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  • Feb 28 / 2012
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Abortion, Biblical Application

My body, My choice…right?

Oh the audacity of pro-lifers who show up on the streets and tell me what to do with my body.  Not only that, but men stand in the streets, holding their Bibles, telling me what I can and cannot do with my own body.  Unless they have a uterus, they have no right to tell me what to do with mine.  It is my body, my sexuality, my uterus and therefore abortion is my choice. 

Anyone can observe this line of reasoning loudly displayed on bumper stickers, T-Shirts, on the TV and in front of abortion clinics around the country.  At first glance, it is logical.  It is not culturally acceptable to go over to a stranger’s house and tell them what clothes they should or should not wear.  It would also be unthinkable to tell someone standing in line at Starbucks how they should take their coffee, and so on.

However, what if our bodies are not actually our own?  What if there is a God who uniquely made every feminist and every pro-choicer?  What if this God has expressed his opinion on how he wants them to use the bodies he’s loaned to them?

 

The Biblical Perspective

God unashamedly claims that everything in the world belongs to him, not us.

  • Job 41:11   Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
  • Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

Thus, the ideology that claims that a woman’s body is her own is entirely incompatible with the Bible (despite the claims of compatibility by groups such as The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice).  So, according to the Bible, my body is not my body, but instead it belongs to God.  And since it belongs to God, what does he tell me to do with it?

 

Made to Glorify God and to Serve

We were made to glorify God in everything—including who we sleep with, do not sleep with, in eating, drinking, and in regards to the issue of abortion.  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Cor 10:31).  We are also called to use our hands as “instruments of righteousness,” to help the poor and needy, to use our speech to encourage others.  We are called to serve other people, to die to ourselves for the good of others, and so on.

As this applies to abortion, God tells us to use our bodies, speech, and entire lives to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and, more specifically, to “defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Therefore, not only does the Lord prohibit us from taking the life of another human, but positively, he tells us to use our bodies to defend the helpless, in this case the unborn.

Therefore, to the girl walking into the abortion clinic wearing a My body, my choice! shirt: your body is not your own, it belongs to God.  And God has commanded you to bring him glory with that body and to use it to love others.

 

Christianity is Better

Oh the irony.  While people are loudly declaring ownership over what is not their’s (i.e. their bodies), God is saving those who have faith in Jesus.  Even more, he promises to give these people new, eternal bodies.  As followers of Jesus, we humbly acknowledge that our bodies, our time, and our lives are not our own.  We imperfectly devote our lives to using our bodies to glorify the Lord.  And yet, we eagerly await the day when we will be given new, perfected bodies that will life forever.  They will be free from sinful impulses, free from sickness, free from death, made to live in a home built for us by Jesus himself.  We refuse to claim ownership of our earthly shells, but instead delight in the reality that God will one day give us new, perfected bodies.

Repent of the ways you have misused the body God has given you.  Trust that through Jesus you can be forgiven.  And then serve God with your body now.  Use it to defend, not destroy, the unborn.  Live for the next life.  Because being a Christian, in the long run, is far better.

  • Feb 25 / 2012
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If I’d Aborted Grace

I never looked forward to getting pregnant. And when I did, I had a hard time initially connecting with the peanut-sized person growing in my tummy. For those first few months of my pregnancy, I didn’t even feel pregnant so I had to wholly rely on the honesty of those two pink lines that promised to change my entire life in 9 months and counting. If I was being honest, the very idea of carrying around a developing human being inside me always sounded a bit more sci-fi than sacred, so that didn’t help me much to cherish the whole process (Why did I watch the movie Alien when I fourteen?).

 

I still remember the moment my husband and I found out I was pregnant. Within seconds my mind jumped from, “A baby?!! How amazing! I can’t believe this!” to “Oh my gosh, I’m going to have to deliver this baby. I can’t handle that.” to “Am I going to have to quit my job? Can we afford this? We are totally not ready to parent a child. Will we even like being parents?” I was happy, excited, terrified, a little panicked and totally overwhelmed. And as reality began to set in, those pink lines often reminded me more of what I was giving up than what I would gain.

 

At the time, my husband had just quit his job so that he could focus on completing his Master’s degree at seminary. That made us completely dependent on my job working as a Business Development Manager for a nearby consulting firm. I had been blessed with this job the year before and was experiencing unexpected success and advancement in my position. My career path was very bright with my boss even promising the potential of six figures within the year. Of course, I immediately realized that having a baby just might put a detour in my career’s fast track to greater success.

 

Not only was our financial stability at stake, I also had to worry about my marriage. You always hear that having kids is the hardest thing on a marriage and honestly, I didn’t want anything to jeopardize Noah and I’s healthy relationship. We were already so happy. Would we still be so happy living with little sleep, changing lots of diapers, and listening to constant baby cries? And then there’s the crying! I love peaceful solitude. My favorite time every week was the Saturday mornings I spent sitting in a coffee shop sipping a mocha and savoring a favorite book. Would I have to give up all of my personal time for the next 18 years? In many ways those pink lines seemed to symbolize the grand finish line of my happy life. In 9 months, I’d have crossed over into motherhood never to return again.

 

Although I would never have actually considered aborting our baby, I can sympathize with pregnant mothers who neither feel any emotional bond to their baby fetus nor want that growing person to ruin everything they’ve got going on in their lives. The unknown is scary and change is hard so having months and months to anticipate the drastic unknown changes of child rearing can easily make anyone want to escape or somehow go back to the way things were.

 

Well, now I’m on the other side. I have a baby and her name is Grace. She did drastically change my life in more ways than I could have ever planned for. I’m not working full-time toward a lucrative career any longer. I don’t casually indulge in weekly coffee shop visits or spend quiet evenings doing whatever activity I please. I do change almost 50 diapers a week and feed my baby 6 times a day. I guess I expected these things. But let me tell you what I didn’t expect. I did not expect all of the inexpressible joy that Grace would bring to me.

 

Having our baby has brought me more fulfillment than I have ever experienced in a paycheck, a sales win, or a job promotion. Instead of feeling held back, I feel as if I’ve been given the new ability to live in a constant state of overwhelming love (which I never even knew existed before!). Every morning, Gracie gives me a big gummy grin when she sees me walk into her room. After her first feeding, she always wants to cuddle with Mama and then quickly go back to sleep in my arms. Throughout the day, I always look forward to her silly stories that she shares in her bubbly squeals. And I don’t even mind her crying because that also means I get to comfort her. That’s when she always nuzzles her head under my chin and buries herself in my embrace until she feels safe again.

 

Nowadays, Gracie is growing up quickly and giving me new gifts every day. As she matures, I eagerly enjoy each new ability and treasure her progress. Who knew that my child rolling onto her stomach would make me as proud as if I’d won a big proposal? Or that I’d enjoy singing the itsy bitsy spider more than sipping coffee at Starbucks? The point is, if I’d aborted Grace, all of her gifts to me would have been aborted with her. What I thought would be a burden in my life has turned out to be my greatest blessing. I am so thankful that my husband and I chose to believe the Bible’s promise that “children are a gift from God” (Psalm 127:3) even when we hadn’t experienced it yet for ourselves.

 

If you are ever in my shoes facing an inconvenient pregnancy, I pray you take the time to consider both sides of your future. Don’t let our culture pressure you into seeing your baby as only a burden. I promise you, God gave that child the gift of life and entrusted him or her to you as a blessing, not a curse. If you trust in God’s plans for you and your family, He will strengthen you for the task and reward you for your obedience. His plans for you and your baby are good plans, the best plans (Jeremiah 29:11) – and if you abort your child you abort the blessings He had in store for you too.

 

If I’d aborted Grace, I may have more time to myself or more money in the bank, but I promise you I’d be missing out. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.

  • Jan 16 / 2012
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Sancity of Life: Rescue the Perishing

Our pastor, Ryan Fullerton, of Immanuel Baptist Church preached an encouraging sermon yesterday for Sanctity of Life Sunday.

You can access the sermon here: here

The sermon is drawn from Proverbs 24:10-12. I encourage all believers and non-believers alike to listen to this sermon and consider these weighty things:

10 If you faint in the day of adversity,

your strength is small.

11 Rescue those who are being taken away to death;

hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.

12 If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”

does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?

Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,

and will he not repay man according to his work?

 

  • Dec 21 / 2011
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Biblical Application, Uncategorized

I am a Woman and I Gladly Bow to a Man

It is a great time to be a woman here in America.  We can get as good of an education as a man.  We can enter the work place unchallenged.  We can vote.  If abused, we can press charges.  We can enter politics.  We can be heard.

And yet do these freedoms exalt us to a position of deity?  Do we now have a blank check to do whatever we want?  If society gives us such freedom, then we must be the measure of truth…right?

Perhaps I could accept this line if thinking if it were not for the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Yes, I am a woman, but I gladly bow my knee the man Jesus Christ.  Trusting in Jesus is far superior to trusting in “women” due to the following reasons:

1.  The Matter of Truth.  Jesus actually called himself “The Truth” (John 14:6) and I know myself far too well to think that I should not go around calling myself, “Stacey, the Truth.”  I cannot spell without word processing, I get the flu, and I lose my keys.  Therefore it follows that when I think I am right about something and it contradicts what Jesus says, I have two options, I can either default to the fact that he is The Truth or I can live pretending that I am.  When Jesus says that murder, sexual immorality, and slander defile a person (Matt 15:19-20), even if that rubs me the wrong way, I must bow the knee to him because I trust that he is The Truth and I am not.

This principle applies to abortion.  When a woman experiences an unwanted pregnancy, she has to choose whether to bow the knee to Jesus and love her unborn neighbor or listen to the voice of feminism which tells her that she is the measure of truth and her choices are right, even when Jesus says they are wrong.   Every time a woman aborts she is trusting in her own mind and feelings and is not trusting in Jesus who is always right.  Clearly, allegiance to Jesus and allegiance to “women” simply cannot coexist.

2. The Matter of Making Good Choices.   I read on the internet a pro-choice slogan, “If you can’t trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me with a child?” The pinnacle of autonomy is the right to do whatever I want, whenever I want.  Therefore, according to this line of reason, America needs to back off of my body when it comes to the matter of abortion.  After all, if I cannot make a good decision about whether or not to abort, then I would not make a good mom anyway.

And then Jesus comes into the picture.  And, according to Jesus, we are all sinners and we cannot be “trusted” to make good choices.  When left to ourselves, we end up hating the God who gives us breath, worshipping trees and killing our children.  And that is why God mercifully gives us his Law.  He mercifully tells us how not to screw up our lives and how not to kill one another off.  And, when he looks down and sees that we are  all doing what we want anyway, that is when he comes down to earth and dies on a cross for all the abortions, apathy towards him, and thanklessness.

Jesus made the choice to die in order to give us life.  He made the choice to give up his body so that my body can be resurrected and live forever.  In contrast, many women today are making the choice to kill their unborn children so that they might maintain their lives as they know it.  They refuse to give up their bodies so that their children might live.  Clearly, Jesus is far superior and this is why I bow the knee to him and not to  “women.”

3.  The Matter of Exaltation.  “I deserve to protect my rights!” “My body, my choice.”  These are common comments we hear on the sidewalks and, apart from Christ, these thoughts are deep within the hearts of all of us.  “I want to make a name for myself, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do!”  This is the life-blood of the pro-choice movement.

And again, we contrast this attitude with that of Jesus.  Although he was in Heaven, free from pain, accusations, and hunger, he let go of it all.  He made himself nothing, he became a servant, washing the feet of even the one who betrayed him.   He left perfect comfort and became nothing out of love for his enemies.  He did not protect his rights.  He did not call down angels to get him off the cross.  He did not come down to earth kicking and screaming.  He did not resent his Father for telling him what to do.  No, he was quiet.  Submissive. He died for sinners in joyful obedience to his Father.

And this love is why I choose to bow the knee to him instead of joining my fellow women in pursuit of our own glory and our own rights.  I choose to be protected and loved by the one who knows how to love me better than I know how to love and protect myself. He is more worthy of trust than I am. He is better to me than I am to me.

So to those who model the “Trust Women” or “In Goddess we Trust” stickers, God is not surprised by you. People have been worshipping false gods since the beginning oftime.  This is nothing new, nothing scandalous, just the same old “idols” that the Lord has always forbidden.  And yet, invites you to renounce this goddess worship and come to him.  He is greater than women.  You will always be disappointed if you worship anything but him, because he is far superior.   In the midst of this goddess worshipping culture, Jesus says to you…

“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22   

 

PS Before any pro-choicers start yelling, I want to remind you that I am a woman…trust me.   😉

  • Dec 13 / 2011
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Sidewalk Counseling Ministry

Three Lies About Pro-Lifers

Writing at LiveAction.org, Kristen Walker pens a piece that I believe is worth mentioning here. In this post, she lists three myths about pro-lifers:

3. We don’t care about children once they’re born.

2. We don’t care about women.

1. We’re fighting for a lost cause.

From my own personal experience on the sidewalk, these are most certainly the arguments I hear from the abortion clinic escorts. They are, of course, baseless claims and completely untrue. Please take time to read the entire post here.

The fight we are fighting most oftentimes does feel like an uphill battle but it’s one we must not give up on. Ms Walker ends her article with this statement:

We win an essential and priceless battle every time a woman chooses life, and no matter how long it takes to win the legal war, we will not stop fighting.

“God shall arise, his enemies shall be scattered; and those who hate him shall flee before him! 2 As smoke is driven away, so you shall drive them away; as wax melts before fire, so the wicked shall perish before God! 3 But the righteous shall be glad; they shall exult before God; they shall be jubilant with joy! 4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides through the deserts; his name is the Lord; exult before him! 5 Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” -Psalm 68:1-5

  • Nov 16 / 2011
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Some Questions for Abortion Clinic Workers

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” – Proverbs 14:12

Abortion is in the air we breathe.  You probably comfort yourselves with this fact when you lay your head on your pillow at night.  You start to feel convicted but then you push that down, recalling to mind the “I love abortion” bumper sticker you saw the other day.

You remember “protesters” standing in the parking lot when you drove in to work calling you to “repent.” 

What’s there to repent of?  Even my pastor at church thinks abortion is permissible in the case of rape and incest.  Who do these people think they are trying to speak for God?

You hear of abortion doctors “switching sides” because they cannot deny the fact that the ultrasound shows a beating heart and brain waves.

Well, what’s true for them is true for them and what’s true for me is what’s true for me.  And I know that for now the laws of America are on my side—that what I eliminate every day is just a fetus—and nothing more!

You see the “fanatics” holding signs with Bible verses on them in front of the abortion clinic and they anger you.  Instead of grappling with the truth of the verses you read, you vent to your co-workers:

Jesus said “Do not judge, lest you be judged!” I guess these Christians have never come across that verse before!

Maybe you have been in a car accident before or received a concerning prognosis from your doctor and these brushes with death remind you that your day is coming.  Deep in your heart you know that you will one day stand before the God who made you and give account for everything you have done.  Every abortion you have performed.  Every cross word you have said to the “protestors.” Every time you said “everything will be OK” to the nervous 14-year-old about to have the procedure, all the while remembering those women who came back to your clinic angry because everything was not OK.  Every time you saw the ultrasound and would not let the facts convince you.  Every time you to lied to people at a party, telling them that you were an OB. 

Well, even if I do have to stand before God one day, if he (or she) is such a loving God then he would never send me to Hell.  I would not send anyone to Hell forever, so certainly God would not either. If he would, then I want nothing to do with him anyway.

I do not doubt for a second that what you are doing seems right to you.  I do not doubt for a second that you have not had some of the above conversations in your head, but what if you are wrong?  What if our entire nation is wrong?  What if God is not only loving but is also holy and there is a real literal Hell that you will burn in forever if you do not acknowledge your sin to God and others before you die?  What if you miss your chance to be forgiven for all the abortions you have performed?  What if God is extending an invitation to come to him, to believe that Jesus is enough to cleanse you from all the abortions you performed each and every day—but what if this invitation expires at your death?  What if when you die, you will face God as judge and not have the opportunity to accept him as Savior?

Is this not at least worth looking into?  Is it not worth your time to at least come visit our church (1121 S Clay, 40203) or to contact us to hear more?  You do not have to fear us.  We hate murder, and thus we hate abortion (not to mention what men like Scott Roeder have done).  But we do not hate you.  We write this because we do NOT want death and judgment for you, but instead we want you receive the same forgiveness we ourselves have received.  Let us tell you of the hope that we have in Jesus.

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“Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper,

but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.”

 – Proverbs 28:13

  • Aug 18 / 2011
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Abortion

When Personal Preference Becomes Murder

Last week, The New York Times Magazine ran a horrifying story about a woman who conceived twins through IVF and then terminated one of the babies (referred to as pregnancy reduction). The biggest issue to note is that the woman who is aborting one twin (as is the case in many of these situations) is doing so out of convenience and preference for her and not because of her concern for the babies (which is still no excuse). Dr. Denny Burk and Dr. Albert Mohler have both commented on this article and I’ve included a couple of excerpts below.

Dr. Denny Burk introduces us to the topic:

The New York Times Magazine has a heartbreaking article on yet another monument to the culture of death—pregnancy reduction. In case you have never heard the term, here’s what pregnancy reduction is in a nutshell. When a pregnant mother is carrying two or more babies in her womb, she can choose to kill one or more of those babies while allowing others to live. According to pro-choicers, pregnancy reduction is a practice that began years ago to reduce health risks for women carrying multiples. Pro-choicers have also reasoned that pregnancy reduction increases chances for surviving multiples to make it to term. But that was then, and this is now. What began as a misguided attempt to help women and (some!) unborn babies, has now devolved into the slippery slope. Now, the procedure is increasingly performed on women carrying twins. In fact, the Times article focuses in particular on the increasing number of women who carry twins but who for whatever reason only want one of them to live. The reasons for killing one and letting the other live range from finances to time-management.

He concludes:

In this article, the euphemism “pregnancy reduction” is a rouse. It is a term that attempts to cover-up a great moral evil. The expression plainly functions to deflect attention from an intolerable contradiction—that one unborn child might be allowed to live while its perfectly healthy sibling is destroyed. But the covering is a fig leaf, and that is seen most conspicuously in the troubled consciences of the mothers and medical professionals in this article who have participated in this procedure.

At the end of the day, it’s not just the euphemism that is the problem. It is the heinous evil that the euphemism is trying to hide that should scandalize us. Reducing a pregnancy means killing an innocent human. Just as we don’t want to give in to the mores of a decadent culture, neither should we be complicit in covering evil with clever obfuscations. Such talk is a not-too subtle throwback to an ancient method that humans use to justify sin—calling evil good and calling good evil (Isaiah 5:20). Make no mistake. God is outraged at that, and so should we.

Dr. Albert Mohler‘s commentary begins:

Euphemisms are the refuge of moral cowardice, and no euphemism is so cowardly or so deadly as “reduction” — a word that sounds like math, but really means murder. The August 14, 2011 edition of The New York Times Magazine makes this fact clear in its cover story, “The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy.”

He continues:

“The Two-Minus-One Pregnancy” is one of the most significant articles of recent years. With chilling and unflinching candor, Ruth Padawer virtually forces her readers to see the twisted thinking that justifies the killing of the unborn, and then she tries to evade moral responsibility by calling the procedure a “reduction.”

There is a story behind this story, of course. The intersection where modern reproductive technologies and legal abortion meet is now a deadly place for many unborn babies. In the name of personal preference and for “social reasons,” some women now demand that their multiple babies be aborted so that they will have only the one baby they want.

Padawer says that many Americans are uneasy about this knowledge, perhaps “because the desire for more choices conflicts with our discomfort about meddling with ever more aspects of reproduction.”

But the procedure so dishonestly called “reduction” is really not about mere “meddling.” It is murder.

I would encourage you to read the original article in its entirety and pray for these precious babies who are losing their lives to “preference.” God hears their cries.

  • Aug 05 / 2011
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers

Crisis Pregnancy Centers Under Attack

It should be no surprise that those who fight for the right to murder unborn children are also declaring battle on those who work so hard to protect these little ones. Crisis Pregnancy Centers are crucial in that they provide all manner of help to those women who believe they have no other option but abortion. Many times, once a mom sees her precious child with the technology of an ultrasound, she changes her mind about aborting the baby.

This morning, Dr. Albert Mohler pens an article highlighting the attacks against Crisis Pregnancy Centers. He writes:

The U.S. Supreme Court’s declaration of war upon the unborn in its infamous 1973 decision, Roe v. Wade, caught most conservative Christians unprepared and unaware. This shock to the nation’s conscience required Christians and other pro-life activists to develop arguments, strategies, and organizations in order to confront the Culture of Death and the legalized killing of the unborn.

The Roe v. Wade decision was quickly repackaged by pro-abortion forces into a “pro-choice” argument that was intended to avoid the scandal of being pro-abortion. Nevertheless, the pro-choice mantra never really worked as a public relations strategy for pro-abortion forces for one simple reason: The only “choice” the pro-abortion forces would accept or respect is the choice to abort.

If that sounds extreme, just consider recent developments in cities like Baltimore, New York, and San Francisco. First in Baltimore, and then in New York City, municipal governments passed laws intended to shut down or curtail the work of crisis pregnancy centers in their cities. The crisis pregnancy centers have been among the most important platforms for saving unborn human lives and reasserting human dignity.

He continues:

Now, city officials in San Francisco have launched their own effort to shutter crisis pregnancy centers, claiming that staff at the centers impose “anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on suspecting women.”

Note the reference to anti-abortion arguments as “propaganda,” as if there could only be one side to the issue. Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco city attorney who is running for mayor, called the crisis pregnancy centers “right wing” and “politically motivated.” There was no acknowledgment of the fact that pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood are “left wing” and “politically motivated.” Furthermore, given the millions of dollars of income made by Planned Parenthood and other major components of the abortion industry, the phrase “financially motivated” should be added as well. Where are the calls for honesty from Planned Parenthood?

The work of Crisis Pregnancy Centers is crucial. If you would like more information about how you can help in Louisville, please visit A Woman’s Choice Resource Center for more information.

I would also encourage you to read the rest of Dr. Mohler’s article here.

  • Aug 01 / 2011
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Abhorring Evil Because We Love

Sometimes I shy away from telling people what I do on Saturday mornings (i.e. sidewalk counsel) but it is not because I am ashamed.  Instead it is because of all the misconceptions that flood into people’s minds when they hear things like “protest abortion,” “sidewalk counsel,” or “approach women coming in for abortions.”  Many think that what drives me is raw political zeal, religious fanaticism, or arrogance as I try to “shove my opinions down people’s throats.”

And this may be a very accurate description of some people who claim the title “pro-lifer.”  To some, on both sides of the issue, it is a game.  It’s about trying to see the opposing side defeated, ashamed, humiliated, and frustrated.   If a girl turns away from abortion, one point for us and if she continues on through those abortion clinic doors, one point for them.

But I am not at my core is not “a pro-lifer” caught up in such games.  I am a Christian who serves a compassionate God.   He is a God who is never indifferent towards oppression and injustice.  Further he is a God who actually came down to earth and held out his hands to sinners and said “come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest”(Matt 11:28).  He is the God who says to mothers on their way to kill their children:

“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” – Isaiah 55:7

I am a “pro-lifer” not because I want to push a political agenda but because I love God.   And I love to see his image in humans.  Because I love God, I abhor the fact that image-bearers of God are being systematically slaughtered in my town.  Because I myself have been confronted by God and called to repent of my sin, I want everyone (women coming in for abortions, boyfriends pressuring their girlfriends to abort, abortion clinic escorts, and even the “heathen” in Africa) to turn from their sin.  Why?  Because when they repent there is only compassion and forgiveness waiting for them.  Compassion and forgiveness that I have received!

It is true—I hate abortion.  In fact, I am ashamed to call myself an American where the laws protect a woman’s “right” to kill her child.  But the reason I detest these things is: God made me the recipient of his compassion.  I now know true love because I know God.  It is love that motivates me to drag myself out of bed at 5:30am on Saturday mornings!  This is my call to all Christians today:

 “O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” Psalm 97:10

Love is not the absence of hate, it is hating the right things.  Hate what is evil!  Hate oppression, hate injustice, hate anything that is opposed to God.  Hate them for the sake of love.  For the sake of compassion.

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