Sunday, September 16, 2018

Trouble Is A Servant



'Trouble is a Servant' is a poem by John Wright Follette, from the book his book “Broken Bread”.
 I first heard the poem years ago when doing a 'Living Wisdom' course run by David Riddell, and I've often reflected on the poem and found it incredibly insightful and encouraging. So I thought it would be good to blog it in the hope that it's a blessing and encouragement to others.

Trouble Is A Servant

“All of us know trouble – at least I hope we do;
Trouble is a servant, but known as such to few.
We are taught to shun her and, if she comes too near,
Seldom do we face her but run away in fear.
Good and bad must meet her, the universe around 
Sinners, saints, kings and knaves she comes where man is found.
Always make her serve you, for she can serve you well;
Just HOW you may use her your life will always tell.
Trouble is but passive – it’s by our power to will
We make her either bless us or do the soul some ill.
How do you translate her from phrases filled with pain
To messages of strengthfrom loss to endless gain?
By faith we see behind the outer frightful mask
A servant in disguise, to do a gracious task.
Hearts may feel her wounding and life may suffer loss;
Faith translates her working, as freeing gold from dross.
Trouble will discover to any yielded heart
Hidden depths of power it only knew in part;
Sympathizing power, and love that understands;
Strength to help another with trouble-tested hands.
Trouble will release you from self and make you kind,
Adding new dimensions to heart and soul and mind.
Do not shun this servant, but look beyond her task
To beauty she will workfor which you daily ask.
Always see in trouble a chance to grow in grace,
Not a stroke of evil to hinder in your race.
Live the life triumphant above her fiery darts;
Rich fruitage will be yours to share with needy hearts.”

Friday, September 7, 2018

New Conservatives - Committed to the Continuation of the Abortion Holocaust



"Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees." (Isaiah 10:1)

The New Conservative Party Abortion Policy - A Review
The New Conservative party (formerly named the Conservative party) is the main conservative political party in New Zealand. After recent frustrating attempts to discuss the problems with the NC party abortion policy with the leaders and supporters of the NC party I've decided that it would be good for me to write a blog post that analyses the serious problems with the NC abortion policy.

I posted about these problems recently in their facebook group, and was basically booted out of the group because of it. It looks like I'm going to be allowed back into the group on the condition that I don't post any graphic abortion images and basically that I generally tone down my opposition to abortion. One of the reasons that I was booted from the group was that I asked their deputy leader Elliot Ikilei this question: "Do you accept that babies in the womb are fully human, and just as human as you or I?" 
The answer I got from Elliot was that "there is little difference between born babies and babies in the womb."  I wasn't happy with this answer because it doesn't really answer the question, so I repeated the question to him and asked for a yes or no answer from him. Elliot then repeatedly obfuscated at least a dozen times and said that he had answered the question. His answer that there is little difference between them would be a good answer if I'd asked him 'how much difference is there between born and pre-born babies?' But I didn't ask him that. Of course there is some difference in terms of levels of development between born and pre-born babies, but there is no difference in terms of their humanity, which was what I wanted Elliot to say that he accepts. Then when I tried to make a new post addressing this question directly my post was not posted, so I tried to get an answer from Elliot on a different post, all of which eventually led to my being booted without warning. (Which was especially surprising given the strong stance that NC leaders such as Elliot take on freedom of speech).


NC Abortion Policy (with their policy in bold italics and between // //)

With that said, let's look at the policy itself (found on their website here):

//New Conservative is opposed to the decriminalisation of abortion.//

Already we're off to a bad start. While abortion is technically illegal in N.Z. there are so many loopholes in the current law that make it easy for women to get abortions. To oppose the further liberalization of abortion is a weak stance. Instead of merely opposing the further liberalization of abortion they should be totally opposing abortion altogether and calling for the abolition of abortion.

//New Conservative is committed to ensure that abortion as practiced under The Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act 1977//

More serious problems - they should be opposing the 1977 law and calling for it to be abolished and replaced with laws that criminalize all abortion as murder. In fact no new laws would be required - they'd just need to extend our current laws against murder to include all human beings and to do away with the abortion loopholes.

// is actually practiced in accordance with that law, when “serious danger to the life,//


Serious danger to the life of the mother is very rare (around 1% of pregnancies), and in cases where the life of the mother is at serious risk then everything should be done to save both mother and child. In the process of trying to save both lives this may result in the sad death of the unborn baby through a premature delivery. That kind of emergency situation is totally different from the deliberate butchering of the pre-born baby through abortion.

//or to the physical or mental health, of the woman or girl” exists,//

Killing a baby just because the mother goes crazy is never justified. In situations such as severe depression everything should be done to treat the women's depression and to save her baby. It would also be very difficult to objectively know for sure whether a women is really depressed or just telling herself and others emotionally based lies / misbeliefs.

// and “having full regard for the rights of the unborn child.”//

You can't have massive loopholes like there are currently in the law and also have full regard for the rights of the unborn child. It is good though that they do mention the rights of the unborn child, and call the pre-born baby an unborn child - thus they acknowledge here the full humanity of the baby in the womb and do not accept that the unborn child is just a fetus or just a blob of tissue without the right to life and without the right to not be murdered. However the rest of what they have said contradicts their desire to have full regard for the rights of the unborn child.

The reality is that there is no moral difference between murdering a born baby, and killing a baby in the womb through abortion. Both in God's sight are murder.

//The Rights of the unborn child need to be defined in New Zealand law reflecting the recognition of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child 1989 that “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and protection, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth,” and in Article 6 “every child has the inherent right to life.”//

This is good, but as I've already mentioned, the rest of what they're saying in their policy totally contradicts this and would suggest that they don't really believe it.

//New Conservative would ensure that anyone seeking abortion is given sufficient factual information through compulsory independent counselling and a minimum of 48 hours reflection time to enable them to make an informed choice as to whether they continue to seek an abortion in accordance with the law or not. Such advice would include information regarding Pill Reversal for chemical abortions, alternative paths such as adoption with prenatal and postnatal care and support.//

Given that in God's sight there is no moral difference between the intentional killing of a baby before it's born, there is also no moral difference from that and killing a born baby, or for that matter an adult. All are fully human and have the right to not be murdered. With that in mind let's reread their policy with the words altered slightly from abortion to 'killing a Jew'.

The New Conservative Policy on Jew Killing

New Conservative would ensure that anyone seeking to kill Jews is given sufficient factual information through compulsory independent counselling and a minimum of 48 hours reflection time to enable them to make an informed choice as to whether they continue to seek to kill a Jew / Jews in accordance with the law or not. Such advice would include information regarding chemical gas poisoning reversal for gas chamber killings, alternative paths such as adoption with appropriate care and support.

//New Conservative would ensure that the matter of coercion and other factors that may render an abortion illegal such as the fabrication of health risks to the mother be addressed, and that “persons of influence” in such cases could be liable under the Crimes Act.//

New Conservative would ensure that the matter of coercion and other factors that may render killing Jews illegal such as the fabrication of Jewish race identity be addressed, and that "persons of influence" in such cases could be liable under the Crimes Act.//

//New Conservative would ensure that, except in exceptional circumstances, parental notification occurs in regards to abortion procedures sought for children aged 16 and under.//

New Conservative would ensure that, except in exceptional circumstances, family notification occurs in regards to Jew killing procedures sought for children aged 16 and under.




As you can hopefully see all of this is totally insane. You shouldn't have a policy that basically says it's ok to murder babies as long as you notify the family first, or that it's ok to murder babies as long as you get 48 hours counselling first.


//Other party positions on abortion*:​
National and Maori/Mana support abortion//


The New Conservative Party supports abortion too.

//Labour, Greens, TOP and Act support further liberalisation of abortion//

Our laws are already far too liberal. Liberalizing them further would make very little difference in terms of the overall numbers of babies being murdered. But conservatives use this kind of rhetoric as a scare tactic to distract from what they should be calling for - total abolition of abortion.

//NZ First oppose abortion//


NZ First doesn't oppose abortion any more than the NC party does. And now that the current deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is in power (and was for a few months the acting PM) it's clear that he has no real interest in opposing abortion at all.

//* source: Family First New Zealand and other Party statements//


Family First and Bob McCroskie are just as corrupt as the NC party. I've had email conversations with him and it's clear that he will not call for the abolition of abortion but instead has the same kind of wishy washy and sinful pro-life thinking as most conservatives.


In conclusion, we must call for the total abolition of abortion, and not compromise just because we pragmatically think that most people accept abortion as a necessary evil or something that we can't change.

It's a sad reality today that most people (even most conservatives) think that it's worse to oppose abortion than it is to be apathetic about it.

The bottom line is that abortion is murder, and incremental legislation to try and regulate how a person can murder another person is corrupt and insane. We must stop voting for the lesser evil because it's the lesser evil compromises that are keeping abortion legal. In NZ that has resulted in the murder of over 500,000 babies in the last 4 decades of the abortion holocaust.

I'd also like to mention that there is one party in New Zealand that does have a policy to abolish abortion - the GodsownNZ party. But unfortunately that party is not an official registered party because it doesn't have the required minimum 500 members to become an official party.

Finally, if you are not already an abolitionist I encourage you to become one! Join the fight to abolish abortion in New Zealand. Abortion must be abolished.


For Further Reading / Research:

- Abolish Human Abortion.
- The Difference between Pro-life and Abolition.