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We May Not Be Able To Legislate Morality In This Country, But...

Abortion. Planned Parenthood.

The two are synonymous and better known as the Satanic and systematic destruction, dismemberment, and murder of God's most precious part of creation, which is a human life.

I know just wrote this on my Facebook page today. Sorry for the redundancy, but this is too important and cannot be emphasized and underscored enough, IMHO.

I know, I know -- I'm just another Christian going on-and-on about abortion again like it's the only issue of concern here in America. It's not, but as someone recently commented, when you see the modern day equivalent of Auschwitz with your own eyes and ears, well, I don't care if you're "religious" or not, because I still believe in the objective truth that there is "right" and there is "wrong" in this world. What Planned Parenthood has been caught doing more than once now is flat out wrong. No, it's pure evil. 
While the most vocal abortion/"pro-choice" supporters I know may continue to choose to remain silent about all of this (demonstrating a complete lack of common moral decency), I will take comfort in the fact that God is not silent about it. Martin Luther said, "You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say." Indeed. 
Look, we may not be able to ever legislate morality in this country, but we can sure as heck legislate a way to defund immorality. 
Finally, to anyone who's reading this who has had an abortion, please know that there is forgiveness, healing, hope, mercy, and restoration through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ who died upon the cross for your sins and mine. Through His death and resurrection, His free gift of grace is for you as well.

Sorry, but I felt compelled to write about this topic again after reading about the latest video that was released to expose the downright demonic practices of Planned Parenthood.

8 Shocking Moments From 4th Planned Parenthood Video

As if that weren't bad enough, the deafening silence from the liberal, pro-abortion, pro-choice crowd has been maddening to me! But don't worry, at least they have their priorities in order.

After all, the unexpected death of a lion by the hands of a hunter in the African wild is apparently much more important than the intentional death of a defenseless baby by the hands of a butcher in a so-called "civilized" country we call America.

Yes, I'm afraid we've officially lost all common sense and plain old moral decency in this country (although it didn't just happen with this juxtaposition of news stories since they only serve to underscore this sad reality here in America). By the way, the whole "Donation For Medical Scientific Research Purposes" defense is even more absurd too, because a "donation" of any kind never involves a "negotiation" when it comes to the cost/price. What a sinful world we live in, huh? Lord, have mercy! Lord, come quickly!

For additional comfort and prayerful reflection, please read the official response from LCMS Synod President, Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, in its entirety.

Harrison On Planned Parenthood Controversy: 'God Is Not Silent' 
Jesus warned us about this. He reminded us that the devil would be hard at work, seeking to devour hearts and minds. He told us the world would try to silence His Word of life, and that His truth would be shunned. Satan will stop at nothing to rage at Christ, even if it means murdering the tiniest of people and selling their bodies for profit. 
But God is not silent. He has a word for us, too. He comforts us in the knowledge that the devil’s attempts are desperate and futile, for Jesus came to save people, regardless of their size. He reminds us that He has “overcome the world” (John 16:33) and “came that [we] may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). His point? Satan is fighting a losing battle, and he knows it.

So true.

In a Lutheran layman's terms, "Satan will roar for a time, but his evil, murderous ways won’t last...for Satan cannot win, and God is not silent."

NOTE: Please understand that I'm not a called and ordained minister of God's Word and Sacraments. I'm a layman or just a regular Christian, Candy-Making, Husband, Father, Friend who lives in the "City of Good Neighbors" here on the East Coast. To be more specific, and relevant to the point I want to make with this disclaimer/note, please understand that I'm also a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism almost 2 years ago now. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is inconsistent with our Confessions and Lutheran doctrine (in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word, which our Confessions merely summarize and repeatedly point us back to over and over again) so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray (James 3:1). Also, please be aware that you might also discover that some of the earlier pieces I wrote for this blog back in 2013 definitely fall into that "Old Evangelical Adam" category since I was a "Lutheran-In-Name-Only" at the time and was completely oblivious to the fact that a Christian "Book of Concord" even existed (Small/Large Catechism? What's that!?!). This knowledge of the Lutheran basics was completely foreign to me even though I was baptized, confirmed, and married in an LCMS church! So, there are some entries that are a little "out there" so-to-speak since the subject matter was also heavy influenced by those old beliefs of mine. I know that now and I'm still learning. Anyway, I decided to leave those published posts up on this website and in cyberspace only because they are not blasphemous/heretical, because we now have this disclaimer, and only to demonstrate the continuing work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in my life (Hebrews 12:2; Philippians 1:6). Most importantly, please know that any time I engage in commenting on and/or interpreting a specific portion of the holy Scriptures, it will always closely follow the verse-by-verse notes from my Lutheran Study Bible and/or include references to the Book of Concord unless otherwise noted. Typically, I defer to what other Lutheran Pastors both past and present have already preached and taught about such passages since they are the called and ordained shepherds of our souls here on earth. Finally, I'm going to apologize ahead of time for the length of most entries (this disclaimer/note is a perfect example of what I mean! haha!). I'm well aware that blogs should be short, sweet, and to the point, but I've never been one to follow the rules when it comes to writing. Besides, this website is more like a "Christian Dude's Diary" in the sense that everything I write about and share publicly isn't always what's "popular" or "#trending" at the time, but is instead all the things that I'm experiencing and/or studying myself at the moment. For better or for worse, these posts tend to be much longer than most blog entries you'll find elsewhere only because I try to pack as much info as possible into a single piece so that I can refer to it again and again over time if I need to (and so that it can be a valuable resource for others -- if possible, a "One-Stop-Shop" of sorts). Thank you for stopping by and thank you in advance for your time, help, and understanding. Feel free to comment/email me at any time. Grace and peace to you and yours!


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1 comment

  1. Rev. Basil Christi: "While what happened to Cecil, the lion, is noteworthy, I think it's definitely far more important to take notice of what is going on with Cecile, the liar, as she tries to defend Planned Parenthood from being defunded."


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