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What Does Abortion Say About Us?

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I believe that abortion is the most important social issue of our day. There are few issues that tell us more about our society. Abortion is important because allowing the murder of 1.2 million innocents a year reveals some things about us, as a people, that goes to the very heart of who we are. Allow me to share six things that abortion reveals about us.

Abortion reveals what we think about humanity—man is not special. It is from the Bible that we learn that mankind is a unique and special creation. Man has something that other creatures lack. We have a conscience and a sense of moral right and wrong. It is our morality that tells us something is wrong with abortion. Yet, it is our selfishness and sin that overrides our morality and allows abortion to persist.

Abortion reveals our chief value in life—pleasure. Let's state it plainly. Abortion is about sex. From birth control to abortion, we want unrestricted sex without any consequence other than pleasure. Think for a moment how vile this is. We are willing to kill children so that we may continue to have sex without consequences.

Abortion reveals what we think about evil—we want no consequences for our actions. I stated this a moment ago, but it bears repeating. No one likes the thought that he or she might be evil. So, when we remove the consequences of our actions, we wipe away shame, which is the necessary emotional component of our guilt. We then continue in the belief that we are moral, or at least, okay. Thus, we deceive ourselves into the belief that we are not evil. Yet, the millions of dead babies we have killed testify against us. Abortion is the ultimate evidence that we, in fact, are evil.

I Like To Fight

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Confession time. I like a good fight. Not a punch you in the face, knock you out fight. Rather, I like a good argument. I like trying to match my wits with someone over something I control or can win at.

I didn't realize how much of this was true until one day in Mongolia when my friend Mike came to see me. We were talking about a problem with Eagle TV's leadership after I left the station. Suddenly, Mike said, "You like a good fight."

"No I don't," I replied. "I'm just standing up for our rights."

Mike didn't buy it. And he was right. Often my first intention is to go for a knock out blow. I want to dominate my opponent, force him to go my way, and gloat over the win. I really do like a good fight.

But what does it really get me?

Why The Rapture Won't Happen Today, And Why It Won't Happen Anytime Soon

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Perhaps you've seen the social media posts and blogs recently that claimed or came near to claiming that the rapture of the church was going to happen today (September 23, 2015). If you're like me, you've seen this before and like today, every time, the prognosticators of earthly doom always get it wrong.

Rapture predictors always use "creative" interpretation and complicated math to make the case why the rapture will happen on their chosen day. But they always fail for a simple reason.

The scripture never supports their predictions.

Allow me to give you one simple reason why, from the scripture, rapture predictions are always off the mark, and why, from current events, the rapture is not likely to happen anytime soon.

The Mongolian Worldview

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The following article is an edited version of a paper I wrote for my Worldview class earlier this year. The paper received an A.

The Mongolian Worldview: A Foreigner's Perspective on It's Origins & Practical Expressions

Once the greatest land empire in the history of the world, prior to 1921, Mongolia held the distinction of being the most Buddhist nation on earth. However, Mongolia today is a nation on the minds of very few except for its global contributions of minerals and cashmere.

Explanation Of Mongolia's Worldview

The Mongolian worldview is somewhat existential, agreeing with the view that, "God does not exist. Death is extinction of personality and individuality."(1) Though according to the Mongolian worldview God does not exist, most Mongolians still believe in a spirit world of good and evil, rooted in shamanism.

Much of the Mongolian worldview is also grounded in Buddhist Monism. It is very much a group-oriented society because of the place that nomadism has in its history. In what may seem counterintuitive to the Westerner, Mongolia's nomadic culture bred group-orientation as the nomads and clans of nomads often had to ally themselves together for their mutual survival and defense against rival clans.

Over its long history, the Mongolian worldview was shaped from a progression of four influences. These are Nomadism, Shamanism, Buddhism, and Communism (in that order).

The Quest To Dehumanize

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What do you think of yourself? How do you define your humanity? Do you think of your limitations, your flaws of character, your sin? What do you call yourself? Adulterer? Thief? Prostitute? Black? White? Asian? Sinner? Worthless? Are these labels you can apply to yourself?

These labels, and others, may be true. But there is a greater truth to your existence. And it begins with this: Labels dehumanize because they relegate us to limited or no value.

What value was a slave, or a criminal, or an adulterer, or a liar? Some of these labels are true descriptions, but they also dehumanize because they offer no solution to the problems they describe. Sin always dehumanizes because it is a way of living contrary to our design of dignity. But there is one thing that wipes all of this away.

The incarnation humanizes.

A Hero's Options

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When it came to the order of Darius to pray to no one but him for 30 days, Daniel had several options he could have taken. As a government employee…
  1. He could have obeyed the order and not prayed to God.
  2. He could have prayed silently, to himself, and no one would have known.
  3. He could have closed his shutters and prayed in the dark.
  4. He could have changed the times of his prayers so that his enemies would not catch him praying.
  5. He could have changed the place of his prayers, hiding somewhere where he would not be caught.

Why County Clerk Kim Davis Is A Hero

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The ruckus over Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis has lit up social media. She’s the latest victim in the federal government’s efforts that cause many Christians to take a stand for their religious freedom. The Supreme Court ruled that Davis must issue marriage licenses to homosexual and lesbian couples. In defiance of that order, Davis made it clear she would not issue said licenses. And away they carted her to jail until she “changes her mind.”

What if she never changes her mind? Does she remain in jail forever?

Many Christians on social media have argued that Davis made a critical error. They reason that instead of refusing to perform a function she religiously objected to, that she should have resigned her post as county clerk. She would have been able to excuse herself from violating her conscience and religious freedoms, and the clerks under her would have performed the tasks and that would be the end of it (except that the gay lobby would have another notch in its belt of victims). But David didn’t do that. She did something much more difficult. She held to her job, refused the court order, knowing what would happen to her, and went to jail. In my book, that makes her a hero, and here’s why:

Parallels: You Are In The Bible

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In the scripture there are many parallels or contrasts from parts of the Old Testament to one another, and to the New Testament, even to Jesus. But some of the greatest parallels are from the scripture to us. Allow me to provide one set of seven parallels from two short stories in the Bible and show you how they connect to Jesus and to you.
Our stories come from Genesis 3 and 18. One is the story of Adam and Eve. The other is of Abraham and Sarah. There are seven things these stories have in common with one another, and with the life of Jesus, and with your life.

Killing A Tribe To Save A Nation

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How far will America go before God says, "That's enough?" When will America take a long hard look at it's sin and confess it to a holy and loving God?

I'd like to suggest that there is a model in scripture whereby we can judge ourselves and rescue our society. Ironically, it's found in a book called, Judges.

In Judges 19-21 the story is told of a man who gave his concubine to a group of attackers who raped her all night long, leaving her dead the next morning. It is a scene reminiscent of the destruction of Sodom.

As the story goes, the man took his dead concubine, cut her into 12 pieces and sent her to the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel. In shock, the leaders gather and ask themselves how such a terrible evil could have been committed in Israel. After a brief investigation, they decided to confront the tribe and people who committed this evil, the men of Gibeah in the tribe of Benjamin. They gathered as an army and demanded that Benjamin give up the guilty parties to justice. But to their dismay, Benjamin not only refuses to give up the guilty parties, they actually come to their defense!

I Know Your Secret Feelings

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Christian, using my powers of perception I have discovered your secret feelings about church. Really. I know the emotions about your church experience that you hide away, afraid for anyone else to see. I know what you feel because I feel it too. In fact, I embarrassingly admit that I often still feel these things.

When you go to church you feel uncomfortable and out of place, like you don't belong there. You want to be there. You want to fit in. You want to enjoy the experience and have an experience with God, but these other feelings well up to the top of your emotions and prevent your hopes from being realized, thus, ruining everything.

There are three things you feel.