Dear CSN newsletter readers,
The Citizen Sentinels Network has maintained a project, originally deemed the David Project, since 2018. We are in our second year of existence in a hostile political environment! For those readers of faith, the Messages of Light originated as a genuine inspiration from our Heavenly Father. It was initiated to bring Light into the dark in this time. And especially at this time in our nation and in the world, there is clear and present danger that requires the faithful to hold boldly and securely onto the foundations that are rooted in faith.
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Choose Life, Not Death
Moses said to Israel:
“You know God’s laws, and it isn’t impossible to obey them. His commands aren’t in heaven, so you can’t excuse yourselves by saying, ‘How can we obey the Lord’s commands? They are in heaven, and no one can go up to get them, then bring them down and explain them to us.’
“And you can’t say, ‘How can we obey the Lord’s commands? They are across the sea, and someone must go across, then bring them back and explain them to us.’ No, these commands are nearby and you know them by heart. All you have to do is obey!”
“Today I am giving you a choice. You can choose life and success or death and disaster. I am commanding you to be loyal to the Lord, to live the way he has told you, and to obey his laws and teachings. You are about to cross the Jordan River and take the land that he is giving you. If you obey him, you will live and become successful and powerful.
On the other hand, you might choose to disobey the Lord and reject him. So I’m warning you that if you bow down and worship other gods, you won’t have long to live.
Right now I call the sky and the earth to be witnesses that I am offering you this choice. Will you choose for the Lord to make you prosperous and give you a long life? Or will he put you under a curse and kill you? Choose life! Be completely faithful to the Lord your God, love him, and do whatever he tells you. The Lord is the only one who can give life, and he will let you live a long time in the land that he promised to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:11-20
In this nation, the battle over abortion has been raging for decades, and it is literally a battle over life and death. There are many, perhaps most within the secular world that think nothing of aborting a baby within the mother’s womb, and an increasing number who would be seriously tolerant of a post-birth “abortion,” which is essentially murder. For all intents and purposes, this would put our nation on the list of countries of old that practiced infanticide. Politicians are already advocating this practice as a method of dealing with the inconvenience of another human life in the world.
Such a rational is appalling to most people of conscience, but that says more about the contemporary politicians than it does any people of conscience. Thus, our nation makes laws that no longer protect life while intellectuals and political leaders pontificate about the advantages of murder. The culture we live in is adverse to the survival of the unborn children. So, what does that say about the nation?
Supposedly, America was founded upon God-given rights proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence and enumerated to a degree in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States. Yet, today in the reality of practice, our national and state governments do not support life. This is mainly due to the clever legal definitions which pretend to determine what life is, or when it has commenced. How does that look to God? Did He not care that the firstborn males in the land of Egypt were being taken to the Nile and drowned?
Does God not care about the deaths of millions upon millions of unborn babies? If there are people of conscience who care, and who are moved to tears by sanctioned murder, then those people know the heart of God. When individuals consider the Nazi murders of millions upon millions of Jews during the Holocaust, are people of conscience not moved to tears by such atrocities? When people consider similar or worse atrocities in recent history, say the atrocities of communism, are they not astounded by the horror?
What does that say about the nation that permitted such atrocities? A simple response could be that ancient Egypt and Nazi Germany existed under tyrants, so the people were restricted in what they could do. But, in all honesty, America is supposedly a government of the people, by the people, and for the people living in a nation Supposedly founded on the basis of God-given rights proclaimed in the Declaration. That is not a consolation. It is a condemnation because it means we are responsible – especially God’s people bear the responsibility for this. The old adage remains true: all it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.
How long have certain Christians felt “holier than thou,” holier than the ones fighting a fight in the political arena – the place where such laws permitting abortion were passed?
A government of the people – it means the people who took the initiative to govern. And, for those who thought Jesus was coming to save them from all of what is happening at this point in time, what if Jesus, or the Lord of the Second Coming, were to come into the world as before? — born of a woman? What if our Father in Heaven had set up His special Providence for the Messiah to be born of a woman once again? And while so many Christians were watching the heavens, they may have been better off seeking a newborn child. But, out of all the 60 plus millions of children that have been aborted, what if one of them were a child God was sending to bring His Kingdom on Earth?
Americans have just witnessed a revolution that has permitted a political party and politicians in general to pass even more laws regarding abortion and forced infanticide as well. The statistics prove that seventy five percent of those who profess that they are Christian do not vote. Sadly, all the semantics about voting or not voting are irrelevant if one’s vote is nullified effectively by those who tell the naive that it is better to not vote if it is simply “a choice between two evils,” which is not a choice. That perspective is truly self-centered and totally without a sense of civic responsibility. Abolition of slavery was the key element of divisiveness leading up to the American Civil War. Today, it is clear that one of, if not the central point of divisiveness may be abolition of abortion. What else could one assume given that the very first point of our God-given rights is the right of Life. Then comes Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And to the Founding Fathers, the pursuit of happiness had much more to do with the pursuit of personal and civic virtue than the pursuit of raw pleasure. And so, here we are in 2021.
Before the month dedicated to Life passes by, we are dedicating this edition to the fight for Life in America. Our first article today is one that was written by Kevin McCarthy (not the representative from California) who was a Tea Party Leader in Virginia fighting against the Obama Administration. This article we offer today, he wrote back in May of last year. Although he refers to some relatively current event, some of what he explains in his article is timeless truth.
Our second message is from an advocacy to get involved in such a fight if readers are so inclined. The message was taken from MyFaithVotes website, and features a number of action items that people can pursue, if they feel God is calling them to get involved. If one is not sure of whether Heavenly Father is calling them to get involved, one needs to pray deeply and sincerely. We also offer a video featuring Abbie Johnson also providing ideas on how people can get involved. CSN has featured information from Students of Life as I have communicated with Kristin Hawkins and met the young people involved with this brave group of young people. We also recommend donations for their work as they are genuinely sincere in their fight for Life.
Additional videos today provide more information on this fundamental fight. Since the annual March for Life was cancelled (sort of) this weekend, a number of alternatives were set up and many concerned people participated in them. On Saturday, the Family Research Council sponsored their annual “ProLifeCon – Digital Action Summit, which was a Pro-Life virtual conference this year. They made that video available, in case any people missed our virtual flyer on the event. Other videos share other related activities as well as some music videos interspersed.
One video does stand out as it is a statement from Jonathan Kahn regarding the new Biden Administration, which seems “hell-bent” on dismantling everything decent and good that President Trump had initiated in his Administration. Additionally, we also offer again the video of Pastor Jack Hibbs with Charlie Kirk from last week’s edition. Enjoy.
Finally, we are reminding everyone that, beginning in February, we will be scaling back to two editions per week. However, we are introducing to the Sunday edition the CSN “Around the Republic” feature. This will continue in our Sunday edition to help people be clear about what is going on around the nation.
These words and images are being freely offered and are being sent to you as part of the David Project’s “Messages of Light.” Please receive today’s messages as a gift from those who care. They are only words that are being offered, freely, but some contain a deep message of faith, or a deeper expression of heart that readers can hopefully receive into their lives. As it was written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18 – KJV
May we, who are called by His name, humble ourselves, which in these days may bring us to our knees within such a toxic spiritual environment; and to pray in earnest (like our nation’s existence depends on it because it does); and to seek His face (as never before), and sincerely repent (as in ‘fall on your knees” type of repentance), and turn from our wicked ways – because if we do not, our land will not be healed, but further divided and consumed by the wickedness of those who failed to turn away from temptation and evil.
When we last heard of Alisa LaPolt Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, she was seen, in a 2013 YouTube video that went viral. The video shows her stammering badly in front of a Florida legislative committee in a poor attempt to answer the question put forth to her:
Legislator (to Ms. Snow): “If a baby is born as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to happen to that baby struggling for life?”
Snow: “That decision should be between the patient and the health-care provider.”
Legislator: “Wouldn’t the ‘patient,’ at this point, be the baby struggling for life?”
Snow: “That’s a really good question. . . .uh. . .I. . .uh. . don’t know how to answer that.
Well, thanks to the Journal of Medical Ethics, the answer has been provided. In a 2013 article, After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? Professors Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva explicitly answer the question that had so confounded Ms. Snow: the baby dies.
As we have known for years, surviving infants have been systematically left to die as if under some unspoken premise that made no distinction between a fetus and a living, breathing infant child. In several states, efforts were made, but ultimately failed to legislatively protect such innocent children. For instance, Jill Stanek, a labor and delivery nurse at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, began a movement that led, finally, to the 2003 Congressional “Born Alive Infant Protection Act.”
In more recent times, pro-abortion advocates have become even more brazenly open with their callous disregard for human life. In January of 2019, it was Virginia Governor Ralph Northam who attempted to describe infanticide as the new normal. “So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam, a pediatric neurosurgeon, told Washington radio station WTOP. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that is what the mother and the family desired. And then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Northam’s use of the word “resuscitated” is intentionally deceptive, in that the child, obviously, has been born and is alive. The infant does not need to be “resuscitated,” it needs to be cared for. What Northam really means is the child is allowed to die. Oh, but that’s okay, the Governor assures us, the child will be keep “comfortable” until then.
The Born Alive legislation is still being adamantly opposed by Planned Parenthood and other, so called Pro-Choice advocates like Northam. Their reasons, as Ms. Snow demonstrated in her muddled response, have been unconvincing, at best. . .and at worse, indicative of a much darker reality: that even a living, breathing child could be expendable – if deemed a deterrent to the interest of the woman who gave birth.
It is that darker reality for which Professors Giubilini and Minerva make the case adamantly clear in their article After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? The authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is allowed, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.
Their assertion is that a fetus and a newborn are not “actual people” and are only “potential people.” In their view, a newborn, has the same limited status as a fetus. A potential person is, therefore, not a person and, thus, to terminate a fetus or a newborn is of no moral relevancy.
Giubilini and Minerva explain:
“The moral status of an infant is equivalent to that of a fetus in the sense that both lack those properties that justify the attribution of a right to life to an individual. Both a fetus and a newborn certainly are human beings and potential persons, but neither is a ‘person’ in the sense of ‘subject of a moral right to life’. We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value. . .merely being human is not in itself a reason for ascribing someone a right to life.”
This, of course, denies a sacred tenet upon which our nation stands. It is the notion that we are endowed by the Creator with an innate human value and inalienable rights that are inherently a part of our humanity. They are immutable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Giubilini and Minerva see a newborn as possessing no inherent value or rights. Whatever value a person ultimately possesses must be achieved for the self, by the actions of the self. Such an assertion, therefore, places a newborn infant in a most vulnerable position, subject to the whims of pro-abortionists. It reveals in perfect clarity what has always been suspected. What lies at the heart of the controversy between Pro-life and Pro-abortionist is a diametrically opposite perspective of the value of human life, not only within the womb, but outside of it as well. Giubilini and Minerva articulate the relativist assessment of human life thusly:
“Although fetuses and newborns are not persons, they are potential persons because they can develop, thanks to their own biological mechanisms, those properties which will make them ‘persons’ in the sense of ‘subjects of a moral right to life’: that is, the point at which they will be able to make aims and appreciate their own life.”
You see? The killing of a baby is justified because the baby does not meet the Leftist standard of personhood as provided by Giubilini and Minerva. In their view, it is only when a person is able “to make aims and appreciate their life” are they then morally subject to a “right to life” and, make no mistake, those “aims” had better be acceptable to the Left. Can you believe this monstrous illogic? Here is some more from these two dangerous ideologues:
“If a potential person, like a fetus and a newborn, does not become an actual person, like you and us, then there is neither an actual nor a future person who can be harmed, which means that there is no harm at all. So, if you ask one of us if we would have been harmed, had our parents decided to kill us when we were fetuses or newborns, our answer is ‘no’, because they would have harmed someone who does not exist.“
Whether Giubilini and Minerva studied the writings of Karl Marx, I do not know, however, their theories of human value are suspiciously reflective of that soulless, materialist icon. Whether it was Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin or Castro, each embraced the Marxist idea of human value. Marx saw human value as something that could only be produced through human labor. What was “labor” was specifically defined by Marx as that which advanced the State. Any labor, not in line with the interest of the State, was, therefore, not contributory to human value. This is why Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin or any number of Marxist tyrants had no reservations about piling high the bodies in their killing fields. Those unfortunate souls had been deemed “reactionaries” and “enemies of the State. . .deplorables, as it were and, thus, devoid of human value. Genocide was merely the means to an end and was justified by the advance of the all-powerful State; no different for them than clearing a forest to make way for a housing project or shopping center. In the same way today, the bodies of children, even those born alive, are tossed away like so much trash. The Governor of Virginia speaks openly about it, with dead eyes, as if he were speaking of removing a hangnail. We give such people the power to govern at our own peril.
Today, it’s the new Left intelligentsia, like Giubilini and Minerva, who provide the moral anesthesia for the likes of a Northam or a Alisa LaPolt Snow and the many minions of Planned Parenthood who hide behind the stealth wording of “a woman’s right to choose.” Now the word “choice” has expanded to also mean the right to choose which human has value and which does not, which is a person, and which is not, which person is to live, and who is to die.
And with an ultimate absurdity, Giubilini and Minerva comment on, is why they don’t see adoption as an alternative to “post birth abortion.”
“Why should we kill a healthy newborn when giving it up for adoption would not breach anyone’s right but possibly increase the happiness of people involved (adopters and adoptee)?
Our reply is the following: we also need to consider the interests of the mother who might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption.”
Can you believe this? We should kill the baby because “the mother might suffer psychological distress from giving her child up for adoption,” but would suffer none for having killed her child!? Have we gone mad?
The article concludes with this final assertion:
“If the moral status of the newborn is the same as that of the infant, and if neither has any moral value by virtue of being a potential person, then the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn.”
I would counter with this: “if the killing of an innocent, helpless newborn is an unspeakable, unequivocal, monstrous evil and if the reasons to do so are rooted in the same reasons used to justify aborting a fetus, then should not the killing of a fetus be also viewed as an act of evil ?”
Asserting when life begins, when the value of a human emerges, when someone becomes a person should never become subject to the musing of anyone, certainly not haughty “professors” and certainly not the political regimes they empower.
Life is a mystery, but though a mystery, we do know, unequivocally, one thing about life: that it is precious, that we all desire it and will do almost anything to hold on to it. Thus, because life is precious and because no one knows with certainty when viable human life and consciousness begins, it stands to reason and in the interest of society, therefore, to err on the side of the determination that human life and rights begin at conception. We should, therefore, protect it, especially at its most vulnerable and mysterious stages.
It is a most essential human nature to protect life. The evil of abortion is not only the death of a child, it is also an assault on the soul of society. It cows society into extinguishing what is a fundamental, inherent human nature: to value the preciousness of life and to protect it. This is why those that have had abortions, overwhelmingly testify to the feelings of remorse and to the deep psychological scars wrought upon them. The knowledge that a fetus is a precious life is placed within each human heart by God. When a child’s life is cut short, the human soul knows to mourn such an immeasurable loss.
My aunt has mourned such a loss. Her son disappeared almost 50 years ago never to be heard from again. For all those years, every time she saw someone pass by who was of similar age, size and complexion of her son, she would pause to see if, maybe, this was her boy come home. Every knock on the door, every time the phone would ring, the possibility of life was stirred deep within her soul, as was the ensuing pain of disappointment each and every time. Even though, as the years and decades pile up, and all signs point toward one inevitable conclusion, she still waits for him to this day. That is the nature of a mother. She chooses life, and she will never let it go.
…taking action in the fight for life! Our goal is to equip and mobilize pro-life generations that will abolish abortion, and we are thrilled to have your support. We’ve compiled five powerful ways to start making a difference today to advance a culture of life in America.
1. Send a Pro-Life Message to Your Elected Leaders
Use our simple and easy tool to send a message to your representatives in Congress, state legislators and Governor. Let them know that you stand in support of life and urge them to protect all life. There are 90 million Christians in the United States and millions more who believe in the sanctity of life for every pre-born baby. When we act together, our voices cannot be ignored.
Nothing is more powerful than prayer. Pray for the women facing the decision between abortion or life for their pre-born baby. Pray for the men and women affected by abortion, that they would experience God’s healing. And pray for God to open the eyes of the abortion workers, that the veil of deception would be removed their hearts would be softened to receive truth. Visit 40 Days for Life to learn more about reaching your community with prayer. We’ve also developed a prayer guide containing nine focused prayer points so that you can pray with others across the nation for a culture of life.
You have endless opportunities to roll-up your sleeves and start making an impact on the pro-life cause. There are tools available to help you influence others to support life, serve those considering abortion or affected by abortion, and so many more. We’ve compiled a list of ideas to get you started. If we all take action, we can change our communities and transform our nation’s culture.
The team at UNPLANNED has put together numerous resources to help you share the movie with your church, small group, or online through social media. Download and share these free bookmarks, posters, memes, bulletin inserts, flyers and more.
Change starts at the local level. We encourage you to connect with a pro-life organization to begin advocating for a culture of life in your community. See the list below of phenomenal pro-life organizations and get connected.
40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that takes a determined, peaceful approach to showing local communities the consequences of abortion in their own neighborhoods, for their own friends and families. Help take the pro-life message to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign.
Sidewalk Advocates for Life provides a comprehensive sidewalk advocacy training, tools, and support program to those who feel called to peacefully reach out to abortion-bound women and men with life-affirming options. To build or join a life-saving team in your community, please visit Sidewalk Advocates for Life.
Students for Life battles Planned Parenthood every day on over 1,200 campuses across the country and we are glad you want to get more involved! Students for Life groups bring a message Life to campus, while combating the lies of the abortion industry, in order to change hearts and minds and empower women to choose Life. Find out how you or a student you know can start a Students for Life group on your campus today.
Embrace Grace works to inspire and equip the church to love on single and pregnant young women and their families. Most churches advocate life and discourage women from getting abortions, but a lot of times, the church the has nothing to offer her for support at that point. She is then left with nine months of being scared, worried and feeling alone.
Heartbeat International is the most expansive network of pro-life pregnancy centers in the world. Heartbeat has over 2,600 affiliated pregnancy help locations including pregnancy help medical clinics, resource centers, maternity homes, and adoption agencies. Locate and reach out to a pregnancy care clinic in your area through the Heartbeat network and see how you can volunteer or donate.
Care Net offers compassion, hope, and help to anyone considering abortion by presenting them with realistic alternatives and Christ-centered support through our life-affirming network of pregnancy centers, churches, organizations, and individuals. Locate and reach out to a local Care Net Center in your area and see how you can volunteer or donate.
Video Views – Onward and Upward! From Family Research Council: ProLifeCon – Digital Action Summit 1/30/21 https://prolifecon.org/
From YouTube Rascal Flatts ~ “My wish for you” ~ with lyrics 12/27/09 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Living Waters: POWERFUL abortion interview will leave you in TEARS – 1/31/19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
Abby Johnson – Take Action for Life – 3/19/2019 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Jonathan Cahn: Jonathan Cahn’s Prophetic Message to Joe Biden (Presidential Inauguration 2021) – 1/26/21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?
From Celtic Worship: Be Thou My Vision https://youtu.be/XiukM6WHQEQ
ICYMI> From Real Life with Jack Hibbs – “Featuring Charlie Kirk” – 1/21/21 https://22www.youtube.com/
Recommended Reading – follow the links…
From The Christian Post: Moral relativism is the ‘majority opinion’ of Gen Z, new study reveals -1/30/21
From Canada Free Press: Is The Pope Joe Biden Catholic? 1/26/21 https://canadafreepress.com/
From Citizen Sentinels Network: “America’s Most Pro-Life President” – Dr. Robert Owens 11/3/2020 https://
Around the Republic – Now on Sundays too!
News From Virginia – From The Christian Post: Pro-life youth gather nationwide for Life Chain to protest against abortion – 1/30/21 https://www.christianpost.com/
News From Washington D.C –
From LifeSitenews: LifeSiteNews joins March for Life, interviews marchers who refused to be ‘canceled’’ – 1/29/21 https://www.lifesitenews.com/