Election 2016 has been one that rivals no other one that I
have seen. I would not be forthcoming if
I didn’t admit to doing some hand-wringing and fretting about how things will
look come January 20 when our 45 president will be
sworn in. The problem is that I’m
looking at the human side of things instead of trusting in the truth of God’s
word. I needed to take a deep breath.
My pastor helped me to look to the Bible for the truth of
what the election outcome will mean to me as a Christian and a ministry
leader. He did not do this by telling me
who to vote for. If we read our Bibles
we will know how to vote. In it God lays
out His truth and a road map for living out our faith in this world. I can also pray for wisdom and He will give
it. Instead he told us how to look at
our government and its leadership. We can
find the truth in Romans 13:1 “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing
authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist
are established by God.” The government is
established by God. The president will
be put in power by God. This does not
mean that every leader is a good one with Godly values. We can look throughout history and know that
is true. We are called to be in
subjection to our governmental leaders no matter who they are. This is a hard one to swallow if we do not
appreciate what they stand for but we are commanded to do it.
only one exception to this rule and it is if our government calls us to disobey
God. There are many examples of when men
and women had to stand against those in power so as not to disobey God. We can find examples of this in Exodus 1, Daniel
1, Daniel 3, Daniel 6, and Acts 4-5.
There was a price to pay for each of these instances and also blessings
from God for those who did. We will have
to accept the consequences when and if we are called to take this same stand in
the future. It will, however, be worth
the cost to obey God over man.
will I do my job as a pregnancy center director if the president is
pro-choice? The same way I have been
doing my job every day that I have been doing it to this point. I will read God’s word, continue to do what
it tells me is right and trust God for the rest. We have had many pro-life presidents,
congressmen, and senators who have not seen to it to that abortion would be
outlawed just as Supreme Court justices have not overturned Roe v Wade. We cannot just trust men to get that job
done. We need to lean on God and to pray
for a change in the hearts of all people to respect life again. This
would be life at every stage and for every person with no exceptions.
blessing it is to know God is in control.
Who could manage this world without that truth? No Christian should be
wringing their hands and fretting over this election (myself included), instead
we should pray. Pray for this country we
love. We also need to live out our
Christian testimony. If we worked on
this we would not have time for the other nonsense. “Have I not commanded
you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with
you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 Amen! Julie
As we just recognized the 43rd anniversary of Roe v Wade on January 22, one cannot help but think on the depth
of meaning in the numbers 43, 58, and 3000. The first number is 43.
Abortion has been legalized for 43 years. I have been alive for 43 years. How many 43 year olds are missing today
because of abortion? I have done a lot
of things in my 43 years. I have
attended school and graduated, gotten married, had children, started college,
started an amazing career, and have become a grandma. For 43 years humans have
been denied the things that I have been able to do because the courts said it
was legal to deny them life.
58 million babies have been
aborted in 43 years. I try to wrap my
mind around this number and it never works.
In the Bible God tells us He has a plan for every life. His plans were not for a life cut short
before it even has a chance to take its first breath outside the womb. He had plans for teachers, mechanics,
doctors, presidents, nurses, missionaries, and the list goes on and on. He made us in His very image because He loved
us so. He knew us before we were even
formed in our mother’s womb. No child
ever comes at the wrong time with God; they only come at the wrong time with
man. 58 million lives cut short because
3000 is the number
of children that are aborted daily. What equates in size to that number? I
looked around on the web and I found this fact: 3000 people had been killed by
Ebola in West Africa up to the point the article was written (Zee News
September 2014). According to the CDC
this outbreak started in March of 2014.
If people died from Ebola at the same rate that babies are being aborted
the numbers would be 1,095,000 a year or 547,500 during that six month period.
If 547,550 people died from Ebola there would be a huge outcry. Where is the outcry for an end to babies
being terminated at this rate?
There is really no
understating the facts behind these numbers. These numbers represent life
denied. 43 years of legal abortions have
ended 58 million lives. Right now,
today, 3000 more will be denied the right to life. Can we not stand up and say "no more"? Who will speak for these who have no voice? Who will be the ones to
see this stop? Me. I will stand and I
will say “no more”. Will you?
A little about me: I was raised in a pro-life home. My mom took me to our local fair when I was 3
months old and took a stand for life with the Oceana County Right to Life. She used me as an example of how precious
life was. I remember her passing this fact on to me and how it made me feel. This started me on the path to where God has
led me to now. My mom gave me a heritage I can be very proud of. It is heritage
that supports the right to life for all.
Recently I have been reading different articles about how we
as Christians treat people who find themselves caught in sinful
situations. I find myself wondering,
“How should we react?” How Jesus would react may be the better question. Today I will be writing on one specific instance I have been reading a lot about
lately - out of wedlock pregnancies.
I think, as Christians, we judge sins more harshly if they
present themselves in a physical way.
I’m speaking specifically about pregnancy outside of marriage. Now, before I get into this,I want to make
sure everyone understands thatI do not see having sex outside of marriage as
being a good choice. There is a great reason God asks us to wait until marriage to have sex, and I believe that those
who have not waited have reaped some painful consequences for not waiting. God’s rules are for the
protection of His children are not to limit our free will. My problem is, when we judge a pregnant woman
who is not married, we do so because we see the consequences of her actions in
the outward appearance of her expanding belly.
Do we have the same standard for those who are having sexual relations outside
of marriage but haven’t become pregnant? My next question is “Is the child the
sin or is the sex act?” Here is where we take a newly beginning innocent life,
a life ordained by God, and we add a penalty for the parent’s sin on to
How many women who are identifying as Christian or churched are
having abortions? According to the Orlando’s Women’s Center who is an abortion
provider “Women who obtain abortions represent every religious
affiliation. 43% of women obtaining abortion identify themselves as Protestant,
and 27% as Catholic; and 13% of abortion patients describe themselves as
born-again or Evangelical Christians.” How is this possible? Growing up in a
protestant church, I was taught from a very early age that abortion is
wrong. I also know the Catholic Church believes
that life begins at conception and that it should be protected. Where is the disconnect in our churches? Can
I suggest that maybe it is our attitudes towards unwed pregnancy that may help
those who attend our churches choose to have an abortion? Have Christian parents opted for their child
to have abortion so their family name would not be tainted? Have girls aborted their
child because they feared their parent’s reactions more than the consequences
that come from having an abortion?
Should we then celebrate pregnancies
outside of wedlock? No, but how about we celebrate a child who God has created in that precious mother’s womb? Can’t we support our moms without condoning the
actual sin? Jesus loves sinners (that is all of us) without condoning the sins
we all have in our lives. If He who is
holy and hates sin can do it, shouldn’t we who identify ourselves in Him do the
My challenge to all of us today is to take an honest look at
ourselves. We all sin and fall short of
God’s glory. As brothers and sisters in Christ we are called to love the least
among us. I believe these are the
innocents who are in the womb. Could we stop assessing a sin penalty to them? It is for God to judge.
Let’s change the abortion culture by starting in our own churches and
homes. We can be a beacon of light for
life to our culture.
I have been
thinking a lot about the state of our country lately. I find myself a little down every time I
watch the news. It seems like the values
I hold dearest as a Christian are disappearing in our nation only to be replaced
by an “anything goes” mentality. As I
have thought on this God has been revealing to me a different viewpoint. He has done this through my reading of my
Bible, my pastor’s teachings, my children, my co-workers, as well as many other
ways. Imagine taking the government out
of the picture and just concentrating on what God wants us to do as
Christians. He has revealed in the Bible
what that should look like. What does He want from His church? What is His
church? How are we to live a moral life in an immoral setting? This blog will
explore what I believe God is revealing to His people and how we are called to
listen and obey.
God want from His church? He wants us to
have a love of God above all else first, and then loving our neighbor more than
ourselves. These are the two greatest commandments. It sounds simple enough but it isn’t being
done. Loving God above all else means
just that. We are to love Him more than
ourselves, our spouses, our money, our cars, our houses, our children, and everything
else. When we don’t look like a follower
of Christ it takes away our testimony
with others who have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior. What stands out to our neighbors that would
make them want what we have? Who are our
neighbors? The whole world is our neighborhood.
Our enemies are also our neighbors.
We are called to look out for each other. God especially calls us to remember the
widows and orphans among us. There should be no hungry children in our
neighborhoods (the whole world). There
should be no person out there who feels hopeless and alone. We as the church are called to reach out in
love to the hurting. He has blessed
America abundantly with resources. Why
would we not turn around and use them to give a hand up to those who are not as
So how are
Christians supposed to live during these times? We can find
the answer in the Bible. 2 Peter 3:17-18 tells us You
therefore Beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on
your guard so that you are not carried away by the
error of unprincipled men and fall
from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the
glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” The times we’re living in
are not a surprise to God. We can read
this in His word the Bible. We are instructed
to grow in our knowledge of Jesus Christ. We are to remain grounded in the principles we
learn when reading our Bibles. We have
to read the Word in order to know these principles. When we don’t know the Word we react to the
world. Let’s try not reacting and
instead follow the commandments that the Bible laid out for us. How different would the world be if
Christians did this? We would stand out.
People would see the difference not only in our words but also in deeds.
I believe whole heartedly that this would bring about change in many people. This needs to happen no matter what the times
are bringing about for Christians. This
is an exciting time for Christians because I believe God is using all this
adversity to raise His church up. He is
calling us to what He originally wanted His people, the church to look like. Just
read about the New Testament church to understand what God’s blueprint is for
His church today.
I will end my soapbox thoughts today with this
verse from James 1:19-22: “This you know, my
beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow
to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness God. Therefore, putting
aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in
humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But
prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude
Have you ever done something to hide something you don’t
like in your life? I have many times. Most recently I went and had acrylic nails
put on right before our spring banquet. These
covered up my less than stellar real nails but there is more to the story. This
blog covers the lesson I learned from having fake nails.
My finger nails have never been something I wanted to
showcase. I have very brittle nails that
crack and peel. I’m also a nail biter
from way back so they tend to be pretty short. My nails are something I like to
keep out of eyesight of most people.
Right before New Life’s spring banquet I decided to remedy my problem
with acrylic nails. I was pretty
impressed by how they turned out. They
were long and done in a French manicure.
It felt “out of this world” to look so glam. They served their purpose for the evening and
life went on.
As I went about my life and my work duties I started
realizing I had a problem with these nails.
I no longer had the use of my fingertips. I couldn’t pick up anything off the floor, a
table, my desk, or anywhere for that matter.
I also had trouble using my phone.
I really started hating my fancy nails. I made the decision to get them
off and headed to the nail salon. Relief
was finally in sight.
As the nail tech started working on my nail I thought about
my daughter’s upcoming wedding. Wouldn’t
it be nice to have my nails look good for that? I had the tech fill in where my
nails had grown and file them down shorter to give me control of my fingertips
again. My nails looked great for the
wedding. I was really happy until I realized that I still didn’t have the full
use of my fingertips and again I wanted them off.
Once again I find myself at the nail salon. The nail tech cuts the acrylics down and
proceeds to remove them from my nails.
It was a slightly uncomfortable experience but I made it through because
I knew relief was in reach. The nail
tech asked me if I wanted new acrylic nails. I answered “no”. He said I would feel naked without them, to
which I answered “I will feel normal without them”. He filed my real nails a
little, put a little clear coat on them, and he sent me on my way.
I was happy for just a short time after I left the
salon. I now had fingertips again and my
life would return to normal. Not so
much. What I had was razor sharp,
chipped, grooved, and weak nails. I
couldn’t wait to get home to file them down and apply some nail polish to
them. I did this but I could not achieve
very good results because my real nails were now damaged.
So what is the point of this story? Never try to disguise or
something you find lacking with yourself. The real problem is still there lurking
underneath. By trying to cover my
problem up I made it worse. I now have
scarred nails that will take quite some time to heal.
This is true of my life also. Anytime I have tried to be someone I was not, it left me scarred. It took a lot of
time, energy, and prayer to heal from these missteps in my life. It took a kind of silly life experience to
remind me to live the best I can as the person God created me to be.