Considering Adoption as a Pro-Life Cause

Many Americans proudly claim to be pro-life. A majority of Americans in fact now claim to be pro-life. But I wonder how many have ever considered adoption? This aspect of being pro-life is essential in order to have a fully developed pro-life outlook. We cannot place all our efforts into saving the lives of unborn children while ignoring the plight of those already born. This makes the criticism that pro-lifers only care about unborn children all the more credible.

To be sure there is cause for caution in adopting. A recent article explains: “Some evangelicals are so enamored of international adoption as a mission of spiritual salvation — for the child and the adoptive parents — that they have closed their eyes to adoption-related fraud and trafficking, and have not fully embraced alternatives that would help orphans find loving families in their home countries.” Then again, we cannot close our eyes to the fact that many children are being trafficked either. The bottom line is that if we are going to be pro-life, we must care about every life, born and unborn. But like any good conviction it has to come with action, not just words. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

From Mars Hill to the Holy See – Speaking Against Abortion

unborn babyI’ve been encouraged lately by the number of prominent people and organizations speaking up in defense of life. In my home state of West Virginia several dozen pastors and churches recently celebrated Illuminate Sunday; a day of praying for those harmed by abortion.

Though these pastors might be on a small stage in a country church somewhere lost in the hills, they represent a vast majority of people that believe abortion is a great immoral injustice perpetrated on our society by a rogue Supreme Court decision more than 40 years ago. But these humble Mountaineer pastors aren’t alone in their defense of the unborn.

Prominent West coast pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church recently penned an op-ed in which he reiterated the teaching of Scripture that abortion is murder, murder is sin, and therefore abortion is sin. Driscoll wrote:

“Both science and Scripture are absolutely clear that life begins at conception. Taking a human life is murder, by definition, which makes abortion a murderous act…Thanks to ultrasound technology and pro-life advocacy, our culture is beginning to accept the fact that an abortion doesn’t just remove “tissue” but ends a human life. Yet many persist in not only killing their child but also their conscience…this is a matter of justice—for the one million babies slaughtered every year as we play God and determine who lives and who dies…Abortion is not a matter of politics. It’s a matter of life and death, for 55 million and counting. Enough. You shall not murder.” [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Engaging Weekend: New Effort to Celebrate Abortion Nationwide, Your Tax Dollars Supporting Abortion and Planned Parenthood, Pray for the Persecuted Church

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Engaging Weekend is a collection of articles you might have missed over the weekend. But we thought they were important and wanted to make sure you had a chance to read them.

Campaign seeks to eliminate stigma of abortion with personal stories

You know what we need to do? We need to have book clubs and dinner parties to celebrate our abortions. Don’t you think? Well, at least one group is calling for women to do just that. They want to “start a new conversation” about abortion that will de-stigmatize it and instead, celebrate it. A recent article states: “Across the country, pro-abortion activists are calling for women to spark a personal, “new conversation about abortion access” in an effort to de-stigmatize the practice…The campaign’s website suggests activists host a ‘casual get-together,’ a ‘dinner or dessert party,’ have a book [club] to discuss the book ‘1 in 3: These Are Our Stories,’ and/or set up a table on campus or in the community to get the conversation going.” Hey, I’m in. I want to de-stigmatize abortion as well. I want to remove the idea that it is “healthcare,” or that it’s a woman’s body and therefore her choice when there is another unique human being involved. However, the thought of thinking that abortion is no different than running errands, changing clothes, or buying a new computer is patently false and offensive. We should be appalled that anyone would want us to think nothing of the murder of innocent children. Click here for original article.

Your Tax Dollars Will Fund Abortions and Planned Parenthood Under Obamacare, Here’s How [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Can You Explain Your Support of Traditional Marriage?

wedding rings BibleHere’s my really unscientific analysis: I think most people support marriage as the union of one man and one woman. So why is the effort to redefine marriage gaining such traction?

It’s interesting to note that this slice of the liberal pie does seem to be gaining steam while others, such as abortion on demand are failing. This dichotomy creates turmoil in trying to figure out the overall political temperature of our culture. But it also provides us with the point that these are more than just “issues,” they are battles over values and consciences.

I believe one reason the effort to redefine marriage is succeeding is that many are afraid to speak out against it. This can be seen in the varied results of public surveys and anonymous phone surveys where people are asked whether they support marriage redefinition. In every case phone surveys record far more supporters of traditional marriage. The logical conclusion is that a phone survey is anonymous.

This can also be seen in the effort to bypass the people of a state and redefine marriage via judicial or legislative activism. If the merits of marriage redefinition are so positive then why wouldn’t advocates make their case to the people and let them vote? Simply because in nearly every case when people are allowed to vote they choose traditional marriage. Once again the combination of anonymity and a vote support traditional marriage.

So if the majority of Americans support traditional marriage and need only to speak up in order to become the vocal majority, why don’t they? [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

ObamaCare Exchange Website Calls Unborn Child a Child!

If the ObamaCare exchange website calls an unborn child a child, why is abortion legal? That is the question that ought to be asked of the president. His own insurance exchange says that for the purpose of accurate pricing they need to know if a woman is pregnant, so they can count the unborn child as a person in the pricing plan. If that is so, why does our president support the murder of unborn children? Here is what a colleague in Connecticut sent me as she learned of the information the exchange in her state was seeking:

There is one other question on this page listed under “Optional Information”: “For detailed pricing, please provide the optional information below. Is the applicant pregnant?” Next to the question mark after “pregnant” is a black background question mark tool tip. Just wondering what this was about, I placed my mouse over the tool tip and lo-and-behold, the following message appeared:

Select ‘Yes’ for any female who is expecting a baby. Unborn children are counted as members of her household, so this information helps determine if she is eligible for help with health care costs. Medicaid also has rules to help pregnant women.

Read that again. Unborn children—not “fetuses,” “uterine contents,” “products of pregnancy,” “clump of cells,” “blob of tissue,” or any of the other euphemismsfrequently used by those who profess to be pro-choice on abortion. Nor is Access Health CT the only Obamacare exchange that uses the term “unborn children.” Massachusetts pioneered the system of a health care exchange, guaranteed issue, an individual mandate, and subsidies for low and moderate income people that became the model for Obamacare. The Massachusetts Health Connector website also refers to “unborn child(ren)”:

How many people are in your family? (Include unborn child(ren) if someone is pregnant.)

Moreover, a woman can claim the extra family member as soon as she has a confirmed pregnancy—no waiting for a trimester or two. So for the purpose of determining family size for the health care exchanges, Obamacare declares unborn children, even at the earliest stages of life, to be full-fledged persons, so that pregnant women and their families can qualify for increased subsidies and cost-sharing on the exchanges.

Our president is now admitting that he supports the legalized murder of unborn children. Is that acceptable? Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Sen. Manchin Wants to Delay ObamaCare Mandate Until 2015

West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is now supporting a bill to delay the implementation of the ObamaCare HHS mandate until January 1, 2015. The mandate demands every citizen to purchase insurance or face fines and penalties. But with the recent debacle in rolling out ObamaCare and all the glitches with the website and phone system, delaying the HHS mandate is becoming a very popular position. Polls show a majority of Americans support delaying the mandate.

While I am happy that a bi-partisan effort is being made to delay the mandate, I am also skeptical. First, delaying the mandate can be a distraction to remove the focus from the primary need of repealing ObamaCare in its entirety. Second, this effort can also be a shelter for vulnerable democrats running in 2014. Such a shelter would allow these democrats to get re-elected where they will then support ObamaCare and its full implementation. So while I am hopeful that the mandate will be delated, I remain resolute in the position that it needs to be repealed entirely and urge Sen. Manchin, along with others in Congress to work to that end. Watch Sen. Manchin’s interview with Bill O’Reilly below. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Sex Education Part 2: The Practical Implications of Explicit Sex Ed Absent Morality

sex educationIn the first part of this essay I highlighted a new European Sex Education program that is nothing short of pornographic in what it seeks to teach children as young as four. The “Standards for Sexuality Education” guidelines seek to teach “skills” that would allow students to “self-determine their sexuality.” Rather than relying on absolute truth and biology the authors of this campaign want to further the flexi-sexual model of flexible sexuality and morality.

The education guidelines described in the program are offensive and completely lack any moral basis. In fact, there is nothing absolute within the education at all, it is devoid of absolute truth of any kind and instead filled with arbitrary ideas. These ideas lead us to wonder what a society devoid of absolute moral standards would look like.

If several generations were educated according to these standards, what is the best possible outcome we could hope for? First, if students became accustomed to schools becoming involved in the intimate details of their lives, gathering information on some of these sensitive topics would be easy. For instance, a survey that was distributed in a Maryland High School asked such questions as:

What religion do you identify with?
What is your household income?
What is your sexual orientation?
What is your parents’ political identification?
Your feelings on ObamaCare?
Should assault rifles be banned?
Who is to blame for the government shut down? [Read more...]

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

How Many Babies Have Been Saved Through the 40 Days for Life Campaign?

The campaign is still going strong. A recent update from LifeNews is encouraging as the numbers continue to rise. The campaign “did the math for the history of 40 Days for Life. With more than 7,800 lives spared … that adds up to at least $4 million the abortionists didn’t get!” How encouraging to know that 7,800 children are alive today because of the humble efforts of people across the country willing to stand and pray. This brings up a question in my mind: why have we never held a 40 Days for Life campaign at the largest abortion clinic in our state?

We know the clinic in Charleston does 5-7 abortions per day. That adds up to about 2,000 abortions per year in the state of West Virginia. How would those numbers change if we engaged in a campaign to stand and pray for the women entering the clinic to choose life? I don’t have that answer because to my knowledge no such campaign has ever been attempted. But I do know the time of just saying we are pro-life is passed. Now is the time to take visible action and impact our culture with the message of life. Something to think about. Click here for original article.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

Have You Considered Joining Trail Life USA?

Trail Life USAIf you don’t like the direction the Girl Scouts are going you can easily recognize that the Boy Scouts are headed down the same path. After reversing their long standing policy of prohibiting open homosexuality in their organization there can be no doubt that other concessions will follow. One need only to look to the Boy Scouts of Europe to see the godless direction the American organization is heading. Thankfully there is alternative to the Boy Scouts.

Trail Life USA!

The video below gives a very detailed introduction to the Trail Life organization. This is a group founded on biblical principles with the desire to raise Godly, patriotic men of character. This brand new organization seeks to be an alternative to a the Boy Scouts for families desiring a biblically based outdoor adventure for their sons. We are proud to promote Trail Life USA and encourage West Virginians to consider joining a troop, or even starting a new troop. We have a rich heritage of outdoor adventure in West Virginia and I can think of no better way to honor that heritage than to support this biblically based organization. Learn more by watching the video below, or by going to www.traillifeusa.com. If the video doesn’t appear automatically, please refresh your browser.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

A Biblical, Family Friendly Alternative to Girl Scouts – American Heritage Girls!

AHGI’m no fan of the Girl Scouts. Anyone following this blog would know that by now. The fact that the Girl Scouts partners with Planned Parenthood to promote sexual experimentation at young ages, explicit sex ed, casual sex, and abortion goes against everything I believe. The fact that the Girl Scouts partners with homosexual activists to promote the LGBT agenda is equally troubling. So I have no intention of supporting the Girl Scouts in any way. But I want something for my daughter that will further reinforce the biblical values and patriotism I seek to teach.

American Heritage Girls.

I had the privilege of spending time with the co-founder and current president of AHG and was impressed with this biblically based, family-friendly organization for girls. Here’s a brief history and a little about this quality organization:

“American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 in West Chester, Ohio by a group of parents wanting a wholesome program for their daughters. These parents were disillusioned with the increasing secular focus of existing organizations for girls. They wanted a Judeo-Christian focused organization for their daughters and believed that other parents were looking for the same for their daughters. This became the catalyst for the birth of the organization we have come to know as the American Heritage Girls. AHG is seen as a Christ-centered alternative to Girl Scouts. American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. The organization offers badge programs, service projects, girl leadership opportunities, and outdoor experiences to its members. It serves as a catalyst for building young women of integrity and faith. It also broadens girls social development through extra-curricular activities. This program of character building has successfully served thousands of girls since its inception and will continue to do so long into the 21st century. The founders of the American Heritage Girls and the volunteers of today give all credit for the success of AHG to God for His constant hand upon the organization and His unceasing blessings.”

For more information go to www.ahgonline.org where you can learn their history, values, program details, and locate a troop near you. If there is not a troop close by, I would encourage you to start one. As a Christian I am encouraged by a group like AHG. As a father I am excited that there is something for my daughter that will reiterate the biblical values I teach. As an American I am proud of the patriotism this group instills in their girls. Check it out.

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.