Thursday, November 13, 2008

Time is short...

It has now been a little over a week since Election Day. Last week, after the election, I blogged about keeping hope in the growing darkness. Keep that blog in mind as I reflect on the events that have occurred since. The purpose of this entry is to help you realize what we are up against in the coming times. I am not really surprised that the events I am about to describe are taking place...but I am surprised that they are happening so fast and so soon. Take a look:

First off, we start in California. Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, was passed in last week's vote. Gay rights activists have been in an uproar since. Over the weekend, an elderly lady went to one of the protests to show her support of Proposition 8. She carried a cross with her. When a local TV station tried to interview her, this is what happened. The end of the video in particular is disturbing.

One last comment on this story. The news anchor at the end says there was 'a lot of hate on both sides.' What is he talking about?? A little old lady carrying a cross is hate?? If that her actions are on the same level as the actions of her attackers, then America is perhaps in an even darker state that even I realized.

Next, we go to Michigan. Again, the 'tolerant, equality driven' gay agenda lashes out. Instead of me trying to describe the chaos that was created at a Church in Michigan, I will just let you read:

This is not an isolated event either. Churches nationwide have been vandalized for opposing gay marriage. (third paragraph)

No, of course it is not every protester and gay rights activist that is doing this. Of course they are not all full of hate. But, the fact of the matter is, these news stories aren't making headlines in the liberal media. That is just part of how this culture is primed for this kind of persecution. The extreme liberalism that was voted into office and into law last week has only empowered the extreme left and embolden them to act in such ways....and this is just one short week later.

This isn't limited to the gay marriage debate either. High profile Pro-life leaders and priests have begun to receive death threats for their stand against things such as the Freedom of Choice Act, which the US Conference of Catholic Bishops just yesterday said would "deprive the American people in all 50 states of the freedom they now have to enact modest restraints and regulations on the abortion industry.", and "would coerce all Americans into subsidizing and promoting abortion with their tax dollars." Furthermore, they say the FOCA may have a "destructive effect on the freedom of conscience of doctors, nurses and health care workers whose personal convictions do not permit them to cooperate in the private killing of unborn children." They call the Freedom of Choice Act 'evil' and rightly so. Pray hard about this, as well as embryonic stem cell research, an area that is too often overlooked. Obama has indicated that he will overturn restrictions on embryonic stem cell research right away. The Vatican has called ESCR 'worthless' and the simple fact of the matter is a human life is destroyed in the process. Why do we need to have this when there are other stem cells that, unlike embryonic stem cells, actually have yielded results, but do not kill a human in the process? It is an evil practice that should be outlawed...yet our president elect is about to forge full steam ahead with it.

A couple days ago, the phrase 'time is short' jumped out at me and has kinda stuck with me since. The escalation of violence, intolerance and hatred against Christians and the most innocent forms of human life is disturbing and just goes to prove what I was saying last week. War is upon us. Only God knows what the future, both short term, and long term, may hold. But, time may in fact be short before these types of events become much more widespread and dangerous. So prepare yourself for the fight now. Prayer is our best weapon. Pray for this country. Pray for those who are persecuting the Church. Pray for Obama! That is immensely important! And pray that you will have the strength to do God's will. Take a moment and ask yourself, 'What will I give and sacrifice for God'? Will you risk being persecuted as our brothers and sisters already have been? Will you make a stand and fight for the unborn....for the preservation of the family and the sanctity of marriage, knowing full well that it may very well put you at risk as well? How far will you go for your God? We have death threats being made against priests...would you die for your God? After all...He did die for us.


Anonymous said...

Wow...thanks for the blog. I am left speechless...and will pray for many things.

Ricardo Octavio said...

Check this out.

"We learn from our history that we learn nothing from history"
- George Bernard Shaw

Pray we have indeed learned our lessons, or do so very quickly.

Todd said...

Thank you, Ricardo, for posting that. I actually had another person send me that article as well. I am likely going to be doing a blog focusing on that, and another couple articles that I've found. This is a very serious time indeed, and America needs to wake up before it is too late.

Anonymous said...

I saw that on the news and thought it was terrible. Poor lady. I guess this sort of thing will only get worse and worse. Oh well. It's comforting that God's already won. ;)


Ricardo Octavio said...

Check this out, America is not the only place in trouble.

Erin said...

Hi. I came upon your blog from a college friend of yours; I'm a high school friend of hers.

I wonder if you are still calling Obama an "extreme liberal." It seems like a poor title for him on multiple levels at this point: first, because he's hardly extreme (see Rev. Warren), and second, the conservative/liberal spectrum is becoming antiquated as we speak, at least fiscally speaking.

If those who hate conservative Christians feel emboldened by an Obama administration, they misunderstand our president. Indeed, they misunderstand everything. I hope - and, from what I see here, I believe - that your understanding is somewhat better.

ps. Embryonic stem cells, so far as I know, are taken from embryos that would otherwise remain indefinitely in freezers, unwanted by parents who had them created through fertility treatments, only to be thrown in the trash eventually. I think it more dignified, more in line with our purpose, to create knowledge from life than to literally waste it.

Todd said...

First off, thank you Erin for your comments! I am not sure which of my friends is also your friend, nor do I intend to try to find out, but I am glad that they showed you my blog.

It has been over 2 months since I wrote this blog entry. I honestly haven't payed as much attention to the news and such lately for a variety of reasons. At the time of that writing though, Obama's track record spoke for itself and it was one of extreme liberalism. So far, in his time of being president-elect, and now president, I have been a bit surprised by some of his moves. I will say that makes me a bit more hopeful. At that time though, based on his track record and his platform...I stand by the label of him being an extreme liberal...which by the way is not something I came up with.

As for the antiquity of conservative/liberal lines...from a social standpoint, I think they have never been clearer. Fiscally...I do not really know. Financial jargon confuses me, and, in all honesty, isn't that important to me. Its a sad side effect of living in this day and age that we must worry about money to the point where it becomes a huge distraction for many. I try not to focus on it more than I need.

I agree with you those emboldened by Obama's election misunderstand him. I do not think that, were he not in politics, that he would be out on the streets ripping Crosses out of old ladies' hands and stomping on them. Going back to my first part of this though...extremism breeds more it can't be much of a surprise that the things in this post happened.

It may be that some of the embryos used in stem cell research are brought about as you suggested. Imagine now, that those practices were not allowed, and the creation of life was left to God? Then there wouldn't be any of these 'discards' to use. The Catholic Church has spoken out time and time again against these very things. As a Catholic, I believe the Church and the Pope to be infallible on matters of faith and morals...that does NOT mean without sin (impeccable), for we are all sinners. Bottom line though...stem cell research is just one aspect of a much bigger moral problem our nation...our facing.