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Fun With Parables: Political Edition

On one occasion a political pundit stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“What does the Law say about it?” He replied. “What’s your read on it?”

The pundit, quoting the Law, answered, “‘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, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You nailed it,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

But the pundit, wary of the implications, said, “Define neighbor.”

In reply Jesus told His now-famous parable:

“A democratic superdelegate was heading to Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center when he was attacked by a mob. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead in the middle of the road.

A senator from Vermont happened to be walking on the far left shoulder of the same road, and when he saw the man, he inched a little further left as he passed. No way was he going to be seen anywhere near the middle of that road.

So too, a long-time representative from California, when she came to the place and saw him, hugged the far left edge of the left shoulder a little more tightly as she hurried past.

But a conservative republican, as he traveled along the far right shoulder, came where the delegate was; and when he saw him, he braved being seen in the middle of the road.

He went to him and bandaged his wounds and then carried him several blocks to Kindred Hospital.

‘Do whatever it takes to save him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any expenses his insurance doesn’t cover.'”

“Now,” Jesus, asked, “which of these three do you think was a neighbor to that superdelegate?”

The pundit replied, “The one who was pro-life.”

Jesus nodded, “Exactly!”

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Passionate About Life

1384201_10201607437404552_810844066_nToday’s daily prompt wants to know which causes evoke our passions.  This one is easy, I am passionate about life.  Why?  Because it is the way of love.

The way of love is sacrificial.

Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  Love is putting the best interests of another ahead of your own.  Love is laying down your desires for the life of your baby.

There is no love in abortion.

Think about all the reasons women choose abortion and for each reason ask yourself, where is the love?  Don’t include “the life of the mother”.  In a true medical emergency life and death decisions are made by doctors who have taken an oath to save whoever they can.  Think of all the elective reasons.  I was the director of a pregnancy help center for ten years.  I lead groups of women, and even some men, through post-abortion healing.  I have heard their stories, walked through their pain and I have found no love in abortion.  Selfish love for oneself, maybe, but no selfless love for another.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to heap guilt on those who have had abortions.  I have much compassion for the walking wounded.  I know that many of them were deceived into thinking it was the right path and then, once they were too far down it to turn back, heard the hater-of-women hiss, “Sucker.”

There is a gut-wrenching, God-level love in adoption.

Adoption seems so much harder but in the end it is so much healthier.  One of the groups I lead included a woman who had been pregnant three times.  The first two pregnancies ended in abortion.  The last one ended in the birth of twins.  Because she was still in college and had no means to support them, she made an adoption plan.  Years later, she came to our group with a broken heart.  Not over the babies she had placed for adoption – she was proud of herself for that – but for the ones that she gave no chance at all.

Our laws have made abortion legal, but our hearts know better.  Abortion is no longer a hot political issue, but there are still efforts to push the envelope of acceptance.  I recently saw a cute young actress on a late night talk show describing very nonchalantly that the character she plays in a soon-to-be-released movie had an abortion.  And it was a light, breezy, happy thing.

In real life it is a heavy, soul-crushing thing.

And that is why I am passionately pro-life.

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