2 Corinthians 6:16 (NIV) What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Abolish - to end the observance or effects of, annul, destroy – as in we need to abolish abortion. Period!
Abolitionist – one who abolishes – as in pro-life and anti-slavery advocates are abolitionists!
Cash cow – a consistently profitable business, property, or product whose profits are used to finance a company’s investments in other areas. One regarded or exploited as reliable source of money – as in a term commonly or loosely used in context to personalities such as celebrities, athletes, actors and actresses, entertainers, mega preachers and community activists.
Sacred cow – one that is often unreasonably immune from criticism or opposition – as in one’s political party of choice, one’s political candidate of choice, one’s religious denomination, abortion, Planned Parenthood, etc.
Idol – a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly : a false god – as in one’s money, one’s house, one’s political party, etc.
Idolater – a person who admires intensely and often blindly one that is not usually a subject of worship – as in one who worships an inanimate object or is obsessed with a person or something.
This blog is in reference to a comment left by Jonathan O’Toole regarding yesterday’s blog. (Comment can be viewed by scrolling to the third comment of the link above.)
Do you know why the pro-aborts have succeeded so far? They don’t fight among each other, demoralizing those within their ranks. We in the pro-life movement, on the other hand, spend an inordinate amount of time correcting each other, instead of praying for each other, respecting our various gifting and callings, etc. I am personally guilty of some of this, and am constantly asking God to help me, because our false pride has been part of our hinderance.
First let me clear up a comment posted on Facebook. The blogger writes that, “Whomever is speaking for Alveda, whom I revere, apparently is unaware that Oprah is pro-abortion.” And Jonathan says, “I noticed that (previous blogger’s name omitted), but look at Alveda’s blog at http://networkedblogs.com/bb01m where she acts like she’s responding to what I said & those words about Oprah are presented as hers.”
Friends, this is Alveda speaking right here, not a Ghost Writer! I pray for Oprah, and yes, I do know her stand on abortion versus life. I used to be pro-abortion and someone prayed for me. God loved me way back then, just as much as he loved everyone in the pro-life movement. God’s love never fails! This is why I rejoice in seeing the light as it were, and becoming pro-life!
I am extremely busy and I do have an assistant who helps me out a lot. We work together to reply to comments and to post my blogs. The reference to Oprah was in no way an endorsement of her views on abortion or any other issue but rather was in reference of how she, as does Sally Struthers, also mentioned, use their name recognition to further what they are passionate about.
Jonathan also wondered if I would delete his comment on my blog. I would not censor anyone for stating his or her view. In fact, I welcome opposing comments as they help bring conversation to a subject that many would rather avoid.
Jonathan also points out, and this point we can agree on, that the ban on partial birth may in fact be a cash cow of sorts for some in the pro-life movement but not for all. We at Priests for life, also in the Black Prolife Movement, and I in particular, are not working for regulation of abortion, but for the decimation of abortion. Nothing else will suffice.
Does that mean that we will not applaud any small steps towards that end? Of course not! If a law is passed to restrict abortion to anyone under the age of 18, we will applaud the progress and continue to fight until abortion is abolished completely. Mr. O’Toole says that, “these parceled-out pieces….are designed to salve the consciences of people who are in denial of what would be required to be done to really abolish abortion.” Tell that to the baby of the 16 year old who has life because of the new law. I do not pretend to know the intentions of those making these laws but I am not in denial of what it will take to abolish abortion. It is because I understand it too clearly that I welcome any and all advances towards that end. I really do appreciate those whom God has designed to shine the light on the nefariously clever tactics of the enemy who influences people to play political games with incremental tactics. This is indeed going on, but these tactics cannot be allowed to paralyze the pro-life community!
Merriam-Webster defines “progress” as: a forward or onward movement (as to an objective or to a goal) : ADVANCE. As Fr. Frank rightly said in his radio spot I posted, “partial birth abortion … blurred the line between abortion and infanticide.” Without this important advance towards the abolishment of abortion, a large shift could have been generated in the other direction towards the killing of more babies, not only unborn babies but also born babies that are no longer wanted.
Incremental now becomes…? The next incremental step or progress may be the catalyst to ending abortion. We’re not after mere progress; we’re after abolition, abolishing abortion now!
Jonathan also called me a front for the enemy so to speak, and I do take affront to that! Here’s Jonathan’s quote: “the Republicans and the status-quo maintaining pro-life organizations that you front for REPACKAGE opposition to abortion AD INFINITUM ET AD NAUSEUM to conjure political momentum in every cycle.” (emphasis added). Jonathan, I (Alveda) am not a front for anyone and as I have said before, “I work for God and he is neither Republican, Democrat, Independent, Tea Party Member nor a member of any other party! If an injustice is perpetuated on a continuous basis and people are more apt to pay attention to politicians running for office, it only makes sense to speak about that injustice when people are paying attention. The issue is not being repackaged by Alveda as Mr. O’Toole contends. The real pro-life movement, not the political counterfeit, is actually trying to attack the issue from every angle. Kinda like the several branches of the military, some on the ground, some in the air, some in the water, some on the computers, etc.
There are even some in the Black community who have referred to me as a token “Negro” for the pro-life movement. Now Jonathan seems to think of me as “the cash cow that somebody [maybe the fake pro-life movement] has created out of Alveda & the King family name.” I am nobody’s “Negro for sale” and nobody’s “cash cow.” I am just fighting for what I believe and I believe everyone, including the Black Community, the Black Church, and the Black Leaders are pivotal in the next step towards the ending of abortion. In fact, I thank God for those warriors in the Real Prolife Movement, who recognize the strength of all the warriors from every walk of life, every ethnic group, each and all of us embracing each other and respecting each other as we fight together.
Jonathan speaks of “organiz[ing] an interposition movement.” Yet another “movement” within “The Movement.” Our “movement” is actually a “Spiritual Brigade” formed of many smaller “movements,” all part of “God’s Army.” We all need to work together because it is going to take all of us to combat the big money of the pro-abortion machine. This is why I and many of my prolife friends appear in so many books and documentaries together to advance the message that abortion must be abolished. We do not support the concept that raising money to fight abortion without having a near end to abortion in sight is ethical. In fact, we are appealing to people to stop thinking of fighting abortion as a lifelong vocation. Rather, being prolife is a lifelong vocation; this includes ending abortion now and teaching people in the aftermath how to support life on every level, life, marriage, family and community. In other words, the battle to end abortion in America has gone on too long. It is time to end abortion now!
What would really put sacred idols on God’s alter is the defunding planned parenthood who practices eugenics and genocide right now in the 21st Century, and bringing the personhood issue to the forefront. That is our Dred Scott issue of today, recognizing all human beings, including womb babies as persons.
Friends, in order to accomplish the end to abortion in our lifetime, we must love and respect each other, and stop attacking each other!
“As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:20-26 (NIV)
We are the body of Christ fighting for the souls, breath, and bodies of His innocent unborn. Let’s not be “Devil’s fodder” turning on each other. Victory is in sight. Let’s thank God for unearthing more of the plot and let’s warn Congress we won’t settle for cash cows or sacred cows or make issues like partial birth abortion idols. We want an end to legalized abortion in our lifetime!