“What is the most precious of all that ever came out of the mine?” a teacher once asked his students. “Coal!” answered one student. “No, it’s diamonds!” said another. “Surely, it has to be gold.” The students continued to nameother valuable minerals and debate among themselves before, finally, the teacher spoke and told them: “None of you got it right. The most precious of all that ever came out of the mine was the miner.”
Reference/s: Wirt, Sherwood Eliot (1968). The Social Conscience of the Evangelical. Harper & Row.
"Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, (love) is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."
– 1 Corinthians 13:4–7
The passage above is one of the most frequently quoted in the Bible. Appropriately, it is often read at Christian weddings, since it describes the love that spouses should have for each other. But a deeper reading of the whole 13th Chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians reveal that St. Paul is describing what love as much as WHO love is. Read the verses again, only this time put the name of Jesus in place of love; the passage makes perfect sense, for Jesus IS love.
This February, the “month of love”, let us take a moment to reflect on God’s love for us. Let us also take this time to show and give more love to our family, friends and neighbor. Happy Valentine’s Day!
The Silent Scream is a 1984 documentary that shows, through ultrasound technology, what happens to a fetus during an abortion.
The film was narrated by Bernard Nathanson, a physician who admitted to being personally responsible for 75,000 abortions and was a major contributor in legalizing abortion in America but has since converted from being “pro” to “anti” abortion advocate after he himself witnessed an on-going abortion via ultrasound imaging.
It’s easy for
someone to justify a war when it’s taking place a thousand miles away;
not so when the battlefield is near one’s own backyard. The sight of
dead and injured soldiers up-close, at the very least, should cause even
the warmongers to reconsider their position. Through this documentary,
pro-abortion advocates could view an abortion up-close and see the true
nature of what they are justifying.
WARNING: this documentary contains explicit material.
Without a doubt, this is a difficult film to watch; the sight of another human
being, a fetus, in excruciating pain and making a “silent scream” while
being helplessly murdered is surely more than most (including this blogger) could bear.
Transcript: Maybe it's simply the attempt to express our collective shock when we say we're trying to make sense of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. But we're not gonna make sense; not from that which is totally disconnected from the cognitive capacity of any rational human being. The Governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy, got it right when he said, "evil has visited this community". President Obama, in an emotional statement from the White House, spoke more as a parent than a politician and he quoted the Bible to bring comfort to the nation. Churches were filled in Newtown, Connecticut last night as candlelight vigils were held to grieve for the 27 innocent people killed and the countless lives of those shattered by a few seconds of crazed carnage. On Friday, Neil Cavuto asked me,
"Where was God?"
"For 50 years we've systematically attempted to have God removed from our schools (and) our public activities but then at the moment we have a calamity we wonder where He was."
The predictable "left" lit up the airwaves and blogosphere with a violent, vicious reaction and jumped to the conclusion that I said that if we had prayer in school the shooting wouldn’t have happened. I said nothing of the sort. It's far more than just taking prayer or Bible reading out of the schools. It's the fact that people sue a city so we aren’t confronted with a manger scene or a Christmas carol; that lawsuits are filed to remove a cross that's a memorial to fallen soldiers. Churches and Christian owned businesses are told to surrender their values under the edict of government orders to provide tax-funded abortion pills. We carefully and intentionally stop saying things are sinful and we call them disorders; sometimes, we even say they're normal. And to get to where that we have to abandon bedrock moral truths… Then we're asked,
"Where was God?"
I responded as I see it,
"We escorted Him right out of our culture and we've marched Him off the public square, then we express our surprise that a culture without Him actually reflects what it's become."
As soon as the tragedy unfolded, I think God did show up. He showed up in the lives of teachers, who put their lives between a gunman and their students. He showed up in policemen, who rushed into the school not knowing if they would be met with a barrage of bullets. He showed up in the form of hugs and tears for children, parents and teachers, who had lived through the slaughter. He showed up at the overflowed church services, where people lit candles and prayed. He showed up at the White House, where the president invoked His Name and quoted from His Book. In a few days or weeks we'll probably ask God to excuse Himself from view. And we will announce in our arrogant pride that we are now enlightened and educated and we've evolved beyond needing Him. And somebody's gonna suggest that we pass a law to stop all this kind of thing. I might want to point out that we don't have to pass a new law; there's one that's been around a while that works if we teach it and observe it:
"Thou shalt not kill."
Oh, there are about 9 others; but to tell you about them would require bringing God back and we know how unacceptable that might be.