I've been pro-life all my life. I've changed and even reversed my opinion on all kinds of things, I am now more left than right wing but no one has been able to offer anything that could really challenge my pro-life stance. I've definitely met Christian women who worked in crisis pregnancy centers who worked for peanuts because they cared so much. I can't say I have ever met one quite like this though. This Wiccan priestess is trying so hard to help women and be the support they need and prevent loss of life through abortion, people can call her at 3 in the morning. She cries for the ones that die and for their families, but as much as she's grieved what they did, she doesn't condemn them. Her video is worth watching.
Stargift Tarakasha: Pagan Pro-life Advocate
photo from her facebook page.
I was also deeply challenged in my faith a few years ago by reading "The Sacred Ways of Lakota" by a shaman named Wallace Black Elk. I saw how much faith he had. He had no doubt in his mind whatsoever that his spirits (not his gods, he believed he had to communicate with spirits that aren't god as part of living his belief in only one god.) could and would do things I would have hesitated to pray about. I saw my own grandmother get out of a wheel chair and stand in front of a small, and not at all publicized congregation in a small town in southern MI, and give glory to God for letting her walk again.Yet I would hesitate to do what he did when a child was sick in the hospital somewhere and he had to travel a long way to get them there. The skepticism of the doctors was no problem for him, he didn't fear that their doubt would prevent the child's healing. It was very solid and very clear in his mind that his view of the world and the spirit realm was real and had real impact. The way he talked about it, how odd he found it that the doctors couldn't just say what happened and they were wondering what on earth to put in their report and they were so upset about what to say, (he didn't realize, I don't think, that if they described what happened in that meeting and how the boy's symptoms disappeared, that they could and probably would have lost their jobs) I don't think he was lying about it. However, he also had to decide, every time he went on a retreat to grow in his faith that he went there to die because he never knew for sure if he would come back. He had to have faith that if the spirits killed him, which he well knew they might, that it was the right thing! Now, I believe the enemy comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy. I may have to, and I have, had to make decisions where I wasn't sure I would survive if I did the right thing, I had to trust God to save me. However, coming to Jesus in worship does not carry with it the serious threat that I might die, that Creator might choose to kill me for some higher, inscrutable reason. I'm not planning to convert to Lakota religion any time soon.
I am challenged by someone in a band that has joined my favorites list. He is a warlock of the unabashedly dark variety. He and his long time live-in girlfriend have a company called "Sheer Faith" an art company. "You need some artwork done? call us!" They don't work for someone else, they have taken a leap of faith and started this thing to support themselves and 2 kids in one of the most expensive countries in the world to live in, the UK. They're doing all right. I would love to do something like that, but do I have the faith and the courage? I have been known to have a lot of courage about lots of things, but I have all I can do to draw a cartoon I really want to draw and submit to an ezine that I know will not even pay anything. I'm trying to get myself to do that now. A lot of that is lack of confidence, despite being told I have the talent and wanting to, and believing in God, I still struggle with belief that I can't. If I can't do anything I am good at and like and feel like I am put here to do, then who failed? If I really can't, no matter what I do, then did I fail or my Creator? Yet, I feel it that way, and I am going to have to fight it. If the enemy can do what those who seek dark spirits say they can do and give as reason for believing and following, than Our Creator can do far more, and it is through faith that destiny must be fulfilled. If I wish to be a light in the darkness, I find often that those who follow darkness set a pretty high standard. I have to pray I will be able to rise above even that. It can't be by my own power, but I do have to choose to believe, choose to follow, and choose to let Creator take me where I need to go.
This is my challenge, and this is your challenge, too. What do you choose to do? I cannot stay like this, and cannot be reaching for status quo. I have seen demons cast out and frankly I have had them cast out of me. I know the power of my God is greater. No more excuses, by God's grace I have to start believing more than I ever have. Quite frankly, so do you.