I recently went to a local restaurant. As I perused the menu, I found many options, almost too many to count. Someone said that the grilled salmon was especially good. The baked chicken also sounded delicious. There were several cuts of steak on the menu as well as.salads and baked potatoes to choose from. The Kid’s Menu listed hotdogs and chicken fingers. There were all kinds of sides: Mashed potatoes, green beans, and mac and cheese. The back of the menu revealed slices of cakes and pies of all kinds. The front of the menu revealed cheese sticks, nachos, salsa and chips, soups and stuffed mushrooms to name a few of the appetizers. I opted to resist the appetizers as there was a bucket of peanuts at the end of the table. So many options! What should I choose? I finally opted to go with an 8oz hamburger steak covered with sautéed mushrooms. Good choice!
As I reflect on the restaurant and all the menu choices, I’m sure that the business struggled with the name and category of the restaurant. “Southern Fare” or “Southern Bistro” could be a good name, as would “Healthy Alternatives”. “Too many items to choose from” would probably be best!
The restaurant owners chose “Steak House”. Steak House? Why, steak was only a small portion of the menu; it occupied only one half of one page of a eight-page menu (only 6.25%)! But everybody knew this is a steak house. From the name on the sign out front, to the raw meat in a refrigerated display case in the lobby, to the category on Urban Spoon, everybody knows that this is a steak house. And people rightly call it what it is. Most people know that there are many other menu choices, but when they want a good steak, they go to a steak house.
What would you call a healthcare provider that offered services like cancer screenings, more than 4.2 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including more than 650,000 HIV tests, birth control and abortion, educational programs and outreach to 1.5 million young people and adults in a single year for nearly five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year?
This healthcare provider’s website says that it is “one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, men, and young people, and the nation’s largest provider of sex education. [It] also works with partner organizations worldwide to improve the sexual health and well-being of individuals and families everywhere.” They claim, that “2.5 million women and men in the United States annually visit [its] affiliate health centers for trusted health care services and information. Eighty-four percent of [its] health care patients in the U.S. are age 20 and older. An estimated one in five women in the U.S. has visited [one of its] health center at least once in her life.” Eighty percent of its clinics are in minority neighborhoods.
You couldn’t call it a “women’s health clinic” because it served so many men and adolescents (what teenaged boy would willingly go to a “women’s” clinic?!). You wouldn’t call it a “cancer center” because no cancer treatments are provided there.What would be an adequate name for a healthcare provider that provides such necessary services?
This organization garners the support of millions of citizens and government officials. It calls itself a “family planning organization” and it receives perhaps more of our tax money than any other healthcare provider. The organization is Planned Parenthood.
With all the services Planned Parenthood provides, why is it known by so many people as an “abortion provider” despite their claim that only 3% of their services is abortion?
Simply put, abortion is a procedure that terminates a pregnancy. A pregnancy occurs when a man’s sperm fertilizes a woman’s egg, resulting in a human embryo with its own genetic code that develops into a fetus, which if not terminated or miscarried, results in the live birth of a baby. From the point that the woman’s egg is fertilized, nothing changes, except growth. Everything necessary for the embryo to develop into a baby is included in the genetic code (DNA) as the cells draw nourishment from the mother. Abortion causes the development to stop. Miscarriage can also be called a “spontaneous abortion” because it stops the development of the embryo into a baby. Simply put, stopping the development of an embryo into a live baby terminates a life; the baby dies.
Planned Parenthood is called an “abortion clinic” for the same reason people that the restaurant is called a “steak house”. Planned Parenthood’s “3%” claim is not just a little misleading (please click this link for more information).
When considered as half of one page of an eight-page menu, steak only occupies 6.25% of the steak house’s menu! But everybody knows it’s a steak house. And everybody knows that Planned Parenthood — despite all the other services provided – is known as an abortion provider.
Why not call it what it is? It’s the same reason why KFC and Church’s Chicken changed their names: to change the public’s opinion. Science has shown a link between eating fried foods and obesity; fried foods are seen as “unhealthy”. And what restaurant chain wants to be known for serving unhealthy food?
Why not call it what it is? Because abortion terminates life. And no one considers the terminating of an innocent life as being “moral”.
The restaurant is a steak house. And Planned Parenthood is an abortion clinic. And abortion ends innocent life.
WOW! Not many people saw it coming. We have a President-elect who is clearly an outsider with no political experience. He overcame vicious lies propagated by the liberal left and lapdog Mainstream Media. As I have said here on my blog, from my pulpit and on Facebook, Donald Trump has major character issues. He was not my candidate of choice.
However in light of Hillary Clinton’s very radical ideas, Trump became the only viable candidate to stop her agenda. (Yes… radical: outside the view of even mainstream pro-choicers). Her views on abortion would allow for late-term, partial-birth abortion up until just before delivery; she said in the last Presidential debate that she would litmus-test her SCOTUS nominees in order to politicize the Court in order to push her very radical views.
Our Nation’s Founders set up a Democratic Republic. We do not have a true democracy…. by design.
For better or for worse, this is America. If you don’t like the outcome, voice your objections at the voting booth in two years and four years; that is exactly what happened in 2014 and this past Tuesday. The People have said that enough is enough; we are tired of the political and media elites telling us how we should live our lives. Anyone who disagrees with the narrative has been dismissed and ridiculed. The former “watchdog” media has become the lapdog of the DNC and other leftists. The People have said “ENOUGH!”
It’s time for us to realize that the choices have been made. We must come together. As President Obama said several years ago, “Elections have consequences.” It’s time for the left to adjust to the populist views. It’s time for the Republican Party to deliver on what it says it will do and reduce government, reduce spending and protect our nation’s interests.
It’s time to come together. Our real enemy isn’t the people on the other side of the political aisle. Our real enemy is Radical, Jihadi, Shariah Islam which seeks to eliminate the US and the only Democratic nation in the Middle East, Israel.
It’s time to come together.
But mostly, it’s time for the Church to be the Church. It’s time to PRAY!
It’s been a while since I posted anything of political nature on my blog. However, I think I need to weigh in on the recent Presidential Campaigns.
We, as a country, decided in 1992 that “character doesn’t matter”. In 2016, both the Republican and Democrat Presidential Nominees reflect that we, as a country, still believe that “character doesn’t matter”.
Both Nominees are failures in terms of character. Both are despicable and both are possibly criminals.
Let’s move on from the “Your Candidate is flawed, unqualified and would be dangerous to this country” arguments and look at the differences of the policies and goals of the Candidates.
Regardless of who you want to be our next President, these are our options. This is a binary election. In January 2017, the US will have a President Clinton or a President Trump. A non-vote and a third-party vote are not options if you care about the future of the country. A lot is at stake. Possibly more so than any other election in our Nation’s history.
- National Security
- Foreign Policy
- Supreme Court vacancies
- The Economy
- Abortion on demand
We need to pray a LOT in the coming days. (Ephesians 6:12-18; 1Timothy 2:1-6).
Read up on the issues. And vote. (Romans 13:1-7)
I didn’t grow up as a Baptist. I wasn’t saved in a Baptist church. I didn’t become a Baptist until I had been a Christian for thirteen years. So why did I become a Baptist?
I grew up in another division. I say this because “denomination” is a math term and is related to division. The division I grew up in was the one chosen by my parents shortly before I was saved. It seemed to fit me well for eight years or so. Then I was challenged to look at what the Bible said about eternal security.
I had always thought that it was possible to lose your salvation. A high school teacher challenged me to consider what the Bible had to say about the subject. As I looked at what was clearly taught in the Bible, I realized that maintaining my salvation had nothing to do with what I did. It had everything to do with what Jesus had already done! As I continued to consider the issue – even recently – I saw that my eternal security had everything to do with the very character of God!
A few years after my epiphany on eternal security, I began to consider my call to ministry from my early teens. I looked into what my division had to say about issues like abortion. My division’s official position was that abortion was a private issue between a woman and her doctor. But this seemed to be contrary to what the Bible taught about the sanctity of life. Psalm 139, among other scriptures, seemed to indicate that life began at conception. If that’s true, how can abortion be a private issue between a woman and her doctor when a baby’s life is at stake? I couldn’t see myself following a ministry training program in a division that differed from the Bible on this clear issue.
About that time, a non-Baptist friend told me that I was a Baptist, but I just didn’t know it; he said that I already believed everything Baptists did. As I considered his comments, I picked up a couple of books about what Baptists believe. Sure enough, I was a Baptist, I just didn’t belong to a Baptist church. As I continued to consider, not only Baptist beliefs , but Baptist ministry, I saw the importance of cooperative ministry: churches pooling their resources to do ministry, evangelism, missions, and education. Southern Baptists seemed to do ministry from a Biblical model.
So I joined, not only a Baptist church, but a Southern Baptist Church. And when it was time to pursue ministry training, I went to an SBC seminary.
I still have many friends from my former division, as well as friends from many other divisions. We can all agree to disagree on non-essential issues. But at the end of the day, I am a Southern Baptist because I agree with the beliefs and the way Southern Baptists do ministry.
Following today’s #SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Green Family of Oklahoma City, I wrote the following on Facebook:
Just to clarify, in case you missed the real issue behind the emotionally-based headlines…. Today’s Supreme Court Decision in favor of the Green Family (Hobby Lobby, Mardel, etc. stores) does *NOTHING* to prevent access to contraception. It does *NOTHING* to prohibit access to abortions. It does *NOTHING* to restrict the ability for women to get healthcare.
What the ruling *DOES* do is to allow people to express their First Amendment Rights of Free Speech and Religion through their privately-held businesses. And it limits the Federal Government’s power … just like the Constitution does.
The Green Family’s employees are *free* to purchase their own birth control. They are *free* to purchase their own abortifacients (abortion-causing drugs), and they are *free* to purchase their own abortions.
Limits on Government. Freedom for the People. Today’s SCOTUS Decision protects Constitutional Freedom for everyone!
Happy Independence week, everybody!
I recommend that you also check out Ed Stetzer’s great article, “Hobby Lobby Wins: Where Do We Go from Here?”
The only thing I didn’t say is that, “Everybody wins, except for unborn babies.” That is still an issue to pray about. Perhaps one day, the Supreme Court will — just like they did with African Americans — affirm the “personhood” of the unborn, thus confirming Constitutional Rights upon them.
Side note: Abortion is disproportionately high for minorities. And abortion clinics are disproportionately placed in minority neighborhoods. So, although the Supreme Court affirmed the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for African-Americans, abortion providers like Planned Parenthood wish to rob them of those rights by disproportionately killing their children. There. I said it.
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