What is Happening to Life?

As a child I learned about women’s suffrage and civil rights marches. Today, I learn about LGBTQ pride parades and abortion. A few years ago I made a friend who was in huge support of “all rights” as she put it. Let’s call her Jane. Jane would march in parades for LGBTQ rights, immigration support, all kinds of things. I thought to myself, “Wow, she feels very passionately about these things.” I didn’t agree with Jane’s stance, but she felt strongly. Why should I argue?

I must admit I was passive in culture and politics and what was popular because I saw it caused a significant amount of division. Coming from a divorced family, I avoided conflict at all cost. Why should I take part in controversial topics that will push others away??

Over the last 2 years, the Lord has done some amazing work in my life. I never would have expected to be in where I am now. As I am concerned about how I am going to make it all work, I need to pause and say I am blessed. Blessed is having a working car. Blessed is having worked 53 hours last week because of the snow days. Blessed is having a supportive host family. Blessed is having the opportunity to continue in school. Blessed is the ability to exercise. Blessed is knowing I can praise, worship and pray to the Creator of all things. God’s provision in my life is astounding! So I can only say the last several months have been confusing…

I am very much blessed to live in a country that allows religious freedom and for me to speak without fear of being hurt for my beliefs. In light of where I live and spiritual conviction, welcome to my first series on Barbs and Barbules!

The Controversial Convictions series will be a strain of posts that will cover some more recent convictions as a believer in Christ. I have been trying to write an intro to this series for about 2 months now. Believe me, there are some interesting convictions coming down the pike for readers. Hours of research, prayer, and discussion has been funneled into these posts.

“Why now Morgan?” you must be asking. Well, to be honest, the State of Virginia has made me increasingly concerned about abortion. Like I said earlier, I never gave activism and issues like this a second thought other than “Ya I should do some research on that later…”

Delegate Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax) of Virginia proposed House Bill Number 2491 which allows a woman to ask for a third trimester abortion for “mental health reasons. House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) asked, “Where it’s obvious that a woman is about to give birth…she has physical signs that she is about to give birth would that still be a point at which she could request an abortion if she was so certified? If she’s dilating?” Tran said, “Mr. Chairman, that would be a decision that the doctor, the physician, and the woman would make at that point.” “I understand that. I’m asking if your bill allows that,” Gilbert asked. “My bill would allow that, yes,” Tran responded. Virginia is pushing to have a bill passed that will allow abortion at birth. The Governor of Virginia later went on WTOP and did an interview. He claims after the delivery of the baby, it will be kept “comfortable” while the doctor and the woman decide if she is healthy enough to keep the child.

Ever since I was a child, I wanted children desperately. When Albert Mohler spoke of New York proposing legislation on the topic, I was sickened. Two days later when Virginia popped up with an even more horrific proposal, I cried. At what point do we consider this murder? At what point is a baby considered a person, a human, a boy, a girl, anything worth saving? It is absolutely shocking to me that we are killing physically born babies.

In the Lord’s will, this is the event that I cannot stand by any longer. I cannot be passive when murder and infanticide is being considered as normal and healthy!

This is only the introduction for the next several posts. Hot button topics like abortion, women in ministry, same-sex relations, biblical manhood and womanhood, baptism, head coverings, and more are all topics soon to be discussed. Every topic to be covered is something that I have struggled to understand. Only through prayer, research, and studying the Word am I even an inkling closer to understanding God’s desires.

Now is a pretty good time for a disclaimer. I am learning. I am young. I haven’t written much. A fellow blogger and writer Lore Ferguson Wilbert said it wonderfully, “I’m glad for the encouragement to write and post on the same day (I have always done this on Sayable and while it’s meant eating my words more often than not, it’s also meant my salvation has been worked out in real time, not in some happy-clappy “I used to be, but now…” testimony and three point homily.); but also glad for the encouragement to refrain from hot-takes and reactionary posts; I’m glad for the encouragement toward quiet faithfulness in unseen spaces, the exercise of scales and grammar and theology.” (Sayable) I love writing my posts and immediately making them public. While I do very much believe I will get caught up in my words and articulation, I pray it proves God’s work. I don’t want to ever write as if I know everything. Mainly because, I don’t know everything. My convictions I’ll be writing about are currently my understanding and conviction.

To answer my original question, what is happening to life? Well, it’s getting shaken up and I’m choosing to hold onto the God who created and planned everything. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”