MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Sadaam Hussein’s Eternal Home

December 31st, 2006 Viewed 12165 times, 2 so far today

In case you haven’t heard, Sadaam Hussein died December 29, 2006. The political blogs are swirling. Michelle Malkin talks about some interviews done of Fox News. Say Anything has a link to the video on the Drudge Report. The BBC has the account from the Iraq State TV— which didn’t show the actual hanging, but describes the lead up to it.

But by far the most obnoxious statement is from Wizbang under a post entitled “Believe it or not, he’s walking on air…

Merry Christmas, Holly

December 30th, 2006 Viewed 1086 times

Holly, over at Seeking Faithfulness, posted a church directory picture as a way to celebrate Christmas.

I’m still trying to figure out how she survives with seven children (at least, that’s how many are in the picture) when I’m looking toward having my third come this February and I’m not quite sure how we’ll manage!

Holly’s an inspiration over at her site, and has always something interesting to add.

Merry Christmas, Holly.  Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

Merry Christmas, Ann

December 29th, 2006 Viewed 1027 times

Ann quotes from Spurgeon on Christmas Day.  Spurgeon, as you would expect, highlights both the birth and the death of Christ.  He focuses on what was done for us– all wrapped up in One person.

Immanuel, God with us in our nature, in our sorrow, in our lifework, in our punishment, in our grave, and now with us, or rather we with him, in resurrection, ascension, triumph, and Second Advent splendour.

Merry Christmas, Ann.  Thank you for all of the time you take in creating your posts, for your thoughtful comments, and your testimony of Grace.

Merry Christmas, Stephen

December 28th, 2006 Viewed 986 times

Stephen talks about when Christ was really born over at Y Safle.  Certainly the shepherds weren’t out grazing their sheep (and sleeping with them!) in the middle of December– which is also cold over in Israel.

We don’t have an exact day, and I think that is deliberate. Some writers try to tie up Christ’s birthdate with a Jewish festival, but if the date was meant to be significant, I think we would have been told it.

The fact of the matter is that we are not told an exact date, but we might as well be celebrating Christmas on December 25th as any other day.

Supplying his bright intellect and common sense, Stephen’s been an encouragement, a defender of the faith, and definitely one that stands in the gap (even if we don’t always agree on something!).  Merry Christmas, Stephen.  Looking forward to reading more from you in the new year.

Merry Christmas, Colleen

December 27th, 2006 Viewed 1140 times

Colleen talks about her Christmas being different as she grows older.  Certainly having family around is an essential part of Christmas, but her salvation has become more cherished.

Although I do participate and enjoy giving my friends and family a little something during this season the best gift of all has already been given to us all – Salvation.

What a wonderful reminder of what Christ has done.  Merry Christmas, Colleen.  May you enjoy your friends and grow closer to your Savior.

Merry Christmas, Mary

December 26th, 2006 Viewed 1128 times

Mary over at Home-steeped Hope had a terrific Christmas Eve post, entitled I Corinthians 13 – A Christmas Version.

It took each of the verses of I Corinthians 13 and applied them to the usual Christmas activities– only showing that if we’re too wrapped up in ourselves and what we feel “needs to get done” then we are the same as people that we could pay to do that work.  Love really makes the difference.

Merry Christmas, Mary, and have a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

December 25th, 2006 Viewed 1003 times, 1 so far today

For this week, I’d like to say Merry Christmas by highlight some posts from friends here online that have made this year a great time to be blogging.

This blog has gone from a bravenet site, to hosted on a family’s site to this location.  It’s grown from something I did in my spare time to a chance to share with you every day what I see about the world around us.

We’ve looked at politics, celebrities and husbands and wives.  We’ve looked at strange news, and searched the Scriptures for truth amongst the chaos.

So, Merry Christmas everyone.  Thanks for making this site what it is today, and I look forward to a new year with all of you.

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

December 23rd, 2006 Viewed 2801 times

What an interesting paradox.  We are told that the inside is more important than the outside and that bodily exercise profit little and yet we have to keep this body maintained and in order to point others to Christ we have to have some degree of fitness.

You see, it is all about our heart and our heart’s attitude, but a heart that has a desire to please God and bring others to Him will also want to take care of his or her temple so that it does not distract from the Gospel of peace.

A Modest Proposal for the 21st Century

December 22nd, 2006 Viewed 6359 times

Being a pregnant mother in the 21st century can be a difficult thing, especially if you are a single mom.  As statistics have borne out, children born to unwed parents have a high rate of failure.  Since this is the case, and that those who are born to unwed parents have less of a chance of success, we are told that it is incumbent upon us to allow a woman to decide to terminate the life in her womb for reasons such as poor timing, insufficient funds, etc.

I would propose that the choices should be broadened so that said woman (especially the poor woman) would be able to avail herself of the excess tissue that she wishes to part with.  After all, since it is not life, it never was human, and it did not have any rights, it is only logical that it may be a commodity that should be leveraged for what it can make a mother rather than just discarded.

I hereby propose that the tissue that would have been the mother’s child, be presented to the mother upon the abortion for her use as she sees fit.  She should be encouraged to sell the tissue for scientific experimentation, skin grafts, and perhaps even a rare delicacy.  Since it is not human, and never was alive, it should considered just like any other product– after all, we value fish eggs, and the rest, so why not “products of conception.”  It’s not a baby, right?

We should be leveraging the discarded masses of tissue for whatever means necessary.  Obviously, if mothers became breeders, they could easily get pregnant to harvest these kinds of materials for research or meals as long as she were fertile.  It would allow the common woman to be able to rise out of poverty as well as explore her sexual liberty.  We should encourage even those women with children that they could have more conceptions for the purpose of selling them– and could set up a category on eBay for the purpose of selling or trading in young body parts.

With this new found source, there would be no more need for human cloning and we would have an endless supply of stem cells.  We could cure all disease, and encourage those unwed moms to donate their tissue masses to science for a tax deduction.

The other profound benefit to our country would be population control.  No longer would you have to worry about the size of the population of the earth becoming unsustainable– for we could remove the problem and reward mothers for doing such.  I know that we encourage them to take control of their lives and not to let potential life in the womb make their decisions— but now we could give them a way to make money off their mistakes and give them a better life.

So, who’s with me?  We need to get this started right away as I’m sure there are scientific advances right around the corner and I can’t wait to taste what elegant dishes some will come up with.

(Hat Tip, Jonathan Swift)

Still the Best Way to Raise Kids

December 21st, 2006 Viewed 3715 times

Our society is attempting to glorify and normalize lifestyles that only 20 or 30 years ago would have been stigmatized or labeled abhorrent. The attack on the best way to raise a family is multi-faceted:

  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Cohabitation
  • Single Motherhood

Each of these is damaging in its own way. Statistically, a married family that stays together produces the best opportunities for their children to succeed. So, why aren’t we promoting postponing childbearing (and the cause of it) until marriage? Because we’re afraid of being judgmental.

Past research indicates that the bulk of unwed births are to young women, typically in their 20s, who are not college-educated and are not prospering. There’s also a mountain of evidence to suggest that children raised by such single mothers are at an increased risk for virtually every social problem you can think of–poverty, crime, drug use, etc.–including single parenthood. (WSJ)

The problem is, we have elevated to the highest degree not being judgmental when the cold hard facts are that we are condemning the single mother to a life of poverty– not as fulfilling or glamorous as some of the more modern Hollywood examples.

You see, children do require a lot from you. They give a lot in return. Dear Abby was asked to come up with a list for those looking at parenthood:

ARE YOU READY FOR PARENTHOOD?

(1) Can you support the child financially? Children are expensive. I always urge people to complete their education and delay parenthood until they are self-supporting, in case they should find themselves in the role of sole provider.

(2) Can you support the child emotionally? Babies are cute, but they are also completely helpless and emotionally needy. While some young women say they want a baby so they’ll have someone to love them, the reality is it’s the parent’s responsibility to love and sacrifice for the child. In plain English, this means the end of a normal teenage social life because babies are extremely time-consuming.

(3) Are you prepared to be a consistent parent? Children learn by example — both good and bad. Are you prepared to be a role model for the behaviors you want your child to mimic? Because mimic they do. They learn more from what they observe than what they’re told.

(4) Have you read up on child development? Are your expectations of what a child should be able to accomplish as he or she reaches various chronological milestones realistic? Ditto for your partner, whether or not he or she is the child’s biological parent.

(5) Are you prepared to put someone else’s needs before your own for the next 18 to 21 years? Remember, babies can’t be returned to the manufacturer for a refund if you’re not 100 percent satisfied. Sometimes they come with serious challenges. Can you cope with those realities?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, I strongly advise postponing parenthood.

Now, I don’t agree totally with Abby, but I think she makes good arguments here against being a single parent. Girls and women need to think about the fact that their actions have consequences– getting in bed with a guy because you like him and think you are in love is wrong on multiple levels, but when you add another life to the mix it just makes it all the harder.

Obviously, I’m not supporting adoption– I’m supporting abstinence. Ladies, you have no business being in bed (or anywhere else) with a man without a ring on your finger, vows stated, and a commitment in your heart. You owe it to yourself, your family, and your children to not put you all at a disadvantage for a “night of fun.”

Should you find yourself in this situation– take heart! There are people to help: family, friends, and churches. They will be there and help you through the tough times– though it’s better never to get into them in the first place.

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.