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— Dr. Michael L. Brown (@DrMichaelLBrown) January 9, 2015
At the end of The Truman Show, Truman takes the stage exit of the set in which he’s been living his whole life in order to live in the freedom of the real world. Like that, we leave the “set” of perspectives and expectations that other people have of us in order that we might live in the world of God’s perspective and expectations. We cease living to please those who can only see us outwardly and instead live to please Jesus who sees all our thoughts and motives…and who set an example for us to imitate. It took courage for Truman to leave one world in order to live in the other. Likewise, it takes courage for us to abandon the world of human approval for a world in which divine approval is all that matters to us.
For Truman, it was one decision he made…and that at the end of the movie. For us, it’s a decision we must make every day…until it’s habitual with us. In this way, we become true men and women.
The first article linked below appears with the heading “Health.” The second, and much shorter, article appears in the same issue of the magazine. The two articles, presented in a widely-available magazine as news but not controversial, reveal a state of affairs regarding human procreation for which the word “shocking” is probably too mild.
While the news media has been diligent to report on the major battlefields of the modern culture wars – abortion and so-called “same-sex marriage” – even if from a clearly biased point of view, they have been comparatively silent about rapid development of what can rightly be called “the child-creation industry.” For it is a business whose intention is to render obsolete God’s plan for human procreation. Therefore, it can also rightly be called “the domestic prostitution industry,” because fathers and mothers are prostituting themselves to create children for other people to raise.
I thought about giving you excerpts but you really have to read it to believe it. And you have to read it all in context to catch the glib way in which the various procedures and practices are described. I will quote for you the most stunningly ironic phrase in the whole piece: “…it is considered unethical for…” We can only call this “honor among thieves.”
I don’t have to remind you how influential Hollywood is in our culture. Therefore, these practices are coming to a city near you, if they haven’t already. In fact, the article itself talks about a St. Louis, Missouri clinic where state-of-the-art procedures are practiced.
Of course, an industry like this is often defended by using rare cases as if they were commonplace – just as has been done in the fight to normalize abortion. But make no mistake – this is all about buying and selling children. It is about sacrificing children’s needs at the altar of adult preferences. It is about thumbing our nose at our Creator and saying we will design life and family the way we want them to be.
If you think abortion is bad for the country (and it is), and you think so-called same-sex marriage is bad for the country (and it is), you will be staggered by how unregulated these “child-creation” activities are. American courts have bypassed the democratic process on the two major culture war issues, but in this third major issues even the courts themselves have been bypassed. American society – in its pursuit of pleasure – has spun completely out of control. Every child deserves to come into the world cared for by the two people whose love created him or her. How far – how very, very far – we have strayed from that. May we repent, and may God have mercy on us.
Not everything in these two articles is news to me, seeing it all described in one place gives me a sense of just how much progress this industry has made. And neither the reporter nor the magazine seems aware that there are people who would be absolutely appalled by the ideas being discussed here and the scale of business this has become. Words fail me, so I will just stop and let you read.
23 HOLLYWOOD MOMS WITH SAME SPERM DONOR AND ONE CRAZY VACATION by Kalee Thompson (The Hollywood Reporter, January 23, 2015) (12 min read; 3,049 words)
SPERM WASHING CLEARS GAY DADS’ BABIES OF HIV, SAYS HOLLYWOOD ACTOR by Anonymous (The Hollywood Reporter, January 23, 2015) (2 min read; 534 words)
France is receiving a lot of compassion for what they’ve experienced. That’s good, but let’s not overlook what Nigeria is going through.
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The Moral Majority – if it ever was a majority – has become the minority.
In the 1980’s it was Jerry Falwell and the Moral Majority. In the 1990’s, it was Pat Robertson and the Christian Coalition. In our day, it’s Al Mohler. And it’s clear that the movement Al inherited has less steam than those that preceded it. Such is the moral decline of our culture in general, and our practice of Christianity in particular.
Al bemoans society’s move toward restricting Christian expression to “pews, homes, and hearts.” But Christians themselves restricted the practice of their faith to these arenas long before society’s elites decided to impose it on them. When you live like the rest of the world six days a week and then go behave differently on Sunday morning in a building dedicated to that purpose, what is it that you’ve lost when society tells you to practice your faith only in such places? Society is merely making mandatory restrictions that you previously chose voluntarily.
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Sam Harris made this argument while standing on the upper side of a sphere, which spins at the rate of roughly 600 mph at his longitude, while revolving around the sun at the rate of 66,000 mph, together with the sun traveling at a rate of 432,000 mph through the Milky Way galaxy, and who knows what else – all without his flying off this ball or even getting chapped lips. What he calls “the laws of nature” represents a miracle of stupendous proportions. If he’s not willing to acknowledge creation as an act of God, why should we expect him to acknowledge any deviation from its routine order to be an act of God?
Justin Taylor, writing for the Religion News Service, adds his critique of Newsweek’s recent article on the Bible to others about which I’ve posted. He closes with this:
If Eichenwald wants to engage his subject matter with the true intellectual curiosity it deserves, he may discover that he has a far more interesting story to report next Christmas.
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