying to the child growing inside of you.  It applies to you, mother.  To you, father.  To you, doctor.  To you, pro-choice advocate.  To all of us.  My Lord – that’s what Jesus did for us…

No idea who might read this.  I don’t get a lot of readers.  But if  you are in a situation, where you or someone you know are considering abortion, know there are options.  Here are just a couple, in the Twin Cities:

http://www.nlfs.org/

http://www.mypregnancychoicesmn.com/

It’s only a couple of options, I know.  I’m sure many could list other options, possibly better options.  And I would appreciate that greatly, as I would love to provide every option to those faced with these decisions.

I know that some of you are facing something I’m not.  I know that having a child will affect you for the rest of your life.  But really – the pregnancy, whether going to term or being ended prematurely – will affect you the rest of your life.  It does not go away with abortion.  You were still a mother, once…

Grace and peace…

T.

Off the Fence…

There is no fence we can sit on, with this issue.  There is no, “I’m not FOR abortion, but I don’t have the right to tell someone else”.  Yes you do.  You don’t have the right to STOP them, sure.  But you DO have the right to say something.  To talk about it.  Heck – you even have the right to do so without any decorum or respect for a person who may disagree with you – though, I don’t advise or condone that approach.

I am pro-life.  I am FOR life.  I am anti-abortion, as I recognize a baby in the womb is still a baby.  It’s a human being.  I am pro-human life.  No, it does not end with the birth of the child – I am pro life throughout human life.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers to questions like, “Who will adopt that baby”, or “Who will help the mother pay for her pregnancy and delivery”.  But if someone wants to talk about that, I’m certainly happy to come up with ideas.  Others have, if even on a small scale.  I know of a pastor in Arizona, who’s congregation has helped pay for hospital stays, the delivery of the child – even the needs of the child and mother for a time, in lieu of an abortion decision – HECK, even so far as ADOPTION of the child!  I know this happens elsewhere-  probably even in my own back yard.  Two things.

  1.  I need to FIND and support, or help start, something like this in my back yard.  I cannot be idle about this any longer.  No, this doesn’t mean militant, hate-filled speech, attacking other human beings.  I don’t condone that in any form.  But, speaking the truth is NOT attacking someone.  If this child in the womb is a human being, then I’m sorry, it’s murder.  It’s not hate speech to say that, it’s coming to a conclusion, one that many, sadly, just don’t want to entertain.  Some, because they are pro-abortion.  Some, like me, because they are afraid….
  2. Overall, we are fooling ourselves, no matter where we stand on this issue, if we think we can ride the fence.  We can’t.  There is no fence.  If these babies in the womb are humans, then this is the largest form of genocide in recorded human history.  Am I ok with that?

Please don’t get caught up in the last part of a statement like “If this child in the womb is a human being, then it’s murder”, and let the term “murder” throw you, or shut the conversation down, no matter what you think about this topic.  It’s a complete statement, with an if/then in there.  If I’m wrong, and this child is not a human being, then the conclusion at the end of the statement is a false one.  But IF that child is a living human being, we cannot make any other conclusion up.  Don’t ignore the first part of that statement, for fear of coming to a conclusion you may not like…

This is a very interesting article, articulating what abortion survivor Gianna Jessen said before congress recently, with regards to the investigations into Planned Parenthood.  Please read in it’s entirety.

http://julieroys.com/gianna-jessen-asks-congress-if-abortion-is-about-womens-rights-then-what-were-mine/

I’ve also included the video of her speech, in this post.  I know she is probably an “extreme case”?  In that many children who survive an abortion like she did, don’t survive long?  I honestly don’t know if that is a true statement.  I also don’t know how many abortion attempts end up in the birth of the child.  But the fact is – she DID survive!  She is an example of a life in a womb, that survived an attempt to kill her.

It’s not a comfortable topic, I know.  But ignoring it any longer, IS taking a stance.  It’s saying that the life of someone else doesn’t matter, in comparison to my comfort…  We can’t ignore it any longer.  We have to discuss.  We have to…

I would ask, anyone who wants to discuss, please reach out to me.  I’m not that smart.  I’m certainly no expert in this topic.  So if you can educate me in ways where I have this wrong, I’d love to hear it.  Or maybe I can educate you?  We won’t know until we try.  I will not attack you personally, if we disagree.  Even if you attack me, I won’t attack you.  But I do encourage you that it would be GOOD for us to talk about it.  Don’t shut out those who don’t agree with you.

And if you DO agree with me – I still encourage you to reach out.  Maybe you have resources you can point me to, where I can get plugged in.  I don’t think God will just let me sit idle on this.

I’m getting off the fence.  It’s uncomfortable.  It’s scary.  It’s inevitable…

S.1881 To Be Voted On

http://www.scribd.com/doc/272928068/S-1881-Bill-To-Defund-Planned-Parenthood#scribd

I find this interesting, and certainly something I would encourage you to contact your local senator’s about, requsting they vote for this bill.

Planned Parenthood is an extremely profitable non-profit.  This bill would just eliminate your and my tax dollars from helping them.  Whether you are for or against them – that simply means they won’t get your tax dollars.  This will not close their doors, if in fact they bring in 1.3 billion dollars.  Yes, that will drop significantly, without  our tax dollars.  But I’m sure they won’t close their doors.

Planned Parenthood would not lose their tax exempt status.  This would only remove my tax dollars, and yours, from going to them.

Our tax dollars would still go to organizations that provide women’s health services, besides Planned Parenthood.  This would not put our money into another pool somewhere, or even our own pockets.  In all honesty, I do realize this means my tax dollars could still be going to an organization that provides abortion services.  I don’t have my head in the clouds over this.  🙂

My guess is others would come alongside Planned parenthood, as many are behind them, and help make up some of this deficit they would incur (from a business perspective).  I don’t see that this will close their doors – it simply removes my involuntary support.

If you agree with my sentiments, I encourage you to reach out to your senators with your opinion on the matter.  Here is a simple link to do so, if you so desire.

https://www.votervoice.net/FRCA/campaigns/42053/respond

Or you can find your senator’s directly if you like.  Heck – maybe you completely disagree with my sentiments, and you want to encourage your senators to vote NO.  That is your prerogative.  I don’t typically get involved in things such as this – I confess I’m quite politically apathetic.  I simply don’t see government as my means of salvation, sorry.  But this one seems to make sense to me, as it is a means to remove a small portion of my tax dollars from being put into pockets of an organization I am in no way behind.

Love you!

T.

A Re-Post of Hope…

Today marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe V. Wade.  Millions upon millions of lives have been extinguished in the name of “women’s reproductive rights”…..

But I read this post today, and was filled with hope.  Hope that it would reach some, possibly change their heart.  Hope that the good Lord has been changing the hearts of many already, and things like this are just the tipping point.  Hope in the faithfulness of our Good Lord Jesus Christ….

http://www.breakpoint.org/bpcommentaries/entry/13/26727#at_pco=smlwn-1.0&at_tot=1&at_ab=per-3&at_pos=0&at_si=54c12387db09f0b3