September 10, 2012

Scripture for Today

Redemption: an adoption story by Renee Loux

Moscow to request detailed report from US on Russian adoptees – Adoptive parents of Russian children are already required to submit a number of post-placement reports detailing how things are going for their child. How much detail do they want? It sounds like just another excuse to slow down the process even more and prevent Americans, in particular, from adopting Russian orphans. 

The Dungeon of Death

Study: Most Churchgoers Do Not Read Bible on Daily Basis

British Christians must find a louder voice by Jenny McCartney – “Christians may not be persecuted in this country but the faith can safely be publicly ridiculed or denied.”

No Favorites by Pastor Adrian Kitson – “I am not sure there can be any more lethal force for suffering in a child’s life than being on the wrong side of favouritism – be it from parents or teachers or peers.”

Why Blasphemy Laws Are Wrong by Dr. Russell D. Moore

Moscow Times: The Right to Worship Holds for All Faiths

From Brad Mattes at Life Issues Instituate:

The Three Deadliest Words in the Word

“It’s a girl” has become a three-word death sentence to hundreds of millions of unborn babies across the globe. The United Nations estimates as many as 200 million girls are missing in the world today because of female gendercide. Killed, aborted and abandoned—these are the brutal realities of the actual “war on women.”

The worst offenders are India and China—countries where ancient cultural traditions, dictating a preference for male offspring, join with pro-abortion government policies. It’s a deadly combination that allows for the deliberate extermination of girls. However, no country is immune, including the United States. Recently, a disturbing story and photograph went viral. A woman, very visibly pregnant with twins, decided to have an abortion because they were girls. Keep in mind that gender is determined via ultrasound near the 20th week of pregnancy, meaning this mother was well into her second trimester when she had her babies aborted. Also, this summer, the investigative pro-life group, Live Action, released a series of videos called Protect Our Girls, which exposed Planned Parenthood’s disturbing practice of actually doing gender-based abortions. They claim to be “nonjudgmental,” essentially stating they don’t question the reasons why a mother wishes to end the life of her unborn child. I can’t think of anything more judgmental than sentencing a baby girl to death simply because she’s female. 

And I can’t think of any other act that is motivated by more ruthless discrimination. Pro-abortion activists like Planned Parenthood are accusing pro-life individuals and candidates of participating in a “war on women.” What utter hypocrisy. All the while they’re searching out and killing unborn babies only because they’re female. There’s no graver war on women than this.

Sadly, Planned Parenthood isn’t alone. There are many who refuse to acknowledge this travesty taking place across the globe, or worse yet, they participate in it. However, I’m privileged to know someone who’s made it her mission to combat this ignorance and crime against humanity. She’s bringing it to the forefront in a way that it can be addressed educationally, morally and actionably—she is Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

Reggie is part of the production team for an eye-opening film releasing this month. It’s a Girl is a powerful documentary that takes this international issue and makes it personal. Shot on location in India and China, you meet girls and women who’ve been impacted by this brutal practice. The film tells the stories of abandoned and trafficked girls, of women who suffer extreme dowry-related violence, of brave mothers fighting to save their daughters’ lives and of other mothers who would kill for a son. These faces, and the millions of others like them, are the reason female gendercide can’t be ignored any longer. It must be addressed and ultimately it must be ended.

Abortion for the purposes of sex-selection is a horrific testimony of where the so-called “pro-choice” mentality of the abortion industry inevitably leads. When pregnancy becomes a “choice” rather than a child, there’s no limitation to why a woman can decide to end her unborn baby’s life.

You and I have a choice to make too. We can choose to be silent and pretend these little girls aren’t being slaughtered, or we can choose to take a stand. Here’s how:

  • First, if there’s only one thing you do, please watch this trailer for It’s a Girl and share it with those you know.
  • But you need to do more. Find a location in your community that could host a screening of the movie including: theatres, universities, community centers, churches, etc.
  • Contact a pro-life group in your area and suggest inviting Reggie Littlejohn to come and speak on this topic at a viewing of the film or another pro-life event.
  • Educate yourself by watching Cries From China, an episode of our Emmy® Award-winning TV program, Facing Life Head-On, when I met Reggie for the first time.

Pro-abortion activists may believe these baby girls don’t have a voice, but they do. You and I are the voice for the future generation of girls (and boys) and we won’t be silenced.
On behalf of ALL women and babies.

Politics
Here’s a good read from LivingWaters.com (Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron):

The Democratic Party’s flip-flop and the resulting anger and confusion about whether or not to put reference to God into their platform, highlighted the great weakness in our political system. The Yes and No vote is reminiscent of another vote that was taken 2,000 years ago, which resulted in the one-man steering committee washing his hands of the whole process.

This is what happens when a nation abandons the Bible as its moral guide. It has no rudder in the stormy sea of human opinion, so it is driven by whatever wind blows the hardest. When the Bible is abandoned, the question is asked, “Is killing a child in the womb morally okay?” The answer comes from those who yell the loudest. The same applies with homosexuality and other moral issues. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government…” That becomes a weakness and not strength, when the Bible is left out of the equation.

The Scriptures are “a lamp to our feet and a light to out path.” When they are ignored we are left in moral darkness and we will soon forget the truth of the words “God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!” Thomas Jefferson said “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Constitution.” I propose a small amendment to his words. They should read, “The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores the Scriptures and treats the Constitution as though it was the Word of God.”

This fiasco should also remind us of Lincoln’s, “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”

Orphan Care
If you are looking for a way to help orphans in Mexico, here’ one. Russ and Irma recently sent out this e-mail entitled “Looking Ahead.”

She came to us with an older and younger sister. Bubbling joy comes out from her little heart, but still has pain hidden there. Her eyes have a sparkle and glow that only God could create. Pray that God will heal her heart, and complete His work within her.

The children that are with us here at the Casa do not have much to look back on. Their past is difficult and often they try to remember only small parts leaving out what they do not want to remember.

Ahead God is giving them something new and fresh. He will heal their past. Each child that comes to us is sent by God for His purpose in their lives. We are just the loving environment where he does his special work.

You can find out more at Russ’s blog page.