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Does Dannenfelser Make a Difference?

September 19, 2016
Wow! It has been a long time since I posted here. My Facebook post got long though, so I thought that I’d share some thoughts with you over here instead. As usual, I’ll be keeping it real here folks!
I’m feeling yucky, strange, weird & disturbed.  I am thinking; pondering; I am contemplating some information in the news. How should this news impact my behavior? What does the announcement that Donald Trump has selected Marjorie Dannenfelser to serve as the national chairwoman of his campaign’s pro-life coalition mean to me?
I am wondering what my Heavenly Father may or may not want me to do with this information:

Mr. Trump wrote that he is committed to:

  • Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Signing into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide.
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive health care for women.
  • Making the Hyde Amendment permanent law to protect taxpayers from having to pay for abortions.
This position seems to be a 180° turn from his previous stances. Not so long ago, this year in fact, he stated that Planned Parenthood “does a really good job at a lot of different areas.” Also, yes I know that it was way back in 1999, but he also described himself as “pro-choice in every respect.”
Do I view Mr. Trump as a truthful, reliable man of integrity? No. I do not.
What is the truth? Would a Trump presidential administration defend life, protect life, fight for life? Is this purely political maneuvering? What conclusion should I draw from this development? Does this change my mind in any way? Even a little bit? I do not know.
So, I am grieved. I am in a valley. Surrounded by my mountains, questions.
Yet, here I sit also surrounded by the beautiful Bavarian Alps. My family and I are  going to be here for a 6 days. Away from the noise and busyness of the Stuttgart area, I have the blessed opportunity to sit and reflect in this quiet and peaceful place. The mountains are shrouded in clouds and mist. It has been raining in lovely Oberammergau off-and-on since we arrived on Saturday afternoon. The hills are alive with the sound of cow bells, gurgling streams and a soft steady rainfall.
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If you will, please back up with me to the morning of our trip here. We packed, got our bunny rabbit situated in her carrier and set off for the gorgeous southern countryside of Germany. My family and I left from Backnang on Saturday morning and spent a long time discussing the upcoming U.S. presidential election during our trip here in our Honda Odyssey. It was a heated discussion. Morality. Uprightness. Truthfulness. Life. These were some of the topics of our conversation.
Would anything make a difference to our convictions? No. What would it take for us to vote for a one of these presidential candidates? Something BIG, different, a real identifiable change of heart, an overt respect for life??
Maybe?
We arrived in Oberammergau, unpacked the van into our little half of a traditional Bavarian home and ate some delicious Shepherd’s Pie which my daughters had prepared back in Backnang. After we finished our meal,  we sat and listened as Chris read to us from this article, dated from 16 September, the day before our trip with the heated discussion, from The Blaze.
Is this IT? An answer to prayer? A change of heart? Humility? Love for the most vulnerable in our country that might be a spark that could light the flame of hope in Lady Liberty’s torch? Life and liberty for all? For the weak? The unborn?
Since then, I have read other articles.
I am thinking. I am praying. Lord, I need Your wisdom, not my own.
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I am asking myself and God, “What is the truth regarding this newest move?” “What I am supposed to do with this information?” “Does this change anything for me?”
(These are rhetorical questions for you, my friends. I would truly prefer NOT to hear your perspective on the verifiability or ramifications of this matter.)
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This is not an invitation to “dump on Trump” or “stump for Trump.”
This is a matter for prayer. You pray. I’ll pray. Let’s listen and then obey.
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I invite you to pray about what I have to share here. I would simply like to share that, whether you agree with the idea or not, some people (including me) believe that there is 1 issue that reflects the heart attitude of America. Life. The protection of life – from conception to natural death. God requires that we “Love mercy, do justly and walk humbly with Him.” Those 3 ideas encompass my feelings about the sacredness of life.img_2055
God requires mercy, not sacrifice (working harder, smarter, longer or better) to make up for our misdeeds. Show mercy, don’t do what you want and ask for forgiveness later. We should be a merciful country. We must try to defend those who cannot defend themselves. Extend mercy to the helpless. I believe that we must consider and act upon the idea that “life is precious”.  And IF we, Americans, are not a people of mercy, then why should we expect and/or demand heavenly mercy upon our country/government/way of life? Americans, we need to be a people of mercy, justice and humility. We are not. Many of our laws are merciless, unjust and arrogant. WE are merciless, unjust and arrogant.
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What do we need to do? We need to turn, climb out of, and RUN rapidly away from the cesspool in which we have been lounging. We need to run to the Physician and begin treatments for this deadly disease. I truly believe that the anger, violence, hate and utter disrespect for life that are increasing in an exponential way weekly have at their root two infection-fixing bacteria. The symbiotic relationship seems, to me, to be undeniable. Infection-fixing bacteria #1 tells us that we do not have a Maker to Whom we are accountable; we are Cosmic mistakes and have no souls. Infection-fixing bacteria #2 tells us we do not have to honor Him or His creation; we can destroy it. They tell us, “You can deny His existence and destroy His miracles without any consequences.” No consequences? Truly? Clearly these bacteria are pathogenic and are taking over what is left of the healthy organism. They are breeding rapidly. The disease is spreading. Now, no life is precious.
We must act as life is precious. We need mercy for the weakest among us. We need justice for the most vulnerable. We need to have the humility to say, “We are not God. We will not play God. We will not call what He calls “harmful” good and “good” harmful. We shall not destroy what He has miraculously made. We will protect it, cherish it, love it. Life is beautiful.”
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 I am sorry if I offend anyone here, but I am not looking for political input, advice or discourse of any type. I am trying to share this in honesty and humility. I am sharing some gut-wrenching, tear-provoking, stomach-churning, head-bowing, knee-bending thoughts and feelings that have been the topic of much conversation and prayer in my household. I invite you to humbly submit your prayers to the Author, Maker and Sustainer of all things. HE is our only hope.
A few last things that I would ask you to consider. If this post has caused you to reflect humbly or to weep with me then I am encouraged and would thank God for your reaction. However, if your response was one of anger, vindication, triumphalism or rejoicing, then I would respectfully ask you to reflect upon that. My ponderings should not be cause for resentment or crowing  on anyone’s part. I know that Facebook/social media and Blogland are not normally a good venue (Maybe some of the worst?) in which people should hope for others to truly “mourn with those who mourn.” However, that is what this election process has produced in me. No rejoicing. No hope. None. Only mourning.
Now I will ponder and pray. I hope you will do the same.
Thank you for stopping by.
Grace & Peace,
Melissa

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