Posted: 22 Jan 2013 09:48 PM PST
"So I'll thank you to stand back and let me do my job, here, which consists mostly of resisting the very same impulses you are indulging, and biting my tongue when I want to yell, "BE CAREFUL," and choosing, deliberately, painfully, repeatedly, to stand back instead of rush forward...Because, as they grow up, the ladders will only get taller, and scarier, and much more difficult to climb. And I don't know about you, but I'd rather help them learn the skills they'll need to navigate them now, while a misstep means a bumped head or scraped knee that can be healed with a kiss, while the most difficult of hills can be conquered by chanting, "I think I can, I think I can", and while those 15 whole feet between us still feels, to them, like I'm much too far away."
On the Sanctity of Life:
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:43 PM PST
There are certain parts I don't agree with-- for example, I do find it disconcerting to advocate for "a swift and not-particularly-painless execution" for abortion providers were abortion to become illegal. Personally, capital punishment generally does not find a place in my pro-life ethic (I realize that can be debated), but beyond that it's inconceivable to me how a person of faith would encourage a "not particularly painless" execution even for offenders of the most heinous atrocities. Overall, though, a really good, thorough resource.
Posted: 22 Jan 2013 09:50 PM PST
"But it is not enough to say that the child in the womb is precious. Key in the abortion battle is not simply to affirm how precious the baby is to God, but to declare how precious is the mother (another child of God), whom God made and knows and touches...And the man who may be urging an abortion because of his own fear of shame or disadvantage or retribution may also find new incentive to protect the unborn when he discovers the embrace of grace. That embrace will mean nothing, of course, if it is not accompanied by meaningful love."
Posted: 22 Jan 2013 09:49 PM PST"We must be politically active. We must serve moms in crisis. We must speak prophetically to both the world and the church, remembering that one in six abortions is procured by an evangelical. First, however, we must weep. First, our hearts have to be broken, lest our pro-life activities lead us to forget... Last we must remember that there is only one thing that can wash the blood from our hands, the blood from His."
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 09:01 PM PST
"We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life's course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person."
Posted: 26 Jan 2013 08:53 PM PST
"And I would put the life of a mother over the life of a fetus every single time — even if I still need to acknowledge my conviction that the fetus is indeed a life. A life worth sacrificing."
Honestly, I have a much harder time (and I've had this actual conversation with a friend who is pro-choice) understanding a person who supports abortion while still acknowledging that the fetus is alive. Because at that point, (regardless of the "condition" of the child), that is putting your lifestyle above another's life. I could never imagine doing that.
Posted: 25 Jan 2013 10:12 PM PST
"Confronting this distress is tricky, because neither acceptance nor rejection is quite right. The distress is usually very real, so rejecting it outright just marks you as closed-minded and unsympathetic. It never works to ask others for empathy without offering it back to them. At the same time, my straight-white-male sunburn can't be allowed to compete on equal terms with your heart attack. To me, it may seem fair to flip a coin for the first available ambulance, but it really isn't. Don't try to tell me my burn doesn't hurt, but don't consent to the coin-flip. The Owldolatrous approach — acknowledging the distress while continuing to point out the difference in scale — is as good as I've seen."
Here's a personal (my most personal example)-- as American society changes my chosen vocation seems to be more and more on the margins and in some cases, is even devalued and dismissed. And that stings. But it's nothing compared to the women who have been fighting in combat zones, but have been unrecognized for it thus far-- several of whom I recently saw in a television interview. One should have been a candidate for a Congressional Medal of Honor, but "technically" she wasn't in the front lines. Another was asked her about her role in a recent war and she answered with a smile and with an incredible amount of humor and humility- "Well, I didn't loose my legs in a bar fight". My privileged sunburn of feeling disrespected when someone questions the legitimate work Ann Romney does as a stay at home mom does not, CANNOT, compare to the very real emotional scars heaped atop these women's physical ones. But it can't be dismissed, either.
On Important Safety Measures:
Putting Your Child in a Booster Seat Too Soon Could Have Tragic Consequences | The Stir
Posted: 19 Jan 2013 10:40 PM PST
Important info here.
On Topics of Great Hilarity:
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
This week's list may look a little different- no so many faith and family posts and (many) more "issue" posts. I think part of it is the timing, part of it is new blogs and new interests, and part of it is just how some lists come out. These posts aren't without controversy and as you'll note, I don't agree with every word of every post. However, that's not my point with these weekly lists. The reason I find these so interesting is not always because they provide confirmation or validation for my own thoughts and feelings. Sometimes they fascinate me because they show me a new way of thinking. Even if I don't agree they broaden my worldview. I hope you'll give them a chance!
Hope you enjoyed. Let me know if something stuck out to you!