Friday, January 2, 2015

Everyone In St. Louis Is DEAD!!!

Today I read an article from CNS News on Planned Parenthood's 2014 fiscal year report that they performed 327,653 abortions this past year.  This works out to:
  • An average of 37 abortions per hour. 
  • 1 abortion every 90 seconds. 
  • 487 more abortions performed this year than last year. 
No offense to CNS News, for these statistics are gruesome indeed.  But I don't think that they really capture how dreadful these numbers are.  I don't think the human brain can really grasp the magnitude that 327,653 human beings lost their lives last year.  Lets face it, when it comes to numbers we cannot grasp the concept as in the trillions of dollars of U.S. government debt.  Lets put it into a more grievous perspective. 
  • More children died by abortion at the hands of Planned Parenthood this year than the entire population of St. Louis, Missouri. Imagine the entire population of St. Louis, MO city dead.  Whether it be by biological warfare, terrorism, nuclear bomb, or zombie apocalypse it doesn't matter.  100% of the population is DEAD. Every single man, woman, and child gone forever. 
  • If we buried each child aborted this year by Planned Parenthood in a 3 ft by 2 ft grave side by side (which is very conservative estimate) the graveyard would measure 1,965,918 square feet.  This is equal to over 34 football fields side by side!!!
  • If we erected a mausoleum for all the babies murdered by Planned Parenthood this year would be the size of the new Dallas Cowboy Stadium which is 2.3 million square feet.  Think about that the next time you go to a pro NFL football game.  
But you know what's sad about these statistics?  This is ONLY the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood in the United States this year.  This would mean that the abortions performed by hospitals, doctors, other abortion agencies, and in other countries goes well beyond this number.  

So what if a terrorist cell killed every person in St. Louis, MO next year.  Would it matter?  Would we notice?  Would we care?  Would our government pay the terrorist to help plot and kill its own civilians with money from taxes? Well, it's happening right under our noses. It's happening right now.  Are you sick yet?  Like Mark Cahill says, "Do you care?  Do you care enough to do something about it?  If you don't care enough to do something about"  

Think about it.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

You're A Loser!

I remember being called that a few times while sharing the gospel.  Most of the time it was while I was open-air-preaching downtown at the Des Moines Farmers Market.  I can still hear the disdain in the young man's voice and the laughter of his friends around him.  There was even those moments when I actually believed what they were yelling and said to myself, "What am I doing?  Is this even making any difference?"   The other day I saw this quote by Martin Luther and it really struck me. 
 "The righteous man always resembles more a loser than a victor, for the Lord lets him be tested and assailed to his utmost limits as gold is tested in a furnace."  

Martin Luther. 
I think about some of the conversations I have with friends in the mission field and how they feel like losers. Many of them gave up good paying jobs.  Some move thousands of miles away to live in third-world countries to minister to people who are eating dirt on the bottom of the totem pole.  Or those who have jobs in ministry, serving local ministries to teach other welfare cases like themselves about Christ.  Others who don't have hobbies or play sports but thrive on studying and teaching God's word and serving others who can't give back, and those who do give back, give them grief, steal from them, and stab them in the back. Or those who instead of baiting a hook and fishing for actual fish, fish for men with gospel tracts out on the street and look like fools in the eyes of the world.  Talking with these men and how disheartening it must be to give all you can and then at the end of the day, month, year look back and see what looks like a "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree" with not one piece of fruit on it.    
But giving up is not an option.  For to them and to me the bible is full of those who by quick glance are perceived as losers, but are actually winners. Men like John the Baptist, who lived in a tent eating bugs and whose only comfort was itchy clothes of camel skin coat (Matthew 3:4), but to God there was no greater prophet than him (Luke 7:28). Or Moses, who was abandoned by his mother (Exodus 2:1-4) and stuttered (Exodus 4:10), only to answer the call of God lead His people out of the bondage of Egypt (Exodus 3:1-10) (Exodus 14:30-31).  Or Paul [Saul], who had everything going for him as a Pharisee in training (Philippians 3:4-6) only to give it all up for Christ who is way better (Philippians 3:7-11).  Or Jesus, who was born among dirty animals in less than a barn(Luke 2:6-7).  Yet, He was God in the flesh and savior of the world. 

No one wants to be called a loser.  No one strives to become one.  It's not the end game for any of us.  It's not part of our plan.  The plan though is that if you are a Christian, a child of God, God will use all things together for good to those who love Him  and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).  He uses the weak, the dumb, and not so talented (1 Corinthians 1:26-31).  God puts the last first, and the first last (Matthew 20:16).

This gives me great comfort knowing that no matter what I do, or who I am, it will not be in vain.  Not only that, but why do those go to great lengths to help others?  Because of their love for God, and their love for man.  It's the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ.