Monday, November 20, 2006

I've temporarily withdrawn my blogpostings discussing abortion. Although I don't disagree with what I wrote, I feel that my words have been misunderstood and used against me in various blogs on the web. I'm not sure whether I'll repost them or not. Have a good Thanksgiving.

4 comments:

Art said...

Jason, Causing you to effectively censor yourself was never what I wanted. I only wanted you to look at this debate from another point of view. I hope you received my e-mail and I hope to continue this discussion.

I also hope you have a great Thanksgiving. God Bless.

bandlady said...

Jason:

Don't be discouraged. Be encouraged by these facts:

1. We live in the greatest country in the world that allows the free interchange of thought and opinion.

2. God gave you a brain to think with, a heart to love with, and a mouth to speak His truth.

3. Both you and Art had a great dialogue and also admitted that you could have phrased things differently. It shows how both of you are passionate about what you believe yet adult enough to consider the feelings of others.

4. This has always been a tough subject to discuss, no matter what you believe. Both sides make a valid point about using certain heated words. I worry that sometimes political correctness crushes passionate debate.

Don't give up blogging. Don't be discouraged. Don't hold back when you're passionate about something.

Revelation 3:16 (NIV)

So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

JD said...

Not to be silly, bandlady, but I agree with you this time.

Jason,

Barring all that was said, always remember, "You can please some of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."

Not having read Art's post before the removal, this comment is aimed at everyone that reads this. I agree with you Jason, it is murder and no one is ever going to convince me otherwise. I guess it comes down to the following.... Whenever we broach this sensitive subject, there are no winners. The mothers and the doctors are forever scarred, whether consciously or not. The child is dead and, ultimately, people on both sides of the issue are divided, even in the Christian community, on what really happened.

I guess our Sunday School Teacher made a good point this weekend while we were studying Isaiah. We are called to go out and share the Good News, no matter how "bad" or "unpopular" it may be. Our call as Christians is to present it with Grace and Mercy as if we are Jesus giving the "bad" news to someone who has lost his way. In that sense, we are challenged. If I were in your shoes, would I have referred to things as you did? Probably so, and I probably would have had to deal with the same repercussions.

Let me close with this extremely cheesy reference to pop culture. A quote, from a show, that in my opinion, was cancelled because it was too smart for the average American, like Studio 60 at Sunset Strip, but I digress.

On episode 2-17 of Joan of Arcadia(pick it up on dvd, you could get some sermon topics from it), entitled "Shadows and Light," God tells Joan, "Sometimes, the light of the truth can be harsh to those who have been in the dark."

We all have to face the truth sometime, and when we do, we may be blinded in the process.

Keep the faith! Your challenging insight, and intense consumption of written material, is an inspiration.

PAX
JD

Anonymous said...

Jason,

I stand shoulder to shoulder with you and your stand on abortion.

I realize in the role of an associate pastor you have a duty to love and nuture your congregation and whosoever will come and ask for you to minister to them.
An article for you from the Reformed pespective, may it show you the difficulty of taking a stand for doctrine...

http://www.reformedtheology.ca/matt10b.html

Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family!

John Flores
Frisco, Texas