November 12, 2019
The Sad Thing Is, We Knew This All Along
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed four abortion bills Friday, including one that would require doctors to provide basic medical care to newborn babies who survive abortions.
The legislature passed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, sending it to the governor for final approval. Evans, who supports abortion on demand, previously said the legislation is a waste of time and he would veto it. The state Senate does not have enough votes to override his veto.
“We have all sorts of issues to deal with in the state of Wisconsin and to pass a bill that is redundant seems to be not a productive use of time,” the governor said in April. “And clearly I ran on the belief — and I still believe — that women should be able to make choices about their health care. But this deals with a specific issue that’s already been resolved.”
Today, Evers continued calling infanticide health care.
“Everyone should have access to quality, affordable health care, and that includes reproductive health care,” Evers said in a statement. “Politicians shouldn’t be in the business of interfering with decisions made between patients and their healthcare providers.”
Apparently, this was to be the first redundant law on the books.
The governor can hide behind that lie all he wants, but all of us in Wisconsin know the truth. He wants women to be be able to kill their children at any point they choose, with no limits.
Many of us knew this would be the type of governor he would be (at least when he’s awake), but it is still heartbreaking to see it play out in front of us. When we can’t even protect a baby born alive, what have we become?
October 22, 2019
The Horrifying Case of James Younger
A jury in Texas returned a verdict on Monday that will prevent a Texas dad from intervening in the gender transition of his 7-year-old son.
As a father of a 7-year-old boy, who bounces between wanting to be a ninja and a zombie, I can’t imagine allowing him to make a decision that will alter his life and body forever. It’s my job as his father to help guide him to an understanding of the world - and help him understand that he is, in fact, not a zombie. That’s an easy explanation - he can’t be something fictional. But, how much more important is it for parents to guide their children that, no matter their feelings (which can lead them astray), they cannot be anything but what God has made them.
In the Texas case, it’s not a parent’s failure to guide their child that is at issue - it’s something much worse. In this case, a parent is actively influencing their child to reject how he was made by God, and doing so (seemingly) to fulfill her own desires to have a daughter rather than a son. Add to the fact that the other parent is rightly trying to protect his child and is being prevented from doing so by the courts, and you have a sad story unraveling in the life of a 7-year-old boy.
We’ve seen this throughout the world world, cases of courts holding up their own activist interest above the the interest of the parent - with disastrous results. While these cases sadly resulted in the death of the children, the case in Texas is one that will force life-altering changes on a child who will have to live with them for the rest of his life.
Another telling point in the article is a quote from Rebekka Ouer, who is associated with Dallas Rainbow Therapy:
“This is a letter of recommendation that my client, James Younger, aka Luna, begin the process of becoming a patient of the GENECIS clinic so that she can receive a full psychological assessment for gender dysphoria and potentially take hormone blockers.”
What is striking about that quote is this woman admits that this is a condition warranting a psychological assessment, yet the court is forcing a parent to go against their will and allow their child to be irrevocably mutilated at the age of seven.
In this age of celebrating sin in the open square, it’s no surprise that this would be celebrated. People who want to continue to revel in their sin of trangenderism will hold this poor boy up as a poster child, further abusing him for their own gain.
Sadly, the father who is trying to fulfill his God-given duty to protect his son, seems to on course to not only lose that battle, but lose his child in the process. This court, this mother, and everyone celebrating this decision, should be ashamed and punished for their failure to protect the innocence of this poor boy.
This is child abuse, plain and simple, and it’s time the world wakes up and puts and end to it. Unfortunately, in our society, that’s unlikely to happen.
October 17, 2019
The Most Inclusive Exclusivity
The gospel alone, based on the work of Christ, produces this kind of inclusivity, which is why the gospel has produced the most demographically inclusive religious community the world has ever seen.
Consider how the exclusivity of Christ creates the most inclusive salvation in history.
October 17, 2019
Finally, a Democrat I Could Vote For
The Christian Post
When asked how she became pro-life, Jackson responded that “it’s as simple as this for me: God hates the shedding of innocent blood, and so I always said that whatever God hated, Katrina Jackson was going to hate too.”
“This is not a political issue for me, it was not based on a party, it was based on my Christianity,” said Jackson, calling abortion an “injustice.”
Good on Rep. Jackson for putting God’s truth above politics. Finally, a Democrat that I could vote for.
October 4, 2019
“The Biggest Pastors Called”
This is…troubling to say the least. If it’s not true, it’s another example of Trump outright lying or at least embellishing. If it is true, it’s revealing of the sad state in which the evangelical world finds itself.
October 2, 2019
The Disgusting Wickedness We All Must Face and Fight
New York Times
Pictures of child sexual abuse have long been produced and shared to satisfy twisted adult obsessions. But it has never been like this: Technology companies reported a record 45 million online photos and videos of the abuse last year.
I’ve had to spend some time processing this article. Which, in all honesty, meant not only waiting for my nausea to subside but for my anger to dissipate to the point where I’m not ready to mount a violent offensive toward the people referenced in this article.
The link has gained a significant amount of traction, as well as over 132,000 mentions on Google in the day since it was published. Unfortunately, the chorus of links and hot-takes is indicative of what has been done about this crisis. People are content to show their “outrage” by sharing a link to the article and feeling they’ve done their part. (Now, I recognize the irony of my writing this piece is not much better, but I digress)
This bit from the article shows just how little we’re doing as a society (and government) to address this horrifying reality:
The Justice Department has produced just two of six required reports that are meant to compile data about internet crimes against children and set goals to eliminate them, and there has been a constant churn of short-term appointees leading the department’s efforts. The first person to hold the position, Francey Hakes, said it was clear from the outset that no one “felt like the position was as important as it was written by Congress to be.”
The federal government has also not lived up to the law’s funding goals, severely crippling efforts to stamp out the activity.
Congress has regularly allocated about half of the $60 million in yearly funding for state and local law enforcement efforts. Separately, the Department of Homeland Security this year diverted nearly $6 million from its cybercrimes units to immigration enforcement — depleting 40 percent of the units’ discretionary budget until the final month of the fiscal year.
I suppose it’s not surprising that in a society where we turn a blind eye to the murder of millions of innocent unborn children every year, we’d do little to protect those who actually do survive being born. But, when you see just how bad it is, right there in print, it’s difficult to stomach.
The fact that this wickedness continues to grow, year after year, in our society and we are not throwing every resource available to combat it says a lot about our society, our government, and those we elect to represent us. But, it says something about another group, which should be on the front lines in this fight.
As I sat in my anger, pondering the reality to which I had now been exposed, I realized something else. The church is just as culpable. This isn’t something that is discussed in churches regularly. Now, this could be the fact that people just don’t know the truth about how bad the situation is, but now that light has been shed on the evil, the church needs to step in and join the fight.
Of course, the church can’t fight the legal or police battle, but we can do other important things to help. Why aren’t churches showing themselves to be a safe place for children who have been impacted by this exploitation? Why aren’t churches helping to raise awareness that these children, made in God’s image, are being brutalized and it’s time for it to stop? Why aren’t we praying on a regular basis for those enslaved in this wickedness?
All this led me to another thought that was uncomfortable thought - what is being done for the people who are perpetuating this evil? Who is preaching the gospel to them? It may be hard to consider that the gospel of God’s grace is for them too, but no one is out of the reach of God’s grace.
We have seen how these sins continue to grow and fester - especially in our hyperconnected age. The only thing that will truly end this horror is the same thing that will end any other sins - hearts being changed and people being saved. If we ever want to see an end to the world of child sexual exploitation, we must couple the legal and police efforts with an effort to see these people saved. People who know the grip this sin can have on them, so that not only can they repent, but maybe they can reach out to others still battling against God in this way.
As the church, we have the cure to not only the people being enslaved, but those enslaving them. If people don’t come to know Christ and His forgiveness, what hope do they have of ever changing? It may not be comfortable. It may not feel safe. But, those of us whose eyes have been opened to God’s truth, must protect the innocent and preach truth to the guilty if we ever hope to see this trend reverse and lives saved.