February 11, 2012

Poor Susan G. Komen Poor Susan G. Komen. The foundation her sister created in her honor is now torn between two sides. And its recent vacillation has alienated people on both sides. And yet, there is hypocrisy on both sides. __________ On the one hand, those who protested the SGK Foundation’s cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, tend to operate by the following logic: We should not interfere with people’s freedom to choose their own morality. I can see the value of this logic. Virtue is not virtue unless it is freely chosen. In Eden, both trees were set in the middle of the garden, both equally accessible and available to Adam and Eve. Their choice had to be a true one. Yet there is hypocrisy from those who trumpet this logic. For example: Why is morality relative when it comes to Americans, but not relative when it comes to other nations? Why is OK to meddle with other nations and their notions of virtue? If morality is relative, on what ground do we stand when we cry out against the oppression of women or the trafficking of children? If the freedom is the ultimate value, then why do we not think people are free to hurt others? And if people are not free to hurt others, why are they free to kill the unborn? __________ On the other hand, those who were thrilled—albeit briefly—that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer fund Planned Parenthood tend to operate by the following logic: No amount of good done can make up for the amount of bad done. Yes, the SGK foundation may provide free cancer screenings and save lives, but if they fund the possibility of taking innocent lives, then we cannot support it. As one who values the sanctity of life and believes that...
The Saint That Almost Never Was Churches were growing in influence. Many of them drew large crowds of people to their services. Church leaders were not merely spiritual leaders, they were civic and social leaders as well. They had created educational systems to train children and found ways to care for the poor. But as the church became an essential part of the fabric of life, there were dissenters that arose. There were those who protested the large institutions, condemning their wealth. These dissenters want to "get back to how things were." They wanted to live as the early Apostles did. Many of those who were in various ways part of the "Apostolic Life" movement embraced poverty, lived simply, and spoke harshly against the Church. The Church returned the favor by marginalizing these preachers as lunatics and condemning these wandering preachers as heretics. There was one wandering preacher, a friar, who gained a large following and was especially well-loved by the populus. He, however, refused to speak against the church. In fact, he sought a meeting with the pope to ask for his blessing on his way of life. His humility was met with graciousness. The pope said that he could keep preaching, but to keep his sermons to moral preaching, and to stay away from theological issues. After all, the young wandering preacher was only semi-literate, considered an idiotae to the clergy. The young preacher agreed and his movement continued to flourish. Were it not for his refusal to curse the institutional church and his desire to seek their blessing instead... Were it not for the Church's willingness to listen to his prophetic critique and bless his ministry... ...we may not have known St. Francis of Assisi. This is a sketch of the cultural landscape of "Western Europe" in the 11th and 12th centuries. Sounds...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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