The story broke yesterday that the Harris County, TX grand jury handed down two indictments against members of the Center for Medical Progress, the organization responsible for the “Planned Parenthood baby parts” videos released last year.
And, as stink upon manure, Planned Parenthood claimed that they did nothing wrong. Said PPFA spokesman Eric Ferrero:
“As the dust settles and the truth comes out, it’s become totally clear that the only people who engaged in wrongdoing are the criminals behind this fraud, and we’re glad they’re being held accountable.”
That statement is a lie. And, it’s the truth. Here’s why.
In recent months, I have thought frequently about abuse allegations in the church. I have read story after story about abuse victims who went to church leaders and either were not believed or were blamed in part for what happened. I thought about how hard it must have been to get up the courage to tell their stories—I couldn’t even tell my own husband—and how rare it must be for someone to make up a story like this and willfully go through the torture of talking about it. Experts in this field suggest abuse happens far more often than we know and the allegations that come out represent only a small percentage of the instances that it occurs.
So how do we respond? Well, the temptations abound, and the natural responses are, well, natural. We can become bitter, self-consumed, tired, discouraged, or even depressed. All of these things will naturally happen when we find ourselves inwardly focused and dressed with thin skin. But is this God-honoring? Is this biblically right?
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This was quite amusing:
In large part, our songs are contradictory in a sense. We sing about joy, victory, and the greatness and supremacy of Jesus, all the while we are walking through cancer treatments. And job loss. And deaths of friends and loved ones. But we sing on. And as we do, we are declaring that our present circumstances do not have the final word. Jesus does. And so we sing what is true no matter what our circumstances might say to us.
I’m not opposed to trying to deal with vague texts (at least, vague in our eyes) about the return of Christ. I have more than one book on my shelf dealing with various views of the rapture and the millennium. It’s an interesting topic.
The problem is, many evangelicals spend more time talking about rapture than resurrection. One is the focal point of the New Testament. One is not.