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Wichita Pro-Life Group Attacked, Police Shrug and Pro-lifer dodges SUV driven by pro-abortionist — Hmmmm . . . why aren’t we hearing more about this from the MSM?  Because it doesn’t fit the stereotypes and the agenda?

Speaking of the MSM, I wonder if they’ll cover this Duke rape case as thoroughly as they did the one with the Lacrosse players (this one involves a member of a white homosexual couple sexually offering up his adopted 5 yr. old son for sex). 

They aren’t off to a good start.

The Associate Press (AP) did not mention the fact that the five-year old offered up for molestation was black. Bringing that fact to light might be damaging to the political coalition that exists between blacks and gays. Nor did the AP mention that the adopted child is being raised by a homosexual couple. Bringing that fact to light might harm the gay adoption movement.

Randy Alcorn on Counting the Cost of Sexual Immorality — we discussed adultery in a recent Roundup about Mark Sanford and I thought Randy’s advice was outstanding.  He has a list of all the anticipated consequences of sexual immorality for him.  Great reminders.  Read the whole thing.

  • Grieving my Lord; displeasing the One whose opinion most matters.
  • Dragging into the mud Christ’s sacred reputation.
  • Loss of reward and commendation from God.
  • Having to one day look Jesus in the face at the judgment seat and give an account of why I did it. Forcing God to discipline me in various ways.
  • Following in the footsteps of men I know of whose immorality forfeited their ministry and caused me to shudder. List of these names:
  • Suffering of innocent people around me who would get hit by my shrapnel (a la Achan).
  • Untold hurt to Nanci, my best friend and loyal wife.
  • Loss of Nanci’s respect and trust.
  • Hurt to and loss of credibility with my beloved daughters, Karina and Angela. (“Why listen to a man who betrayed Mom and us?”)
  • If my blindness should continue or my family be unable to forgive, I could lose my wife and my children forever.
  • And more . . .

    John Piper on Why I Don’t Have a Television and Rarely Go to Movies

    I have a high tolerance for violence, high tolerance for bad language, and zero tolerance for nudity. There is a reason for these differences. The violence is make-believe. They don’t really mean those bad words. But that lady is really naked, and I am really watching. And somewhere she has a brokenhearted father.

    . . .

    But leave sex aside (as if that were possible for fifteen minutes on TV). It’s the unremitting triviality that makes television so deadly. What we desperately need is help to enlarge our capacities to be moved by the immeasurable glories of Christ. Television takes us almost constantly in the opposite direction, lowering, shrinking, and deadening our capacities for worshiping Christ.

    One more smaller concern with TV (besides its addictive tendencies, trivialization of life, and deadening effects): It takes time. I have so many things I want to accomplish in this one short life. Don’t waste your life is not a catchphrase for me; it’s a cliff I walk beside every day with trembling.

    I don’t watch much TV anymore but I do watch a little more than in recent years.  That is a good reminder.

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    1. Thanks for the links, Neil – I read John Piper’s answer last week (I think) on his blog. He makes good points. Even though I spend far more time online than I should, whenever the TV is on it just strikes me how profoundly stupid today’s “entertainment” really is. Much of it seems to revolve around entertaining one’s self with the problems and disfunction of others. My 12-year-old is starting to like the Dr. Phil Show, which concerns me. We don’t have cable, but it almost doesn’t matter anymore – there’s absolutely nothing good, noble or pure even on regular networks. I wouldn’t mind getting rid of our TV too….I think Piper’s on to something there.

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      1. P.S. Rush has some good comments:

        Radio host Rush Limbaugh commented today on the apparent double standard, stating, “Did you hear there has been an actual rape at Duke University? An actual rape in Durham, North Carolina. It’s not a phony one. Not a false charge. An actual rape. A guy sold his adopted 5-year-old son to a sex practitioner. A 5-year-old kid, yeah. There’s a problem with this, too, because the guy is gay, a gay adoption.

        “This is why you haven’t heard about it. This does not fit the template. A false charge of rape at Duke when you had the poor, black, down-on-her-luck dancer and the rich, white, lacrosse players, oh, that fit the template. They were guilty before any evidence. This you haven’t heard about because this doesn’t fit the template here of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

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    2. I heard about the Duke rape case, but not that the child was a boy, or that he was being pimped out for heterosexual case. The local reports all left gender (or “gender preference”) out of the story…

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    3. Good Roundup this week. Yes sometimes I wonder why NAACP doesn’t get involved in certain cases. The post about the adultery made me think and ask myself some hard questions.

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    4. I just had breakfast with a friend of my and we were discussing nudity in the movies. Piper puts it well.

      “…that lady is really naked, and I am really watching. And somewhere she has a brokenhearted father…”

      amen to that…

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    5. Awesome round-up. 🙂

      Randy Alcorn’s list was great, but I do wish he explored the issues of disease and pregnancy more deeply. Both can be permanent; even if one manages to forgive himself, feel as if God has forgiven him, and secured his wife’s forgiveness, that child will forever be a part of his life. That disease (and many STDs, not just AIDS, are not curable) will forever be a part of his life and his wife’s life.

      For younger men, or men with younger wives: STDs can cause infertility. Let’s add “Making my beloved wife barren and unable to bear children” to that list.

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