A gentle answer to a rude question
Christian comedian Phil Callaway recently told a story about a lady who thoughtlessly questioned whether he should ever have been born. Yikes! But rather than answering in kind, Callaway took his lead from Prov. 15:1 and offered a gentle word.
“I spoke somewhere telling of my parents who were about 40 when I was born. Two ladies came up to me after. They were upset; they were clearly disagreeing. One said ‘I don’t think mothers should have children after 35. What about you?’ I said ‘I agree completely – 35 is a lot of children.’ Well, they began to laugh, and away they went focusing on what united them.”
A rude question to defend the unborn
Abortion supporters are rarely willing to talk about the central issue in the abortion debate – the humanity of the unborn. They choose slogans instead, like “My body, my choice,” that beg the question: is there only the one body involved? (As Laura Klassen has noted “Our bodies, my choice” isn’t nearly as catchy a slogan.) Isn’t that the very point being debated? So when they try to evade talk about the humanness of the unborn, Greg Koukl has a quick way we can make clear there are two bodies involved. In Precious Unborn Human Persons he recounts that when he was confronted with a woman declaring the “my body, my choice” slogan, he has a question for her:
“Do you have a penis?”
“Is it possible your unborn could have a penis?”
“Well then that clearly isn’t your body, is it?”
Two questions too many
Even if you’ve studied all the issues and put in the time to talk to your local candidates, the ballot you cast will have precisely the same weight as the one cast by your old college buddy who can’t even remember who he voted for, or why, except that some celebrity told him it was important to go out and vote.
So should dumb people be allowed to vote? A couple of decades back, writer R.W. Bradford said no, and proposed a basic bare minimum test that a person would have to pass before their ballot would be counted. His test had just two questions:
- Which of the following is the letter “B”? – A B C D E
- What does 2 x 2 equal? – 1 2 4 6 8 10 24
As attractive as this bare minimum might be, it becomes less so when we consider who is going to administer the test. Do we want a State that doesn’t know when life begins, what makes us equal, or what a woman is, to decide who’s smart and who’s not? Consider how Christians, and liberal bureaucrats, might answer two equally obvious questions quite differently:
- Can men get pregnant? YES / NO
- There is no truth. TRUE / FALSE
10 ways to be pro-life
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- Be foster parents, or support those who are
- Pray regularly, both for pro-life concerns and for abortionists too – God can work wonders, so let’s ask!
- Attend pro-life rallies and “Life Chains”
- Donate money
- Wear pro-life t-shirts
- Vote only for completely committed, loudly proudly pro-life politicians
- Write letters, to your newspaper and your elected representatives
- Visit the sick and elderly
- Boycott pro-abortion businesses and support businesses that have taken a stand for the unborn
- Be loudly pro-life at all times, and at every opportunity
Question the accusation
Christians are sometimes labeled as a bloodthirsty lot and the accusation is made that Christianity is responsible for more bloodshed than anything else. The Crusades are then cited as proof-positive of this notion. But as Greg Koukl points out in Tactic in Defending the Faith, it is actually atheistic communism that “has been responsible for the most inhumanity to man” as the godless trio of Lenin, Stalin and Mao killed more than 100 million people between them.
Life long commitment restored
Star Trek tells us that in the 24th-century couples will have a number of options should they decide to marry, including 5-year, 10-year and lifetime marriage licenses. And should they choose one of the short-term licenses, upon its expiry they will be able to part ways with no muss or fuss. They could, of course, also choose to renew, or even upgrade to a lifetime license. Science fiction you say? Well maybe, but not particularly far-fetched. After all, we already have short-term marriage licenses, though they aren’t called that. Present-day marriage licenses don’t even require a 5-year commitment as spouses can divorced the very next day.
But since 1997, in the American state of Louisiana, couples can choose between the traditional, easily escapable, marriage license, or“covenant” marriages. Covenantal marriages still allow for divorce but it is much, much harder to do. Couples have to undergo mandatory counseling should they want out, and then wait out a one-year separation before being allowed to file for divorce. Even then the divorce is only granted if one of the spouses can prove the other at fault for the marital breakdown (no-fault divorce is not an option). The grounds acceptable are restricted to adultery, abandonment, physical or sexual abuse, habitual drunkenness, or a felony conviction.
Quite the questions!
•How much deeper would the ocean be if sponges didn’t live there?
• How do you know when it’s time to tune your bagpipes?
• If people from Poland are called “Poles,” why aren’t people from Holland called “Holes?”
• If some people can tell the time by looking at the sun how come I can never make out the numbers?
You might be a Dutch Calvinist if …
- your closet is divided into work clothes and Sunday clothes.
- you re-used plastic containers long before anyone had heard of the environmental movement.
- you have a two-volume address book: A-U & V-Z.
- all your cookies taste like almond.
- you make the bed in your motel room.
- you’ve ever been in church on New Year’s Eve.
- you wipe the last of the butter out of the container with your bun.
- you’ve ever been interrupted by a waitress while saying grace.
- your main contribution to increased gender equity was that controversial switch from King to Wilhelmina brand peppermints.
SOURCE: compiled from the Internet here and there and everywhere.
Is Teddy right?
“There is only one quality worse than hardness of heart, and that is softness of head.” – Teddy Roosevelt
From the start, doubting has been common to God’s people: Adam and Eve doubted God’s trustworthiness, Sarah and Zechariah both doubted God’s ability to give them a son, and Thomas was skeptical about the resurrection. Today too, many of us will go through a season of doubt. But as common as doubting might be, that doesn’t make it right or reasonable, as Paul explains in Romans 1:18-23. As Christian rapper Toby Mac put it below, God is Undeniable! (See also, Romans 1:18-23)
There are moments that I doubt You.
Blind to the beauty that surrounds me,
I try to push away the need that I’m needin’ proof.
And this struggle that I have, it ain’t nothing new.
But the evidence is piling up, yup
You change my heart – isn’t that enough?
You give me life that I can’t take credit for
Call me to walk through an open door.
Your work doesn’t stop with me.
Your signature’s on everything we see,
From the hills of Negril, Jamaica,
To the kid that the doctor said would never make it.
Which is harder to believe? That You don’t exist?
Or that You orchestrated all of this?
Living in the world that is so confusing
You’re the argument I’m never losing
‘Cause I believe
Undeniable, You are, You are, You are
Unmistakable, You are, You are
You’re the bright and morning star
But still You speak to my heart
Undeniable, You are, You are