The Right Side Of History

For thousands of years, people have had opinions and strong convictions about current events in their world.  From the leaders at the tower of Babel deciding they could reach heaven; to the Egyptian king waffling between letting the Hebrews go from slavery; to Nero believing the Christians should be sacrificed; to Queen Isabella believing in Columbus; to the British believing the people in the new Americas wouldn’t fight for freedom at the Boston Tea Party; to Abraham Lincoln believing slavery was an atrocity.

 

Union Soldiers Capture Vicksburg
Union Soldiers Capture Vicksburg

Some of those people were on the wrong side of history.  Most likely, they couldn’t see it at the time.  Their own ideas and purposes clouded their judgement and they fell on the wrong side of what most people would agree in hindsight was actually right.

 

In our time, we are no different.  The issues that plague us are divisive, disrupting, potentially life changing.  Every person has to examine what they believe about those issues which history will judge.  Abortion is one of those topics.  I applaud people who have strong convictions and stand by them.  However, I am opposed to people categorically deciding that someone else doesn’t have a right to their own opinion.

 

One of our most treasured rights in the United States of America is the right to free speech.  You might not know it if you look at the media today and at those who would try to stop us from exercising that right.  We must allow for fair, open discussions instead of oppressive actions by those who wish to silence that free speech. 

 

Unfortunately, that’s how wars get started.  Free exchange of ideas has to occur in order to prevent such drastic events.  This country is in a major turmoil and we will most likely come to a point where we will make the decisions which will shape our future and paint history for us.

 

Will you be on the right side of history?  WIll you be on the wrong side?  Martin Luther King Jr. lost his life standing up for his very strong beliefs.  But looking back at the devisive issue of his time, racial equality, we find he was on the right side of history, not the wrong side.  Time will cause the abortion issue to be resolved one way or another.

 

The future of our country will be judged by its decisions.  Just like in the Civil War where people died fighting about the issue of slavery, we could end up in such a mortal conflict regarding the abortion issue.  I pray that never happens, but the fight is real and something has to give.  Will we end up on the right side of history?

 

There has been so much in the news lately about decisions being made in various states regarding abortion.  Some new laws are so disturbing, many of us are astonished at the level of atrocity.  It can feel like an emotional roller coaster every day.  The different factions are polarizing in an even greater way than before.  I have no doubt that abortion will be the most critical issue of the 2020 election.

 

During the Civil War, people had to decide which side of the slavery issue they were on.  Our time is no different.  People must decide because a social war is continuing to brew.  Obviously, Petition Ministries is on the side of life.  We don’t pretend to be anything else.  We don’t like it that people decide for abortion being okay, but we recognize the right of every individual to have their own opinion.  That doesn’t mean we won’t fight for life, though.

 

In my years ministering to post-abortive people in the midst of pain, guilt, shame and debilitating traumatic responses, I have decided to fight for life.  The devastation I witnessed as I counselled those who came to regret an abortion decision was real and heart wrenching.  They desperately needed abortion healing.  After what I experienced attempting to help them, I can’t go the other way on the abortion issue.

 

In my own heart, I’ve decided that I believe a human life is growing in a woman’s body.  It isn’t her body – it’s the body of another.  Her body will recover after giving birth.  Maternal death in childbirth is more rare than it ever has been.  In an abortion, the baby’s body doesn’t have that possibility of recovery.  It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem!  It’s an issue of whose right supercedes the other. 

 

Many of the wars and fights this world has engaged in have been over someone’s rights.  The aboriton issue is no different.  So, as we stand on the precipice of world altering decisions, my hope is that each person will examine their own heart with a view to how history will judge them.  I don’t know about you, but I want to find myself on the right side of history.

Always in Jesus,

Desiree Figg

Petition Ministries Executive Director

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Fingerprint Evidence

Everyone knows we each have unique fingerprints.  Every tiny baby in the womb begins to develop them as early as the second or third month and they are fully developed by six months in utero.  How they are formed is a fascinating study on its own.

(for more information, visit this link. https://healthfully.com/287440-the-development-of-fingerprints-in-babies.html)

  Fingerprint Evidence

 

God, in His loving care for His creation made each one of us completely special.  Every minute detail of our incredible bodies reflects His love, vast knowledge and intimate concern for His family.

 

Psalm 139:13-16 gives us a beautiful picture of this incredible process.

       13 “For You formed my inward parts;

            You wove me in my mother’s womb.

       14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and  wonderfully made;

            Wonderful are Your works,

            And my soul knows it very well.

       15 My frame was not hidden from You,

            When I was made in secret,

            And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;

       16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;

            And in Your book were all written

            The days that were ordained for me,

            When as yet there was not one of them.”

 

The subject of fingerprints does not end with the unique pattern evident in each individual person.  It also extends into the realm of physical evidence.  When police want to gather clues to a crime, they look for fingerprint evidence to catch the crook.

 

When it comes to the issue of abortion, we recognize the importance of the value of human life as we look at the fingerprint evidence each child carries.  But there is another type of fingerprint regarding the pain and wounding of those who have come to regret their abortion.

 

Everyone who has suffered an abortion, whether by choice or by force, carries an unusual fingerprint called SHAME, even if they are unaware of its existence.  Shame can be so debilitating that life is often full of despair, fear and anxiety.

 

So, as we seek to investigate where that shame comes from, to solve the riddle, we have to look at the fingerprint evidence.  Look no further than the first book of the Bible.  Genesis 2 & 3 gives us the first glimpse of where shame originated.

 

First, let’s look at Genesis 2.  It reveals the condition Adam & Eve had before they ate from the forbidden tree.

Genesis 2:24 & 25  “For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”

 

You see that there was no shame.  But something happened after they were deceived by the devil.  Look at Genesis 3

Genesis 3: 10 & 11  “He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?””

 

Fear and hiding from the One with whom they had intimate daily fellowship was the first incident of shame.  Disobedience to a Holy, pure God created the condition for the devil’s fingerprint to appear.  Whenever it appears, you can be certain the evil culprit has been around, messing with God’s beautiful creation.

 

Abortion itself defies the initial and stated purpose God designed us for.  He set mankind over His creation on earth and told them to multiply.

 

Genesis 1:27 & 28  “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.””

 

People who have participated in abortion and made a decision in crisis, whether they intended to or not, have violated God’s righteous purpose.  That condition results in the devil getting the upper hand and his messy disgusting fingerprints of shame show up.

 

So, how do we deal with this shame the enemy foists upon us when we go against God’s design and desire?  First, we must admit that our actions have caused us to sin against God.  It’s really hard for many post-abortive women, especially, to do that.  Why, because shame wants to keep everything a secret!

 

Fear of being rejected or hated is usually the first indicator that shame has touched you.  Remember, that’s what caused Adam & Eve to hide.  The Word says they were afraid, so they hid.  Shame is like a heavy, stinky wet blanket covering up the ugliness of sin beneath it.

 

Once a person seeks to hide from a loving, forgiving God, that awful blanket of shame can become impossible to get out from under.  But once you come to understand the grace God offers anyone who repents, the devil’s fingerprints are erased and shame is lifted.

 

Because of Jesus Christ and His perfect sacrifice for sin, a person who comes to Him for mercy and grace is forgiven completely.  His blood washes away the stain of sin and wipes away the devil’s fingerprints.  That is good news to those who suffer shame because of an abortion.

 

The important thing to remember is that the sin doesn’t look any different to God whether it’s the worst sin imaginable or a little white lie.  He forgives any sin repented of.  There are different consequences, and that’s another subject for another day. 

 

The Apostle Paul gave us a glimpse of the principle of eliminating shame and removing the hidden aspect of it in 2 Corinthians 4:1 & 2

“Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.”

 

At the tender point of receiving forgiveness from God, shame can’t stay your covering for very long.  If you are covered by the blood of Jesus, shame must go!  Knowing the truth here is what sets you free. (John 8:32)

 

If you are suffering from the filthy fingerprint evidence of the devil’s shame, I encourage you to renounce it today and truly receive the forgiveness and grace the Lord wants you to live in.  Take a look at your fingerprints right now.  See the intricate beauty of what God did to make you a unique, unrepeatable creation. 

 

Let go of the blanket of shame forever and never look back.  If you’re tempted to feel that shame again, recognize it as the fingerprint evidence of a defeated enemy. Hold your hands up to the Lord and thank Him for your unique signature and let the evidence of the truth be your banner instead.

Always in Jesus,

Desiree Figg

Petition Ministries Executive Director

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Sweep It Under The Rug

Perhaps you’ve noticed that there have been way too many instances of censorship of conservatives recently.  Websites, Twitter accounts, YouTubers, Reddit, Trello users and lots of others are systematically being silenced by far left companies bound and determined to keep their political narratives going.  This is especially flagrant in view of the upcoming election.

 

While we don’t try to engage specifically in political arguments or activities, we still have a responsibility to get our message out to those who are hurting.  So, our conservative voice is important.  We can’t advise anyone on which candidates to vote for, but we can advise people to VOTE!

 

By U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The recent debacle of the Justice Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings brings up the need for a call to action.  The ridiculous circus surrounding his confirmation clearly indicated there is a problem in this country.  As a ministry devoted to helping women and men heal from abortion, we are very aware of the issues facing modern society regarding sexual sins.  We are also staunchly in favor of the rule of law and of fairness.

 

After the confirmation of another conservative Justice of the Supreme Court, we are thrilled that sanity and legal conservatism have gained ground.  With this in mind, I want to bring our attention back around to the censorship that has been getting worse, especially the nearer we get to the mid-term election.

 

Voting in this country is one of the most sacred duties we have as citizens of a free nation.  We want to make sure you feel the call to action to get out and vote.  People on the right need to make their voices heard instead of staying silent.  In this political frenzy we find ourselves in, silence isn’t golden, it’s deadly.

 

When the voices of conservative platforms are silenced through censorship, everyone suffers.  Fairness and good political discourse requires that both sides of issues are discussed.  By stopping the free exchange of ideas, our country suffers.

 

One of the most glaring instances of censorship came to my attention today.  There are some strange things happening regarding the recent movie about Kermit Gosnell, the abortion doctor who was convicted of murder and many other crimes.  The movie has apparently done extremely well in theaters, but has now been dropped considerably in theaters all over the country.

 

There could be many reasons for this, but some of the unusual stories being circulated caused its creators to question if they are being censored.  Below is a link to the article which brought this to my attention.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/theaters-dropping-abortion-expose-gosnell-blocking-ticket-sales-despite-bre

The point I want to make, however, has more to do with the way we humans tend to deal with things which make us uncomfortable.  The issue of abortion is very obviously one of those things.  It seems easier to try to sweep it under the rug rather than have genuine dialogue.

 

Additionally, women who have had abortions and have come to regret them, often feel so much shame and fear that speaking of the subject is nearly impossible.  Our job at Petition Ministries is to help give a voice to those suffering this debilitating state.

 

By coming at the problem with the grace of Jesus Christ to forgive, we make a way to embrace those who need to deal with, very often, deeply buried pain.  We don’t ever condemn anyone who made a decision in crisis.  We refuse to silence them or censor their speech.

 

In our current society, the issue of abortion is taking front and center stage.  Those on the far left saw the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh as a potential threat to their sacred cow of abortion.  He may or may not be that.  But their reactions came in the form of radical and outlandish stunts and accusations.

 

The Gosnell movie may have opened some eyes and created a stir which some businesses were unprepared to deal with.  The silencing of the conservative truth seeking independent journalists on social media platforms seems to indicate that those opposed to free speech are indeed intent on silencing their opposition.

 

As we approach election day, I hope you will all keep these things in mind as you go to the poles.  Our country needs your voice, no matter which side of the political spectrum you are on.  Please take this to heart and VOTE so no one can take your voice and sweep it under the rug.

Always in Jesus,

Desiree Figg

Petition Ministries Executive Director

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