Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Compassion and Wisdom

“…Jesus traveled around Galilee. He wanted to stay out of Judea, where the Jewish leaders were plotting his death.” John 7:1

Jesus was avoiding personal danger? Yes. He did so again in Matthew 12:14-15, “Then the Pharisees called a meeting to plot how to kill Jesus. But Jesus knew what they were planning. So he left that area…”

The issue of inviting Syrian refugees into America is not as “black and white” as some present it to be. Yes, Jesus is exceedingly clear that we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves. Compassion and wisdom, however, are not mutually exclusive. “Let no one in!” would not be a compassionate practice. But, “Let everyone in!” would not a wise practice either. The answer lies somewhere in between. We are called to minister to true refugees but our compassion must not blind our discernment.

This is a dangerous, fallen, sinful world and that means there are those intent on doing us harm. Protecting oneself from possible harm is not “un-Christian.” In fact, when Jesus tells His disciples to go out and preach the Good News He acknowledges a dangerous world by saying in Luke 22:36, “…take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” I wonder if firearms had existed at this time might He have said, “…if you don’t have a [gun], sell your cloak and buy one!” To deny there are people out there trying to do us harm is simply foolish.

We know Jesus was not “afraid” of death. We are all blessed because of His willingness to do so. But He did stay away from Judea and Pharisees because they had both threatened to kill Him and He advocated carrying a sword for personal protection. Does this make Jesus unloving?

I say again that compassion and wisdom are not mutually exclusive concepts. We absolutely need to love our neighbors as ourselves but, then again, I would not ask my neighbor to disregard their common sense or discretion and put themselves or their families at risk either.  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Gifts From God

“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” Psalm 127:3

Mrs. Margaret Sanger once said about those born with disabilities, “Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying…demonstrates our foolhardy and extravagant sentimentalism…[they are] a dead weight of human waste.” Regarding the “problem” of immigrants and the poor she said, “They are…‘human weeds,’ ‘reckless breeders’ spawning…human beings who never should have been born.” She also designed something called the “Negro Project” which was a program to encourage black Americans to have abortions. She didn’t want her real motive exposed, however, saying, “…we don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.”

On page 366 of her autobiography, Mrs. Sanger described how elated she was about the many speaking requests she received from various white supremacy groups and spoke at a Ku Klux Klan rally in Silver Lake, New Jersey in 1926.  

I preached about Mrs. Sanger because most people don’t know her or the fact that she is the founder of what we know today as Planned Parenthood whose only self-sustaining revenue source comes from the 329,445 annual abortions they perform. It shouldn’t surprise you therefore to hear that Mrs. Sanger also said, “I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world.”

I got a lot of “heat” from some members of the church about how “harsh” that sermon was and that I didn’t mention all of the other “good things” Planned Parenthood does. I cannot disagree more strongly. Just as Adolf Hitler’s Germany offering universal healthcare to its citizens and making high quality automobiles does not offset the deaths of six million Jews. Neither does Planned Parenthood offering a free breast exam or blood pressure screening erase the over 300,000 annual “gifts from God” to whom they have denied the breath of life.

Well, have you seen the news lately? Not only does Planned Parenthood continue to perpetrate a true holocaust upon millions of unborn children but, apparently, they also sell various body parts of the aborted babies – hearts, livers, lungs, etc. I guess a child’s life has no value in their eyes except for their body parts as a source of revenue.
Millions of Germans were asked after WWII how they could have allowed such atrocities to take place. One day we will stand before God and have to answer the same question.

I do not believe the greatest sin in the world is to have a child. “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.” And, I believe, it is a sin to remain silent. It’s a message we need to share with the world. “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (James 4:17)