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Abortion is Ending a Life

Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

RayBlogJanuary 1973 – I was 17 – soon to be 18 and a graduate of High School.  I was preparing to enter AACC for the summer semester to get a head start on college.  I would raise my baseball officiating career to the college level by umpiring division one games at Navy that spring and be invited by Navy’s coach to go to Florida to umpiring school to become a professional umpire.  Life was good – for me.  But January 22nd – 1973 – is an infamous date in the history of our country.  40 years ago (and saying that reminds me that I have been out of High School for 40 years) the courts passed Roe v. Wade – which legalized killing babies in the womb.

I understand that this is a hot button topic.  It is shameful that in our society – even today – women need laws to protect them.  I’ve written about abortion on several occasions – one article was titled – An Article about Abortion written in 2009 – another was titled simply – Abortion written in 2008 – still another was titled – Does It Take Controversy written in 2012.  In 2011 I mentioned abortion in an article about the upcoming resolutions before General Conference.  In 2011 I wrote another article titled – When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?  In 2010 I wrote about abortion and used the example of a dear child that doctors said should be aborted and about a woman who was aborted but lived.  In 2010 I also shared The Manhattan Declaration In Total.

If January 22nd just passes and no one reminds us of the deaths that occur each year because of abortion – will this holocaust continue without even a tear being shed?  I do not use the word holocaust lightly.  Here are some words from one of my previous articles.  Read the numbers and you decide whether this measures up to a holocaust.  I know that illegal abortions are also horrific – but so is killing innocent children!  Please continue to read and pray that our courts and our nation will awaken to the evil we are committing through abortion.

50 millionI’m not sure we even grasp the size of our sin?  One group estimates that by 2009 – nearly 50 million babies had been aborted since 1973.  Current statistics set the number at over 52,000,000.  This is not right my friends.  The Mississippi Baptist Convention tried to find a way to drive this number home and created a visual reminder of the 50 million babies aborted by 2009.  The picture included to the right is of a Memorial to the Missing – being filled with 50 million pennies.  It brings tears to my eyes to think of this great sin hanging over the nation – and with many churches in support.

Another way of thinking about such a large number of aborted babies is to add up all the people in the following states: Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, & Wyoming.  The populations of these 25 states equals about 50 million.  We have allowed the total population of 25 states to be killed – lawfully – in our nation – since 1973.  Do we understand what we are doing?

Here are some other numbers to think about.  I know these items have little to do with abortion – yet we often think of them as tragedies – and they are – yet many in our government and in our society do not see the tragic killing of so many babies. Number of American battle deaths in all U.S. wars since 1776: 658,000. Number of Americans of all ages who start smoking every day — 3,000. Percentage of smokers who will die prematurely 50-70 years later: 30%. Percentage of babies killed by abortion this year: 23.1%.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 25, 2013 Posted by | Community, Denomination, Discipleship, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Some Suggested Resolutions for the United Methodist Church

Sisters and Brothers – General Conference happens every four years in the United Methodist Church.  It will meet again in 2012.  The General Conference of the UMC is the law making body of our church.  It is to this body that resolutions are sent to be discussed and voted up or down and they become law or not.  The place to start would be the local church – and passing on resolutions to the Annual Conference which would in turn pass them on to General Conference.

Mark Tooley – IRD (Institute on Religion and Democracy) President and Director of UMAction – has passed these sample resolutions to his readers and I pass them on to our readers for discussion and prayerful discernment for action or inaction.

Resolutions for Your UMC Committee
Mark Tooley
March 31, 2011

Here are some suggested resolutions to submit to your local Annual Conference. If the deadline has passed for this year, submit for NEXT year. Or submit to your local church’s administrative board or charge conference, possibly even your local district conference. You can also share these resolutions with your Sunday school class, United Methodist Women, United Methodist Men or other church group. Remember, a better informed and a more involved church membership is vital for United Methodism’s reform!


Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Whereas, the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society and the United Methodist Women’s Division are long time members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC); and

Whereas, the RCRC opposes ALL restrictions on abortion, including parental notification laws; and

Whereas, RCRC has advocated that the 2010 federal health care law (“Obamacare”) should include federal funding of abortion through newly created state insurance exchanges; and

Whereas, Christianity has traditionally affirmed the sanctity of all human life, including the unborn;

Therefore be it resolved that we urge withdrawal of all United Methodist agencies from RCRC.

Defending Marriage

Whereas, in 2011 at least 36 retired United Methodist bishops publicly urged United Methodism to abandon its prohibition on actively, self-avowed homosexual clergy; and

Whereas, in 2011 the General Board of Church and Society continued its longtime tradition of urging that United Methodism delete from its Social Principles the assertion that homosexual practice is “incompatible” with Christian teaching; and

Whereas, United Methodist agencies and bishops have remained silent about ongoing debates over legalizing same-sex “marriage” even though the United Methodist Social Principles clearly support “laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman;” and

Christianity has universally affirmed marriage as uniquely the union of one man and one woman and affirmed sex as God’s gift for marriage;

Therefore, we urge that United Methodism continue to affirm its official teaching that sex is for marriage between man and woman, that clergy are called to uphold this standard, and church agencies and leaders should extol our church’s stance for laws protecting traditional marriage.

United Methodism and Obamacare

Whereas, the United Methodist Board of Church and Society supported the 2010 federal health care law (“Obamacare”), prompting then U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi publicly to thank The United Methodist Church for its “support;” and

Whereas the United Methodist Social Principles declare that “health care is best funded through the government’s ability to tax each person equitably and directly fund the provider entities;” and

Whereas the United Methodist Book of Resolutions also support government directed “single-payer” health care in the United States; and

Whereas, United Methodists may and do disagree about the best way to ensure quality health care for all persons; and

Whereas, Christianity provides no direct guidance as to the extent government should control health care;

Therefore, we urge the General Board of Church and Society to avoid endorsing Obamacare and other forms of government controlled health care and instead to seek consensus among United Methodist as to how our church might improve health care for all persons.

Solidarity with Persecuted Christians

Whereas, a 2010 missions study found that over 1 million Christians globally were martyred for their faith between 200-2010; and

Whereas, many millions of Christians have died for their faith across the centuries, with the 20th century the worst century for martyrdom; and

Whereas, too many Christians in the United States and elsewhere take their religious liberty for granted; and

Whereas, United Methodism is increasingly a global church, with over 4 million church members now outside the U.S., mostly in Africa, where many Christians struggle against persecution;

Therefore, we call upon bishops and church agencies vigorously to advocate on behalf of persecuted Christians globally, giving special attention to struggles by United Methodists in Africa; and we implore all United Methodists to designate at least one Sunday annually for special prayer and commemoration on behalf of persecuted Christians globally.

April 13, 2011 Posted by | Church, Community, Denomination | , , | 1 Comment

   

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