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Woman Films Her Own Abortion

Abortion Guilt Rationalize

Source: "Why I Filmed My Own Abortion" by Emily Letts, as published on Cosmopolitan.com, 5/5/14.

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Contributed By: Barnett Gushin | Date Posted: 2014-05-27

Scripture: Romans 81:

Author: Emily Letts / Barnett Gushin
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ILLUSTRATION

Emily Letts is an abortion counselor at Cherry Hill Women’s Center in New Jersey. Recently, she found herself unexpectedly pregnant. She new immediately that she would have an abortion, and soon began thinking of ways she could use her experience to embolden other women who likewise found themselves in an unwanted pregnancy. Below, in her own words,* is her rationale:
 
I was a professional actress for many years. … I had a friend who was a birth doula, and she fascinated me with her stories about giving birth and growing life. … I trained as a doula … During my training, I learned there are … birth doulas, adoption doulas, and abortion doulas. A light went off in my head.
 
The idea of helping women through an abortion and supporting them and reassuring them that they are still wonderful and beautiful resonated deeply with me. … I reached out to Cherry Hill … I was hired on the spot …
 
I found out I was pregnant in November. I had been working at the clinic for about a year. It was my first pregnancy … I hadn't been using any kind of birth control, which is crazy, I know. …  Before this experience, hormonal birth control scared me because of complications I’d heard about from friends … So I tracked my ovulation cycle, and I didn’t have any long-term partners. I thought I was OK. But, you know, things happen. I wound up pregnant. …
 
Once I caught my breath, I knew immediately I was going to have an abortion. … The guy wasn’t involved in my decision. …
 
While I was pregnant and waiting for my procedure, I thought, “Wait a minute, I have to use this.” … I searched the Internet, and I couldn’t find a video of an actual surgical procedure in the clinic that focused on the woman’s experience. …
 
I wanted to show it wasn’t scary — and that there is such a thing as a positive abortion story. It’s my story. … 
 
I was focused on staying positive and feeling the love from everyone in the room. … I know that sounds weird, but to me, this was as birth-like as it could be. It will always be a special memory for me. I still have my sonogram, and if my apartment were to catch fire, it would be the first thing I'd grab. …
 
Every time I watch the video, I love it. I love how positive it is. …
 
I know there are women who feel great remorse. I have seen the tears … but what I really wanted to address in my video is guilt.
 
Our society breeds this guilt. We inhale it from all directions. Even women who come to the clinic completely solid in their decision to have an abortion say they feel guilty for not feeling guilty. Even though they know 110 percent that this is the best decision for them, they pressure themselves to feel bad about it.
 
I didn’t feel bad. …  And I am grateful that I can share my story and inspire other women to stop the guilt.
 
*Click the link to source above for the full transcript of her comments. 
 

APPLICATION

Dear Emily, there IS a way to "stop the guilt," but it's not found in denying your culpability or painting your shame in a "positive" light. True absolution from guilt can only come by receiving the grace and forgiveness found in Christ Jesus for the payment for our sin. Why do you think you cling to your sonogram picture as you do? Search your heart. Is it because it is now the only way you can "carry" the child you chose to discard.
 
I will pray for you to face your own grief, even as you say so many who visit your clinic grieve, so that you might find forgiveness in Christ, and with it, the genuine absolution of all guilt and shame. 
 
"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). 
 
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (Isaiah 5:20).

Romanticizing Our Spiritual Junk

Sin Self-deceived Rationalize

Source: Amazon.com and "Cover Story: Warhol's House of Stuff" by Mary Thomas, Post-Gazette Art Critic, Phittburgh Post-Gazette, 3/1/02

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-04-04

Scripture: Hebrews 3:15 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

“Andy Warhol (1928-1987) started out as a very successful commercial illustrator, and became a painter, photographer, printmaker, film and video maker, magazine publisher, author, and celebrity. He had his first art show in 1962, at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles which showed his "32 Campbell's Soup Cans." From that point on Warhol's work revolutionized the art world.” – Amazon.com

When the executors of Andy Warhol’s estate went in to “remove his effects” from his home they were shocked by what they found. His five-story NY home was packed from floor to ceiling with boxes, crates, trunks, and piles of collectible, not to mention mountains of junk (old mail, newspapers, old food, etc.). So advanced was his obsessive/compulsive behavior to hang onto his junk that he was reduced to living in just two rooms of his massive home.
 
Warhol was a classic hoarder, yet because of his celebrity status—known as a celebrated pop culture icon—his hoarding was repackaged into a romantic peek into the life and mind of a legend.  Art Exhibits showcased his stuff under the title “Possession Obsession: Objects from Andy Warhol’s Personal Collection.”
 
The publishers of a book by the same title described him as “passionately engaged with the historical past, an interest which found a direct yet imaginative expression in the serious collecting he undertook from the mid-50s until his death. Possession Obsession proposes that collecting was another form of artistic practice for Warhol, one that provides as much insight into his interests, tastes, and ideas as do his other myriad art forms.”

APPLICATION

Warhol held onto his physical junk with the same tenacity we hold on to our spiritual junk. We don’t want to let it go. To justify ourselves, we repackage it as something artistic, romantic even. Promiscuity becomes free love. Anger becomes open, honest expression. Selfishness becomes self-actualization. We stubbornly resist God’s offer to overcome our possession obsession because we love our junk.

Don’t wait until the Great Executor of your estate—God Himself—comes to deal with your junk at the end of your life. It will be too late. In that day, your life won’t be celebrated and repackaged as something artistic and beautiful. It will be judged, and rightly so, as something full of stuff, but empty of substance. 
 
“As has just been said: "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts” (Hebrews 3:15). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us clean out our storehouse of spiritual junk! from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Darkness Will Come To Light

Deceived/Deception Evil Cultural Trends

Source: https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/dachau

Contributed By: Jeff Lines | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: John 3:19 ; Hebrews 4:13

Author: Jeff Lines
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ILLUSTRATION

Why didn’t the Germans smell the stench of the chimneys?

There were two types of prison camps in the Nazi regime used for the enemies of the Reich. The first was the work camp. There was no gassing of prisoners at those locations; victims were just worked to death. Dachau was the first. It was the model for all of the others very close to Munich. The Germans knew about the work camps because they were in plain view all over Germany. Propaganda had desensitized the populous. Germans were encouraged to openly hate the Jews and blame them for the countries ills. The Jews were considered filth and got what they deserved. It is important to note that mass extermination did not occur in Germany. It is interesting that Dachau did, however, have a gas chamber but never used it. One might wonder why that was so. I think I have an answer.

The answer is in the locations of the second type of camps. These were the death camps. In these camps were the gas chambers and the crematoria. Auschwitz-Birkenau was constructed in the south of Poland, and Treblinka, Sobibor, and Belzec were built in the far east of Poland. All of these were remote. One might ask why the Nazis built those camps so far away from the German population. The Nazis were evil, but they were not stupid.

The local Polish population was well aware of what was going on in their midst. Train cars of people were rumbling into these locations, unloading (like cattle) far more bodies than the camps could possibly hold. The air was filled with a very disagreeable odor of burning human flesh. Many locals worked at the camps. Why didn't they object? The simple fact is that Germany occupied the country, and the Reich would have killed objectors if they spoke up. The population had been overrun and was simply in fear. Hitler had no fear of the Polish people. He did not have to deceive them. He did not need their support. On the other hand, Germans needed assurance that all was well in the Fatherland and that their Fuhrer was noble.

The average German was misled by the great propaganda tools of the Reich. Those who opposed the Reich were marginalized and eliminated. First, those critical of Nazism were called names and were declared enemies of the people of Germany. Later, they just disappeared. The issue was not the propaganda itself. In a free society, there will always be propaganda. The problem was the media monopoly. In public, all was "Wunderbar," the great German Reich was the model of the world in culture, engineering, science, breeding, and finance, but behind the scenes, hidden from the eyes of the people, treachery and tyranny were afoot.

What was the purpose of the locations of the camps? The obvious fact is that the Nazis located the death camps far away from the people's eyes because even Nazis feared how much it would disgust the average German. Men love darkness because their deeds are evil.

America would never be guilty of any such horrors... right?

Well, may I remind you of the "Tuskegee Syphilis Study"? Our federal government and the CDC performed this study. In an area of Alabama, there was a large outbreak of Syphilis. About 600 Poor, uneducated black men were lied to and told that they would receive free medical treatment. They were not to receive any treatment at all. The purpose of the study was to observe the effects of the disease on untreated men. The study was to last only about six to eight months, but when it lost much of its funding, the overseers changed the plans. They could have curred many of these trusting men. Instead of stopping the already villainous practice and treating the men, they allowed them to die horrible deaths while they observed. The study went on for 40 years. Yes, it ended in 1972! This travesty was all in the name of public health.

APPLICATION

The Germans never smelled the chimneys because the Nazis hid them. We may not smell the camp chimneys' stench yet, but I sure do smell a rat. Before you roll your eyes in disbelief, be honest enough to admit from history how easily masses are manipulated by first pressure then by fear....and by the way, you might also ask the American Indian if our government was trustworthy before you let your guard down.

Even now, there are people busy hiding the chimneys.

"Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight; everything is uncovered and exposed before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account" (Hebrews 4:13). 

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Lies Deceived/Deception Worldly Mindset

Contributed By: Lingutla Raja | Date Posted: 2019-03-06

Scripture: Isaiah 5:20 ; Luke 11:35

Author: Lingutla Raja
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Deceived/Deception Self-righteousness Shepherding

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-04

Scripture: Titus 3:5

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Deceived/Deception God's Judgment Law (of God)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-10-14

Scripture: Luke 8:17

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Cultural Trends Faith Hardness of Heart

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-22

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Responsibility Adultery Excuses

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-02-16

Scripture: Proverbs 6:32

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Resentment Foolishness Divorce

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-07-13

Scripture: Hebrews 12:15

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Power Followership Deceived/Deception

Contributed By: Neal Letteney | Date Posted: 2016-05-27

Scripture: 1 Timothy 4:1 ; Matthew 7:15

Author: Neal Letteney
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