Roe and the pursuit of life

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

United States Declaration of Independence

Each person has the right to life. Back when the Declaration of Independence was written, once a person was conceived, they were considered a person. They had the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Overturning Roe would bring our country back to its founding principle of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.

I understand that women are worried about losing the right to decide what happens to their bodies. That right needs to be protected, so long as it does not infringe on the right of someone else who needs their right to life protected.

It would be nice if men and women could be treated exactly the same in all situations, but, unfortunately, that is not possible in this situation. Men cannot get pregnant, and there is no other way to create more human beings than through a woman carrying a separate human with separate rights in her body.

It is inherently unfair that women must subject their bodies to such slavery to another, but, as the old saying goes, “Who said that life is fair?”

As the African proverb made famous by Hillary Clinton says,

“It takes a village to raise a child.”

None of us are totally free and unattached to others. We all must work together to make life work for all of us.

Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:9

Cain knew exactly where his brother was. In fact, Cain had just killed Abel. The rest of the Bible expounds on the fact that we are each other’s keeper. Men need to protect, not use, women. Women need to care for, not use, men.

If the least of us do not have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, then none of us have that right.

Abortion is not the answer; it is the death of this nation.

Remember, my rights stop at the tip of your nose.

Saddened by the Republican Party’s stance on January 6, 2021

I tend to vote Republican. I believe that our country is in trouble because we call so many things that are evil, good, and so many things that are good, evil. The Republican Party often supported what I believed the Bible says is good, such as the sanctity of all life from conception to natural death.

However, I have to agree with Senator Mitch McConnell’s statements:

“Let me give you my view of what happened January the 6th. And we all were here. We saw what happened,” McConnell said at a media availability at the US Capitol on Tuesday.

“It was a violent insurrection for the purpose of trying to prevent the peaceful transfer of power after a legitimately certified election, from one administration to the next. That’s what it was,”

Was the election fair? I don’t know. But the kind of behavior seen on January 6 is not democratic and not Godly. Do I like much of what President Biden has signed into being? No, but God is in control. If we truly believe that, and behave like we believe that, we will be lights shining on a hill that cannot be hid and the darkness will have to flee.

I believe that as Christians we should be involved in politics. I spend a lot of time writing kind but pointed letters to my politicians on how I would like them to govern. I spend time praying for them. I work to teach my kids how to live Godly lives, in hopes that they will support politicians who believe in God. I work hard to vote for politicians who call right, right and wrong, wrong, according to God’s word.

Our country was founded as a Christian nation, no matter what contemporary academia says. Our country will fall if it stops following God. But it is our job to build the country up from the grassroots, with God’s truth and love. That is the only way. Only if everyday people are loving and following God will they want leaders who also love and follow God.

Our nation was founded by fighting a war. Our nation stayed in one piece by fighting a war. But both of those wars were started by the other side, the side that said, no, your belief in truth is wrong.

Starting a war because we believe we are right makes no sense. If we are right, then we just need to stand on that and let the other side eventually agree, or start the war. But we should never be the ones to start a war.

We can work to find truth and hold people accountable for wrongs, but remember,

Only God’s love wins.

Why the vaccine mandates don’t bother me

Genesis 1 establishes that God asserted His authority over chaos to bring order to it so that life could flourish. God then created humans and gave His authority to us so that we can assert that authority over this world to bring order out of chaos so that life can flourish.

I believe that the recently developed vaccines are one way that humans are exerting their authority over the COVID-19 virus to bring order out of the chaos it has created so that our lives can flourish again.

Both Jesus and Paul tell us, in the New Testament to obey the governments we find ourselves under because they have been setup by God. The only times we are not to obey the government is if the government asks to not love God or to not love other people.

So when presented with a government mandate to get a vaccine I need to ask two questions: Does getting the vaccine cause me to not love God? Does the getting the vaccine cause me to not love other people?

I have heard Christians argue that getting the vaccine causes them to not love God because it requires them to put harmful substances into their bodies, which are to be treated as a holy temple.

Jesus specifically teaches that nothing going into a person can defile them. The only exceptions would be if ingesting something causes it to be difficult to love other people. For instance, eating too much or drinking too much are sins because the consequences of obesity and drunkenness make it difficult to properly love other people.

Remember, Jesus asks us to lay our lives down, so worry about how the vaccine will affect us personally should have no bearing on our decision, except as it could affect our ability to properly love others.

I believe that getting the vaccine, unless I were to have a specific medical condition that would make it impossible, actually helps me love others, and therefore, love God. The vaccine makes it less likely that I will spread COVID-19 to others, which is a way of loving others. Getting the vaccine also means that if I should get COVID-19 I will most likely get a milder case, also making it easier to continue to properly love others.

I realize that there are some who believe that the vaccine has killed more people than COVID-19 has. As someone who has done biological research in the past and also worked for a medical company that did a lot of research, I find that hard to believe.

So I think that the vaccine mandates are the government doing what God designed government to do: exercise His authority to bring order out of chaos so that life can flourish.

Signs do not always make for Actions

I so enjoy following this blogger. He doesn’t shy away from the tough questions and always leads us back to Jesus. I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I do.

More Enigma Than Dogma

Even a “No Sign” Sign is a sign, however ironic it may be.

Joe Hoover, a Jesuit playwright, actor, editor and author writes a provocative piece in Image Journal titled, Spiritual Exercises in Jayville – a rambling essay that manages to touch nerves and speak softly to our cultural condition. Using the fictional anywhere USA town of Jayville, Hoover imagines what it means to be spiritual in tumultuous times.

Hoover alludes to an observation Charles Taylor made back in the 90’s:

Our age makes higher demands for solidarity and benevolence on people today than ever before… Never before have people been asked to stretch out so far, so consistently, so systematically, so as a matter of course, to the stranger outside the gates.

However, Taylor goes on to observe that “this kind of philanthropy may be capricious, subject to the whims of trends and what makes people feel good…

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Wear four masks!

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For the past year I have sadly watched as Christian people fight over whether or not we should wear masks. I have prayed for insight to share on this issue. Finally, a simple word came:

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.

Matthew 5:41

This is found in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

In Jesus’ day a Roman soldier could walk up to pretty much anyone and require that person carry the soldier’s gear for one mile. The person had to comply, but the soldier couldn’t require the person to carry his gear farther than one mile.

Imagine you are going about your day, shopping for dinner and going to pick up your repaired ox cart from the wheelwrights. A soldier comes up to you and demands that you carry his gear. He is going in the exact opposite direction that you were headed, and he’ll probably help himself to some of the food you just purchased that’s in your basket. Now supper is going to be very late and the ox cart will have to be picked up tomorrow, since the wheelwright will be closed by the time you can make it back. This will set back everything you planned for tomorrow, too! And on top of that, Jesus asks that you carry this guys gear for two miles, which means a four-mile round-trip jaunt for you.

I gather that Jesus is saying, follow the rules of the government, even if they are very inconvenient and feel downright invasive of your civil rights. Not only follow them, but go out of your way to bless your enemy by doing more than is required of you.

The only exceptions I could find in the Bible (after a very quick perusal) that allowed for disobeying authorities were when rulers asked people to worship them instead of God, and when rulers required people to stop sharing the Gospel.

So should I as a Christian wear a mask? If my government says so, yes!

And now that it is recommended that we wear two masks,

Maybe even four!

(OK, that may be a little silly, but two is an excellent idea!)