FIGHTING FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE — PART 1

The purpose of this series of posts is to voice support for President Donald Trump in his negotiations with Congress, but, given the title, I suppose my readers are going to wonder. What has that title and this post got to do with President Donald Trump negotiations to get a border wall, fence, barrier, or whatever out of Congress?  Well, we will get to that in PART 3.

Are you a one-issue voter? Are you a pro-life one-issue voter? Are you cynical about politics? Well, I don’t blame you, but sitting on your buttocks and coming out to vote only when you believe your issue is on the ballot is not going to save any babies. So a little self-examination is in order. What could we do better?

THE SITUATION (OTHERWISE KNOW AS THE PROBLEM)

A little over a week ago I reblogged (hereVictims of Systems Beyond Our Control. In his post,  Alexander Hellene pointed out that Gen X is a victim of systems out of their control. When I pointed out that  had not actually identified which systems he was concerned about, he provided a follow-up, Which Systems? *UPDATED*. Here  describes serious issues with the following systems: education, economic, university, immigration, military, and entertainment.

With his posts, what is doing? Something quite important. He is defining the problem. Do I agree with how defines the problem? Not entirely, but we will go with what he wrote. Why? Defining a problem does not solve a problem (and I expect is aware of that). Unfortunately, lots of people are not. Instead of trying to solve a problem, they focus on the problem (If you are not certain what I mean by that, please read ARE YOU FOCUSING ON THE PROBLEM OR THE SOLUTION?). In the worst case, instead of focusing on the solution, some people (like most politicians), start looking for someone to blame. Therefore, since ‘s posts provide a fairly good definition of the problem, let just add one more observation and proceed.

WHAT IS A CULTURE OF LIFE?

What exactly is THE PROBLEM has identified? He has pointed to “systems” that are not working, but is there an overarching explanation for they are not working? We will get to that question, but for now that’s something to think about.

What is the overall solution for the problem of abortion? If we want women to stop aborting their babies, we need to convince women to love their unborn children. We need a culture that promotes life, a “culture of life”. What is a “culture of life”? Here is a definition.

Culture of life

The phrase “culture of life” is a term used in discussion of moral theology, especially that of the Catholic Church. Its proponents describe it as a way of life based upon the theological truth that human life at all stages from conception through natural death is sacred. As such, a “culture of life” opposes practices destructive of human life, often including abortion, euthanasia, studies and medicines involving embryonic stem cells, contraception, capital punishment, unjust war, sadistic humiliation, narcissism, and excessive selfishness. In United States politics, Social conservatives frequently use the term “culture of life” in opposition to abortion and embryonic stem cell research. In 2005, 68% of White evangelical Protestants in the United States opposed abortion, 58% opposed euthanasia and 15% opposed the death penalty.

Here are some references.

What makes a culture a culture of life? Love. When we come into contact with another person,   instead of seeing that person as a problem, someone to be disposed of, we see an opportunity to glorify our Creator by obeying His command to love another person as He loved us (John 15:12).

John 15:9-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Love and Joy Perfected

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

What we believe makes a difference. If we don’t believe God wants us to love our neighbors, few of us will love our neighbors. Even the lives of our own children will have less worth. Without love might makes right. Without love, a tiny, weak child has little value. Without love a child become disposable the instant it becomes a nuisance to the pleasure of the strong.

 

12 thoughts on “FIGHTING FOR A CULTURE OF LIFE — PART 1

  1. Tom,

    I stated abortion is being taught in secular public schools in error. Apparently, some States have laws that forbid teaching abortion to school children.

    So, these questions arise.

    1. Who is teaching or influencing a girl or woman who becomes pregnant to have an abortion?
    2. Are school girls being influenced to believe premarital sex is okay when taught is school sex education classes?
    3. Are women marching to proclaim they have the rights to their own body another method of influencing young girls in an implicit way of teaching both premarital sex and abortion is right?

    I wrote a post about ancient old women teaching both sex education wisdom in one sentence compared to present day school classroom teaching.

    “Intercourse leads to lactation.”

    I read about how girls are led to decide by Planned Parenthood inside their building while at the same time pro-life volunteer’s stand outside trying to convince them not to abort.

    In my opinion, I can sense a boy or man trying to convince someone they make pregnant to avoid the responsibility of either paying or not wanting to marry the girl.

    As for understanding women, I frankly never have been able to comprehend their sense to allow themselves to become pregnant when they are not married. That is of course if they are raped.

    So, who or what is teaching or influencing women, is most likely opposite advice of ancient women is all I can comprehend?

    I remember checking statistics that indicate the women least likely to have an abortion are married women.

    Your post title is Culture of Life, which is opposite of Culture of Abortion.

    School vouchers are what is needed to change the Culture of Abortion, in my opinion. Apparently, a lot of the women marching is promoting the opposite of what is tauht in private religious schools.

    https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/j5eqmy/the-us-states-prohibiting-the-discussion-of-abortion-in-high-schools

    Regards and good will blogging.

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    1. @Scatterwisdom

      As for understanding women, I frankly never have been able to comprehend their sense to allow themselves to become pregnant when they are not married.

      I can’t, not with a straight face, say I understand women, but I don’t think they are any wiser than men.

      Who is teaching women to get abortion? The problem is no one is teaching wisdom to children. We have a proclivity to sin. Young people have a strong desire to have sex, and our culture tells them “you deserve it!” Too many believe that nonsense. They have not been taught why sex is healthy and moral within the confines of a marriage blessed by God.

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  2. Interesting post, Tom. A huge part of the problem is how women always reflect and multiply. If our opinion of our own worth and value is pretty low, the child within will have no worth and value either. We cannot exceed the value of our own Creator. If we are made in the image of God, our offspring will be too. But if the sexual revolution, life experiences, public education, all cast doubt on whose image you are made in, there will be doubt about the value of a child, too. If you yourself are a meaningless clump of cells,an inconvenience, than that is exactly what we project onto our own off spring.

    It’s really complex too, eugenics, racism, social engineering, have all embedded these ideas that the only moral choice for the good of humankind is actually the death of your children. The guilt heaped on women is pretty significant, from ruining the environment, contributing to global warming, causing population growth and world starvation, contributing to poverty, being a burden on society, increasing crime, etc. etc.I haven’t even got to the parts about destroying your own future, ruining your life, failing to take advantage of the opportunities you’ve been given, etc etc.

    So motherhood has to become an honorable profession again and women have to realize we are sacred, because life is sacred.

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    1. @IB

      That’s a very thoughtful comment. As usual, it is comments I get from folks like you Scatterwisdom, and Salvageable that make the post most interesting.

      So motherhood has to become an honorable profession again and women have to realize we are sacred, because life is sacred.

      It is curious what has happened to “feminism”. Feminism is no longer about furthering the rights of women. Feminism has no interest in what makes a woman a woman. Feminists now seek the destruction of our differences, to turn women into something more male and to destroy what makes men masculine.

      If we destroy the very idea sex exists, what is a woman? What is a feminist? Since feminists seek the destruction of both the masculine and the feminine, any sensible person from a century ago, male or female, would look upon modern feminism as a betrayal of women.

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  3. Tom,

    I read the following on a guest post on Karena’s Thought blog.

    “During the time of Jeremiah, sin was rooted in the daily lives of the people of Judah. They lived in sin and carried out various forms of idol worship, even killing their children in sacrificial rituals to the gods.”

    This sentence reminded me of your post about Generation X.

    If generation x were never taught to recognize that abortion is “killing their children, the action never the less can be related to ancient pagan sacrificial ritual to gods, their lives have become “rooted.”

    While abortion is not a pagan sacrificial ritual to the gods, the result is the same, killing their children, rooted in secular laws of our Nation.

    However, same as you cannot change the color of skin or spots on a leopard. Abortion is killing, in my opinion,

    If interested

    https://karinasussanto.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/become-a-new-creation-guest-post/.

    Perhaps a thought for your next post.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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    1. @Scatterwisdon

      In a fundamental sense, we live in a Pagan nation. Christians humble themselves before God. They look to His Word for guidance. They seek our Lord’s glorification.

      We, on the other hand, teach our children to esteem and care for their own success, to be all they can be. Thus, if a young woman becomes inconveniently pregnant, the worldly would have her believe that it is wise — because it would stall her personal success — to have an abortion.

      The idol we teach our children to worship is “ME”. Since each of us is weak and frail, ME is the weakest of the gods.

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  4. Advocates of abortion on demand often claim that pro-life people only care about the baby until the moment he or she is born. The culture of life demands love for human beings at every stage of life. Pro-life groups provide help and support to the indigent pregnant woman and indigent mother, offer adoption services for women who do not want (or cannot raise) their children, and are very supportive of medical help being made available for all. It happens, though, that many pro-life groups and individuals are suspicious of the government and do not support massive government programs to offer child care, health care, and the like. Hence, the wrong-headed stereotype continues. J.

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    1. @salvageable

      If we love people, we try to understand their point-of-view. If we don’t, then we create a vile caricature of those who oppose US. That caricature becomes part of the justification for what they want. Weirdly illogical.

      Because “you” are selfish, “I” am entitled to what “I” want? Of course not, but that’s a large part of their argument.

      Anyway, pro-life groups have every right to be suspicious of government health, education, and welfare programs. These programs usually do a much better job of serving bureaucrats than the people for whom they were intended.

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  5. Tom,

    The culture of life in the USA has been nurtured by government secular school curriculums. When a child is taught that she has the right to abort (kill) a baby in a civics class, her culture may be set for life.

    Since there are now two full generations since Roe and Wade, I really doubt passing a law is going to erase the problem.

    School vouchers are the only hope of every reversing the culture of life of laws and rights of man to supersede the laws of God, in my opinion.

    Preventing taxpayers to fund abortions in the only interim solution until then school vouchers generations become adults, in my opinion.

    While the Federal Government has a law on books not to fund abortions, it is a façade when Planned Parenthood is funded by the government. Any accountant knows that tax dollars become amortized into overhead costs which support the abortion costs at Planned Parenthood.

    Government not funding abortions is a limited option. I may have prevented some from preventing pregnancy by not the 50 million which did not. Incidentally, the almost identical amount of people who migrated legally to the USA is almost equal numerically as the children aborted.

    Legislators know this façade but need women votes or face not being reelected.

    Term limits might end this.

    However, last year in Illinois, our Republican Governor approved State funding to pay for abortions of women who can’t afford to pay. He was voted out this past election and some believe it was because of this decision to have State fund abortions.

    Looking forward to how you relate culture of life into the present immigration issues in the news.

    Regards and good will blogging.

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