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Every Saved Baby Is A Step In The Right Direction

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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This week Members of the US House of Representatives will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). The vote was previously set for January 22, 2015; but a dispute regarding the language of the bill postponed the vote.

Now the language has been tweaked; the House will again work to vote on the bill which would protect babies 20 weeks of gestation or older from having to go through the horrific, painful dismemberment abortion.

Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, abortion hasn’t ended as soon as a majority of Americans hoped. It was the same for abolishing slavery and ending segregation over the last many decades. Yet we know that as the Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century was about justice; the Movement continues today for the safety of mothers and their babies. Abortion isn’t a civil right; life is.

So abortion may not end all at once; so we must unify and keep moving forward. Every baby saved, every mother helped to choose life is a step in the right direction. Senseless infighting and friendly fire are our deadliest threats. The other side knows this. We must stop blaming and unify.

Remember, The 20th Civil Rights Movement did not achieve all its goals at once. Victory was accomplished in countless steps and hundreds of peaceful demonstrations. As one who marched, and was jailed and firebombed fighting for freedom and justice back then, I can assure you that we were not about to turn down any victory we could achieve just because it did not take us to the finish line all at once, right away. We had agape love, compassion and faith that we would eventually get there if we just persisted.

And just as with the Civil 20th Century Rights Movement, we of the 21st Century Civil Rights Movement will abolish abortion as long as we are persistent. So as we work together to save them all, we must also seek to save the babies and mothers we can right now.

Again abortion is not a civil right. Women’s rights is a civil right. Human rights are civil rights. And civil rights begin in the womb; from conception until natural death.

I join my colleague, Fr. Frank Pavone, in urging Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To not pass this bill would be a civil wrong.

As Fr. Frank very has aptly stated, “It would be immoral not to support this bill.”

If you are reading this I implore you to contact your representative and ask him/her to vote YES on H.R. 36.

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Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life Urges Congress to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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“It Would be Immoral Not to Support This Bill”

NEW YORK — Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on the House of Representatives to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) this week.

“Not only are five-month-old unborn babies pain-capable, but they are increasingly capable of life outside the womb at that age, too,” said Fr. Pavone.

“The unborn cannot say ‘Ouch!’ but their bodies – through analysis of the anatomical structure, through hormonal stress responses, and through full body responses to stimuli – tell us that they feel pain. This is enough motive for the government to protect them, and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will do precisely that.”

The House had been scheduled on January 22 to vote on legislation to protect from abortion unborn babies 20 or more weeks old, but the vote was delayed until this week.

“This week marks the anniversary of abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder convictions,” added Fr. Pavone. “I will never forget sitting in that courtroom listening to the arguments about how a few inches in the location of these babies would mean the difference between guilt and innocence for the man who killed them. By passing the Pain Capable bill this week, Congress can honor the memory of those and countless other babies.”

“Now I have heard some say that because this law does not protect all unborn children, that it is wrong to support it. Somehow they believe we are guilty for not doing what we cannot do. But actually, we would be guilty if we fail to do what we can do, and therefore to support a bill like this, in a form that will secure a majority of “yes” votes, is morally obligatory,” Fr. Pavone explained.

“Today and tomorrow Priests for Life is urging citizens and their Churches to contact their Representatives to urge a YES vote on H.R. 36,” Fr. Pavone concluded

Priests for Life is the nation’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated to ending abortion and euthanasia. For more information, visit www.priestsforlife.org.

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My Angry Mother

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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My mother was not only angry in 1950. She was pregnant and scared; seeking a D&C. Thank God my Granddaddy Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. had seen me in a dream in 1947; and he was looking and waiting for me.

Granddaddy and Daddy promised to help Mother through that first unexpected pregnancy. I was born to A. D. and Naomi Ruth Barber King on January 22, 1951.

Over the years, Mother recovered from her anger, finding grace in Jesus Christ.

If my family had followed the abortion friendly path prescribed below, I and my siblings may never have been born.

“Feminist theologian” Kristine Holmgren writes at the Huffington Post: “If you were born before women had access to safe, affordable, accessible abortion, chances are your mother was an angry mother.” She argues that the use of abortion and contraception can eliminate “angry mothers” and concludes, “This Mothers Day, I challenge American women to renew their commitment to responsible, thoughtful motherhood. Let’s protect our liberties, reclaim safe, accessible abortion and contraception as our birthright. This year – let us commit to a new future and a new promise. No more angry mothers.”

During the years of my life, I made some scared and angry decisions, including having two of what was pitched to me as “safe, legal and rare abortions.” Those abortions cost me three lives including my subsequent miscarriage.

“Be angry and sin not!”

Anger is one thing, dead babies are quite another thing altogether. Over the years, I have come to understand that I never needed those abortions and miscarriage. I needed help.

Granddaddy MLK, Sr. rescued me again in 1975. He and my son’s father promised to help me if I wouldn’t abort my next baby. I believed them, thank God.

Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry are wrong. Abortion is not a Civil Right. A woman has a right to choose what she does with her body; the baby is not her body.

How can the dream survive if we murder our children?

Please believe me; abortion and harmful contraceptives are dream killers. Abortion doesn’t cure anger; abortion brings death and anguish.

If we really want to help angry mothers and their children, we must offer them love, not abortion.

Choose life.

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Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Reaches Out to Mothers in May

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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Mother’s Day is the hardest day of the year for millions of women who have lost children to abortion. This month, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion will reach out to these moms with prayers and healing resources.

“After the baby, the mother who chooses abortion is the person most affected by that choice,” said Georgette Forney, co-founder of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. “We want all of these women to know they can find healing from this loss.”

Silent No More’s Shockwaves initiative kicked off in January with the aim of focusing each month on a different group of people impacted by abortion, while also emphasizing how the wounds to each group are interconnected, and how the healing of each group advances the healing of the others.

Visitors to www.AbortionShockwaves.com can click on “May” and then “Healing Resources” to find programs nearby that can help. Those who have been healed are invited to join the Silent No More Awareness Campaign at any level they feel comfortable, even if it’s just registering their regret for the role they played in the abortion.

Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and pastoral director of Silent No More, called upon clergy to get on board with Shockwaves and help spread the message.

“Many women who come to church every Sunday are hiding the pain and shame of an abortion wound,” he said. “Silence does not interpret itself. It’s time to speak up about abortion, so we can give them the courage to seek the peace of Christ and the welcome of his Church.”

Kevin Burke, co-founder of Rachel’s Vineyard and an organizer of the Shockwaves initiative, said mothers who “remain disconnected from the emotional and biological truth of what has been lost and their intimate and eternal connection to that child,” can discover, even years later, that abortion grief can have a negative impact on emotional and medical health, and personal relationships.

Although the pro-abortion movement insists most women feel only relief after an abortion, Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More, said the continuing growth of Rachel’s Vineyard, a healing program for the post-abortive, and the thousands of testimonies on the Silent No More site are evidence of the fact that abortion hurts women.

“We want every mom who has had an abortion to know we care about her and we know how to help her,” Mrs. Morana said. “Through Shockwaves, we hope to reach all those women who are walking around with a secret shame.”

To find resources, prayers, articles and insight, go to http://www.silentnomoreawareness.org/shockwaves/may/
To arrange an interview with anyone on the Shockwaves team or a post-abortive mother, call Leslie Palma at 347-286-7277 or email her at leslie@priestsforlife.org

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Alveda King Prays for Life, Peace in El Centro

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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El Centro, CA – On her most recent leg of her “Peace and Justice Tour,” while promoting her latest book KING RULES, Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life is stopping to pray with concerned citizens in El Centro. “There are many “Macedonian Calls” lately, asking me and my team to come over and pray about current events and pressing concerns. Most recently, we are stopping in El Centro to address a strange dichotomy. There is a disconnect in the community that must be addressed in prayer.”

King is speaking of the planned opening of an El Centro Planned Parenthood facility near the Mexico border. “Everyone knows that Planned Parenthood is after money, offering abortion and harmful byproducts; and in that process they target the most vulnerable American women and families; Latinos and African Americans. Now they are after the women of Mexicali and their babies, because they are easy prey to their lies that they offer ‘safe, legal and rare’ abortions. These women don’t need death care, they need help. Pregnancy care centers, adoption and agape love are available in El Centro. Families just need to know where to look.”

The outspoken evangelist is on an “extended tour” to promote peace, justice and “righteous civil rights.” She explains how her book KING RULES offers solutions to the unrest that is beleaguering our nation and the world. “KING RULES is a gift to our nation and the world, with real life examples from the family of my famous Uncle MLK about how to overcome the challenges of living in today’s world.”

Pointing to the opening of the new MLK Sports Pavilion and the anticipated opening of a new Planned Parenthood, both in El Centro, King said: “The MLK Pavilion offers help for the youth of the community, while the Planned Parenthood facility offers death.”

Making a word play on the caption of the MLK Sports Pavilion announcement: “DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. SPORTS PAVILION OPENS, TIME TO PLAY” FROM A December 12, 2014 press release, Alveda says: “The Pavilion is open, now it’s time to pray that Planned Parenthood doesn’t move in with its well planned killing machine. Please don’t allow the leaders in El Centro, or anyone for that matter, whether it’s ISIS, race riots in Ferguson and Baltimore, or anywhere; don’t let anyone use the name and legacy of Uncle MLK to promote death. He was a man of God.

“As to El Centro, they can’t open a gym on one side and a killing mill on the other. That’s not civil rights. That’s a civil wrong. True Civil Rights begins at conception in the womb and should end with natural death.”

While in El Centro, Alveda will be discussing her books and praying with members of the local prolife community.

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Overcoming evil with good…

Friday, April 24th, 2015

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“All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men [and women and children] to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

She “just didn’t think it was fair”? That’s what actress Jemima Kirke recently said in reference to her child that she aborted years ago in college. She didn’t think it was fair to give birth to a child when she wasn’t ready to be a parent.

Her comments remind me of President Ronald Reagan’s comment, “I’ve noticed that everyone who’s for abortion has already been born.”

We’ve all heard someone say, whether talking about abortion or not, some variation on the sentiment, “It would be wrong to bring a child into this horrible world.” But really, if it’s such a horrible world, why are we so busy pursuing and often finding our own happiness? If the world is so terrible that a child would be better off dead, how is it that the world is an OK or even a great place for us?

The answer, of course, is that when we say it wouldn’t be fair to bring a child into the world, what we really mean is that it wouldn’t be fair to us.

That’s even what’s going on in the rape, incest and human trafficking debates. Since abortion can’t cure any of these evils, is it fair to further victimize the women and their babies with more pain and subsequent death of their babies and maybe themselves? Isn’t it time to speak up and tell the truth?

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21

Let’s talk more about fair and unfair. In Georgia, where I live, a court case has just concluded where “APS 11″ school teachers were involved in what’s being called the worst cheating scandal in our nation’s history.

Apparently, since 2005 a number of Atlanta elementary school teachers have provided students the answers to tests or changed the students’ answers on papers so as to improve test scores. By improving test scores, these teachers got raises.

While these educators and their superiors lined their pockets, however, their students were denied a proper education. Children were promoted who couldn’t read and write in accordance with their grade levels. Federal money that could have paid for remedial education for these youngsters was never used because their teachers were lying about their achievement.

Years of high level profiteering may have dulled the consciences of those involved – I don’t know. I wonder, though, how much or even if these teachers and their superiors thought about the students they were using for financial gain. Did they tell themselves that they were helping kids by making them look good on paper? It’s all so unfair.

Several of the teachers are facing jail sentences. A day of reckoning has arrived.

That day always arrives, no matter how much we try to tell ourselves it never will.

When the world comes crashing down on the falsehoods we tell ourselves, we are left facing harsh realities. When it’s all too obvious that we were only thinking of ourselves, the words, “I was only thinking of [fill in the blank],” don’t fly anymore. What a downright frightening place to be.

I don’t mean to point fingers here. All of us, without exception, will face judgment. It may not be in a court of law in Fulton County or in the court of public opinion, but that day is coming and it will come like a thief in the night.

The question we must all consider is, are we ready?

Being ready begins by acknowledging the truth about ourselves.

When we say that it’s not right to bring a child into the world; that the child will face poverty or abuse or whatever, let us examine those statements.

The first truth is that if a woman is pregnant, she has already brought a child into the world. She is already a mother.

Secondly, every single person faces poverty and abuse – obviously, some more than others. Economic or spiritual poverty, physical or mental abuse, or a lack of love are faced by countless numbers of people. All of these things are horrible, but they can be overcome – by love.

We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. A variation on this is the Golden Rule – to treat others as we would want to be treated. In considering whether to love or destroy an unborn child, let us ask, “If I were that child, would I want a chance at life?” The answer is obvious. Where there’s life, there’s hope.

But if we’ve already made bad decisions, if it’s too late to change what we’ve done, is it too late for us?

It’s never too late for love and forgiveness.

C.S. Lewis wrote that there are no ordinary people. We are all extraordinary, in part, because our souls are immortal. And Lewis reminds us that we will be immortal either in splendor or in horror.

Those immortal in splendor can be those who, like me, have aborted children or, perhaps like convicted teachers, have used children for financial gain. Everybody hasn’t committed these sins; but everyone has many times fallen short of what is right, what is true, what is commanded by God.

Those immortal in splendor, though, will only be those who are eternally forgiven, having humbled themselves, repented, and loved the Lord.

As I continue to read the news every day, there is always another story, actually many stories, about what my Uncle MLK called man’s inhumanity to man. But there are always stories of love and forgiveness as well – We just don’t usually see enough of good news in the media. Yet, if we look hard enough, beyond our selfish needs and problems, we can see that there is still good in the world around us: Because God is good.

Sometimes people forget this. Preachers, politicians, rich business owners, everyday people; we all tend to forget sometimes that we really aren’t running this show. It’s time to give the reins back to God, isn’t it?

God’s love bears fruit in the actions of those once broken and now healing. We have all been born broken – let us desire the Truth and let the healing begin.

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Fr. Pavone Praises Gov. Fallin for Outlawing Dismemberment Abortion

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

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NEW YORK – Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today lauded Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin for signing into law a measure to protect unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

“There really are no words to describe the depravity involved in dismemberment abortions,” said Fr. Pavone. “That is why Priests for Life has been advocating for over a decade that states begin to protect children from this procedure. We are delighted that legislators like those in Oklahoma, and governors like Mary Fallin, are doing precisely that. It is a key priority of our organization to help more states do the same.”

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Fr. Frank Pavone Urges Oklahoma Governor Fallin to Sign Bill Barring Dismemberment Abortions

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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Staten Island, NY – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today applauded the Oklahoma legislature’s passage of legislation to protect unborn babies from dismemberment abortions.

“Oklahoma’s bill makes it illegal to ‘slice, crush, and/or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body to cut or rip it off.’ This is graphic and gruesome language, but that’s because it accurately and objectively describes a dismemberment abortion,” said Fr. Pavone. “The abortion lobby hates bills like this because the abortion lobby works day and night to try to hide the truth about what happens to the children they kill.”

Oklahoma’s legislature became the second in the nation to pass a bill to bar procedures where an abortionist uses clamps, tongs, scissors, and/or other instruments to sever a baby into pieces and then remove the child piece by piece from his mother. Kansas enacted the first such law earlier this week.

“I have had the joy of addressing the Oklahoma state legislature in the past, and this praiseworthy action does not surprise me, given the quality of those who serve there,” added Fr. Pavone. “Governor Mary Fallin has a solid record of protecting the lives of those she serves. I urge her to continue to further the Culture of Life by signing this humane and groundbreaking legislation.”

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In April, Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion Focuses on Siblings

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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This month, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign will focus on sibling survivors of abortion as part of its Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion initiative.

During the March for Life in D.C. in January, several speakers at the Silent No More gathering talked about the brother or sister they lost to abortion, and how that has impacted their lives.

Fourteen-year-old Zoe Griffin from North Carolina said the discovery that her pro-life mom, Brice, had aborted her first child was shocking, but ultimately strengthened Zoe’s activism.

Nick Kraft from North Dakota began praying outside an abortion clinic when he was 12 and was looking forward to attending the March with his entire school when he learned he had lost two siblings to abortion. His long trip to D.C. became fueled with new purpose.

Kelli Sparrow, a woman in her 40s, read a letter she had written to her aborted younger sister that alluded to the multi-generational impact of the Shockwaves of abortion.

“I mourn the loss of knowing you, my sister, and also the loss of possible nieces and nephews, a lifelong friendship and the hole that is at every family gathering.”

Parent s who have experienced abortion often keep it a secret and fear telling others, especially their children. But many parents have found sharing the truth draws the family closer and heals wounds, and can spare the next generation from repeating painful choices.

With an estimated 56 million children lost to abortion since 1973, millions of families have someone missing from their family portrait. Healing the Shockwaves of Abortion aims to help these families confront and heal from those losses.

Testimonies, prayers and healing resources can be found at the Shockwaves website, www.abortionshockwaves.com Media interested in interviewing sibling survivors should get in touch with Leslie Palma, communications director for Priests for Life, at leslie@priestsforlife.org or 347-286-7277.

The Campaign began November 11th, 2002. As of February 2015, the Silent No More Awareness Campaign has held 1,436 Gatherings in 17 countries & 48 states with 5,934 women and men sharing their abortion testimonies. Testimonies have also been shared at 104 high schools and universities in the last 4 years, 26 in 2014. There are 2,233 testimonies posted on the Campaign website, with 332 that are shared via video! Currently there are 16,225 people registered with the Campaign representing 77 countries. People who are not ready to join the Campaign, are invited to register their regret. So far, 4,890 women and 573 men have said they regret their abortion or lost fatherhood. Another 552 women and men have posted memorials to their children.

The Silent No More Awareness Campaign is a joint project of Anglicans for Life and Priests for Life. For more information, please visit our website: www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

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Sexuality and Abortion: Consider “the Others”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defending Freedom asked this question in Townhall.com: What do the gay lobby and abortion have in common?

God said: “Be fruitful and procreate.” From a biblical perspective, both abortion and homosexual sexual unions are deterrents to God’s mandate on the sustainability of the human family. So the battle over who is right and who is wrong rages.

For a moment, let’s put aside all of the legal arguments surrounding whether Christian merchants should be made to participate in same sex weddings. Instead, let’s consider what could be at the core of this controversy – intolerance based upon a lack of understanding.

Basic truths. Everybody, unconditionally, NEEDS love. Many people desire, not necessarily need, sex. The sexual drive is a primal instinct. There is a difference between need and want. In this super hyper-sexual environment we live in, much of it artificially manufactured, people are crossing all types of lines, barriers and boundaries, sometimes without knowing or understanding what is happening. Breaking natural rules not considering consequences. In other words, people are dying for lack of knowledge. Not knowing or agreeing with the purpose of things like marriage and sex. So in the name of lust; divorce, adultery, abortion, clandestine sexual encounters, gender confusion, and human abuse abound. It’s off the chain!

Human beings, in general, have a hard time seeing beyond our own desires. It’s not surprising, then, that a sentiment seems to be growing in our nation that says, “I want what I want and you have to give it to me regardless of any other considerations.”

Yes, that’s a very selfish yet human attitude. Yet can we try and look beyond ourselves to consider other people?

First, let’s look at the question of why a business owner would decline a customer’s money; because it’s not profitable to decline business.

In the case of a baker, photographer, or florist who’s asked to serve same sex couples, some would say such a refusal is based simply on hate.

Yet there has been no major outcry of discrimination against the LGBT community other than in the context of weddings. Indeed, these accused businesses have long served gay customers; some have hired gay employees.

So hatred is not the reason Christians turn down offers of money to participate in gay weddings – love is.

Christ gives His children two commandments – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength,” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Repeatedly, the Bible instructs us to share our love for God by obeying Christ’s teachings.

Truly if we love God, we share our love by obeying God. And our relationship with our Creator is more important than anything the world can offer – including money.

So how does our love for God conflict with gay marriage?

God’s Word is clear. God ordained marriage between one man and one woman. For a Christian to contradict this teaching by participating in a ceremony that goes against God’s Word would not only be disobedient, it would be to mock God.

When Christian are asked to share our God-given talents to create a cake or floral arrangement or photograph for a gay wedding, it’s important to realize what is being demanded. Because no matter how much a merchant loves his or her customers, he cannot be expected to choose them over the Lord of his life.

Christians are called to love our neighbors – our friends, relatives, acquaintances, and, if we have them, our customers. But there is no one, homosexual, heterosexual, black, white, old or young, whom we can place above God.

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” We all are born into and start out life in the same fallen condition and live in a sin-cursed world. This doesn’t mean that God created any of us humans in our sinful conditions. The sin nature wasn’t and isn’t part of God’s design. Sin, any and all sin, was forced upon us from a hostile interruption in God’s overall loving plan for humanity.

But Christians also know that God has provided a way of escape from sometimes seemingly hopeless situations. God has given us Jesus, who is our hope and our salvation. If we are asked to deny Jesus for a sale or even for the threat of financial and professional ruin, we know what – and Who – is more important. Eternity is a long, long time and God is more than worthy of our love and obedience.

So, if someone is disappointed that a business owner will not serve a wedding because of religious beliefs, let’s hope that more tolerance, more common courtesy, and more respect for that businessperson’s love for God would win the day. Instead of running to the courthouse to file a lawsuit to destroy someone’s business and take his or her house, maybe just walking across the street to another merchant would show grace and tolerance. It’s a two way street.

On the other hand, Christian merchants absolutely must learn to communicate God’s love, grace and truth in a powerful yet love infused manner. Those seeking service from God’s servants must be ready to accept that people who really fear God are genuinely committed to God’s commandments. There is a way to get this across without hate from either side.

Let’s learn to see not just “others,” but brothers and sisters. This is why we fight for the inclusion of the unborn in our culture and in our laws. It is why some work for what my Uncle M.L. called the Beloved Community. And it’s why We pray to for strength to love and respect each other.

We must learn to guard our hearts. I know that as a former victim, there is no satisfaction and no righteousness in making others victims, too. Let freedom ring and agape love prevail!

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