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New How To Book: King Rules for You!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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Dear Readers, this blog hits close to home for me today, so close in fact that I named the first chapter in my new book “Make Home a Priority.” Some of you have been asking me for years, “what was it like growing up with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as your uncle?”

Well dear readers, this book is just for you! Not only do I write about my Uncle ML, but you will meet my daddy AD King, my Granddaddy MLK, Sr., and so many other family members who helped to make sure that I grew up in “The King Family Legacy,” full of faith, hope, and love.

Please take a moment to visit the Thomas Nelson website: kingrulesbook.com to discover not only what the book is about, but also take a look through the photo album where you will have a peek into some precious memories. There are also some endorsements from some friends you might know.

Finally, this is a “how to book” in that many of the principles in the book about finding peace, love, and joy while fighting for justice for everyone, from conception until natural death and everything between.

My friends the Honorable J. C. Watts and Father Frank Pavone graciously opened and closed the chapters for me in their foreward and afterword. All in all, having been inspired by so many questions, I went on a quest to find the answers and discovered that the King Rules were with me all the time.

God bless you!

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A Travel Guide to Life: Don’t leave home without it!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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A good author should recognize the gift in a colleague, and also acknowledge that gift. I’ll let you be the judge of my penmanship when my newest book KING RULES hits the stand on June 10.

Meanwhile, please read the latest offering, A TRAVEL GUIDE TO LIFE, by my friend Anthony DeStefano. The book, one in a series of TRAVEL GUIDES, is filled with insights and how to’s straight from the pen of one who successfully navigates the ups and downs of life with candor, humility, repentance and humor.

To date this new release becomes a favorite, although all of Anthony’s books are super. My grandchildren adore his children’s books. We recently read A TRAVEL GUIDE TO HEAVEN FOR CHILDREN. Delightful!

On a personal note, I remember praying for Anthony when he was preparing for his father’s transition from this life. He stoically bore it all while helping others to navigate their way through such a trying season.

I also remember Anthony tolerating my monologue about why I’m a Star Trek fan. I was lamenting about how my critics consider my Sci-Fi passion to be sinful. After all, they reason, “Christians don’t have time for fantasy. Jesus is the real deal.”

Yes, Jesus is real, and thank God for His Blood, His Love, His Mercy and HIS Grace. I’m not perfect, and we all need prayer.

I remember Anthony saying: “Alveda, we’re not perfect in this life. You pray for me, I’ll pray for you.”

On that note, I’ll close here with a prayer that you’ll read our books and enjoy them. We all need a good TRAVEL GUIDE. Don’t leave home without this gem. Blessings.

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Fr. Frank Pavone Announces National Christian Voter Registration Sundays

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Date: March 13, 2014

Contact: Leslie Palma
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NEW YORK – Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, today called on all believers to participate in National Voter Registration Sundays to be held on June 29, July 6, and September 7 this year.

“Citizens do not have the luxury of ‘sitting out’ elections,” said Fr. Pavone. “When human life is at stake, when our very ability to freely practice our faith is under attack, we need to defend life and faith. God has given us an opportunity to do exactly that by voting. That’s why this year’s Voter Registration Sundays are crucial.”

Voter Registration Sundays are promoted by Priests for Life and other national pro-life and pro-family organizations to encourage pastors and church attendees to do what they are legally entitled to do – conduct non-partisan voter registration drives. While the official days of these registration efforts this year are the Sundays before and after Independence Day and the Sunday before 9/11, churches, prayer groups, and Bible studies can register voters on any day of their choosing.

“Priests for Life has a wealth of material at PoliticalResponsibility.com that explains how to have a voter registration day in your church, spelling out the activities that all churches and charitable non-profit groups are legally permitted to do,” added Fr. Pavone. “There is no legal reason for pastors or churchgoers to refrain from having registration drives at church. On the contrary, we should feel impelled to do so.”

Alveda King, Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, observed that there is a historical connection to this year’s registration drives.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she said. “We have seen in these last five decades how the right to vote has helped guarantee the civil rights of all Americans of any color. Our right to vote today can help restore and protect the civil rights of all Americans of any stage of life.”

The Family Research Council, a chief sponsor of the National Voter Registration Sundays, states on its website, “Christians can have a positive impact on elections and ultimately our nation’s future….Yet every election millions of Christians fail to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens. We can help our people obey Christ’s command to participate in government (Matt. 22:21) by encouraging voter registration and voting Christian values.”

Priests for Life has formed a national “Vote Pro-life Coalition” (VoteProLifeCoalition.com) to foster joint non-partisan efforts among national groups. Members of the Coalition are promoting the Voter Registration Sundays. For instance, Chris Slattery, founder and President of Expectant Mother Care/EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers, said, “Getting ourselves, our family, friends, church and pro-life contacts to register to vote is more important than ever. Let’s take the time to get involved with voter registration drives, especially on the dates promoted here.”

Jo Tolck, Executive Director of the Human Life Alliance, simply declared, “Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Remember to register! Remember to vote!”

More information on the National Christian Voter Registration Sundays is available from Priests for Life at http://www.priestsforlife.org/vote/.

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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American Heritage Girls is 21st Century Beacon of Truth for Families

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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American Heritage Girls Respect Life Badge

AHG is a common sense inter-denominational faith-based character-development program for girls ages five through 18. My family embraces their Biblical worldview, traditional Christian values and critical thinking opportunities. Their recent announcement of a Respect Life Patch reinforcing AHG’s commitment to honoring life from conception to natural death is a breath of fresh air and a beacon of truth.

American Heritage Girls is a wonderful faith-based alternative to the Girl Scouts. It promotes a life-honoring culture, stresses the importance of service and espouses values that clearly delineate right from wrong. I also write about many of these shared values in my new book KING RULES, a Thomas Nelson release.

AHG girls participate in a wide array of badge programs, service projects, leadership opportunities and outdoor experiences. Troops representing more than 30,000 girls in 48 states can earn the Respect Life Patch by participating in an event that brings attention to respecting life or by providing a service project for an organization whose mission/purpose demonstrates a desire to respect life, such as pregnancy resource centers, pro-life groups and hospices.

When my Uncle ML spoke about his dream for a day when his children ‘will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,’ the character he had in mind was founded on the teachings of the Bible, which include respect for life. With all the talk we hear today about choice, it seems that the choice of life is often overlooked and undervalued. I’m gratified that American Heritage Girls stresses the value God places on each individual and the importance of living a life that is pleasing to Him.

“We are honored to have Alveda’s endorsement and support,” says Patti Garibay, AHG executive director and founder. “She has been a tireless advocate for the unborn and a person whose life is dedicated to glorifying God in everything she does.”

Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG currently has more than 30,000 members across the globe, with more than 720 troops in 48 states. In the past four years, it has experienced 40-50 percent membership growth annually.

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As the Marriage Battle Rages, Let Mercy Prevail

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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“When a moral person is confronted with contempt, immorality, disloyalty, or dishonesty, he is so repulsed by the offense that he turns away and in despair closes his heart to the offender. But the miracle of the redemptive reality of God is that the worst and vilest offender can never exhaust the depths of God’s love.” –C. S. Lewis

Love, Marriage and Life should be a package; as in man meets woman, they fall in love, marry and have children. That’s an ideal, designed by God.

In the paradise of Eden, God first formed Man, then formed his mate and presented her to him. Woah! Love at first sight. Man and (Wo)Man. By their Holy Union they became our ancestors, the first “human parents; birthing the original “human family.” One man and one woman; married by God.

Due to outside influences and our original ancestors’ broken relationship with God, things became tangled up after that and have been for a long time. Admittedly while the marriage model was never broken, it has been misunderstood, bruised, sometimes tarnished and often challenged. As a result, in the 21st Century, we are teetering on a civil war over human sexuality issues.

A lot of blood has been shed in the aftermath of the war over the human family; animal blood sacrifices, innocent human blood (abortions). God help us please. Teach us to plead the sacred Blood of Jesus!

There is too much accusing and too little truth and mercy abroad in this present battle. Let us consider our frail humanity and approach each other with fear of judgment, pleading for mercy.

“For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13 ESV)

“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”(Hebrews 4:16 ESV)

We need not only to know the truth; we need to help people to see and know the truth.

May God grant MERCY and deliverance to all in this matter of Holy Matrimony and human sexuality. Mercy does not condone the sexual behaviors at issue. Mercy shares the truth of God’s Word in Agape Love. Mercy loves those who are without understanding of His divine grace and love for the accused and the accusers.

“For all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” ALL. It’s sadly hypocritical to publicly proclaim that “God hates the sin but loves the sinner”; while all the time we secretly sneer and use ugly names to brand others.

On the other hand, it’s critically intolerant to bad mouth Bible believers and deny our Constitutional Rights for holding to our standards of faith while insisting that we be tolerant of contrasting views.

Sin is real, repentance is a gift. May we all be free to “go and sin no more.” Let us deliver truth that shines light with a heart to bring liberty as part of the judgment process.

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Dear President and Congress: Good Government Protects Everyone

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Jeremiah 22: 3 “This is what the LORD says: Be fair-minded and just. Do what is right! Help those who have been robbed; rescue them from their oppressors. Quit your evil deeds! Do not mistreat foreigners, orphans, and widows. Stop murdering the innocent!” (NLT)

“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Christmas Sermon 1967

Why are the leaders so angry? Why do the President and Congress waste their time with futile plans of human reasoning? The rulers of the earth prepare for battle; they plot together… And yet, people they promised to serve are crying and dying. Listen leaders, act wisely! Be warned leaders! Don’t be deceived, for God isn’t going to stand by and allow a mockery.

I was listening to human news reports briefly, and members of Congress on both sides of the isle are fighting to stand for whatever platforms they were elected upon. We don’t hear enough about standing up for truth. Rather than simply “standing your ground,” why not stand after having done all to stand? Stand in the full armor of God!

“One nation under God” still remains part of America’s credo. Are there any brave leaders who can do this? Godly leaders protect everyone, from the womb until natural death and everyone in between. America, it is time to stand up for truth. God help us.

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2014 VALUES VOTER SUMMIT: STANDING FOR FAITH, FAMILY AND OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

Friday, October 11th, 2013

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REMARKS BY DR. ALVEDA C. KING
OCTOBER 11, 2013

As we stand together today, praying for faith, family, and opportunity for all, we can only be amazed by the hope that is rising among “We the People.”

As I approach my tenth year as Director of African American Outreach for Priests for Life, I look back at how far we’ve come – but I don’t look back for long! Because at the same time, I know how far we must yet travel.

Together we can embrace the power of faith working in our lives through God’s agape love. We must believe that that love will carry us over difficult bridges.

We are indeed facing turbulent times. You may remember that last year a man, Theodore Shulman, was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison for threatening the life of Fr. Frank Pavone, the National Director of Priests for Life.

Here in D. C., The Family Research Council, however, faced more than a threat. You endured an attack on the lives of everyone on the FRC staff.

A gay rights activist entered the FRC building with enough ammunition to kill everyone in it. He came to FRC as a gunman, fueled by hate mongering from The Southern Poverty Law Center. The shooter admitted he was directed to FRC’s location by the Southern Poverty law Center’s website. While SPLC claims to fight against hate, they have been saying hateful things about the Family Research Council and perhaps other groups who are represented here today. By the grace of God and the heroism of FRC security officer Mr. Leo Johnson, who took a bullet from the shooter, many deaths were averted. Today, the shooter is behind bars as a result of being convicted for domestic terrorism. But the SPLC and many others who couch hate and anger in false claims of civil rights activism still roam free to confuse the masses with their deceptions.

Friends, make no mistake, no matter our political affiliations or our church denominations, or our personal designer issue of the day; we are now called together to humbly fight the good fight.

So together in unity and love for humanity, we gird ourselves with the truth, we walk with the gospel of peace, and we carry the shield of faith. Our sword is not a spinning sound bite, a poll, or a focus group, but the word of God.

Please permit a confession:

At the top of my list of regrets are the deaths of three of my children – one through miscarriage and two by abortion.

Down the list, I regret having said to a group of peers that my Uncle M.L. (The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.) was a Republican. Yes my Grandfather, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. was a registered Republican, but Uncle M.L. was an independent.

As a Christian and civil rights activist, Uncle M.L. followed a pattern of not publicly endorsing a political party or candidate. He once wrote,

“I feel someone must remain in the position of non-alignment, so that he can look objectively at both parties and be the conscience of both – not the servant or master of either. I’m not inextricably bound to either party.”

As one who has been elected to the Georgia House of Representatives as a Democrat and been a Presidential appointee in a Republican administration, I am beginning to understand the wisdom of my Uncle M.L. My aim is not to become involved in political squabbles, but to speak the truth as best I can.

We are commanded to pray for those in authority and I know we all do that. We also pray for our nation; understanding that human reasoning and human solutions are too finite to bring an ultimate resolution to our problems. The saddest and sickest heart longs for the gift of salvation in Christ.

Recent remarks by Pope Francis remind us that human beings have immediate problems in their lives and these problems are not limited to the great moral questions of our time

Pope Francis says that he must deal with the entire human condition, not just two pressing questions, abortion and marriage. Yet he is not suggesting that there is in any way a license to sin; rather, he is advocating for a license to repent, be healed, and be delivered from human failings.

Human issues, “social issues” are all intertwined. Abortion, for instance, cannot be separated from the breakdown of the family, which cannot be separated from the attack on natural procreative marriage. Neither can abortion be separated from human trafficking, rape, child abuse or a host of other issues.

I believe that when Pope Francis is looking at the entire human condition. So must we.

When I look at this human condition today, I see evil triplets – a three-headed monster – racism, reproductive genocide, and sexual perversion. And it will take Jesus to set the record straight!

I once thought that white people killed my uncle. Not just one white man or a conspiracy of white men, but all white men were responsible. My father, Rev. Alfred Daniel Williams King, corrected me. He said:

Alveda, you cannot hate white people. White people did not kill your uncle, the devil did. White people march and die for us, fighting for freedom for everyone.

Before that, I thought that God wanted me to hate white people, and I was angry with God for creating white people and the human condition called racism.

It took my earthly father and my Heavenly Father to help me realize that Acts 17:26 is true. There is only one human race, not separate races. We are all of one human blood.

I have met people who battle with sexual perversion and human sexuality issues. For example, I’ve met, according to Matthew 19, some people who may have been born gay, some people who may have been made to be gay, and some people who have chosen to be gay.

On the other hand, I have met people who were born with conditions or developed conditions of sickness and disease in their bodies; high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heart problems, all kinds of things. I myself have suffered from a human error called abortion. Yet, I’ve been forgiven and healed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

So there is no human condition, whether it is lust or sickness or greed or any condition of the heart, the body, or the soul that cannot be cured, healed, or delivered and set free and transformed by the blood of Jesus. If we were born a certain way, no matter what it is, we can be born again!

So therefore, we must all embrace each other in what my Uncle M.L. called the beloved community. In love we must carry all of our cares to the Lord and leave them there.

Today, we are at an impasse over Obamacare. The President says that if we won’t pay for free birth control and abortion, he won’t let the government operate.

My friends, I have daughters and granddaughters. They need free poison birth control and life destroying abortions like they need holes in their heads.

What our families need is good education, decent and safe living environments, good jobs as they grow up, and good work ethics and moral values. They need the security of living in a world free from terrorism. They need healthy bodies and a healthy growing economy. They need so much, and Washington isn’t delivering a check banked on a solid foundation.

Recently, as I went through airport security, the TSA officer was so sad that I had to stop and pray for him before I made it through the check point. The officer was on salary furlough, but was required to work anyway because of the shutdown. After the prayer, I received a somber “thank you,” and my credentials were returned to me.

What is so amazing to me is that our veterans and others are being needlessly and directly impacted, with no end in sight for relief. Why must veterans and honest, hard working Americans suffer so that forcibly subsidized birth control and abortions can reign?

Friends, this is why this Summit is so important. We can pray together for those who are in authority so that we can live peaceful – and not deceitful – lives. And we can act together to encourage and elect government officials who have hearts for righteousness.

My Uncle M.L., in his 1967 Christmas sermon, spoke these words:
“…Man is a child of God, made in His image, and therefore must be respected as such….And when we truly believe in the sacredness of human personality, we won’t exploit people, we won’t trample over people with the iron feet of oppression, we won’t kill anybody.”

My Uncle also wrote a book titled Why We Can’t Wait. Well, I am so encouraged to see that we are not waiting anymore. We the people – red and yellow, black and white, all precious in God’s sight – are crossing every barrier to march to the polls and vote for true freedom and liberty.

As we move ahead, may God bless and guide us. Amen.

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Redeem America – Restore Life

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

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If the Gosnell and Castro sagas teach us anything, and there are lessons to be learned, please let us remember that the lives of human beings are hanging in the balance of what comes next.

In a letter from the Apostle Paul, the Bible tells us this:

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

It’s the interests of those who are unwanted, unseen, and forgotten that we must learn to look out for. It’s the command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves that we must learn to obey.

Agape Love can ultimately redeem America and restore life. We just have to get past human depravity, such as has been depicted with Gosnell and Castro. Through their horrible and heinous deeds, we learn that humankind’s deprived nature is saturated in selfishness.

Selfishness blocks out love. It causes people to serve their own desires without consideration for others. It causes people to see others not as equals, but as useful pawns or obstacles to be eliminated.

A look at this week’s news tells us that mankind is capable of all kinds of rationalizations for treating others as less than human.

Castro is accused of using his fists to abort his own children. Gosnell ripped and snipped away the lives of thousands of babies, and even caused unspeakable pain and in some cases death to women.

These men not only regarded women as disposable chattel, and in Castro as his slaves; they also dehumanized their victims in unimaginable ways. One child Castro allowed to grow up bound in a dungeon; his other babies he killed by beating their mother and causing miscarriages.

America is being challenged to learn that situations like abortion and human trafficking are all part of a greater over-arching problem that’s been plaguing our world since the beginning of time – our selfish tendency to dehumanize those whose humanity is in the way of what we want.

In my lifetime, I have seen how our culture embraces dehumanization in various forms. I see very plainly that there are common threads in these manifestations.

When I was growing up, some of my schoolmates were killed by a bomb blast. Some white folk thought that people like me and my friends were somehow less than fully human.

My house was firebombed because my daddy worked for the basic human rights that were denied to people because of the color of their skin. My daddy, the Reverend A.D. King, later died under very suspicious circumstances – and many believe he died because of his civil rights leadership.

My uncle, the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated because he refused to accept the dehumanization of African Americans.

Countless others were beaten with pipes and baseball bats, fire hosed, jailed, and lynched just for the color of their skin.

African Americans were regarded as inferior because we had been treated as less than human for hundreds of years.

When you’re treated as less than human, it’s easy to appear that way in people’s eyes. If people see you being abused for decade after decade, your mistreatment becomes, in a sense, the natural order of things.

All of this makes human mistreatment somehow palatable if not acceptable; and thereby the lives of those who oppress the most vulnerable easier. If the American public learns to accept everyone from natural conception or fertilization to natural death as brothers and sisters, the exploitation of all human beings would become much more difficult to justify.

Those who exploit and oppress fellow human beings under the cloak of racism, reproductive genocide or human trafficking are motivated by selfishness, greed, hunger for power, and the plain old bigotry that comes from pride and fear. All too many people take cover in denial that these problems exist, not wanting to look or care. Out of sight, out of mind is a much too familiar mantra.

Friends, we are dealing with a three headed monster; one that devours the weakest of our society. The thing about such a beast is that you must sever its source of power by eliminating all three heads; racism, reproductive genocide which breeds abortion and sexual perversion which breeds human trafficking. Cut off the heads and the monster will die.

One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights movement came when national newspapers and magazines showed pictures of peaceful demonstrators being clubbed and beaten. For the first time for many white people, racial discrimination and oppression were not just concepts. Americans in every part of the country saw segregation as the dehumanizing force that it was.

They saw the faces of its victims.

Surely the Kermit Gosnell trial, which is a tip of the iceberg by the way, is a defining moment in the 21st Century civil rights movement to defend the humanity of unborn babies and the dignity of their mothers. Because Gosnell did his killing outside the womb instead of inside it, America, at least that part of America that has seen news reports about the Gosnell case, has now seen some of the victims of abortion.

The rescue of the three girls in Cleveland who just escaped their prison of depravity is another tip of the iceberg situation, reminding America that young and vulnerable women are at risk of being secreted away in broad daylight to become abused and misused in a form of human trafficking in their own communities. This too is a defining moment where we can charge ahead with awareness campaigns to stop this inhumane victimization.

We cannot save the victims of abortion or human trafficking or prevent innocents from becoming new victims of other nefarious deeds without public awareness. Public awareness only happens if the public cares. And the public will only care when it loves the unwanted.

With love, children are adopted, not aborted. With love, children are cherished, not abused. With love, there is less room for the human trafficker because his hunting grounds are smaller.

There is much to be done to set the captives of human trafficking free. But if we can help create a culture that values others, we will have begun to break the captives’ chains. We must learn this lesson, then we will win this battle to redeem America using the weapons of truth and love because truth liberates and love never fails!

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Remembering Uncle M. L.: Alveda King reflects on the death of the Dreamer

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

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Forty-five years ago today, my Uncle M.L., the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered by an assassin’s bullet. Sometimes I wonder what life would be like if that shot had never been fired; what our nation would be like if that bullet had missed. Many are the times I wish he were here.

But though Uncle M.L. is no longer with us on earth, his voice lives on in the words he used to change our nation in the cause of justice.

We are a more just society today because of Martin Luther King, Jr. Not because he brought new ideas into the public consciousness, but because he reminded us of fundamental, eternal truths – truths that needed to be restated and lived out. He once asked and answered this question: “How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust?” He went on to explain:

“A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: ‘An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

These timeless truths must be restated again today.

Remember Reverend Martin Luther King – let us not forget that he was an ordained Baptist minister and preacher of the Word of God – taught that we are to respect the law. But he also taught that there is a law higher than man’s. There are no commands more deserving of obedience than God’s.

Those commands caused Uncle M. L. to look beyond city ordinances, state statutes, or even federal law for guidance. He believed that those ordinances, statutes, and laws were to be respected, but that they were to be weighed against God’s law or what some would term natural law to determine if they were just.

The same is true today. But some still look to themselves to determine right and wrong.

We are told by the Obama administration that it is “unjust” that women should have to buy their own birth control pills, so everyone else must reach into their pockets to pay for them.

We are told by abortion advocates that it is “unjust” that some women cannot afford to abort their babies, so tax dollars must be used to finance the killing of those children.

We are told by same-sex “marriage” advocates that it is “unjust” that men cannot marry other men and women cannot marry other women, so 2,000 years of wisdom must be abandoned.

And yet, the Bible tells us that human life is sacred. We are thereby to choose life over abortion. The Bible teaches us that natural marriage between one man and one woman is part of the procreative process. We are thereby compelled to choose holy and procreative matrimony.

In forgetting our heritage, in distancing ourselves from God’s moral rules, we are doing Uncle M. L. a disservice, and we are in danger of coming face to face with disaster. So, in remembering Uncle M. L. today, I urge America and the world to remember that he was a servant of God who, though imperfect, tried to point people to the truth.

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Thank God Crystal Kelley Chose Life, But Can We Talk?

Friday, March 8th, 2013

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“Choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” – Deutoronomy 30:19

In VitroCrystal Kelley was a surrogate mother for a couple who wanted to have another child, their fourth. She entered into a contract to carry the couple’s baby for $22,000. When it was discovered that there were medical problems with the pregnancy, the parents offered Crystal $10,000 to terminate the pregnancy (have an abortion).

The temptation of lots of money to a single mother almost caused Crystal to make a deadly decision for the baby. When the parents refused her counteroffer of $15,000, Crystal was relieved as she knew she could not abort the baby growing inside her in opposition to the insistence of the parents.

As reported by CNN, “They said they didn’t want to bring a baby into the world only for that child to suffer,” Kelley said. “They said I should try to be God-like and have mercy on the child and let her go. I told them it wasn’t their decision to play God.”

First of all, let’s be very clear on this point. Being “God-like” would not mean killing a baby. If that is what God would do He would not have sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to suffer and die on the cross for our sins in order that we may be saved. Likewise, we are called to join our suffering with Christ’s for the salvation of souls, not eliminating the suffering by killing each other.

Crystal was right to say that it wasn’t the parents’ decision to play God. Life is for God to create and to take and no one else’s.

But the real problem in this surrogacy debate begins before the contract is signed. Like the abortion debate, although the choice whether to choose life or death is vital, the real problem begins before the pregnancy.

Both examples above involve seeking our own wills and not God’s will. If we as a people would choose to follow God’s design we would make different choices.

When we begin to “play God” we get ourselves into a whole lot of trouble as is evident in our culture today. We believe we know what is better for us than God does. The problem is that God acts out of agape love while we act out of selfishness.

God’s designs is that life would enter the world through conjugal love. Conjugal love has two components; procreative and unitive. To go against either is to go against God’s design.

We go against God’s design for procreative conjugal love when we choose to use contraception. Instead of following God’s design for love and marriage, abstaining from sex until we get married and then being responsible through natural family planning, we follow our desires and self-gratification and engage in sex, sometimes casually, sometimes with multiple partners, all the while contracepting in order to avoid the natural consequences of our action. And when the contraceptives fail, as is often the case, we further complicate the situation by killing the life which God created, again turning away from God’s will. That life that we are now trying to abort was not created accidentally by God but is a part of God’s design. But we know better, don’t we?

With surrogacy we want to have a child so bad that is our own that we go to any measure to make that happen. But are we thinking about ourselves or are we thinking about the baby. In the perfect surrogacy situation, the parents each contribute their 23 chromosomes and they are implanted into the surrogate and with any luck, God will permit life to be created. This leaves out the unitive aspect of conjugal love. Additionally, I can think of a host of problems that could arise from the whole process, like the surrogate falling in love with the baby she feels kicking and moving in her womb; like the parents having marital problems and divorcing while the surrogate is still pregnant; like the surrogate becoming greedy and demanding more money to continue the pregnancy; and so on.

Whether you think abortion is right or wrong; whether you think surrogacy is right or wrong, I believe we all are, as a whole, good honest people trying to live our lives the best we can; the best we know how. In doing so, sometimes our compassion is misplaced. Like the parents of the baby in the surrogate story, I believe they really wanted to be compassionate to their baby girl whom “they didn’t want to bring . . . into the world only for that child to suffer.”

Life is difficult and we have many difficult decisions to make throughout our lifetime. Thank God He left us a manual to follow when we don’t know what to do. Really, say, “Thank you God for giving us your Word, the Bible.” Through the Bible we can do the right thing even when our emotions are telling us to do something different.

I applaud Crystal Kelley for defending the life within her womb. It took courage to stand up for that life and trust that she would find adoptive parents willing to care for a medically fragile baby.

I also applaud all the other pro-life warriors who don’t make the headlines but are out there just the same on the frontlines fighting for unborn babies, some medically fragile, some not.

And I thank God for the Bible which gives me the courage to speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.

When will humans ever learn? Movies like Gattaca cleverly depict the fallacies of gene pooling.

To God be the glory!

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