Ireland’s Eighth Amendment Repeal Vote

I’ve heard more than one survivor of abortion talk about how grateful they are to have lived. Claire Culwell in the following Irish Central article found out she survived and it inspired her to go to Ireland and speak against the coming vote to make abortions available. I hope the Irish retain their commitment to what is right in valuing life and that our country comes back to what it used to value too.

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/politics/american-prolife-reland-abortion

Claire acknowledges that people will get abortions whether it is legal or not. She says we need to provide good alternatives. I think that is good, but we also need to reform our societies’ mentality to take sex so casually and so lustfully. That is the root of unwanted pregnancies. So if we should value our children and future generations we should also value ourselves and each other. Our families need to promote and support that.

I grew in an America where pre-teen pregnancies and sex abuse were far too common. If people valued each other and themselves enough to withhold sex and stop chasing it or forcing it, then unwanted pregnancies would be rare instead of common, and there would be no need to abort millions of children or have thousands grow up wanting a family in orphanages.

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Abandoning DACA Abandons Humanity

Abandoning DACA shows the morality of our leaders and government is lost to selfish partisan division and general paranoia. Will exporting nearly a million screened children and young adults so severely risk our national security or local prosperity that we abandon ethics to help our fellow man and future generations?

The Dark Eyes of Unhealthy Obsessions

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There has been a lot of interest in playing video games on cell phones and other mobile devices in recent years. One of the most recent gaming obsessions is Pokemon Go. People go to public places and linger for hours staring at their cell phones as they play the game. Some people get completely obsessed with playing it, much like people get obsessed any addiction. It would consume all their free time and money.

These obsessions can become addictions that control people’s lives if they don’t keep their behavior in check. I’ve seen these addictions come from video games, Internet chatting, and even hobbies and leisure activities, like motorcycling.

The addictions can destroy a person’s life just like chemical addictions to alcohol or drugs. If we allow these material things to control our lives, our spiritual eyes quickly dim and we can be in danger of becoming blind to things that are much more important, such as spending time with people and doing activities that bare worthwhile fruits.

“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23)

God demonstrated these concepts to a teen who was spending too much time playing video games, like Pokemon Go. The photo above shows a “God’s Eye” he made during a summer camp. I noted how he had the green and blue yarn inside and the black yarn covered almost everything. From symbolism I learned about God’s guidance, I knew green stood for Life and blue stood for the Holy Spirit or the Waters of God’s Spirit.

We are supposed to live by God’s Spirit (the blue yarn) and walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16-25), which is to live by God’s guidance for us, as well as, letting the Holy Spirit in us control us. Doing so gives us Life (the green yarn) instead of death because then we will conduct our lives towards righteousness instead of sin. It brings blessings instead of curses.

However, when our eyes become dark we become blind to doing what is right (the black yarn) and will walk life by the flesh and in sin, which brings death, because the things God wants us to do and understand are blocked by the darkness in our eyes (the black yarn).

When I told the teen how his God’s Eye reflected his attitudes and priorities and that it was God’s way of telling him to change his dark eyes, he was dumbfounded, even scared that God could control him and speak in such a way.

But I’ve seen the Lord speak in ways like this before – controlling works, like art and music and especially Scripture, in detailed ways to speak a message. If the world would see how dark their eyes have become, how much more bright life would we enjoy.

 

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Excess of Pride

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Excess of pride brought our nations low. More rebuilding through pride will not bring prosperity. Campaigns that showcase making our nations strong again and rebuilding national pride have missed why they’ve come to this point.

They’ve turned their backs on God and what is right. God makes nations great, but He will bring them down if they do not come to what is right after straying. The United States, especially, has been given wake-up calls through 9-11 and financial upheavals, yet instead of humbly seeking to make things right with God, nations continue to stand proud in their own logic, strength and promises – they simply continue oblivious to what will guarantee permanent healing and prosperity. The only way back to blessing and promise is through God. May it be in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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The wrong kind of pride is destroying our future

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When facts supporting the immorality of abortion were given, someone sarcastically commented on the hundreds upon hundreds of adoptions being made to save those unwanted babies. There were millions upon millions of abortions performed since the United States legalized it, averaging over 1.3 million a year since 1973. After all, how could so many babies be adopted?
That isn’t the point. It’s society’s lack of accountability, self-control, and morals that are creating so many unwanted babies in the first place. The immorality of murder is justified in the name of personal freedom. Loose sexual morals and lust promoted by popular culture, and the absence of self-control, proper education and discipline of our children are promoting promiscuity that is creating all these unwanted babies.
So when serious moral consequences of abortion are given, criticism on what to do with all the babies is given instead of the realization that the causes of this problem are society’s exchange of the moral for the immoral. Pride in thinking that nothing wrong was done is blinding society. It does not want to see its wrongs and that lack of accountability will destroy our nations.

Allegiance to division always hinders

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Political parties, denominations, social castes, sects, and factions don’t serve the greater good when they work blindly to rigidly follow their group’s agendas. It undermines government and leadership and creates strife and endless arguing. Progress is swiftest when the gears of government and society do not constantly work against one another.
 
I’ve seen members of political parties plan to oppose leaders even before the leader is elected into power. I’ve seen them refuse to do their jobs correctly because they simply want to oppose the leader in power. I’ve seen voters continue to support their political group’s lines even when a candidate is obviously inappropriate for the job. How does this make for good government and leadership?
 
Leaders and citizens alike need to view things on a larger scale to achieve what is best for all. We need a God-centric view so we understand and act on issues without prejudice. Leave divisions behind. Leave sore feelings made by disagreements behind. Leave biased judgment based on loyalty to a group behind.
 
Instead, judge righteous and understand God’s will for the situation. Even God’s chosen can go astray if they do not understand what He wants (Numbers 15:44-45; Acts 9:1-3;21:4-14).