Entirely Equal but Defiantly Different!

Russian IWD Poster.

Today is International Women’s Day which is a big thing in parts of the world like Europe.  The first time I heard about this celebration was when Deb and I lived in Russia back in the mid 90s where IWD is a huge deal.  The roots of this movement began in the early 1900s on the heels of the industrial revolution where women experienced great oppression and unfairness.  In 1908, some 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay, and voting rights.  This movement continued in other countries and the first official day of celebration was held in Austria in 1911 and followed in the US with the 19th Amendment in 1920.  On this day of celebration I’m remembering some influential ladies in my life and am thankful for them, but I’m also a bit saddened at the agenda of the modern feminist movement.  Is this because I’m opposed to women’s suffrage and really am a chauvinist at heart?  No.  Rather, it’s because I am totally for women and sense that what has arisen out of this healthy and right call for equality has now morphed into a recipe for tears.  The problem that many may not grasp is the mistake of equating equality for sameness and thus a drive to purposefully remove any difference between the genders. (more…)

Expanding the Love of Christ 40 Years Later.

On the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, I’m wondering where Norma McCorvey is today.  Who is Norma McCorvey?  Well I’m glad you asked.  Norma is the woman who took the legal pseudonym of Jane Roe in the landmark case which made abortion legal for any reason in the United States back in 1973.  I wonder where Norma is and what she is doing today because she is not the same woman that she was then. In fact, Norma holds a very different position today.  In 1995 the world changed for Norma when some simple Christ followers and a leader from Operation Rescue did something radical; they loved her.  It took some time, but eventually Norma fell under the weight of God’s love and surrendered her life to Christ and now experiences freedom and purpose.  While I don’t know exactly where Norma is today, I know what her agenda is.  Norma is given to spreading the truth about what a choice for abortion really means and the healing that can be found in Christ.  Check out the quick clip on Norma’s story below and then a few ways that we can expand the love of Christ in relation to this modern abortion challenge.  How will you bring “life” and love into your world today on this issue? (more…)