This morning has afforded a bit of time to catch up on what is going on in FBLand. It was impossible to not see Deborah Nucatola starring as the villain in the latest Planned Parenthood release. I did a bit of exploring on this recent event, which took me down several trails — one of which led to StemExpress, LLC and their reported advertisement to PP clinics. Interestingly, the StemExpress website was “Down for Maintenance” this morning. So, I Googled the company and came across the woman, Cate Dyer, who started it with only $9k.
In reading about Cate and her company on BizJournals.com, I learned that within 4 years, “StemExpress, which provides human blood, bone marrow and tissue for medical research, ranks No. 363 on the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies, with 1,315 percent growth over a three-year period.” I also learned that, among other things, Cate is “passionate about: “animal welfare, and absolutely enjoying life to its fullest.”
The irony is not lost on me.
Something else jumped out in her bio of sorts. Under her community service is listed: “mentoring at women’s recovery homes … which focus on recovery from alcohol abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence.”
A very noble cause.
While research supports an increased incidence of alcohol and drug addiction in post-abortive women, I’ll save that discussion for another day. Rather, I mention her community service to serve another purpose – one that’s heavy on my heart and has been for some time.
Our nation has taken on an “us vs. them” mentality. The debate surrounding life is no exception, and this concerns me to the utmost.
The people on “their side” are not monsters. For the most part, they are people serving causes they believe are noble – even as we are sure they are sorely misguided. In many cases, these are people we know and love.
And, if we don’t love them, we should. If we profess to follow Christ, we must.
David went into battle with a sling and a few stones, yet, the battle didn’t belong to David. It wasn’t David against Goliath. It was David’s God against the god of this world.
Furthermore, Saul, the nation’s leader whose heart was hardened toward God, didn’t stop God from accomplishing His purposes through the one whose heart was devoted and surrendered to Him.
Until the end, David honored the nation’s leader. One, He knew that God had placed Him there. Two, He knew that His God could and would accomplish His purposes, regardless.
Nothing has changed, friends.
Before heading into battle – with all certainty that God is on our side — we must pause to examine our hearts and secure their proper vertical alignment. We must be certain that our agenda is not our own – that we are not seeking personal glory or glory for our “side.”
We must remember the response of the commander of the Lord’s army when Joshua asked, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” and the commander replied, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD.” Joshua 5:13-14
His response should cause us to pause.
We’re quick to put God on Joshua’s side.
After all, God was clearly on Joshua’s side, wasn’t He?
No. Neither. Neither side.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are not first and foremost members of a political party. Neither are we first and foremost citizens of this great nation.
Rather, we are — first and foremost — children of the God Most High, members of the body of Christ, and citizens of heaven.
This is not about me against Cate Dyers or Dr. Deborah Nucatolaof.
We are one in the same, save one difference: the accomplished work of Jesus Christ on the cross on my behalf and on behalf of all those who will receive Him.
The battle is not us against them.
The battle is not us against the world.
“…the battle is the Lord’s…” 1 Samuel 17:47