Friday, April 1, 2011

To My Sisters: We Made God Cry

The other day a storm blew through metro Atlanta. It was a fierce storm that rattled the windows and shook the doors. It woke me from a sound sleep. I could hear the rain pounding the ground in buckets, the lightning was flashing intermittently as the thunder roared. As I settled back down I began to dream. In it I saw the most heartbreaking, gut wrenching scene - I saw God with His head thrown back and streams of tears pouring from His eyes. His tears were so prolific they were like buckets of rain hitting the earth. His mouth was contorted as if in the deepest agony and each time He cried out it sounded like thunder. His fists were clenched as if enduring the most excruciating pain. Each time He lifted His hands and dropped them, bolts of lightning fell to the earth. Clearly centered in His bosom, closest to His heart were millions of babies that had died in the abortion clinics.

I woke up understanding that God was not pleased with us, we had made Him cry. As I came out of my sleep I knew that a measure of God's anguish was because we refused to look at the truth He had provided repeatedly. I felt an alarm going off in my heart and I heard these words: something is wrong, very wrong. I heard Eddie James in my head singing: "Sound the alarm and gather the people, gather the elders, let the ministers wail".

But how do we sound the alarm in a culture that has been indoctrinated to believe a lie? Just yesterday I watched a clip of Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood, spinning a yarn that taking Title X money from Planned Parenthood would deny women access to mammograms, a service that Planned Parenthood does not provide. In recent years, Live Action, an organization out of California headed by Lila Rose, has exposed the many lies that Planned Parenthood tells including this most recent one about mammograms, and yet there are those that argue they are a champion of women. Despite recorded evidence that Planned Parenthood would take money to kill black babies, many still believe Planned Parenthood is a friend to blacks. Despite recorded evidence that Planned Parenthood counsels pimps and sex traffickers on how to avoid state and federal laws, there are those that still champion the cause of that agency as a friend of women. Despite news reports that the organization has changed its business model to increase the numbers of abortions on women, there are those that want us to believe that Planned Parenthood's business model is to provide reproductive health services to women, i.e. pap smears, cancer screenings and the like.

Normally we would look to the media to expose the truth or lies of assertions such as these. After all, it was the media that exposed Nixon's corruption. Remember "Deep Throat" and the Watergate scandal? It was the media that held Clinton accountable for his sexual encounters with a woman young enough to be his daughter. Yet in this instance the media has not warned women or even reported the truth. They have taken the active role of promoting the yarns that Planned Parenthood spins. The media even abdicated its responsibility to clean up the so called misstatements of spokespersons like Cecile Richards. Instead they join with the deception repeating it time and again as if it is truth rather than fabrication. The media has become the vehicle that Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers drive in their effort to keep abortion unfettered in America.

Normally we could look to the elected officials to sound the alarm about issues that directly affect their constituents. However, in this instance, the unmasking of the abortion industry, we have been betrayed. Many of the elected officials put in place to represent our interests have joined forces with those perpetrating the myth that abortion is woman friendly, for example, Congresswoman Gwen Moore from Wisconsin. Blacks are 6.2% of the population of Wisconsin, yet almost 25% of the 8,299 abortions in that state were on black women. That is more than three times their representation in the population! Something is wrong, very wrong with that picture. Yet congresswoman Moore stood on the floor of the U.S. Congress and sang the praises of Planned Parenthood, who would have aborted her children had she gone to them since that is the only service they offer a woman whose temporary economic condition would make it a struggle to provide for their children. At 18, Congresswoman Moore states she was poor, did not have a dime to call an ambulance. However, today, she walks the corridors of one of the most powerful governmental bodies in the world, making a six figure salary. I wonder if she really believes that abortion was a better option for her than the lives of her three children.

So I write to sound the alarm. Something is wrong, terribly wrong when across the nation black women are entering the abortion clinics at three, four and even five times their representation of the population. Something is wrong, terribly wrong, when even the black media and black elected officials will not sound the alarm. We are making God cry. Perhaps today will be the day that we say no more.

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