Don’t Just Survive, Thrive! (Part 4) Feigned

Modern feminism tells us women that we can/should have it all. We can have it all and there will be no consequence? That’s just not possible. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basic science. If we have it ALL, we have to maintain it ALL.

Feigned Feminism Friday

We should have it all together, right? As soon as we get one step in the right direction of “I’ve got it all covered”, then circumstances happen that throw us into the pit.

You are not alone, dear one. It’s going to be okay. Really. Can I share three things that have helped me? Three things I need reminded of 0ften? I learned them from John 5, the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda and from Holley gerth (via her book You’re Going to be Okay). If you missed the first three articles, start here!

If you work through steps one and two, get up and take up your bedroll, step three becomes so much easier.

  1. Start Walking.

Each of us has a specific purpose. We do. We’re that special. Breathe. You have a purpose too. It’s not just all the other gals you follow on Instagram. You.

“Stress makes us short-sighted. Our bodies are wired in such a way that when our fight or flight system is triggered, we react. We’re not thinking noble thoughts about the meaning of life or world peace. We’re just trying to save ourselves…The trouble is, many of us live in chronic stress.” (Holley Gerth)

The truth is, you weren’t created to strive or survive, you were created to thrive. Each of us have, through life experience or through the desire of our heart, a unique purpose. We feel thing deeply about this purpose. For instance, when it comes to orphans, adoption, foster care and adoptive/foster parents, I park my purpose there. I spend my time there, working, praying, writing content, encouraging, offering ETC training and praying. God took my past, renewed it and transformed it into a purpose that I can walk in.

Friend Lori makes baby quilts and she is good at it. Maybe the desire and purpose for making each new Mom and baby feel celebrated comes out of her past (that’s her story to tell). What would happen if I gave up my purpose to make baby quilts? That’s a good thing, right? I may even learn how to make a decent one, after a decade or so. The whole time I would be walking in the wrong direction. I would feel angst in my soul as if I were fighting against myself. The angst would created unneeded stress and probably depression. When Jesus told the man at the pool to start walking, He meant in the path God had prepared for Him specifically, not to randomly walk. Pool guy went to the temple where he ran into Jesus, who said, “You look wonderful!’

One bit of warning. When you begin to walk in your God given purpose and you’re acting counter-culturally, the opposite direction of modern feminism, there will be naysayers. Jesus healed the pool guy on the Sabbath, a cultural no-no for Jews. Jesus responded to this with ,”My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.”

It reminds me of many years ago when my mother wanted to open a food pantry in our community and the church leaders told her there was NO NEED. My mom and Bud had moved to the hills of WV because she had been born here. The hunger she had experienced as a child turned into a purpose to feed the hungry. She opened the pantry and it is still running twenty-one years after her death. Don’t let people talk you out of your purpose. Don’t be interested in crowd approval. Be content with God approval. Be set on the purpose God has given you. Walk in it.

“We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

“When Life comes along and slaps us silly, it can feel as if God’s purpose for us has now been cancelled. But nothing can stop His purpose for us….just because your circumstances are hard doesn’t mean God’s purpose for you has changed.” (Holley Gerth)

Even if you feel as if you are the ONLY one doing what you are doing and you KNOW God led you to do it, DO IT ANYWAY.  If you tell a group of friends that you are ________________ and aren’t going to ________________________ and they try to redirect you, listen to your purpose, not theirs. It’s okay to act counter culturally. Jesus did.

Do you want to be well? Do you want to be satisfied in your soul? Get up. Stop believing the lies. Your circumstances are not a measure of your worth. You are infinitely loved. You are chosen. Take up your bedroll. Picking up your bedroll is taking responsibility for yourself and your choices. Get off the treadmill of what is expected and run the race at a meaningful and profitable pace. Ask yourself, what sort of fruit does this activity produce? Start walking. You were made for a purpose and actually, mini, many purposes. Your purpose may change with the seasons of your life. Just remember to walk in the path of your purpose, not someone else’s.

The last thing Jesus said to the healed pool guy was, “Don’t return to a sinning life or something worse may happen.” In other words, don’t go back to the habits or patterns of thinking and living that keep you beside the pool instead of in it. The living water is available to you. The Word renews your mind and transforms your thinking. Take the time to feed yourself whatever is true.

“Come to Me.. be with Me. All you who are weary and beat up by this life. Who have lost faith in religion. Who’ve lost faith in yourself. Find it in Me. And as you do, you will find rest and peace and purpose for your soul,”

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive! (Part 3) Feigned Feminism Friday

Modern feminism tells us women that we can/should have it all. We can have it all and there will be no consequence? That’s just not possible. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basic science. If we have it ALL, we have to maintain it ALL. As Bud, my stepfather used to say, “Something’s got to give.” It’s like those people who want a pool (it’s great), but don’t want to do the work of vacuuming it, keeping the patio clean, testing the water, etc.. Point is, if you have it, you have to maintain it.

You are not alone, dear one. It’s going to be okay. Really. Can I share three things that have helped me? Three things I need reminded of 0ften? I learned them from John 5, the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda and from Holley gerth (via her book You’re Going to be Okay). 

*If you missed the first two articles in this series, start here. If you haven’t done so, take a minute and read John 5.

Feigned Feminism Friday

2. Take up your bedroll.

We all make messes with our lives. We stay angry when we should forgive. We stay in the pit of depression when we know we should get up and make the bed. We fill our calendars to overflowing and joke about how overwhelmed we are. It becomes our new normal. We’ve lived on the outskirts of healing for so long that we feel more comfortable under stress than we do with peace. We are so used to calamity and tight ‘run to the next thing’ schedules that we forget what peace feels like. We forget the feeling of reading a great book. Lying on the grass and watching the clouds go by. Sitting out on the front porch in the evening just because. Making cookies with your kids just to eat, not for an event.

peace

Picking up your mat is taking responsibility for yourself. It’s the old adage, you make a mess, you clean it up. If you are overburdened, over stressed and your day’s schedule is maxed out, what can you cut out?Ask yourself this question- Does this have eternal value? OR- Does this bring value to my life period? Temporal or otherwise. It is producing the good fruit of peace, joy, love kindness faithfulness, goodness, or self-control? I’m not saying it should be all sunshine and daisies (my favorite flower). I’m asking, does it profit you and your household? For instance, exercise uses the fruit of self-control and produces the fruit of a healthier you.

Serving on three committees a week may seem like a good thing, but it may not be profitable for you. It may rob your of family time, of rest and sanity. If you’re just working for the Lord and not spending any time with Him you’re not going to reap connection and relationship. Same with your family, if you are not investing time in them, you won’t reap connection and relationship. Same goes for yourself, are you investing good things in yourself? Exercise, healthy eating and periods of rest and recovery? Are you filling your mind with junk food, too much tv and social media? Or healthy soul food, the Word, great literature and helpful encouraging podcasts?

Take a few minutes right now and ask the Lord to show you how to ‘take up your bedroll’ today. Take the path of peace instead of pressure. When your calendar is too full, ask Him what should/could go. I don’t have it all figured out. I overbook myself, over do it and crash. Today, let’s agree together to take a moment and clean up after ourselves and move towards a more healed and peaceful today. Get in the pool of peace.

 

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive! (Part 2) Feigned Feminism Friday

Modern feminism tells us women that we can/should have it all. We can have it all and there will be no consequence? That’s just not possible. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basic science. If we have it ALL, we have to maintain it ALL.

Feigned Feminism Friday

Modern woman have it all, but according to Dr. Villar, author of Urban Woman Syndrome, we are paying a hefty price. Women or more likely to suffer stress and anxiety these days than men. The stressors in women’s lives are greater than they were in our mother’s time. Whether you work or stay at home (and work), the pressure is greater to ‘have it all together’ in a world that is falling apart.You are not alone, dear one. It’s going to be okay. Really. Can I share three things that have helped me? Three things I need reminded of 0ften? I learned them from John 5, the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda and from Holley gerth (via her book You’re Going to be Okay). You can find the rest of the first article here.

Ready for the first step?

  1. Get up.

Jesus told the man at the pool to get up. Pool guy had let his circumstances define him for thirty-eight years.

There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated andlingering disorder for thirty-eight years.”

Guess what, your circumstances don’t define you. They are not who you are. They are simply where you are.

“What the enemy tries to whisper to us whenever we struggle is this, “If God really loved you, this wouldn’t be happening.”” (Holley Gerth) Not true. We live in a fallen world. People make choices that affect us. This world has sickness, sin and suffering. This world and all it’s circumstances don’t define us. God doesn’t love us less because we are suffering.

Don’t believe the lie the man at the pool believed- I’m not really loved. Nobody cares about me. No one will help me. Lies. All lies.

You are infinitely loved. God loved you and thought of your adoption into HIs family before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1). Nothing can separate you from the love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39). You are not what you feel. If you feel overwhelmed, stressed and like a failure, those are feelings, not a determination of WHO you ARE. You are loved! Stand up sister and encourage yourself in the Lord. Look up scriptures including those above and memorize them. Hide them in your heart. Make them part of your arsenal. Pull out the weapon of the Word and fight like a girl.

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive! (Part 1) Feigned Feminism Friday

What’s the last decision you made completely uninfluenced by others or your circumstances?

Do your circumstances define you and confine you?

If you had total freedom from other’s opinions, your current circumstances and your erroneous beliefs about yourself, what would that look like?

Would you feel freer, act as if you had value? Would you pursue your purpose with vigor instead of fear and trepidation?

What if you walked as if you were truly loved, valued and cherished?

Feigned Feminism Friday

 

Modern feminism tells us women that we can/should have it all. We can have it all and there will be no consequence? That’s just not possible. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Basic science. If we have it ALL, we have to maintain it ALL. As Bud, my stepfather used to say, “Something’s got to give.” It’s like those people who want a pool (it’s great), but don’t want to do the work of vacuuming it, keeping the patio clean, testing the water, etc.. Point is, if you have it, you have to maintain it.

Modern women have it all, but according to Dr. Villar, author of Urban Woman Syndrome, we are paying a hefty price. Women or more likely to suffer stress and anxiety these days than men. The stressors in women’s lives are greater than they were in our mother’s time. Whether you work or stay at home (and work), the pressure is greater to ‘have it all together’ in a world that is falling apart. There’s more pressure to look perfect for our social media driven society. There is more stress on being educated and have the perfect career in a new age where women have the option to pursue academics. If you stay at home and homeschool, there is an unwritten rule that your house should be cleaner and you should be more organized and efficient than the rest of the female population!

Are you feeling pressure just reading this? Is it overwhelming? This overwhelming stress or Urban Woman Syndrome drives us to survival mode where we fight, flight or freeze.

We should have it all together, right? As soon as we get one step in the right direction of “I’ve got it all covered”, then circumstances happen that throw us into the pit.

  • Divorce
  • Depression
  • Job Loss
  • Parenting a child with special needs
  • A Move
  • A Job Change
  • A New Baby
  • Health Issues
  • Death of a Loved One

Suddenly, all the great things in our life look gray. Feel gray. I know. I’m preaching to the Guire here. Been there. Done that.

You are not alone, dear one. It’s going to be okay. Really. Can I share three things that have helped me? Three things I need reminded of often? I learned them from John 5, the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda and from Holley Gerth (via her book You’re Going to be Okay).

First of all, do you want to get well? That’s what Jesus asks the man who had laid by the pool for thirty-eight years.

“Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anyone to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in it.”

May I tell you something, friend? There is enough pool water for everyone. The water that Jesus offers means you’ll never thirst. There is no lack in Jesus. The lady next to you at church isn’t taking all the healing. There is enough for you too. Say “yes” to wanting to get well. Take a second right now. Just say, “yes, Jesus”.

Next week, join me for number one!

Feigned Feminism Friday-How Did Jesus Treat Women?

She stands at the back of the church. She heard the altar call, but she’s not sure she should go forward. She can’t make her feet move. She’s rooted in shame. what if these people knew the truth about me? About the abortion. About the sexual abuse. They would probably throw me out the door. I’m not worth it. I’m not worthy of love. So, she turns and leaves carrying the same burden she walked in with.

Maybe this happened at your church. Maybe mine. Maybe it was you.

Feigned Feminism Friday

Let’s look at how Jesus responded to women instead of how culture has treated them. We can’t hang the character of God on the hook of history. We must study His character by examining His ways, the written accounts of His actions.

Theology + Evidential Method = Truth

Therein we will find Biblical Feminism.

John 8 records the account of the woman caught in adultery.

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Note the conversation between Jesus and the woman.

Jesus-Woman, where are your accusers? Has no one condemned you?

She- No one, Lord!

Jesus-I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.

Later, after the women left, Jesus addressed the crowd,

You [set yourselves up to] judge according to the flesh (by what you see). You condemn by external human standards] I do not [set Myself up to judge or to condemn or sentence anyone.

Jesus didn’t judge or condemn her. The scribes and Pharisees wanted to stone her. They caught her in her sin and did not offer kindness or compassion. They only offered condemnation.

Let’s be honest ladies, every movement begins because there is an injustice. We can all agree that women should not be oppressed, neglected, enslaved or abused.

Feminism was birthed through the labor of many women who suffered injustice, including those Jesus spoke to, the woman caught in adultery. We are tempted to ask, where is the man? And I have some other questions, who bursts in the door when two people are having sex? Did they allow her to dress herself? Can you imagine the shame? But, Jesus didn’t shame her. He didn’t heap the law on her head. He treated her with kindness and compassion. He saw her wounded heart.

 That’s God’s character. He looks past the behavior and sees the heart. He saw down into the depths of that woman’s soul. He said, in essence, I see you, I see your shame. I love you. I do not condemn you. Go and live a life worthy of the value you possess.

Women are hurting. They don’t need a new law. They don’t need platitudes or judgment. They need Biblical Feminism that sees the heart, recognizes the shame, the pain and says, Those don’t define or confine you. You are loved. You are valuable .The way you were treated by man or other women is not WHO you are. Those are injustices that happened to you. Jesus offers forgiveness and compassion. He believes that you, dear sister were worth dying for. Go and live a life worthy of the value you possess.

*Just a note, the Christian feminism does not accept domestic abuse or false concepts of marriage. More about this subject in another post!

 

Feigned Feminism Friday

Feminism- the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. (dictionary.com)

Feigned Feminism Friday

Last week I promised to start this reboot with some questions. Let’s start with this one-

Is there a Biblical feminism? By that I mean, are women considered equal in the eyes of Jesus?  Some would say, “no”. Some say we are the lesser, weaker creatures. Remember, I’m not an expert, I don’t know all the answers. I don’t have some fancy letters behind my name. I’m just a Jesus lover, trying to sort all this out.

There seems to be a great deal of misinformation when it comes to gender equality. Could it be that the curse set things askew?

True feminism is a battle against the curse. The curse of satan, ever adamant to destroy the true purpose of women. The curse of the battle, which isn’t against flesh and blood humans, but against principalities and world-rulers of this present darkness (Ephesians 6:12) the enmity between the woman and satan.  Satan twisted the Word and bruises and treads on our heads with his non existent feet, that is, he fills women’s minds with falsehoods, telling us that we are a lesser species, that what we do is not valuable, that we must be like men in order to be powerful. The sad truth is many of us have stopped fighting and we believe the lie that we must be the version of feminism fed to us by cultural elitists of today. Women must remember he is like a small dog, nipping at our heels. We must smash his head with the truth. Feminism began in the garden of Eden.

15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her [a]Offspring; He will bruise and tread your head underfoot, and you will lie in wait and bruise His heel.“-Genesis 3:14, 15

As I said in my series last year, what if satan went after the woman because she is powerful? She had the power of influence and in her weakness, she used to it for the wrong purpose. Maybe we’re asking the wrong question. Maybe, it’s not are we equal? Maybe it should be, who says we are not equal?

When we’re fighting for a cause, like equality, it’s important to find the root of the inequality. Is it Biblical as many modern feminists say? Unfortunately, the Bible and Christianity in general get a bad rap when it comes to the gender wars. The truth is, the Bible lands on the side of women’s value every time. In the midst of the Roman Empire when lives were considered cheap, Jesus stepped on the scene and did some revolutionary things when it came to women. He talked to the women at the well, the longest recorded conversation with anyone in the Bible. He talked to her, not down to her and she became the first evangelist. Jesus treated women as equals and said of the children, “let the little children come unto me for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  Jesus valued all life, children, women, the elderly, the widow. He promoted the social gospel of feeding the poor and caring for those who  could not care for themselves. The early church reflects His character.

“.. But there are other concerns which nearly all Christians, including myself, and nearly the whole women’s movement plainly share.  All of us would call for justice against the oppression of women that takes place in the world today.”-Craig S. Keener- Paul, Women & Wives

Before Jesus came Joel prophesied :

28 And afterward I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.

29 Even upon the menservants and upon the maidservants in those days will I pour out My Spirit.- Joel 2:29,29

Your daughters shall prophesy. The Holy Spirit will be poured out on maidservants as well as manservants. There is no room for gender wars in the body of Christ. The kingdom of God is for all who will call upon the name of Jesus and be saved. The ground is level at the cross. Acts 2 repeats this prophecy during Pentecost. Women and men are active participants in the early church. There is no distinction between Jew, Greek, male or female, we are all one in Christ (Galatians 3:28). Gender equality was God’s idea, not man’s. So yes, there is a Biblical feminism, in fact, even though the word feminism didn’t enter the scene until many years later, the early Christians practiced the proponents of social justice that we are to continue (but, that’s another post).

I may have been all over the place in this post, dear reader and I threw lots of information at you, but I had to start somewhere. Feminism is and elephant and we have to dissect it one part at a time. I will be delving into some of the lives of women in the Bible and practices of the early church in later posts. Please, leave some feedback.

Let me leave you with a bit of my history to encourage you. My daughter is a prophetess. There. I said it. It took me by surprise, this prophesying little girl. This tiny girl would speak boldly things that she couldn’t have known. As a teen, she had a rapport and respect from our Pastor. During worship, she would go up to him and whisper in his ear and then he would give her the mic. Every time. I would cry, shake and she would not. She would boldly say whatever the Holy Spirit put on her heart, words of encouragement, correction or confirmations. She’s grown now and lives in another state, goes to another church. I don’t have to go to bat for her when it comes to her being a female, child prophetess. But I would if I had to. I would for you too, sister. The gifts are for all. They cross all lines of age and gender. Biblical feminism means all participate in the gifts. All are part of the body of Christ.

 

Feigned Feminism Reboot

Russell Moore, author of Adopted for Life, tells a story about meeting an adoptive couple at a conference. They wanted him to see the boy they had adopted from a former Soviet State. Moore knelt down to greet the little one. He had Arab or Persian roots and boasted beautiful olive skin.  Asked if they had any issues in the adoption process the wife answered, “the only problem we had was with the judge. The judge thought there was some mistake that we’d want this child because he’s dark skinned. The judge said no one would want a child like that and that there were plenty of light-skinned babies available. He just couldn’t believe that we would want him…”

When you read this, what sort of emotion did it evoke? Anger? Sadness? Disbelief? It’s a despicable thing to despise a child because of his color. It causes our Mama Bear to rise up in defense of this child. We just know it isn’t right. It can’t be right. It’s what C.S. Lewis talks about in Mere Christianity-

“And what did God do? First of all He left us conscience, the sense of right and wrong and all through history there have been people trying (some of them very hard) to obey it.”

Our conscience, given to us by God, tells us that a judge saying a boy doesn’t has value because he has dark skin is wrong. There have been many people over the years who have tried to obey their conscience. There have been wars fought over color, culture,pride, religion, land, and in the middle of each of these, there are those who worked tirelessly to advance the cause of Christ. By that I mean, live by the conscience and be a light in the darkness.

I want to be a light in that darkness. That’s why I am starting the series Feigned Feminism Fridays again. As a women, my conscience tells me something is not quite right in the church when it comes to feminism. Some women embrace modern feminism wholeheartedly. Some rant and rave against it. But, it is there, it exists. It sits on the shoulders of some great women and some not so great women. Let’s not discount the idea without some research, some digging around using the evidential method.

Feigned Feminism Friday

“When God desires to do “a new thing” (Is. 43:19), He purposely seeks out a few righteous renegades who don’t have a problem breaking the mold! Mold breakers are usually people who don’t care  much about popularity or tradition.” – Beth Moore

If you want to know what is most valuable, look for what is most fought against, what is being battled most vehemently and violently profaned. There is the crux of true feminism, equality. Value. In the eyes of our heavenly Father, equality already exists. In the eyes of this present darkness, it is muddled by the culture and those who have the loudest voices.

In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ. Also, since you are Christ’s family, then you are Abraham’s famous “descendant,” heirs according to the covenant promises. – Galatians 3:28,29

Feminism- the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. (dictionary.com)

Why is the word feigned in the series title?

feigned-simulated or pretended; insincere.

I’ll just be up front. I think the modern feminism is pretend. It’s not true feminism. It’s not true equal rights. If you want to read more about the origins of feminism, start here and work your way through the series.

Are you willing to challenge yourself? Are you ready to step into the pages of history and find out what Biblical feminism is? Do you want to take a stand with me? If so, join me on Fridays. I don’t claim to have all the answers. We probably won’t agree on everything, but that’s okay. I’m not here with a hammer or a gavel. I’m just seeking answers myself. Can we seek them together?

I know I promised you a totally different post for today and that will have to wait for next week. Not only have I had a stomach bug (which threw me off track) but I didn’t want to dive right in without a proper invitation. I appreciate thoughts, comments and questions- about feminism, not the stomach bug. ♥

 

The Women’s March

The Welfare Rights building was crowded. I stood on the threshold, fresh from the Catholic school around the corner and looked for my mom. There she was, deep in conversation with a woman, her arm around the her shoulders. The woman wept. There seemed to be a lot of tears shed here. Women, afraid, hopeless came for encouragement, support, and direction. Some of them had been abandoned by men and had multiple children to care for. Another raised her sister’s children while she served a jail term. It was the mid-seventies and Mom was a stark white face to the sea of African American faces full of fear and hopelessness. Mom served these woman because she understood where they came from. Her brand of feminism meant woman should be able to feed and clothe their children when a man left or a woman couldn’t take care of her own. I got to know some of these woman in my after school visits. Those who had gotten help stuck like glue to the center, encouraging, wiping tears, giving bear hugs and helping others navigate the world of jobs and paperwork. This was my mom’s brand of feminism. Reaching out to the broken hearted. Meeting physical and emotional needs.

 

We watched and excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech in church on Sunday. It was refreshing. With tension running high in our country, women marching all over the world, we needed a refresher, not even a week after his day. It can’t just be a day, it needs to be a way of thinking and a way of life. It’s not a day to tweet one of King’s quotes and then forget about it. We can’t heal as a nation until we are willing to step out of our comfort zone, to pray and create bridges instead of walls.

bridges

“And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not he guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not “seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom” by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.” -Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream speech

This nation is full of bitterness and hatred. With  President Trump sworn in, riots and women marching. The tension and anger are palatable. What should the Christian’s response be to this be? Not one of self-righteousness or Bible flinging orgies on social media. What would the response of the great Martin Luther King be? He would oppose physical violence and I’m not talking about the protesters. I’m talking about the body of Christ. It is not our job to tell others who are hurting, who are in need, who feel afraid and threatened by the future that they are wrong. Instead we should be asking, as I have always taught my kids, What can I do to help? Or you journalists or writers, pull out your key questions, Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Ask these. Who are these people? What do they fear? When do they think these freedoms will be removed and how? Why do they feel threatened?

Everybody has a story. Every person that marched or protested has a story. Their lives are just as valuable as anybody else’s. They have a voice that needs heard. Let us not be the ones who say they have no rights, that they don’t matter.

Abortion is wrong, I believe that wholeheartedly. I state that to be clear on my stance. Not everyone marched for Planned Parenthood. Some marched because they have been sexually abused. Some women are rape survivors. Some were just afraid that their rights would be stripped away. Some have been abused and mistreated by men. Some have had abortions and feel a deep shame. Each women who marched has value. Their soul cry needs to be heard from the White House to the church pulpit.

Loving each other as Christ loved us does not mean we condone the sin, it means we love the person. We celebrated the sanctity of human life on Sunday, all the while choosing  which lives matter. That cannot be so.

“God loves everybody-including those who radically disagree with Him. And He expects His followers to do the same.” -Pastor Wayde Wilson

God is a God of justice. He is not deaf to our cries. We must cry out to him for justice. We must be ‘HIs hands and feet. For the widow. For the orphan. For the abused. The neglected. The brokenhearted. The captives to this present darkness.

“No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”- Martin Luther King Jr.

We Christians don’t need to throw our beliefs at others in order to win them to Christ. We need to hear their heart’s cry. We need to meet them there. If we Christians are persecuted, let it be for righteousness sake, not for yelling matches on social media. Let us stand firm in our convictions and at the same time be ambassadors for Christ.

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor] [a]and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, … Isaiah 61:1,2

Like my mother in the Welfare rights building, let us preach the Gospel of good tiding to the meek, the poor, the afflicted. Let us, like Christ bind up and heal the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the physical and spiritual captives.

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Feigned Feminism Friday Part Six

Feigned Feminism Friday

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What about a women’s right to choose for her own body (concerning health care)?

“Why do we kill approximately 4,000 unborn babies every day in the U.S. alone? Because we are misusing and abusing God’s great gift of sex. Make no mistake, in the final analysis, the abortion debate is not about when life begins. it is about the meaning of sex. What most men and women who fight for abortion want is not so much the “right” to kill their offspring, but the “right” to have unrestricted sex without consequences.”-Theology of the Body for Beginners.

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, wanted to create a magic pill to stop sexually active women from creating babies. She enlisted the help of Gregory Pincus in 1951 when they met at a dinner party. The problem with magic pills, like magic beans, they have side effects, like giants or cancer, blood clots, early deaths and miscarriages.

Sanger had assisted women who had undergone botched abortions and she didn’t like seeing woman suffer. That I understand. Sanger was born into a large family, eleven children, common for those days. Her mother died fairly young, sources differ on her age forty or fifty. Regardless of her circumstances, her philosophy is what concerns me and should concern anyone who supports Planned Parenthood. Sanger said,

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.

Woman and the New Race, ch. 6: “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families.” Here, Sanger argues that, because the conditions of large families tend to involve poverty and illness, it is better for everyone involved if a child’s life is snuffed out before he or she has a chance to pose difficulties to its family.”

I find it odd that Pro abortion writers refer to Women’s health care, i.e. abortion and the birth control pill as a civil right when Margaret Sanger was on a secret war path, ‘’we want to exterminate the Negro population” she said.

 

And we are all supposed to be appalled at the information like this:

“Yet access to safe and effective birth control still isn’t a universal privilege. A report from the Guttmacher Institute in 2012 found that around 222 million women in developing countries want to use birth control but aren’t currently able to access modern contraceptives.

Even in the U.S., there has been a political push to restrict access. The rise of “conscience clauses” has also meant that hospital employees, pharmacists and employers with religious views on birth control can refuse to fill prescriptions or cover employees’ coverage for contraception.”-time.com

Why should I be upset and shocked that not everyone has the ‘privilege”? As if it should be? As if reproductive rights of women sit right alongside the 14th and 15th amendment, (yeah, I saw that comparison in an article). Is our uterus a naturalized citizen? Do our wombs vote? There is no part of the Constitution or an amendment that states that women have the right to an abortion or birth control.

Gone are the days that pro-abortionists reserve abortion rights for those who have been raped or are carrying a child with defects. I don’t agree that either of those constitute a viable reason to end a life. A life that began with a violent act should not be ended with one. It is still a life, but I digress. Those arguments are so last decade. Even though the majority of women aborting their babies were not in those predicaments, they used that reasoning as a shield. Today, the news tells a different story:

“But they leave out a large majority of women seeking abortions, who had sex willingly, made a decision to end the pregnancy and faced no special threatening medical conditions.”-KATHA POLLITT via The New York Times

 

The modern political agenda of a skewed feminism says that every woman deserves to have heath care which includes the right and means for abortion and birth control.  Hormonal contraceptives have an abortive potential. Most (virtually all) literature dealing with hormonal contraception ascribes a three-fold action to these agents.

1. inhibition of ovulation, 2. inhibition of sperm transport, and 3. production of a “hostile endometrium”, which presumably prevents or disrupts implantation of the developing baby if the first two mechanisms fail. The first two mechanisms are true contraception. The third proposed mechanism, IF it in fact occurs, would be abortifacient.”-http://www.aaplog.org/

Death is not health care. The flushing of a fertilized egg (human) is not health care. Of course, the debate most people succumb to is “when does life begin?” There are numerous opinions out there. You can mix and match until you find one you agree with. Ancient Romans and Darwin believed life didn’t begin until a child was able to reproduce. A Roman Father had the authority to kill a child  at any point. If you are a true Darwinian, you may agree with him.

With 3D ultrasounds of babies clapping in the womb while Mom and Dad sing have hopefully overridden the silly science textbook pictures of fetuses looking like oddly shaped fish. We can all argue until we are blue in the face about when life begins, but our opinions do not trump fact. God knits each human in his/her mother’s womb.

For You did form my inward parts; You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. Ps. 139:13

“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…. I submit that human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood and that any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life….

I am no more prepared to say that these early stages [of development in the womb] represent an incomplete human being than I would be to say that the child prior to the dramatic effects of puberty…is not a human being. This is human life at every stage.”-

Dr. Alfred M. Bongioanni, professor of pediatrics and obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania,

What does this debate have to do with a women’s right to health care? Health care should not include ending a life. Heath care gives life. It doesn’t destroy it.
Modern feminism claims women have reproductive rights including a right to abortion. Again, abortions are life taking, that doesn’t line up with healthy or health care. Women are less healthy after taking birth control pills or having an abortion. Don’t look on pro-abortion sites or feminism sites for negative info on the effects of birth control and abortion, you won’t find any. There are studies being conducted, but they aren’t there.Find an honest women who has undergone and abortion and she will tell you the truth. She is damaged physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Her health has been damaged.
“Women who have abortions are 81 percent more likely to experience subsequent mental health problems, according to a new study published by Britian’s Royal College of Psychiatrics. The greatest increases were seen in relation to suicidal behaviors and substance abuse.”- Afterabortion.org
A women’s mental health is at risk after abortion as well as her physical health.
“Two studies of the entire population of women in Demark published in 2012 have shown similar results. The first found that the risk of death following abortion remains higher in each of the ten years following abortion. The second found that the risk of death increases with each abortion, 45% after one abortion, 114% after two abortions, 192% after three or more abortions.”- Afterabortion.org

 

What is women’s health care? Isn’t it staying healthy? Not participating in practices that harm or have giant side effects because of a magic pill. Not killing unborn children. Women should be taken care of. Their health should be a priority because it is women who bring forth life wherever they go.

Women do have choices, yes, but the consequences of those choices don’t go away because modern feminism says so. If you are reading this and you have had an abortion and believe the popular idea of ‘choice’, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for your emotional pain and suffering. Please know you are not alone. There is a God who cares about you and loves you. Please be kind to yourself, find someone you trust to talk to. Don’t bear the burden and pain alone.

Women’s health care should be a priority in the world. True feminism makes it a priority, however health care should bring life, not death.