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Praying for Wendy Davis

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Image-1 (2)In 2013, Wendy Davis put on her pink shoes and fought strongly during her notorious thirteen-hour filibuster that served to block a Senate bill intended to create more restrictive abortion guidelines for the State of Texas. Though the bill was eventually passed, Davis did succeed in delaying the passage of this bill. While I am pro-life Christian, I do appreciate that we all have our differences on the topic of abortion. In regards to her filibuster, I simply could not wrap my head around someone fighting so hard and so long just so women could abort their babies after the 20 week gestation mark. And I just could not comprehend why the pro-choice Davis would not agree in the upgrading of abortion facilities and want them to become classified as surgical centers. Here she is, wanting to terminate pregnancies well into the second trimester knowing these babies are fully developed and could survive outside the womb and yet not want the utmost safety for the mother going through this abortion procedure? I neither agreed with nor understood her thought process.

Davis was also a teenage mother who successfully went to college at Texas Christian University and earned her law degree at Harvard University. Davis was a successful litigation attorney, became on entrepreneur and opened Safeco Title Company, served on her local City Council, and eventually became a State Senator for Texas. I would think that these life experiences would serve as a source of encouragement to other young mothers, especially single mothers since her adult life began in just this style. Wendy Davis chose life for her child at the young age of 19 and she is a successful woman today. Why is she not inspiring other young women down the same path? Isn’t she proud of all that she accomplished, considering all the obstacles she overcame?

Just last week, Wendy Davis released a campaign memoir book that revealed that she had two abortions as a young woman. My heart broke for this poor woman…. again. In her book, titled Forgetting to be Afraid, she justifies both abortions – one was an ectopic pregnancy and the other had a severe brain abnormality. I’ve read a lot about both issues. An ectopic pregnancy is dangerous and considered a high-risk pregnancy. Many women generally choose to abort their baby for their own personal safety after being informed that the baby will likely not survive. Ectopic pregnancies can be successful; therefore terminating them early in the pregnancy is considered an elected abortion. This procedure does end the life of a fully developing, viable baby.

Davis’ second abortion was decided upon after her baby was diagnosed with Dandy-Walker Syndrome. Davis writes these words in her memoir, “In our doctor’s office, with tears flowing down both our faces, Jeff and I looked at our baby daughter’s beating heart on the sonogram screen for the last time. And we watched as our doctor quieted it. It was over. She was gone. Our much loved baby was gone.”
Wendy Davis, a highly educated woman, failed to educate herself on the diagnosis of her child. Children with Dandy-Walker syndrome do survive! They live full lives and experience love and happiness just like any other child. But she never allowed that child to live her life and be a blessing to others. She didn’t allow her child to overcome obstacles and achieve victories. Wendy Davis chose and watched her daughter’s heart beat for the last time.

Choosing to stop the beating heart of your child is not love. Abortion is not the act of choosing love.

I think it’s past time we pray for Wendy Davis. She has fought a good battle for the pro-choice forum. She has chosen abortion herself and knows the suffering that this choice creates. Imagine if her heart was changed and she became a voice for the pro-life movement? Imagine the day Wendy Davis puts on her pink shoes and announces a filibuster and fights for the rights of the unborn. It can happen! As Christians, we all at one time accepted the lies of satan and made choices that contradicted the commandments in the Bible. And as Christians, we have a testimony that announces to the world the forgiveness of Jesus Christ and how the Son of God became our Savior and carried us away from the pits of hell. Somebody prayed for us. And we need to start praying for Wendy Davis in anticipation of the day she accepts the love of Jesus Christ.

#prayingforWendyDavis

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Christian Response to the Legalization of Marijuana

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Our world is changing, people are conforming, and so are some perspectives of the legalization of marijuana.  Can Christians use marijuana for medicinal purposes?  Can Christians partake in the leisure use of this drug now that it’s becoming legalized in various states although still considered illegal under the federal law?

While the Bible does not come right out and say, “Thou shalt not smoke pot” it does discuss the use of other mind-altering activities.  True Christians who whole-heartedly follow Christ understand that the Bible provides us with a clear path of understanding and when we read with clear eyes and a heart of discernment, we can use the word of God to help us separate truth and evil.

Here is what the Bible does say about intoxication:

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.  I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.  Who has needless bruises?  Who has bloodshot eyes?  Those who linger over wine, who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.  Do not gaze at wine when it is red, when it sparkles in the cup, when it goes down smoothly!  In the end it bites like a snake and poisons like a viper.  Your eyes will see strange sights and your mind imagine confusing things.  You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.” Proverbs 23:20-21, 29-34

“Wine is a mocker and beer is a brawler; whoever is lead astray by them is not wise.” Proverbs 20:1

These versus are very clear on the practices of intoxication of any kind.  It’s to be avoided at all costs.  As Christians, we are urged to guard our hearts.  Alcohol, prescription drugs, and now marijuana in some states are legal.  While we do have freedom in Christ, we are NOT to use our freedoms to sin.  The Bible confirms our freedom:  “Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.” (1 Peter 2:16) and “You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13).

It is true, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1)  Let’s be sure we don’t twist the truth to uphold our sinful desires.  We must remember that we are governed to obey God rather than man when man’s laws are in direct conflict with God’s laws. (Acts 5:29)

It is also true that God said, “’I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.  They will be yours for food.’” (Genesis 1:29).  However, God also gave us sexual pleasures to have within our marriages with our spouse, not for sexual immorality.  We have weapons to defend ourselves, not murder the innocent.  He has provided hemp to be used for textiles, lotion, fabric, paper, fuel, and wood.

So are Christians free to smoke marijuana now that it’s legalized?  If you find yourself questioning the issue of marijuana use, I challenge you to pray and seek God’s word and His wisdom.  I believe that if God has put this issue on your heart, He is leading you to the answers you know are true and right, and will convict you of this question.

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Christian Response to Presidential Elections

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Well, the presidential elections are over and Obama has been reelected into office.  Now what do we do?  How do we support our government and president who claims to be a Believer yet his words, actions, and decisions do not align with Biblical Commandments or teachings?

Let’s first compare our president’s beliefs compared with the Bible:

  • Obama said in a 2004 interview with Cathleen Falsani, “I believe that there are many paths to the same place…. All people of faith – Christians, Jews, Muslims, animists, everyone knows the same God.”  This is contrary to John 12:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”
  • Obama supports abortion.  In Psalms 139:13 it says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” It also says in Proverbs 6 that the Lord hates the shedding of innocent blood.
  • Obama supports homosexuality. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers not male prostitutes not homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
  • In a 2007 interview, Obama recited publicly the Islamic prayer saying, “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that there is no god but Allah! I witness that Muhammad is his prophet!”

The truth is our nation’s president is NOT a Christ-follower.  So what do we do?  How do we respect our governing president who believes things contrary to the Christian faith, contrary to the very beliefs our country was founded on?  How do we teach our children to respect authority when we find it hard ourselves to respect our governing officials?

We rely on God’s word for His truths, for His redeeming love and unmerited grace, for His forgiveness of our sins, and His tender mercy.  We remember that God still sits on the throne in Heaven, that Jesus is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, regardless of who the President of any nation is.  We remember to open our Bibles for His truth and answers.  We remember our Savior sent from God who died for our sins and that through Him, and only Him, we will one day be in Heaven.  We remember the cross and that it stands as a symbol of our true and ultimate salvation.  We remember to pray continuously, in every circumstance.  And we remember that God will never leave us or forsake us.

We sit down with our children and talk to them about right and wrong.  We talk to them about our gift of free will and the effects those choices may have.  We discuss with them the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and how the Bible remains our one certainty in this fallen world.  We teach them by example to pray for Jesus’ return through the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:10.  We teach them to stand firm in their faith and not conform to this world.    We prepare them for the persecution of Christians and how to remain a shining light for Jesus.  We teach them to obey the laws of God and to not obey the laws of man when they conflict with the laws of God.  And we live our lives accordingly, allowing them to bear witness to what this all looks like.

We continue to speak the truth of God’s will.  We share with others the gospel of Jesus Christ and introduce them to the forgiveness and redemption of Christ.  We share with others the signs of the end times.  We do not waiver on God’s truth or conform to the ways of the wicked.  We plant our feet in God’s word and hold to its truth, because our life depends on it.

We trust that God appointed our president.  We believe that God has his hands in every situation and will continue to work GOOD in every trial and tribulation.  We trust that God remains sovereign and we respect and not resist our governing authorities as the Bible tells us in Romans 13:1 and we must remain courteous and gracious.  We may not like or care for the sitting President, but we still show respect to the position.

We pray!  We pray for those who partake in the now-legal recreational drugs, for those who choose unemployment as well as those affected by unemployment, for the needy to be taken care of, and for our healthcare.  We pray for our unborn, that their mothers choose life.  We pray for the born who may be subject to after birth “abortions.”  We pray for our religious freedoms and our freedom of speech.  We pray for the sanctity of marriage, our military that protects our lands and families, we pray for our allies and enemies, and we pray for the nation of Israel.  We pray for our nation’s leaders, our neighbors, friends, and family.  Jesus tells us in Luke 23:34, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  We pray for those who are lost and who do not yet have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  God can change hearts and it should be our prayer that our leaders look to the Bible for truth.

And we love!  We love those who wrong us.  We love those who disagree with us.  We love those who challenge us, persecute us, and hate us.  We love because we were once sinners who did not follow the ways of God.  We love because we are loved, even as sinners.  We love because God loved us.  We forgive because God forgives us.  We allow grace for mistakes because God gives us grace.  We allow God to do the judging and for God to provide the mercy for sins.  We are called to Biblical behavior.  We are called to love.

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Who Should Christians Vote For?

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I admit, I’ve had a very hard time this election season.  I don’t see either candidate as a great and honorable man of God who uphold ALL biblical values.  They both say they are Christians and believe in biblical values.  I’ve also heard their exceptions to those biblical standards, which quite honestly scares me.  Because I cannot confirm either candidate’s pure heart or motives, I must go solely on their beliefs they’ve provided us.  We have a right to vote and I believe we should be voting for the candidate with the most Christian values and morals.  I have to continually remind myself that we are not voting for a national pastor, but a national leader.

So who should Christians vote for?

The most pro-life candidate, because God hates the shedding of innocent blood – Proverbs 6:17

The most pro-Israel candidate, because God blesses those who bless Israel and curses those who don’t – Genesis 12:3

The most pro-debt reduction candidate, because the borrower is servant to the lender – Proverbs 22:7

The most pro-work candidate, because God says if a man does not work, let him not eat – 2 Thessalonians 3:10

The most pro-marriage candidate, because God is for marriage – Genesis 2:24

The candidate who most closely believes government’s purpose is to reward the good and punish the evil – Romans 13

Vote for the candidate based as close as you can on God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16), knowing that whoever gets elected, God is the one who puts all men in authority (Daniel 2:21).

Dr. D. James Kennedy once said, “Lord, give us the leader we need, not the one we deserve.”  I could not have said this any better!

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