It's sad when pastors sell out their pro-life beliefs and values to gain what they think is some kind of influence on President Obama. Instead the opposite happens. Instead of changing Obama's views, their views begin to change to match and support Obama's views.
Let's look at the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly. It is the same animal when it is a worm-like creature with many legs that it is later after it has metamorphosed into a beautiful butterfly that can fly.
The butterfly isn't a different individual member of that species. It is the same member of that species--it is just in a different stage of development with different capacities. When it is a caterpillar, it can eat leaves but it has no wings. Still, it has the developmental potential to fly. It isn't any less a member of its species of butterfly when it is a caterpillar than after it leaves the cocoon.
Aborting that baby was a terrible thing to go through, and now that I have three children I sometimes think, wistfully, I could have had a 28-year-old child by now.
But I've never tortured myself with guilt because I could honestly see no alternative.
I was barely 16 and had joined my sisters in the group The Nolans.
We'd had smash hit singles, sell-out UK and Japanese tours and had this goody-goody Von Trapp image. There was no way the youngest Nolan could be caught up in a baby scandal.
... [Nakeisha] Holliday, 29, was pregnant by [Raymond Martin] Scott and... the pair worked together at a bank's customer service center. Scott was seeing another woman with whom he worked and did not want her to find out about Holliday....
Scott had told Holliday repeatedly to get an abortion, but she wouldn't do it....
The informant asked Scott if he should shoot her in the head, in the hope that the fetus might survive. "Shoot her in the dome, boom, boom," the man said, according to a police transcript of the conversation filed in Richmond Circuit Court.
"I don't want the baby saved, man," Scott replied.
It may be this very realization of further indwelling sin that God seeks to remedy in part through our love of Matt. I once thought we were called to care for orphans and widows in their distress because by caring for them, we would see buckets of fruit in our own lives. I now believe, we are called to selfless acts because in our attempt to selflessness, our selifishness is exposed. I am utterly incapable of selfless love apart from Christ at work in me.
So, exposed and helpless in the wake of selfishness, we have no choice but to rest completely in Christ for salvation. By faith alone, we are saved. Through our attempts at "good" works, we become all the more aware of our need for salvation. Praise God that His grace and love cover us completely and instill in us the hope of heaven!
I was thinking the hit man was an undercover cop but it turns out it was a real hit man. He had a change of heart about this 'case' I guess and reported it to the police. I wonder how many people this man has really killed?
I give him kudos for listening to his heart though, maybe now this man can be saved.
How sad for Coleen...
I feel for her because I was in that same situation 6 years ago. Although I chose to keep my baby and work through the hard times to make good times for me and my family.
She obviously is hurting still from the abortion but telling her story is one of many steps on recovering.
Coleen, I hope one day you'll be at peice with the baby you lost 28 years ago.
Aborting was terrible but not tortured with guilt? Hmmmmm...sounds like she is when she wistfully thinks of a child that would be 28.Posted by: Carla at April 21, 2009 2:23 PM
It burdens all of us so, I imagine, that one of the leading causes of death for pregnant women is murder. Why can't we all just respect each other? If women were more respected for their abilities, both physical and intellectual, problems like this and abortion could vanish. It seems to me that our entire world is in need of some sort of change in opinion about pregnancy and childbirth. It seems so negative, and, yes, for women in poverty or dire circumstances, it can very easily be seen as negative...but we can eliminate these crises.
"Shoot her in the dome?" Evils like this have to go.Posted by: Vannah at April 21, 2009 2:33 PM
I think that there is an interesting moral code shown here... honor among thieves and all that... the hit man was willing to murder the woman, but he actually wanted to do it in such a way that the child's life might be spared? What a world we live in... even a hit man can see that this is a child's life at stake!Posted by: Elisabeth at April 21, 2009 2:36 PM