Absurd is the new normal. What kind of country do we live in where the people of Planned Parenthood, who were filmed boasting about selling the body parts of aborted babies, are cleared – but the people who filmed them are indicted? What has happened to us – and how can we recover? I really don’t care about stirring the pot and creating “water cooler” talk – and neither should you if you are really following Jesus Christ. What we should care about is doing something productive, to act as salt and light in a distasteful, dark world. So, this blog will not only address the problem, but also give you simple, practical, powerful things you can do this week to make a difference.
(In case you’ve been living with your head in the sand, the actual videos with proof of what Planned Parenthood did are below).

Can a man or woman who professes true love for Jesus Christturn the other cheek when the lives of innocents are not only being taken, but their body parts are also being harvested and sold to others? Do we even care about society any longer? Consider Isaiah 5:20 (NIV):

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Consider Proverbs 24:11-12:

Rescue those who are being taken away to death;hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter.If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,”does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it,and will he not repay man according to his work?

HERE ARE SIMPLE, POWERFUL, PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO THIS WEEK TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Talks is cheap, actions are priceless. Instead of simply disagreeing with what Planned Parenthood did (and may still be doing with perhaps greater stealthiness), you can do FAR more. In fact, you are called to do this as a Christ-follower. Here are practical, powerful things you can do:

  1. WRITE A HUMBLE, LOVING LETTER. I DID.  Write the particular Planned Parenthood involved and tell them you heard about what they did and disapprove. Lovingly, but clearly, share Isaiah 5:20 and Proverbs 24:11-12 with them and tell them that while Planned Parenthood may be making money now, they will one day pay a heavy price before God. But, please, don’t write a “holier than thou” letter. Don’t condemn them. Simply tell them you won’t stand for this kind of behavior, and that they should be indicted for the felony that selling baby parts actually is: “The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000″ (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).Write them an old-fashioned letter, because it will get more attention, and mail it here:

  2. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. Headquarters:
    4600 Gulf Freeway
    Houston, TX 77023
  3. EMAIL GOVERNOR GREG ABBOT OF TEXAS. I DID. Tell him you disapprove of the Grand Jury clearing Planned Parenthood and indicting the people who videotaped. Tell him you encourage him to do all he can within his power to indict Planned Parenthood to the fullest extent of the law. You can email him by clicking here, right now.
  4. EMAIL YOUR SENATOR AND CONGRESSPERSON.I DID.Tell him/her that you want to see Planned Parenthood defunded immediately and that the Texas Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Inc. should be indicted. Let them know that you feel it was a travesty that they were cleared. But, again, please do this with humility, not a “holy roller,” better-than-them attitude. It’s easy to contact your U.S. SENATOR by clicking here. Contact your CONGRESSPERSON by clicking here.
  5. PRAY FOR THIS NATION AND THE ABSURDITY THAT HAS BECOME THE NEW NORMAL. I AM. Pray for genuine spiritual awakening – and pray that it begins in our houses of worship.Any true movement of God begins among His people. Consider 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (NIV):
    “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,IF my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, THEN I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
  6. SHARE, SHARE, SHARE. Share this blog with everyone you know because it will not only explain the problem, but also provide solutions. And, share your thoughts by responding to this blog, below. What do you think of absurdity becoming the new normal? And, what are you as a Christ-follower going to do about it? 

What we in the Church keep forgetting is that 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 is an “IF-THEN” statement.Revival and spiritual awakening are not things that come from thin air. They are the result of God’s people becoming so sick and tired of the absurdity of resisting Him and being complacent that we start doing what we were supposed to do in the first place:follow and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. REMEMBER, LOVE IS A VERB. 

You can read the whole story of Planned Parenthood being cleared, and the indictment of those who took the video by clicking here.

Here’s the infamous first video of a Planned Parenthood executive talking about selling body parts of aborted babies:

Here’s yet more footage that will make it clear baby body parts from abortions have indeed been sold:

More evidence is found here:

If you’re not yet convinced, please visit The Center for Medical Progress web site. If that doesn’t convince you, you might want to make an appointment with a cardiologist. He will need to make a thorough examination of your heart. Thereafter, consider contacting Dr. Ben Carson for a referral for a brain specialist.

The following is courtesy of David Daleiden, from The Center for Medical Progress. He can be reached at media@centerformedicalprogress.org, (949) 734-0859.

LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2015 — New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, describing how Planned Parenthood sells the body parts of aborted fetuses, and admitting she uses partial-birth abortions to supply intact body parts.

In the video, Nucatola is at a business lunch with actors posing as buyers from a human biologics company. As head of PPFA’s Medical Services department, Nucatola has overseen medical practice at all Planned Parenthood locations since 2009. She also trains new Planned Parenthood abortion doctors and performs abortions herself at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles up to 24 weeks.

The buyers ask Nucatola, “How much of a difference can that actually make, if you know kind of what’s expected, or what we need?”

“It makes a huge difference,” Nucatola replies. “I’d say a lot of people want liver. And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps. The kind of rate-limiting step of the procedure is calvarium. Calvarium—the head—is basically the biggest part.”

Nucatola explains, “We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”

“And with the calvarium, in general, some people will actually try to change the presentation so that it’s not vertex,” she continues. “So if you do it starting from the breech presentation, there’s dilation that happens as the case goes on, and often, the last step, you can evacuate an intact calvarium at the end.”

Using ultrasound guidance to manipulate the fetus from vertex to breech orientation before intact extraction is the hallmark of the illegal partial-birth abortion procedure (18 U.S.C. 1531).

Nucatola also reveals that Planned Parenthood’s national office is concerned about their liability for the sale of fetal parts: “At the national office, we have a Litigation and Law Department which just really doesn’t want us to be the middle people for this issue right now,” she says. “But I will tell you that behind closed doors these conversations are happening with the affiliates.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2).

A separate clip shows Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards praising Nucatola’s work to facilitate connections for fetal tissue collection. “Oh good,” Richards says when told about Nucatola’s support for fetal tissue collection at Planned Parenthood, “Great. She’s amazing.”

The video is the first by The Center for Medical Progress in its “Human Capital” series, a nearly 3-year-long investigative journalism study of Planned Parenthood’s illegal trafficking of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “Planned Parenthood’s criminal conspiracy to make money off of aborted baby parts reaches to the very highest levels of their organization. Elected officials must listen to the public outcry for Planned Parenthood to be held accountable to the law and for our tax dollars to stop underwriting this barbaric abortion business.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ABSURDITY BECOMING THE NEW NORMAL? WHAT ARE YOU DOING, AS A CHRIST-FOLLOWER, TO BE SALT AND LIGHT AND HELP TURN THINGS AROUND? HOW HUNGRY ARE YOU FOR THE TRUE REVIVAL AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING THAT WE DO DESPERATELY NEED? 

Michael Anthony, CourageMatters.comA Call For Courage, Michael Anthony I'm a husband, father, inspirational speaker, podcaster, blogger, and Lead Pastor of Genesis Church, in York, Pennsylvania, where I live among farm animals and snack foods. I'm the author of A Call for Courage: Living With Power, Truth and Love In An Age of Intolerance and Fear (Thomas Nelson Publishers), and the soon to be released Courageous Life™ Motivational Planner. Both are available wherever books are sold. Send speaking, interview, and guest appearance inquiries to info@couragematters.com. , or click here and do your thing. For keynote speaking, interview and guest appearance inquiries, contact info@couragematters.com.
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