Sunday, July 11, 2010

Taking a Positive Step Toward the Culture of Life

In May, I posted a blog about the upcoming Pro-Life Freedom Ride in Birmingham, AL on July 23-24. Unfortunately, I am unable to go, but I do have a Pro-Life friend who is going and God has placed it on her heart to make a documentary of the event in order to help build the Culture of Life.

God is, in many ways, clearing the way for her - providing her with an expensive camera for almost nothing, a mentor with experience in the area of radio/tv/film - and more. She is, however, in need of funds for this endeavor and has come up with a website called Susan4Life where she is taking donations. I saw her after Church today and made my donation in person. Please pray about it and if God places it on your heart to be generous, please visit her site - Susan4Life and donate on the sponsor page!

Susan is an honest and generous person herself and she is dedicated with her whole being to the cause for life. I have personally stood and prayed with her in front of an abortion clinic during 40 Days for Life here in Austin. She has told her personal story at rallies. She has truly become a woman of God. Love is in her heart - and she has a BIG heart!

At Church, this morning, I was listening to the Gospel reading and asked myself the question, "How BIG is MY heart?" Today's reading is taken from the Gospel of Luke. It was the story of the Good Samaritan, but it begins with a young man who was testing Jesus by asking what he must do to gain heaven, Jesus answered with a question.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"  He said to him, "What is written in the law? How do you read?" 
Now Jesus was a good teacher. By asking a question in return, He was trying to get the young man to think about what he was asking - and even WHY he was asking it. What was his motive? He was testing Jesus, but he answered,

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."  And he said to him, "You have answered right; do this, and you will live."  But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 
Ah! He was wanting to justify HIMSELF! Here was his motive for putting Jesus to the test - not to discover the righteousness of God, but to prove his own righteousness. Little did he realize that Jesus wanted to touch the his heart - to even expand it. Jesus' Merciful Heart is BIG! Our God is not small and He calls us, not to have a heart that is small, but a heart after His own Heart. How big would the young man's heart be? Jesus then tells the familiar story of the Good Samaritan.
'A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him he passed by on the other side.  So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.  But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion,  and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
Now for the big question and the young man's answer that would reshape his heart, if he would let it.

" Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?"  He said, "The one who showed mercy on him." And Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."
Will we do likewise? How big is our heart? Is it small - excluding our neighbor - the one we do not like because they do not have the Truth like we do? Will you open your heart today and love someone you do not even know in order that she accomplish what God is asking her to do? Will you allow your heart to be moved by the Grace of God and embrace the cause for life and donate to Susan4Life? The lives of the unborn are on the line - at the mercy of big for profit organizations like Planned Parenthood that promote abortion for their own gain. The bottom line of Planned Parenthood is to make billions of dollars off of women they can seduce into their clinics with lies and rob them, not only of their money, but of the very life they carry within them - leaving them scarred and broken. But they do not care about these women like they say they do. Once they have their money, they have no need for them until the woman find herself pregnant again because the birth control Planned Parenthood gave her failed.

Will you do something to reverse our Culture of Death into a Culture of Life? Will you care about your neighbor who is pregnant and ready to walk into one of these clinics? Hear the voice of the Lord. How big will you allow your heart to be? Let Him speak to your heart.
If only you heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law, when you return to the LORD, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.
"For this command which I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say, 'Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?'
No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out. ~ Deuteronomy 30:10-14 (NAB)

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