If you do that long enough…you’ll desensitize your hand and your fingers and eventually you’ll be able to grab a lit bulb and not even feel it. That’s what the culture is doing to our brains, did you know that? Over time, we are searing our consciences by what we “allow.”
Last night I attended our local Pregnancy Care Center’s annual fundraising banquet. It was marvelous. The speaker was Abby Johnson.
She was formerly part of the largest Planned Parenthood clinic in America (Houston, TX). She saw hundreds of abortions. Now get this: She was raised in a Christian home and in her own words said, “I was in church every time the doors were opened.” Yet, this young lady didn’t “get it” when it came to understanding Christianity, following Christ and abortion versus life. That’s a wake-up call to parents. Hey, mom and dad…taking your kids to church is not enough. You better be teaching and training them in the home and having conversations and talking about life and Jesus, the Bible, etc. If not, you will potentially raise a child that knows all about Jesus in their head, but knows nothing about living out that faith in real life. Abby admitted to those of us in attendance at the banquet: I was messed up.
She said, “Over time, I just became desensitized to abortion.” Until she witnessed a procedure via ultrasound with the baby boy trying to get away from suction tube. God used that experience to change her life. The ultrasound broke through her seared mind.
You know we’re just like Abby. We are so used to a culture of death that we feel more remorse for animals we see on TV than babies being aborted (3,500 every day in America). Abby brought up the fact that Americans get more “tore up” about ASPCA ads on TV…
…than knowing babies are being dismembered in mothers’ wombs as they are suctioned out of them in death. Sorry if that’s gruesome, but we need to wake up. We have been desensitized to a culture of death in America. We cry out: “Save the whales and the sea turtles,” but “It’s a woman’s right to choose…it’s her body.” No, dear friends, it’s a baby and it’s a life. The Bible says so.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” Do you understand when life begins? It begins in the mind of God before a soul is even placed in the womb. Life doesn’t begin at conception. It begins in the mind of God. There should be no argument over when life begins. Think about it. If a baby is allowed to live inside the womb and be born and then a doctor kills it in the birthing room, then he’s a murderer. In fact, if most states, if a pregnant lady is murdered and the baby dies too, then a person can be charged with DOUBLE homicide. Our consciences have been seared! If it’s a double murder in that situation, why is it not murder when an abortionist takes a suction tube and does the same thing (murders the baby in the womb). God help us to be like Abby and see the truth.
What is this:
Is that a blob of tissue, as the abortion industry calls it? In fact, they call those “poc’s.” Want to know what that is? Product of Conception. They aren’t allowed to say “fetus” or “baby.” Abby would know. She worked in a Planned Parenthood Clinic for 8 years. By the way, do you know how much federal tax money PP received last year? Are you sitting down? $500 million! That’s right! $500 million from me and you to kill babies. Amazing! We are so DESENSITIZED!
Abby has written a book entitled “UnPlanned.” It’s a pun on Planned Parenthood. I received a copy last night.
If you are local, buy it from Steve Bryan’s store, For Heaven’s Sake and support our local businesses. If you are out of town, you can buy it here: http://www.christianbook.com/unplanned-dramatic-parenthood-leaders-opening-journey/abby-johnson/9781414339405/pd/339405?en=google-pla&kw=christian-living-0-20&p=1167941&gclid=CODYpNfKkLYCFQ-xnQodCRIARQ
Oh, that we would wake up in America and care more about babies than sea turtles!
Speaking of being desensitized. Katy has written a wonderful blog post about “modesty.” I appreciate her point of view as a lady. I can tell you as a man that many women and young ladies and even little girls dress way too provocatively! It might not bother you (as a lady), but it bothers boys and men. The Bible teaches modesty and yet, when springtime comes…the clothes start coming off. Katy writes very well about how we have been desensitized here as well.
But, before I post her blog entry, I must tell you this. I read an article earlier this week entitled: Victoria’s Secret is Coming For Your Middle-Schooler. Here are a few lines from the article (reader beware): The new brand called, “Bright Young Things,” includes lace black cheeksters with the word “Wild” emblazoned on it, green and white polka-dot hipsters screen printed with “Feeling Lucky?” and a lace trim thong with the words, “Call me” on the front. SICKENING! Yet, we’ve been desensitized, so why should we expect any less?
You can read the rest of the article here: http://savingourfuture.com/2013/03/victorias-secret-is-coming-for-your-middle-schooler/
Now for Katy’s blog post…
Less Skin, More Dignity
It’s spring. And with the green leaves, and beautiful flowers comes something I dread so very much:
A lack of clothing on girls and women.
Every year I know it is coming. All winter long those large coats, thick pants, and scarves have covered all the ladies I see, but that is almost over for most. And with that thought, I cringe. I actually cringe more now than ever. Now it just doesn’t make me sick, it also makes me angry. It should have made me this upset before, but something about the fact that I am married makes it even worse. I have a husband. And when I see a lady dressed immodestly, I want to avert my husband’s eyes immediately, because I feel like she is being unthoughtful and quite bluntly… rude.
Where does it all begin? On the large signs in stores, on the racks of girl’s swimsuits, but mostly in homes where it is accepted.
The culture is so saturated with immodesty that most of us hardly even notice it. It is everywhere. So, let’s imagine that we are standing in a little shop in 1913 (100 years ago). The women surrounding you are dressed in long dresses and lovely hats. There is a row of magazines in the distance. The National Geographic, The Saturday Evening Post and, wait…. There is a horrible picture in front of you that catches your eye. A woman is dressed in nothing but a few patches of cloth and strings. Sports Illustrated. A modern magazine is placed in an early 1900’s world. A model in a string bikini. And you… well, you would have been mortified and probably very angered by such a risqué magazine.
Yet in 2013 we just ignore it. Why?
Why do we tell girls that dressing the way many do is okay? That it is good? Many of us are in relatively safe communities and towns. So 6 year olds wearing mini skirts doesn’t seem like a big deal. But there are countries and cities all over the world where little girls who wear things like that are automatically abducted and thrown into sex-trafficking. They would do ANYTHING to get to wear lots of clothes and be safe in a good home. It’s a horrible truth.
By letting daughters dress immodesty and dressing immodesty ourselves, we are smacking beautiful femininity in the face. We are saying that nothing is sacred. We bare all and show all and say, “Oh well, that’s just our day and age.”
It literally makes me want to cry. It is breaking our girls. If the girls and women in our churches wear immodest clothing then the world will only be worse.
Would you feel comfortable if you saw a 16-year-old girl walk into church one Sunday wearing only a bikini? Probably not! But why do we think it is okay to wear it around the same people at the pool? Plunging necklines on prom dresses. Is it okay? No. Please hold the rotten tomatoes!
I was told once that I was judging the girls and women who dress that way. It isn’t judging if you tell them in love that the clothing or lack of their of, is disobedient to God. Sure I do many things wrong, but to not address a problem because “no one is perfect” is not the answer.
Many dress the way they do because they don’t even know that it is wrong. Most women don’t realize that the way they dress, that the things they wear majorly affect the men they are around. Men can avoid temptation, yes, but to torture them with the opportunities to think bad thoughts over and over is just uncaring. It affects them very differently than it does us females. It’s a much more fierce battle of the mind.
See, if we are followers of Jesus, then our bodies do not belong to ourselves. So we should dress in a way that pleases Him. Don’t be ashamed to dress modestly, because it is a beautiful dignity.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. For more of Katy’s blogs, click here: http://heartsonthingsabove.blogspot.com/2013/03/less-skin-more-dignity.html
Let’s wake up folks! Stand for truth! There is no time for weak Christians in this country any longer. Let’s stand for truth in love and please, please, please, let’s take our hands off the lightbulbs…