Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Imagine No Malaria -- Are We Limiting Our Imagination?

Western PA UM Churches Plan to Change the World! --- Headline on front page of W PA UMC InterLink, April 2, 2010 issue

Lots of activity is about to take place in a number of United Methodist Churches in western Pennsylvania. There will be an event known as "Change the World." There will also be the observing of World Malaria Day on April 25 with the continuing emphasis on fighting malaria. Youth will be involved in many of the activities and helping to raise awareness of the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign.

Certainly such efforts are commendable. My wife and I have financially supported the Nothing But Nets effort in the past within the Western PA Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

But there is a legitimate question to be raised -- why such heavy hitting on this issue and total neglect on one that is even more critical than the malaria issue. Bishop Thomas Bickerton has been at the center of pushing, appealing, and zealously campaigning on getting funds to fight malaria in Africa. At one point his appeal included mention of the fact that 1 million children die from malaria each year in Africa.

But neither he nor any other bishop nor the collective group of UM bishops will engage in a high profile campaign protesting the destruction of over 1 million unborn children each year by mutilation and murder while they are still in the womb in a republic which claims to be a nation "under God!"

Should those youth that are involved in the "Imagine No Malaria" campaign be informed that there are a million youth or more for each age of those youth who are NOT around because they were intentionally murdered before they were born -- and further, that malaria is not the only thing that is hazardous to the health and well being of the very young!

Would it help if another slogan were added to the "Change the World" event which would read "Imagine No Abortions!" -- one has to admit that it would be nothing short of a miracle if such a change were to take place in the United States where the present president is adamantly supportive of the practice of destroying unborn children as are many members of the U. S. Congress and certain members of the U. S. Supreme Court!

Also, that all active UM bishops would have this slogan boldly on display in their offices and in the churches of their conferences. Who knows what might happen if this sudden and rather dramatic shift took place?

A thought to think about -- the United Methodist Church has been in steady decline for decades. But it would have more members than it actually has now if the over 51 million victims of the United States' version of "holocaust" had not been murdered before birth!

Some of those 51 million persons would have become members of the United Methodist Church. None of us, including the bishops, is capable of estimating what contribution this group would have made in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church. The oldest of this group would have been over 37 years of age!

So give your brain a bit of a workout -- "Imagine No Abortions!"

Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words, saying, 'The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.' For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, or walk after other gods to your hurt, then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever." --- Jeremiah 7:3-7

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