Saturday, September 7, 2013

A Strange Disorder

Blaise Pascal: "Man's sensitivity to little things and insensitivity to the greatest things are marks of a strange disorder." 

If this is truth, then a very strange disorder we have indeed. Example? Wellllll, just off the top of my head -- more than 3,000 babies are dismembered, or crushed to death, every day in our "clinics". But we are far, far more concerned with, say, arguing about Miley Cyrus... 

I don't know. Something to think about, at the very least.  

This morning in my Facebook newsfeed: "If we took a moment of silence for each person lost to abortion, we would be silent for over 100 years." Now, if that doesn't horrify you, I don't know what would. And we shouldn't respond to this by shifting the blame, either. It's not cutting it to point our fingers at them out there

Nope. It's us. Right here. "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act." (Bonhoffer). 

Not that we should go rioting in the streets and breaking down the doors of Planned Parenthood clinics, either. It means to pray and pray. And to keep on praying. And it might be something as simple as telling someone very clearly, maybe painfully, that murder is wrong, and that abortion is murder. Only when it comes down to it, you'll probably find that it's not nearly as simple as it might seem. But when we are afraid -- terrified, even -- to speak, we still have to refuse to shut up. Yep, that's right. Sorry. And I'm not saying this like I've got it all figured out, either. Believe me; I'm pretty much the last person who would want to upset other people. It's not like I enjoy causing controversy. But then there's this: "Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die." (Proverbs 31:8.) And I can't ignore it.

The little things have their place. But first we need to soften our hearts toward the greatest things... Even though the rest of the world might be laughing its head off at us. If they're all plowing steadily in one direction, it's usually a pretty safe guess that you might want to turn on your heel and head the other way. No matter how many times they tell us that 2 + 2 = 5 -- or that babies are blobs of tissue -- we've got to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it's absolute hogwash.


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