Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Regarding abortion, check out this link: The website is filled with testimonies of terror, guilt, and hopeful recovery through Christ. The most enlightening thing? The pro-choice movement is the most inaptly named organization on the planet. In testimony after testimony women reveal that they were put under oppressive coercion, by their boyfriends, friends, husbands, and parents to undergo an abortion. That's not real freedom, but that's what a liberal-controlled government would advocate. There is also resounding testimony concerning what happens to a woman's soul through abortion.

Monday, September 22, 2008

What's Eating Gilbert Grape? has been in my Netflix queue for a long time, and on my list of movies to watch for even longer. You know the feeling - you hear of a good movie, you're busy, you can't watch it with the kids, so it's a procrastination victim. Last night I finally got to it, and I was rewarded.

It's not a perfect move with perfect morals, oh my goodness, no. Definitely not for the kids. But neither is it one of those artsy movies with good acting and production values that turns out to be a cesspool of depravity. What's Eating Gilbert Grape? has great values and is an excellent pro-life message. Well, what's eating Glibert Grape is that he has a retarded younger brother with a penchant for climbing the town water tower, a 500+ pound mother who threatens the structure of their Iowa farmhouse, and a bored and wanton mother of two who wants 20 year old Gilbert to deliver the groceries and a whole lot more, a lot more often than Gibert's comfort zone. Then he meets a beautiful young woman who seems to like him as much as he likes her, and you can see his agony: who would ever stay with me, with all the burdens that are attached to my life?

Well, I would say Leonardo DiCaprio steals the show as the retarded brother - long before he was the twerpy guy on the Titanic - but Darlene Carter is also fantastic as the multi-X large mom who can't leave the couch, is the town legend, and object of derision who has eaten away her husband's death through gargantuan helpings of fried chicken and baked potatoes. The great appeal of the movie is that Gilbert and his two younger sisters care deeply for Arnie their brother, and their mother as well, and their mother likewise for them.

As Arnie's 18th birthday approaches (according to the doctors he was never to reach 10) many loving preparations are made, crises come by the bushel, and Gilbert stoically, and not-so-stoically manages to cope. There is no God brooding over this family, caring for them and intervening at appropriate times, but God is there in their behavior and care for one another, and ultimately in Arnie.

Gilbert Grape communicates very effectively in showing the sacrifices that families with special needs kids have to make, and also the rewards that come to them for those sacrifices. Gilbert himself is the very paragon of this message: he is stuck with his brother and his mother and sisters, and that's that. But his brother was born, and not aborted. And it is evident, and I mean really evident that Arnie is on the earth for a reason.

One of the most deeply offensive things that I have heard in this political campaign is Barack Obama's statement that if his daughter made a mistake he would not want her "punished with a child." Children, even deeply burdensome children like Arnie, are a blessing.

Psalm 127:3-5 "3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate."