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March for Life - the silent press

     On Friday, 25 January, an estimated one half million people came to Washington DC and walked in the March for Life.  This was the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's ruling Roe vs. Wade to allow abortions nationwide in any month.  The problem is that this issue won't go away.  It is impossible to name another Supreme Court decision that people still protest 40 years later.  This issue won't go away until justice is once again restored.
     Our local paper, The Virginian Pilot, barely covered the march.  The article was on the fourth page and the title was "THOUSANDS MARCH IN D.C. TO PROTEST PIVOTAL RULING."  It would have been more accurate to say 500,000 MARCH FOR LIFE.  Ah, there are too problems with the proposed headline. 
      First, the number of marchers needs to be under reported.   In the article it says "thousands" while it was probably 500,000. 
      Second, there is that annoying word life.  They are described as "anti-abortion demonstrators."   Why did not the Virginian Pilot report "500,000 MARCH FOR LIFE - PROTEST AGAINST 55 MILLION ABORTED"?   Because the unborn have to be eliminated from the eye.  The abortionists want to bring the discussion down to a "procedure."  It is not about life, but about whether a woman should be allowed to have a procedure.
      What is fascinating is that when 20 die at Sandy Hook, it is national news.  And when the protesters marched on Saturday in DC, The Virginian Pilot gives them a lot of coverage and favorable reviews.  However, there is no coverage of the 20 babies that are aborted every day in Hampton Roads!! 
     Also, the article incorrectly states that the ruling "created a constitutional right to abortion in some circumstances."  It is correct in stating that the court created a constitutional right.  It is false when it says "in some circumstances."  Today abortions are legal at all times.  Even up to the time the baby is part way out of the mother the doctor can kill the baby in a "partial-birth abortion." 
    Worse if you go to The Virginian Pilot website and search for "thousands march in D.C." you get no returns.  Type in "thousands march" and there is nothing on this.  Type in "Roe v. Wade" and you get nothing.  It is almost like you don't want to know anything about a 1/2 a million man march.
My challenge to you-all: 
1   Pray for the church so that we may lead in holiness.
2.  Pray for the media and write letters to them.
3.  Support the women who are pregnant.  Support Crisis Pregnancy Centers.
4.  Vote pro-life and support the politics to limit or even overturn abortion, e.g., National Right to Life.

Forgiveness and the Law

One month after the movie Les Miserables appeared in the movie theaters, my wife and I went to see it.  The story is of Jean Val Jean, a convict who was sentenced five years for stealing a loaf of bread, and then is sentenced an additional fifteen years for wrong doing in prison.  Then he is placed on probation.  When he breaks probation, his arch nemesis, Inspector Javert, hunts for him.
      What is remarkable is how the priest in the beginning shows Jean Val Jean such kindness.  Jean Val Jean had stolen much of the priest's silverware but is caught by the police and returned to the priest.  Then the priest tells Jean that he had left in such haste that he forgot to take the two candlesticks, which he promptly gives to Jean Val Jean.  He also says that he has bought his soul.  Because of this sacrificial giving and extraordinary kindness and love, Jean Val Jean turns from being a bitter crook to kind citizen.
      Javert never does understand forgiveness.  All he can think of is the law and says that once a thief, always a thief.  Jean Val Jean forgives him several times - the most dramatic time when he is captured and has the power to kill him, but does not.  In the end, before Jean Val Jean dies, he says to God the Father "Forgive me of my trespasses, and allow me to enter Your glory."
      A very moving film - and if you have not seen it, do so.  It is a powerful story of redemption and forgiveness.
Caution:  there are some scenes of prostitution.

My Father's House

     At twelve years old, Jesus was in the temple.  When asked by his parents, Joseph and Mary, why he was in the temple he said:  "Why were you searching for me?" he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”  (Luke 2:49)
     As Christians, we are called "sons of God" (I John 3:1).  So we too should be in our Father's house.
    Practical application:  Do we look forward to going to our Father's house, or do we go reluctantly, or out of habit?  Do we look forward to being with the sons and daughters of the King?
   Let us eagerly desire to go to our Father's house.  Let us rejoice when we are with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
   Thanks pastor for the sermon this morning.

Too much violence at the movies?

According to a 2010 report by Eugene V Beresin, M.D., Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital, "Studies reveal that children watch approximately 28 hours of television a week, more time than they spend in school. The typical American child will view more than 200,000 acts of violence, including more than 16,000 murders before age 18. Television programs display 812 violent acts per hour; children's programming, particularly cartoons, displays up to 20 violent acts hourly."
    The two top movies in earnings (not quality) for last weekend were Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which is "Rated R for strong grisly violence and language throughout" and Django Unchained, which is "Rated R for strong, graphic violence throughout, a vicious fight, language, and some nudity."   
      So there are three challenge to us:
1.  Avoid these type of movies (Ask in your local gathering, your local coffee shop or put, how many have seen it)
2.  Watch some good movies - Les Miserables
3.  Better yet, read a good book.  Pick up a biography of Bilbo Baggins, The Hobbit and see how he  struggled with life.

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/developmentor/the_impact_of_media_violence_on_children_and_adolescents_opportunities_for_clinical_interventions