In which I make people angry and beat the hornets’ nest.
September 19, 2008 § 17 Comments
I heard a very disturbing statistic this evening. The quote was that 90% of Downs Syndrome babies are aborted in this country. My first reaction was, “That cannot be true!” My second reaction was to burst into tears. So I’m looking into it to see what the facts are.
And now let me say, since people all over my flist are freaking out over Palin and so on and so forth, I don’t care about any of that. I do not plan to vote in the upcoming election. I feel very strongly about Christians involving themselves in government.
That being said, I still have an opinion about such things. Regardless of who leads this country, let me be very clear about how I believe.
Abortion is evil.
I know folks who think that people who feel that way are evil, and I don’t care to get into debates on semantics or world views. My paradigm is that abortion is murder, murder is evil, and therefore, abortion is evil. Yes, I want it to stop. I wish we did not live in a world where murder took place, or rape or incest or (and let me be plain) SELFISHNESS occurred on a day to day basis. No, I do not believe women are walking incubators, blah blah blah, but I do believe in personal responsibility, and most certainly in respecting all life, and since I believe that life begins at conception, I definitely believe those who do not have a voice should be spoken for.
We are walking blithely down the path that leads to exposing our infants on a rock because they aren’t what we wanted or are inconvenient. It’s already being done in Obama’s home state– by his approval.
I very strongly feel that all life is sacred, and there is never a good reason to kill anyone. I don’t believe in the death penalty, I don’t believe in war, I don’t even believe in fighting back if I am assaulted. I am under direct orders from the God I follow to turn the other cheek, love my enemies, love in the face of persecution, love those who would hate me, who would KILL me, and LOVE LOVE LOVE. Christians are called out of this world, but commanded to remain in it as ambassadors and emissaries. These are His commands to those who would choose to follow Him, and so I do my best to be obedient.
For those of you who are not Christians who disagree with me, we are separated by a gulf that is fathomless and can only be crossed one way. I do no expect you to understand or agree with my perspective. I love you, and do not judge you for your understanding of the nature of things nor do I look down on you or condemn you. I sorrow for our disagreement, and weep for the lives devastated and destroyed by this awful state of affairs.
For those of you who are Christians who disagree with me, I say SHAME ON YOU!! Centuries of quibbling over scripture and theology have rendered this generation of Christians the worst group of hate-mongering, disobedient hypocrites that has ever been the laughingstock of the unbelievers– with perhaps the exception of the Crusades and the Inquisition. I know many on my list who are Christians who do not ascribe to how I see things. But I tell you now, we will ALL be judged by whether or not we really truly followed Jesus’ commands to us. And if we played games with any of it, I can guarantee we are not going to like the judgment we receive. Such important teachings as turning the other cheek and loving our enemies have been reduced to so many loathsome platitudes; like Jesus was just being cute when He gave the Sermon on the Mount.
A time is coming when those who call themselves Christians will come under a real brutal honest to goodness attack for our beliefs. Pray to God that you are understanding Him correctly, and being persecuted good and honestly. No one gets points for being beaten for being a hypocrite.
Yes, my words are harsh, and I am angry. I am spitting mad that anyone would dare call themselves a follower of Christ, and then throw out 9/10ths of what He taught. You can’t agree to disagree with God. He doesn’t operate that way. If you think Augustine was right when he described a just war, you are WRONG. If you think God left a comma hanging 2000 years ago, WRONG.
The ones He condemns to Hell aren’t going to be the bad people, they will be the bullheaded goats who did it their way, and didn’t obey Him.
If you think killing a defective, inconvenient or “wrongfully conceived” baby is ok, if you think blowing away your enemy is fine and dandy, if you think you can justify your flesh, and STILL think you can call yourself His follower, you are wrong.
I know this is going to piss a lot of people off, and at the moment I am ok with that. You may un-friend me if you like, but that will not change the truth of what I have to say. If you have a hardened heart, have that much hate (and thereby that little love) that you can toy with your Lord’s clear admonitions, by all means, do it your way. He is the one Who said, “If you love Me, you will keep my commands.” Not me.
To non-Christians, I believe what I believe because of my faith– if you lack that faith, I cannot convince you otherwise, and so I do not even try.
To those who would call themselves such, our disagreements are personal, and ultimately not a philosophical debate. If you believe in Truth, there can be only one, and we all can’t be right.