February 10, 2021 · 11:43 AM
I prayed about what to write in this post. One side of me is so angry at how people, particularly those in positions of power and authority, mistreat each other. But I realized that if I allow anger to be the “go to” emotion, then I am no better than the ones who are doing the mistreating. The other side of me – the calm and reasonable side (yes, I do have one) – is filled with compassion and even sorrow for those who feel it is their duty to diminish others.
A phrase that comes to mind is, “don’t poke the bear” – a warning to refrain from saying or doing something that might provoke a negative response from someone else. You probably know some of those people. They’re the ones who deem it their right to needlessly provoke, upset, intimidate, or annoy others, sometimes going out of their way to do so and often presenting the action as a joke.
Not funny. And certainly not funny if you’re on the receiving end of the jab.
I think most everyone has engaged in this kind of behaviour at one time or another, not that it makes it right. We lash out at the authority figures who make rules we believe are ridiculous, but we have to abide by them anyway. This is particularly evident during this time of Covid-19 restrictions as social media is overrun with scathing comments, senseless arguments, and cringe-worthy responses. I am saddened when I read some of the words coming from people who should be offering encouragement and hope, but instead are using Facebook as a forum to vent. They’re poking the bear – inciting others to join them in their negative rants.
With empty words. Dangerous words.
1 Timothy 1:5-7 says: For we reach the goal of fulfilling all the commandments when we love others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and sincere faith.Some believers have been led astray by teachings and speculations that emphasize nothing more than the empty words of men.They presume to be expert teachers of the law, but they don’t have the slightest idea of what they’re talking about and they simply love to argue! (TPT)
I read that and could do nothing but take a good long look at myself. Am I leading people astray by teachings and speculations that emphasize nothing more than empty words? Am I arguing simply because I love to argue? Have I been prodded to poke the bear by reading and listening to others who do so? Lord, forgive me.
My goal, as in the first part of the scripture above, is to fulfill God’s commandments by loving others deeply with a pure heart, a clean conscience, and a sincere faith.
Be encouraged to do the same. The Father is always close by to help.
April 12, 2013 · 2:46 PM
This article appeared on my cousin’s Facebook today. I am sickened and repulsed. As my cousin so clearly stated: “OK, so there are really no limits left – Come, LORD JESUS, COME!”
by Lauren Enriquez – April 2, 2013, 6:01 pm ET
There’s been some buzz this week about a scientific discovery that can help the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process: for about ten years, doctors apparently have had the ability to harvest the eggs of aborted baby girls and use them to aid women who have difficulty conceiving. But the story resurfaced this week, affording the opportunity to talk more about the disconcerting practice.
IVF is already riddled with moral conundrums, not the least of which is the “selective reduction” abortions that often follow an overly successful IVF procedure (where a woman aborts one or more of multiple babies she has unwittingly conceived). There is also the problem of fertilized human zygotes (aka little humans) who are not selected for implantation being simply discarded without a second thought as to their intrinsic value as humans.
It comes as little surprise, for a procedure that is wont to constantly and consistently put the desires and preferences of parents before the humanity of their children, that the newest contribution to IVF science involves ravaging the bodies of murdered babies for their spoils.
That’s right, people: dead baby girls who have been the victims of abortion are now being utilized for their eggs. The Daily Mail (U.K.) had the presence of mind to call this ravaging of tiny ovaries what it really is: plunder:
Scientists are ready to plunder the ovaries of aborted babies for eggs to use in IVF treatment.
The article goes on to acknowledge that the consequences of such a procedure are of macabre proportions. Consider the implications of conceiving children from the eggs of mothers who were never even born. The Daily Mail sums it up well, saying:
They raise the nightmare prospect of a child whose biological mother has never been born. The news, from a scientific conference in Madrid, was greeted with widespread revulsion at how far science is testing ethical frontiers.
It’s comforting to know that widespread revulsion has been the reaction to this procedure. But the fact is, it is not out of step with other commonplace practices surrounding IVF, such as the selective reduction abortions and the discarding of fertilized eggs mentioned earlier. If taking babies’ lives weren’t enough for the pro-abortion community, now we may be ravaging them in a utilitarian quest for gain that overlooks everything human about preborn human beings.
Help to spread awareness about the abortion-related practices of IVF. If you have a friend or relative who is considering the practice, alert him or her of this new technology and other ways in which innocent human life may be compromised by the procedure.