I think back to a conversation I had almost a year ago with a good friend of mine while we were on our way to work. My friend, lets call him Mike, has gone through some stuff, for lack of a better word. When he was 18 his father told him at a family gathering during CHRISTmas time that he wouldn't even have been named had it not been for his mother. Now Mike's mom and dad have been divorced, like 41% of American marriages (www.divorcerate.org), since he was around 2 years old. My heart hurt for my friend, while at the same time I felt guilt and extreme joy that my father was a loving, God-fearing man. As we continued on our 30 minute drive to work he opened like a book and told me he was regretful for how he lived much of his life, and how it was a continued struggle for him.
Being a college athlete excelling in both basketball and track, Mike was in the middle of the party scene at his small Catholic university in small town Michigan. He drank heavily, experimented with marijuana, and dated, a lot. As he was telling me these things he looked over at me and told me he should have a year and a half old child right now. Taken back I asked him to repeat what he had just said. He told me again, this time with sadness in his voice “I should be a daddy.” Choking back tears of my own I asked if he would mind telling me the story. He began by telling me about a girl he had met at a party. They hit it off and began seeing each other. As he skipped ahead in the story he told me they were intimate once and only once.
After they slept together the girl skipped town; a few months later he ran into the girl's older sister and they began to talk. The sister informed him that his ex had been pregnant with his child, but had aborted the pregnancy. Mike was, to say the least, outraged. He called the girl up and confronted her about what he had just heard. She confirmed the news and said “I didn't want you to be my child's father.” As he hung up the phone he broke down and wept. He fell into a deep depression that requires medication to this day. He asked me “Can she do that? Is it legal not to let the father know?” Sadly the answers to his questions are yes, it is legal and no she doesn't have to tell you squat.
In a 1976 Supreme Court case, Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth, a decision was handed down regarding fathers' rights in abortion. One of the findings was that a man's right to know about his wife or daughter's abortion is “unconstitutional” (www.jesus-is-savior.com). This case goes on to say that if the child is living then both parents would have equal rights and say in any matters concerning said child, but because the child is unborn in the mother's womb she has more vested concerns regarding the child because it also affects her health. Basically this means that men have no say over their child until it breaths its first breath. The wording in this court case talks about fathers and their wives, and doesn't say anything about single men (my friend Mike), but if a married man has no say what makes you think a single man would?
If you, the reader, are anything like me you are asking yourself “How can this be?” The answer is simple: Hedonistic and selfish way of living. The moral integrity of our country has started to snowball out of control. The Christian conservatives are considered radicals, and are persecuted for their moral compass by the liberal side of the coin. In today's American society we want change? I say nothing is really changing; rather America is just becoming more complaisant to the CHANGE that has already happened. Our country is so concerned about everyone else's civil rights, and keeping it all on an even keel we have lost focus on what our country was founded on. Our currency and our pledge all say “One nation under God.” Not “Under my own selfish desires,” but “under God”. Our nation was founded on the principals of those said radicals. Even Jesus says “Let the little ones come.”
So now I present you with a challenge, with government officials like Harry Reid (D-NV) and Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) acting like the wolves in sheep's clothing trying to soften the American public with their flowery rhetoric and lies, what are you doing to be considered a radical? What are you doing to protect His little ones?
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14