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Monthly Archives: July 2008
Helping support research into possible cures for breast cancer (or any other cancer or disease, for that matter) is a good and worthwhile use of the money God has given us. Unfortunately, not every organization devoted to the cure of disease is worthy of support. Anyone who thinks it is a little disingenuous to work to save people and at the same time work to kill others might want to reconsider giving money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. See here for a list of links noting the fact that the SGKF has given over 72 grants to Planned Parenthood. (See here for facts and links to alternative organizations to support.)
It is irrelevant that SGKF intends its funds to go for “breast services only.” Planned Parenthood performs the most abortions in the United States and a single glance at their website quickly shows how devoted they are to undermining a culture of life. Their contraceptive mentality and unquestioned support for abortion in all its forms (including its most hideous, partial-birth) outweighs any possible good they might do for women. And since there are many other organizations that help women and do not harm children or their mothers, it does not make sense to support Planned Parenthood for any reason. If you wish to support breast-cancer research, support an organization that conducts its research without hypocritically supporting the murder of the most vulnerable.
I believe I’ve got the problems with the embedded audio player worked out. Fileden.com seems to be working for me. Let me know if it doesn’t work on your computer. All the other sermon audio has been transferred to fileden as well, so if there’s a sermon you want to listen to, it should work now.
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In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Rest for our souls. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? If anything is needed in our age, it’s rest. We long for rest. We work five days a week, 50 weeks a year so we can have two days off per week and two weeks off per year. (And then we find that we need rest from our resting.) On the Fourth of July, people all over this country celebrated 232 years of freedom and independence from kings and bishops who would tell us what to do-although someone might ask whether the tyranny of the people is really better than any other tyranny. Nonetheless, this country still symbolizes freedom for many people who are living and dying under oppressive governments around the world. The one word that can sum up this country’s greatness is “freedom.” Still, 232 years of the American dream have not yet been able to give people freedom or rest from their burdens. When people come to the “land of the free and the home of the brave,” are they suddenly free of the burden to support their families? Does the burden of taxation-even with representation-suddenly go away? What about the burden of being a good wife, or husband, or child? Or the burden of upholding laws with which we don’t necessarily agree? Or the burden of being good stewards of an earth that has limited resources? Of course not, because nobody can have unrestricted freedom without interfering with someone else’s freedom. The burdens of living life, retaining liberty, and pursuing happiness are heavy, even in this free country. And those burdens can, at times, seem overwhelming and impossible to bear. The only thing that can relieve humans of the weight of so much responsibility is death, since dead people no longer have to deal with all of the burdens, not just of living in this country, but of living life. No, not even the freedom of the United States, as broad as it is, can guarantee rest for our restless souls.