Friday, January 28, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
From Dr. Tim Keller in response to Dr. Peter Singer from Princeton:
"If you don't believe in the image of God, what are you going to ground human rights in? You're going to ground it in capacities. If you can't protect the unborn you can't protect the newly born, you can't protect the mentally handicapped, you can't protect old people. It's a fact. It's logical. If you go back to the beginning of the Christian church, here's what you saw: they came into a Greco-Roman world that also grounded the idea of rights on capacities. Aristotle said that some races are too emotional, they couldn't reason because they didn't have the capacity for higher reason. They deserved to be slaves. And in the Greco-Roman world you had slavery, you had terrible poverty, you had lots of abortion, you had infanticide. It was perfectly legal…girl babies died of exposure. And you took the elderly and sick poor people and just let them die. And that was all legal; and it was done all the time."
Dr. Keller concluded:
"But the Christians came along and they believed in the Imago Dei. And because they believed in the image of God, from the beginning they were champions [of life] … they were totally against abortion, from the beginning. Because if you believe in the image of God you have to be… if human life is good, then nascent human life has got to be good. But they were also against infanticide. They were not one-issue people. They cared for the poor… They were champions of women; they were champions of orphans; they were champions of the weak; they were champions of the poor. And they were against abortion. And they put the rest of the culture to shame because of their belief in the sanctity of life."
This week is Sanctity of Life Sunday. What if we put the "rest of the culture to shame" because of our belief in the Imago Dei?
Thursday, January 13, 2011
The Rwanda government apparently feels we are an A-OK family for one of their precious little boys.
We are thrilled! It is really going to happen, we will have 4 little kids running around!
I already took Caroline for her Passport pictures, I can't believe she, at 7, will be going to Africa to bring home a little brother!
Lucy has been telling anyone who will look at her.
Our family is all abuz right now with preparations. Bunk beds and pulling down boy clothes...
By far and away the best prep-work I will have, is going to this retreat, Created for Care, Feb 4-6th. All adoptive moms, some with major experience (zillions of kids). The speakers are going to be wonderful and the breakouts are perfect for preparation. More about that later...
For now, we are just so thankful to be over the MAJOR hurdle!
Thank you Rwanda, I can't wait to know you.