Converting the World, Ending Abortion, the Jesus Way

Converting the World, Ending Abortion, the Jesus Way August 11, 2015

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Koshy Koshy

Mama is scheduled to come home from the hospital today. It’s a new reality. Most of what she could do before last week, she can no longer do.

I’ve enlisted the help of hospice, and they’ve already been great. They brought over a hospital bed, oxygen, and all sorts of helpful equipment. But I am concerned about my physical ability to do the lifting and such. I’m asking for your prayers.

In the meantime, I wrote this post for the National Catholic Register about the need to pray for those we would like to hate. I’m talking about pro choice politicians, in particular those who voted against the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood last week.

We can lose our souls while we’re trying to serve God if we become instruments of hate instead of love. Scripture tells us that God is love. So, if we do not love, including those we feel are the most unlovable, then we have no part in Him.

Remember that Jesus is God, and He showed us a new and history-changing dynamic. Jesus died for us, and we are not the least bit lovable by the yardstick we use to judge others. We are, if we will admit it, full of angers, petty grudges, lies, selfishness and greed. That is the best of us, those who do not commit the wrongs we read about on the internet or see on the news.

But He died for us. He came down from heaven and became human, with all its aches and pains, loneliness and hardship, and He did it for us.

That is an example of loving someone who doesn’t deserve it that goes beyond our understanding or capacity for understanding. We can try to approach it by thinking on the wholly human side of Jesus, that part of Him that understands us because He consented to be one of us. But we can not begin to understand what it meant to give up heaven, to go from being God to become a helpless baby and on through dying as a criminal, hanging on a cross.

We can’t comprehend that, but we can know that it calls us to more than just genuflecting and crossing ourselves and the showy stuff of empty piety. It calls us to emulate this divine love as best we can when we are given the opportunity.

Jesus told us without any equivocation to go out into the world and teach what He taught, to convert sinners and baptize them in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This was His commission to us. The mission statement for all of Christianity, everywhere.

He also told us to pray for those Who hurt us. Then He modeled that for us from the cross.

I applied that commandment from Our Lord directly to the political situation we are facing now. Here’s what I said.

From The National Catholic Register:

I was once one of them. The pro-aborts, I mean.

After my conversion, when I began to understand that abortion was wrong and, worse for me at that time, when I felt the Holy Spirit calling me to change, the major obstacle for me was pro-life people. I had been the Oklahoma Director of NARAL. I had been a pro-choice legislator who used my position to kill pro-life legislation.

I had made speeches, organized and worked for abortion rights with all my little heart. I was as sincere and committed in my pro-choice advocacy as anyone could be. Pro-life people in Oklahoma counted me as the enemy. And they came after me.

The trouble was, they made it into a personal fight against me instead of advocacy for the babies. Instead of speaking for the humanity of the unborn, they tried to hate me to death. They said I was a communist, a prostitute, a lesbian, a whore and a slut. They claimed all sorts of political positions for me that I did not hold, and that ultimately were proven lies by my actions.

These lies hurt me as a person and as a woman. They wounded me, and they hardened me in my pro-choice resolve. They also enraged people who know me and who knew full well that the pro-life people were telling creepy, hate-filled, low-life lies about me. What they did not do was convert anyone to the pro-life cause. To the contrary, they tempered all of us into pro-choice steel.

After my conversion, when the Holy Spirit began urging me to change on abortion, I was reluctant and fearful precisely because I didn’t know one single pro-life person who I thought was sane, much less trustworthy and nice. If God had asked me to jump into an active volcano, I could not have found it more dreadful.

I believe this same dynamic is at work with pro-choice politicians today.

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25 responses to “Converting the World, Ending Abortion, the Jesus Way”

  1. My husband is now in a hospital bed in our living room. He can do nothing for himself. I’m also making use of Hospice. Great people. They do have “volunteer” sitters who can come and stay with someone—feed them etc. but not do the bathing etc. No medical things. The only drawback? Hospice does not do weekends or holidays. You can call them 24/7 and if it is an emergency they will come out. I have had to hire a private company to send a person on Sat. and Sun mornings to bath my husband and change him. He is too big for me to handle. Our son has come over many times when I need help. I’m glad your Mom is coming home today, and please know my thoughts are with you. This is tough. I can’t comment on the rest of the article right now. Just wanted to let you know you are being thought about. (by more folks than me, I’m sure).

  2. “Instead of speaking for the humanity of the unborn, they tried to hate me to death. They said I was a communist, a prostitute, a lesbian, a whore and a slut. They claimed all sorts of political positions for me that I did not hold, and that ultimately were proven lies by my actions.”
    Who’s “they”? I’ve never heard pro-life people speak like that. Even off line.

  3. I’m glad your mother could go home, Rebecca. That’s really important, for her as well as for you. Your readers will be here when you return to regular blogging. God bless you and yours, I’ll be sending up prayers.

  4. I could give you names, but I don’t name people on this blog. They are well known here in Oklahoma. In fact, this whole series of events was well-known to a lot of people at the time it happened. They did some of it in print, much of it was from the pulpit, some of it was mailed to thousands of people, other things were in letters to the editor, etc, etc.

  5. Prayers for you. I’m a former hospice nurse and hospice is supposed to provide bath aides, including full bed baths as often as needed to bathe, shampoo, do nails, etc. Usually a couple of times per week. It’s up to your hospice nurse to include that in his/her care plan. Something is wrong if your husband is not being assigned one. You can also switch your hospice agency if you’re not getting all the services you are entitled to. Good luck and bless you.

  6. Thank you for loving your husband and letting him finish out his life at home. You are bringing a beautiful thing into the world for your family, friends, and neighbors. Bless you.

  7. Rebecca, what I said to PS, I say to you: you and your family are bringing a beautiful thing into the world in this act of caring for your mother as she finished her worldly journey. The love you give her is God’s love, and the world is brighter for it.

  8. Several years ago a friend and I were waiting for a train in Salt Lake City. Somewhere in the distance we could hear a boy’s voice shouting scripture verses and threats of eternal damnation. It was like something out of a Flannery O’Connor story.
    My friend looked at me and said, “I feel very close to God when someone screams at me and tells me I’ll burn in hell forever.”
    As despicable as the abortion trade is, those who support it and practice it are loved by God just as much as the aborted babies are.

    But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like
    a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

    Do we want them to come to repentance or do we want to bring down fire from heaven to destroy them?

    I thank God for His patience with me.

  9. I’ve heard it up-close and personal but on a different issue. It’s hard to feel the love when people are shaking signs at you, eyes rolling, teeth gnashing.

  10. I just watched the 6th video. The courageous Holly O’Donnell (pray for her safety)
    reveals just how much Planned Parenthood “Care(s). No matter what.” What they care about is their bottom line. Doctors who rip the baby from her/his mother’s body then throw him/her into a bucket, are not doctors. They’re business people with a medical license. Shut them down.

  11. I don’t have a Facebook page so I can’t sign in to HuffPo and post this comment.

    “That’s just not the goal here”, but, it is, if you watch each and every minute of all of the videos. If the vegan community, which I support, were to walk into a factory farm and ask, “Do you slaughter helpless animals in truly in-humane ways in order to provide tasty breakfast meats for people who work for the greater good of humanity?” Do you think they would respond by saying, “Yes, in fact, we do. Please come in and see how we do it.”

  12. Thank God for David Daleiden, Holly O’Donnell and others who have the courage to confront Goliath.

    Pray for their protection from our common enemy.

  13. Rebecca,
    May the Lord’s peace bless your mom, you, and your entire family. And thank you for this powerful and important testimony at this difficult time.
    Peace and all good.

  14. Thank you for your information. I didn’t mean to imply that he wasn’t being given good care from Hospice. Hospice (CNA) comes every morning, M-F for a bed bath and shampoo, shave, plus changing the sheets and him. We do have a nurse who comes once a week to check on things. Getting good service. I just wanted to mention to Rebecca, the only drawback is that they do not do weekends or holidays, leaving the family without help, unless they can do it themselves or can hire a private agency. I’m sure she has learned this or already knew it when she called them. So far I haven’t called in a volunteer sitter, but I’m going to be doing that soon, so I can get out some. Thank you for your prayers. I appreciate it very much.

  15. Tough times for you–prayers for strength and peace. Your blog challenged me to add those I usually roll my eyes at (or worse) to my prayer list instead. I put a link to your blog on mine. It is scheduled to come out on August 19 at Thank you for sharing your experiences of grace and love.

  16. We can also love abortionists and abortion workers right out of that slavery … Abby Johnson’s ministry called And Then There Were None (awkward name, yes, but chosen for a reason) helps workers who want to leave the abortion industry to find new jobs, etc. Help them when they want to convert and change their lives.

  17. It is important to distinguish that which belongs to Caesar from that which belongs to Jesus. Regulating the fertility of strangers is something Caesar would do. It is good to see that you are counseling against stoning the politicians that would fail to side with Caesar on this issue.

  18. With regard to hospice, please don’t forget to take advantage of the 5 days per month of respite care. They will take your loved one to a facility (at no cost to you) for 5 days so you can have some badly needed you time. I made the mistake of not taking advantage of it for the first few months of Dad’s hospice care. It is a godsend to people who take care of loved ones.

  19. I’m guessing you strongly disagreed with my earlier comments. Fair enough, however, before you dismiss them entirely I’m going to apply them within the current context and see if it makes any sense to you.

    Okay, right now its not illegal to perform abortions nor its it illegal to collect and utilize the fetal tissue left over from the procedure. So what is the purpose of the regulations that prohibit profiting from these practices?

    Another commenter touched on this issue on a previous article. This situation creates an obvious conflict of interest. The danger here, is for the procurement of fetal tissue to become and end onto itself. This is exactly the type of thing these regulations are meant to dissuade.

    So the question is: are they working? Forget about whether or not Planned Parenthood is actually making a profit or not out of this; that’s missing the point. Besides, PP, being who they are, will surely have their legal department go over any change in procedure before enacting it, to ensure at the very least they are following the letter of the law.

    However, can we really say they are following the spirit and intent of the law, when they are altering their schedule and procedures to meet the demands of fetal tissue providers? It doesn’t matter if technically PP is not profiting from fetal tissue donations, the issue at hand is that an outside agent that benefits from said donations is affecting the manner in which they conduct their operations.

    To sum this up: you’re trying to play the “abortion is evil, lets defund PP” card, when the hand you’ve been dealt is “the demand for fetal tissue might be unduly influencing the demand for abortion and/or the procedures involved”.

    Right now you have the chance to look into the regulations to revise and update them as necessary, to ascertain the proper checks and balances are in place. You can check and make sure that the procurement of fetal tissue is not, cannot and will not become a driving motivation for increasing abortion rates in any way.

    Instead, you are squandering this opportunity in favor of pushing a political talking point. You’re forgoing looking into an issue anybody can get behind, like reducing abortion rates, in favor of forcing an issue that’s harder to justify outside conservative circles, like defunding Planned Parenthood.

    But hey, you’ve been at this for probably longer than I’ve been alive, so what do I know, right?