"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Paul to the persecuted at Philippi (2:5-11)

26 April 2013

Seriously?

I really ought to stop reading the news.  Or what passes for "news" in America which is mostly a mixture of gossip, opinion, and propaganda.

But this one takes the cake.

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/gosnell-victims-article-1.1327131

The writer's general thesis is that poor unsuspecting "women of color" went to Kermit Gosnell to have their babies murdered because they just didn't have anywhere to go.  Apparently, according to this writer, Planned Parenthood is just for white women.

Nevermind that Planned Parenthood is so responsible for the systematic murder of unborn babies "of color" that they were, not too long ago, accused of racially targeting that population for eugenic reduction.

Nevermind that Planned Parenthood was founded on the mission of reducing "unwanted" populations including people "of color." 

No, these poor women had no other way to rid themselves of their babies, little burdens as the president once noted (the first president "of color."  (Um, hello, white is a color... how stupid are our euphemisms these days))  They had no options (no way to prevent pregnancy, no way to abstain from sex, no way to keep their babies, no way to adopt them out... nope, no options) but to haul their poor selves into Gosnell's house of horrors, make themselves vulnerable to any variety of infections and medical mishaps, and still come out empty, their children murdered and stored in jars like some sort of macabre trophies. 

I feel for these women, I really do.  Our culture has lied to them so that they don't realize that abortion is not an option, that all abortion is dangerous, that all abortion is death, that all abortion puts their lives at risk, their hearts at risk, and their futures at risk. 

But the answer is not more "clean" abortion, cheaper abortion, governmnent funded abortion, or easily obtained abortion.  There is no such thing as a clean abortion.  Murder is dirty business.  Gosnell just made that plain for all the world to see.

So aside from the writer linked above being full of internal contraditions on the race issue,  he is grossly deluded on the morality of abortion.  Abortion preys on the vulnerable in society, not just the unborn but their vulnerable mothers.  Gosnell was just obvious in his predatory approach...  He didn't have billions in government funds to cover his tracks, propagandize, and make things look all pretty for the public.

To a rabbit, there's no difference between a chicken hawk and an eagle.  One may look more majestic and beautiful as it swoops down on its prey, but either way, the rabbit is dinner.  Vulnerable populations and preditors never mix.  It doesn't matter how pretty and "circle of life" you paint it.

17 April 2013

Boston

So my second-longest-time friend on earth ran the Boston Marathon this week.
And you all know the rest of the story.

She's okay, back home safely. 

But it makes the whole thing a little more real to me.  Degrees of separation and all.

Random acts of terror are just that, random.   Safety is an illusion we create for ourselves.  Random acts of terror are dramatic but they're part of the random acts of fallen human life.  They're ugly and broken and evil, more of course than random auto accidents or natural disasters; but you have to honor the people who go on about life, perhaps a little wiser and more cautious, but intentionally not selling out their freedoms, passions, and loves, intentionally not letting terrorists win.

I guess there's really nothing constructive to be said, except that we're all in this cesspit of humanity together, we're all vulnerable, we all die, and before we fall prey to whatever finally takes us, it would be a good idea to love one another.

Its all vanity, says the 'preacher' and without Jesus it is all vanity.  That's why Jesus gives us meaning that turns the world upside down.  That's why, in the end, people who don't have the Gospel will fall prey to hopelessness, and some of them will even think it okay to make a political point, gain attention, or act out their own psychopathology by taking the lives others.  And that's why, moments like these, allow mere mortals, whether they know Jesus or not, to reflect his glory as we defy the vanity with acts of sacrifice and agape.  

12 April 2013

You keep using that word...

I do not think it means what you think it means.

I thought conversation meant talking to someone else, an exchange of ideas, differing ideas.

I thought anything less was propaganda (talking to someone else to exchange the same idea over over, perhaps)...
Or insanity (talking to one's self and not realizing it, maybe expecting an unexpected response from within one's own head).

But I'm pretty sure conversation meant give and take.

As they say... my bad.

http://www.episcopalpgh.org/memorial-conversation-series/

Apologies to my friends who are still in TEC-Pittsburgh, but really, this is conversation? I saw the attempt at "conversation" on same sex marriage unfolding in PGH, and I kind of hoped your bishop would be honorable both to the various parties involved and to the Gospel.  But I look at  this conversation run amok at Calvary and all I see is propaganda.  The diocese is supporting this propaganda with an article  front and center on their web page. 

What  is this going to heal?  Nobody who is "against" same sex marriage will attend this fiasco.  It will just be a pep-rally for those who are for it.  There is no balanced voice here, no give and take, no conversation.  There is only division that I thought your bishop was smart enough, wise enough, pastoral enough to forestall.  Something has slipped badly in the system and I don't see it coming to a good end. 

But then, doing theology by popular vote and propagandizing never comes to good end, anyway.