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Howling at the Moon

Howling at the Moon

Outrage without an outlet is just howling at the moon. We can howl at the moon, but the moon will not care. It is easy to make a bunch of noise, but it will not do anything about the problem. I understand being upset about something, but we need that passion to turn into action. Looking for a fight is not the same as fighting for something.

The recent decision by the New York Legislature to expand the legal protection of abortions has received a great deal of attention. Many people are sincerely angry and upset about the vote and the celebration that followed the decision. I was also angered by this situation, but anger and bewilderment are not sufficient on their own.

I want to be clear: I stand against abortion and for the sanctity of life. I believe human life is precious, and we should protect the innocent and most vulnerable among us. Abortion says your life is not important, and it brings out a great deal of emotions and is divisive in most circles. There is a great deal of time spent in disagreements on a daily basis, but there may be a way to channel that energy.

Our outrage can and must be harnessed to move us to action. One way we can do something right now is fight for children right here in Lowndes County. There are children struggling right now in our community, and they are crying out for advocates to intercede on their behalf. Our efforts can change lives right now.

Poverty and hunger are two problems that trouble children around the world, and we are not immune from those issues in our community. I am not happy about what they are doing in New York, but what are we doing in Valdosta to give young children a fighting chance to thrive in this life? When we fail to act to make a difference in a young person’s life, we are telling them their life is not that important to us. We cannot be satisfied with the divide between children who are doing fine and those who are struggling.

I do not have the answers, but I know God is trying to guide us right now. God hears the voices of our children crying out for help. Jesus set the example by not only making time for the children who needed Him, but He corrected His followers who tried to marginalize and ignore the little ones. Jesus told them, “[T]he kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14b). If the kingdom of God belongs to the children in need, then we actually need to be serving them.

I pray this horrendous decision to end life rallies us to fight for life. May we do something about the children who are suffering around us. This is our chance to serve the kingdom of God and change some lives right now.

Blessings to you,

Joe

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