Abortion

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I see abortion as a “get out of jail free card.”  Men and women can have as much premarital relations as possible with no worries.  They may have minimum protection, but if the woman gets pregnant, no worries, there is always abortion.  Being pro-life is more than a bumper sticker on your car or even a guide to voting—it is the heart of God.  All innocent human life is deserving of our collective protection.  In a legal brief filed by Mother Teresa, she wrote:

“I have no new teaching for America.  I seek only to recall you to faithfulness to what you once taught the world.  Your nation was founded on the proposition – very old as a moral precept, but startling and innovative as a political insight – that human life is a gift of immeasurable worth, and that it deserves, always and everywhere, to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect.” 

Abortion is wrong based upon God’s injunction not to murder human beings.  An unborn child is a person with a calling and destiny ordained by God.  In the eyes of God, killing an unborn child is just like killing an adult, because life begins at conception—a fact that even science confirms.  Scripture makes clear that God acknowledges and has His hand upon the unborn (Job 31:15; Ps. 139:13-14; Is. 44:2; Jer. 1:5).  As Christians, we must continue to actively, boldly, and compassionately work to reduce abortions.  We should encourage more crisis pregnancy centers to open, especially in black and Hispanic neighborhoods.  These centers are even more effective when they have sonogram equipment and more medical staff.  Once mothers see those remarkable images on the screen, it is difficult to accept an abortion.  Churches should educate women about the risks associated with abortions, including the potentially heightened risk of breast cancer.  In the policy arena, we should continue to promote abstinence until marriage as the standard.  We should continue to lobby for the elimination of state subsidies for abortion and to protect and enhance parents’ rights in the pregnancy-related decisions of their children.

 A fair question that comes up when discussing the issue of abortion is that when a woman has been impregnated from a rape, would an abortion be ethical?  It is unfortunate that rapes occur, and they are certainly not part of God’s plan.  However, God does have a plan for the child, even though He did not plan on the way the child was conceived.  We have to remember that His understanding is far greater than our understanding.  It is understandable that a woman would not want a child that came from a rapist.  What should be done is that the woman will receive love, support, and counseling, while she has the child.  At birth, the woman can make the final decision whether to keep the child or put the child up for adoption.  There is no justice in abortion in any situation.

I encourage everyone to go to the following websites and sign up for the mailing lists and sign petitions that they have:

http://www.cc.org 
http://www.afa.net
 

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Barack Obama

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I have watched the inauguration as well as the speech of President Obama and I respect him.  The central duty of being President is to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.  President Obama as well as vice president Biden have both promised to do just that.  In his speech, President Obama referenced the forefathers of this great nation.  It is ultimately up to every person, not just those in government positions to remain faithful to the words spoken by our founding fathers and not give up the ideals that they have given us as a country.  It is my prayer that the President will do as he has promised and use the Holy Bible prayerfully as guidance towards his executive decisions.  

Politics

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With Barack Obama being inaugurated as President of the United States tomorrow, I have a few concerns regarding the moral fabric of American culture.  It is my understanding that as President, Obama will be eliminating the teaching of abstinence from the public school system.  He will also be providing an open season for women seeking abortion.  Despite choosing Rick Warren as the main pastor, I am certain that Obama will be making amends with homosexuals by legalizing their marriage in all 50 states.  The family values that our founding fathers worked so hard to be a part of America is being diminished. 

As a conservative Christian, I will not be at any rallies or protests because that is not where Jesus would be.  He would be with the sinners and lovingly confront them of their wrongdoings.  I will, however, be keeping in touch with my senators and representatives by supporting such organizations as the American Family Association, National Rifle Association, as well as pro-life and abstinence groups.  In the near future, I will be further explaining my views on these issues taken from a Biblical perspective.  As of right now, I find it interesting that fellow Christians maintain a moderate to liberal viewpoint within the political system.  I will be praying for those people, for Obama to seek proper guidance before making decisions, and for this world in general. 

Joy

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Joy is defined as:

A: the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires.

B: the expression or exhibition of such emotion.

I find it interesting on how the definition is separated in such a way.  Can a person have Joy as it is defined in A, but not B?  Absolutely.  The Psalms are filled with prayers of people who hold on tight to God but do not feel His presence at the moment. 

This past Sunday, I went from two extremes.  I started out being ecstatic and then slowly but surely, found my self going down to my knees asking God to restore that feeling of deep joy.  What caused such a shift in emotions?  Studies have shown that the amount of sleep and the type of diet one has effects the daily behavior one shows.  I did not get too much sleep on Saturday, and because I work the midnight shift that starts Saturday night into Sunday, I ended up drinking high amounts of caffeine.  I know that those factors played a major role as far as me getting an energy boost.  The crash that comes afterward, however, lasted longer than usual.  What had happened was that once again, I lost focus on God and started to become discontent in where I am right now.  It has been said that if you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.  What I have been doing was attempting to act out my plans on my own, so I would not be surprised that I had God laughing hysterically.

What am I learning from that experience?  I wanted to keep my happiness, which is not in and of itself Joy.  Joy is not an emotion; it is the response of the heart of God’s gentle touch.  When we find ourselves running low on Joy, it is a sign that we need to get into the presence of God.  We need to spend time alone with Him, meditate on His Word and the promises He has, and stay with Him while He refreshes us with His Spirit.  John 16:33 says “I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world." (MSG)  God is the source of Joy through Jesus Christ.  He is all we need.  Our fallen worldly view of well-being, success, and good fortune are nothing compared to what God has to offer us.  In Romans 12:5, we read, “so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.” (NLT)  I need to not only become a part of a regular Bible study, but I also need to serve more.  I know of many serving opportunities that are needed and that I have the abilities required to perform them.  This past Saturday, I was asked to be a greeter at church.  I was not really in the mood to greet, I just wanted to go in, sit down, listen to the service and be on my way.  I agreed to the request and began greeting people as they came in.  As I was doing so, the true feeling of Joy captured me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nizY3jc3_qs

Relationships

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I highly recommend that everyone who reads this journal entry listen to the audio blog I have listed as follows:
http://web.mac.com/fliptheswitchyg/EDGE/Messages/Entries/2008/10/18_Relate:Date_(Dating).html

Our American society is completely obsessed with relationships and marriage.  You see it everywhere (movies, tv shows, books, commercials, internet).  Is there any wonder why over 50% of marriages end in divorce in our culture?  People are motivated in the wrong ways to get involved with others who are probably not right for them, just to "fit into society."  The desire to be with someone romantically is normal and Biblical.  But the liberal media has redefined what is normal in relationships and made the norm unBiblical.  God created women to be partners for men to fullfill His mission.  Marriage was created to show the world Christ because marriage was meant to be an example of true Church. 

I am currently single and am semi-active in the dating world.  As a Christian man, I am looking for a woman who is also a Christian and in which I find attractive in three areas:  Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual.  It is of the utmost importance that the woman is a fellow believer in Christ.  If she does not know the source of Love, how can she show true love to me?  If the woman is not a believer, there would be certain activities that she would want to do that go against my beliefs.  People who enter a dating relationship should treat each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.  When I go on a date, I treat the woman as I would treat my own sister, and I would expect her to treat me as she would her own brother. 

In the mean time, the Bible teaches that everyone who is single should focus their attention on serving the Lord.  There are multiple verses throughout the Old and New Testaments that state, "You should love the Lord, your God, with all of your heart, soul, body, and mind."  Hosea 9:10 teaches that what we love is what we tend to be like, to imitate.  There are times in my life  when I lose focus on God, and begin to worry if I will ever find someone as a partner.  It is during those times that I remember Philippians 4:6, "Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God."   Once a person gets married, the focus will be divided, and there should be no turning back.  I need to keep focused on God and continue to serve him in all the ways I can, and in His time, the right girl will come along and God will bless me into a great marriage. 

Journal Objective

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Even though I am currently 23 years old, I have been through a lot in my life.  The entries that I will be posting will include my world views as well as my life story.  Because I am a firm believer in the Christian Faith, my main goal is that those who read my entries will gain proper perspective of what it means to be a Christian.  Our individual stories are part of God’s plan, and some events are unexplainable, but Faith is all about trust.  Setbacks and failures, test our faith and leave us with empty hands, however, God is always the closest when it is the hardest to stand.  Has anyone ever considered the actual term history?  History is His-Story.  I have read the Bible cover to cover and realized that History is all about bringing the lost back to Him.  John 3:16:  "God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life."  It does not matter who you are or what you have done, if you ask Jesus to come into your heart, repent of your sins, you will have eternal life.