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There have been times in history when young people accomplished incredible deeds of courage and valor. One of these was the remarkable teen-ager, Lady Jane Grey.

Lady Jane Grey also known as The Nine Days Queen of England, was de facto monarch of England for just over a week in 1553.

Executed on 12 February 1554, Lady Jane Grey’s claimed rule of less than two weeks in July 1553 is the shortest rule of England in the history of the country.

Lady Jane had a reputation as one of the most learned women of her day, and she has been described as having one of “the finest female minds of the century.”  She was fluent in French, Italian, Latin, and Greek, and could also read Hebrew. She was a real child prodigy. Through the teachings of her tutors she became a reformer.

Born around 1537, Jane was the eldest daughter of Henry Grey and his wife, Lady Frances Brandon, who was a niece of Henry VIII, was therefore the next claimant for the throne after Henry’s children.

Jane was a sort-of second cousin to King Edward VI, and they knew each other very well. They grew up together and were very good friends. One wonders what England would have been like if she would have married him, and God would have let Edward live more than 6 years. Imagine how different not only England’s history would have been, but that of our own country, if there had been two Reformed Protestants on the throne instead of “Bloody Mary”. But, apparently it wasn’t in God’s plans.

As it was, there were ongoing negotiations between Jane’s mother, Frances Brandon and the Duke of Northumberland. These led to a proposed marriage to Lord Guilford Dudley, son of the powerful Duke. Jane considered Guilford Dudley an arrogant bully, and had stated her preference for a single life, but her mother made her submit to the arrangement. The couple was married on 21 May 1553.

When Edward VI lay dying in 1553 at age 15, his Catholic half-sister Mary (Later known as Bloody Mary) was still the heiress presumptive to the throne. However, as was the custom then for Kings to name the heir to the throne if there was any question, Edward named his Protestant heirs of his father’s sister, Mary Tudor as his successors in a will composed on his deathbed. Mary Tudor was Jane’s grandmother. This effectively left the throne to Edward’s cousin Jane Grey, who (like himself) staunchly supported the reformed religions.

Edward VI died on 6 July 1553. Four days later, Northumberland and Lady Jane’s mother, Frances Brandon, had Lady Jane Grey proclaimed Queen of England on July 10,1553. Jane was reluctant to accept the crown forced upon her by her ambitious parents. She had not even received the news of Edward’s death before she was summoned to Sion House where nobles fell to the ground and kissed her hand to pay homage to her as their sovereign. She was genuinely grieved to hear of her cousin’s death, and this coupled with the shock or her new position caused her to feel “stupefied” as she would later write.

She went with an escort to the Tower of London where she was crowned in a colorful ceremony. Little did she know that she would never leave the tower.

Within only nine days, Princess Mary had managed to find sufficient support to ride into London in a triumphal procession on July 19. When they heard that Mary was coming, Jane’s council members abandoned her one by one in hopes of saving their own lives. The people also were refusing to arm themselves and fight against Mary to support Jane. Parliament had no choice but to declare Mary the rightful Queen and denounced and revoked Jane’s proclamation as having been coerced. Mary imprisoned Jane and her husband in the Tower of London, although their lives were initially spared. The Duke of Northumberland was executed on August 21, 1553.

Trial and execution

We have available to us the entire account of the debate between Lady Jane and Lord Feckenham that took place on February 10,1554. Jane bravely defended her Protestant faith. Here is an excerpt from that remarkable interview:

‘I think that at the supper I neither receive flesh nor blood, but bread and wine; which bread when it is broken, and the wine when it is drunken, put me in remembrance how that for my sins the body of Christ was broken, and his blood shed on the cross. …I ground my faith upon God’s word, and not upon the church… The faith of the church must be tried by God’s word, and not God’s word by the church; neither yet my faith.’ Jane Grey to John Feckenham, 1554

Though Queen Mary would go on to execute many Protestants, Jane’s death was due to political expediency rather than religion.

Jane and Lord Guilford Dudley were both charged with high treason. Both defendants were found guilty and sentenced to death. Jane’s sentence was that she be burned alive [the traditional English punishment for treason committed by women] on Tower Hill or beheaded as the Queen pleases. We’ve already seen that Anne Askew was burned, but often people of royalty or rank were given the “easier” death sentence of beheading.

On the morning of February 12, 1554, the authorities took Guilford from his rooms at the Tower of London to the public execution place at Tower Hill and there had him beheaded. A horse and cart brought his remains back to the Tower of London, past the rooms where Jane remained as a prisoner. Jane was then taken out to Tower Green inside the Tower of London, and beheaded in private. With few exceptions, only royalty were afforded the privilege of a private execution; Jane’s execution was conducted in private on the orders of Queen Mary, as a gesture of respect for her cousin. Jane’s last words were:

Good people, I am come hither to die, and by a law I am condemned to the same. The fact, indeed, against the Queen’s highness was unlawful, and the consenting thereunto by me: but touching the procurement and desire thereof by me or on my behalf, I do wash my hands thereof in innocency, before God, and the face of you, good Christian people, this day.

She then recited Psalm 51 (Have mercy upon me, O God) in English. With her head on the Jane spoke the last words of Christ as recounted by Luke, “Lord, into thy hands I commend my spirit!” She was then beheaded. 
Jane’s courage as such a young woman, only 16 years old, who would not budge from her faith in the face of death is an example to all.

She sent a message to John Brydges, lieutenant of the Tower of London, saying, “’Live still to die, that by death you may purchase eternal life…. As the preacher sayeth, there is a time to be born and a time to die; and the day of death is better than the day of our birth.’

Jane was buried at St. Peter-ad-Vincula between the bodies of two other headless queens – Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. During the reign of her Protestant cousin, Elizabeth I, she was celebrated as a martyr to her faith and remains one of the most famous queens of England.

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“They will be done.” Oh! that word, and to say it from the heart. When you stand by your dear ones dying, with not two dollars for funeral expenses, with a husband and father away, and when he might have come, yet did not, with no one to go to, when the very heavens seemed brass, and the earth iron, and you and your own body exhausted from hard work and watching day and night, and with but little food to sustain the body, then to say, “Thy will be done,” from the heart, is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifice; and this prayer, prayed from the heart, is what is meant by being entirely and wholly sanctified.               Amanda Smith

Amanda Berry Smith was born a slave in Maryland in 1837. She was freed when she was three years old. Her father, John Berry had bought himself and his family and then moved them to Pennsylvania. He made their home near an Underground Railroad station. Because of this, their property was closely watched to see if they were harboring fugitives. One night, slave trackers burst in, demanding to know where John had hidden a runaway. The men beat John and tried to stab Amanda’s mother. Another time they did catch a terrified fugitive who tried to escape by leaping form an upstairs window. The unfortunate man was dragged away in chains.

On yet another occasion, one of Amanda’s free born sisters was sold into slavery while she was visiting an aunt in Maryland. Amanda had to borrow $50 to buy her back. Amanda certainly knew all about slavery, so when she experienced the freedom of salvation in Jesus Christ, she praised God for delivering her twice!!

Amanda had very little education. She went to a school that was for whites, but allowed a few black children in. She was determined to learned to read and explains in her own words how hard she worked, “I first taught myself to read by cutting out large letters from the newspapers my father would bring home. Then I would lay them on the window and ask mother to put them together for me to make words. I shall never forget how delighted I was when I first read: ‘The house, the tree, the dog, the cow.’”

When she was seventeen years old she married Calvin Devine. They lived in New York City where Amanda worked as a domestic servant. This was in 1856. When the war started, he went away to fight but never returned.

Amanda had a strong desire to tell others about Christ and thought that she would get a better chance if she married a man who was a deacon. It turned out to be a bad choice. He lied to her about his plans for his life, and eventually abandoned her. Now she was a widow with small children to care for. She worked long hours and starved herself so that the children might eat. This suffering taught her to depend on God for everything in her life. Sadly, all but one of her children died in infancy, the result of living in cold, damp rooms while Amanda toiled as a laundress to earn a pittance to care for them.

Though she had these any troubles in her life, she did not allow Satan to stop her from where she believed God was calling her.

During the 1860’s, a wave of Methodist evangelism that featured a revival movement that urged Christians to experience the “second blessing” swept through the country. This “second blessing” was described as a special empowerment by the Holy Spirit to live a deeper, holier life. Amanda attended one of the revival meetings and prayed for this movement by the Holy Spirit in her own life. Waves of joy flooded her as she felt the sanctifying power of the Spirit. She was the only black person in the church, and normally shy, but this did not prevent her from shouting aloud with joy.

Now she knew that she was called to be an evangelist. In 1869 she tried her hand at preaching. By 1870, evangelism was her full time profession. She was very popular, becoming known as far north as Maine and as far sough as Tennessee. She was constantly called on to preach at camp meetings, churches, and other gatherings.

Dressed plainly in black, white, and gray, she began speaking in African Methodist Episcopal (AME) churches. She had a rich contralto voice and sang stirring songs in addition to giving her testimony of how Christ had delivered her. She urged her listeners to seek and find the same joy that she experienced.

This self-educated ex-slave eventually won souls on five continents and challenged all Christians wherever she went to live lives that were consistent with their Christian testimony. She became the first black woman to work as an international evangelist in 1878.Through her example, women gained a more prominent role in the AME Church.

She served overseas for the next twelve years in England, Ireland, Scotland, Africa, and India. In Africa, she worked for eight years as a missionary in Liberia and West Africa, where revival broke out. “The people came from all directions,” she said. “We went on for two weeks without a break. We had several all-night meetings. . . . some old men were converted that were never known to pray or be serous before.” Amanda was one of the A.M.E. Church’s most effective missionaries and hailed as one of the most remarkable preachers ever known.

 

In 1892, she returned to the United States and settled in Harvey, Illinois. Amanda was fifty-five years old. Old age and ill health did not make her stop. She continued to evangelize, and began writing her life story, entitled An Autobiography: The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith, the Colored Evangelist, which was published in 1893.

Amanda was motivated to write her autobiography in order to raise money for her latest mission: a home in Chicago for black orphans. She also published a small newspaper entitled Helper to publicize and support her cause – “For the Care, Education and Industrial Training of Orphan, Destitute, Needy Children, and especially those of colored parentage.” Amanda also returned to her singing and preaching in churches, both black and white, to raise money for the orphanage.

In 1912, after so many years of public service, Amanda retired to Florida. The orphanage was taken over by the state of Illinois and chartered as the Amanda Smith Industrial School for Girls.

She died in 1915 of a paralytic stroke at the age of seventy-eight. Her autobiography, full of the details of her homey wisdom and her struggles, has become a classic in women’s studies. Amanda’s example of courage and faith is truly remarkable. We can all be encouraged by her life to trust in God always, and lean on Him in every circumstance in our lives.

 

 

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But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.
Proverbs 8:36

One of the themes on this blog is that the only real division between humans on the earth is the division between those who love God and those who hate God. While there are those who think they can sit on the fence, ultimately, when they die and face their Creator, they will be either saved or lost.

There are lots of those who think they can be fence sitters, as we saw in the last posting. But they only think they are able to straddle both sides. In the end, God will say whether they were for Him or against Him. My prayer is that Christian women will make it plain which side of the fence they are on, not only for themselves and their relationship to God, but for the sake of others. We need to stand firm, in spite of the personal cost, so that others will be more courageous and take a stand also. If more of us are pulling together, the lives of many more helpless babies could be saved.

Jesus told us that we are not to judge in the sense that we play as God and condemn others. However, He did tell us that we can know who the bad people are by their fruits. He said, “You will know them by their fruits.  . . every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit” (Matthew 7:16,17).

I have said in a previous blog, that there is a dividing line between those who love God, love life, peace, and unselfishly love others, and those who hate God, hate life, hate peace, and are extremely selfish. Nowhere is this illustrated more clearly than in the struggle between pro-life folks and abortion proponents.

In that blog, I contrasted the lives of some godly women with some selfish women. (see “Women for Truth and Life”, posted on September 28, 2011). There, I showed how plain the dividing line is between those who love and those who hate.

Following up on that, I want to show how the godly Christian woman is also a woman of peace. And of course, you might want to ask, “Does that mean that the God haters are women of violence?” The answer is, “Yes! It should not surprise you that the pro-death women are also women of violence.”

Just consider a few incidents:

1.  October 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com)  – Two former employees of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell have pled guilty to 3rd degree murder charges for their roles in the deaths of an abortion patient and one baby born alive during a failed late-term abortion. According to testimony by former employees, Gosnell and his assistants killed “hundreds” of newborn babies by severing their spinal cords rather than killing them in the womb. Upon entering the building, investigators were hit by the stench of cat urine and the sight of drugged and moaning women lying on blood-stained blankets. Flea-ridden cats defecated freely on the bloodied floors. “As disturbing as this case is, we know that what went on at Gosnell’s abortion mill is little different than what goes on at late-term abortion mills around the country,” said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman in response to the news.

2. October 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A video released recently by Pro-Life Wisconsin, shows abortion clinic workers laughing as an ambulance pulls up outside the facility to fetch a woman injured from a botched abortion. According to the pro-life organization, this is “at least” the third time this year that an ambulance has shown up at the abortion facility after a botched abortion.

“Those who lobby for abortion’s legality claim that if abortion were made illegal, women would have to resort to dirty, back-alley abortions,”

Pro-Life Wisconsin wrote on their website. “But the reverse has actually happened — as was sadly illustrated with Kermit Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ abortuary in Philadelphia, the dirty, back-alley abortions are legal and no one is watching.”

“Abortion facilities in Milwaukee are not subject to health inspections,” the group continued. “Some days the smell of death — blood and flesh — can be smelled wafting out of AMS when the staff open the doors.”

Note:  The workers were laughing. Does this not prove that those who hate God love violence and death? Also, please note that this was a “legal” back alley abortion. Does this not show a fallacy in the pro-abortion argument that somehow making the killing of babies legal would keep “abortion safe”? And anyway, we have to ask the question, “Safe for who?” Certainly not the innocent unborn child.

3.  This is a universal problem. Recently, in Switzerland, peaceful pro-life marchers were attacked so viciously by pro- abortion forces that the police had to be called in to defend the peaceful marchers. From a news source in Zurich, we read, “Police in Zurich, Switzerland were forced to use water cannons and tear gas against anti-life protesters who tried to disrupt a recent March for Life of about a thousand pro-life supporters marching through the streets of the Swiss capital. Although the anti-life protesters were out-numbered by pro-lifers at least ten-to-one, police had to take measures to maintain order, a few times resorting to water cannons and tear gas, because protesters were entering the plaza where pro-lifers gathered, and were behaving in a threatening way,” said Joannes Bucher, the European regional director of Human Life International (HLI), who participated in the March. HLI Switzerland, a co-sponsor of the September 17th march, issued a statement about the protests that read in part, “That a peaceful occasion for life and the protection of life was the scene of such a massive police operation is unthinkable.”

And here is the contrast that I think should be noted – “Over a thousand pro-life supporters calmly and with dignity braved the taunts and insults of vocal and disrespectful protesters to listen to calls to protect life, and to pray for our opponents in this worldwide battle to stop abortion,” said March for Life attendee Mary Longlois, an American, who advocates for pro-life issues on behalf of HLI at the United Nations.

“This is truly an international battle, and pro-lifers all speak the same language.”

Here is the contrast –
Pro-life women – calm, dignified, brave, prayerful, peaceful.
Pro-death women (called “anti-life” by these honest reporters) – insulting, disrespectful, violent, and not unwilling to break the law.

These incidents are only a sampling of what has been happening. I believe that this is because the pro-life folks are gaining the high moral ground politically and socially. Pro-death people are afraid. They are responding with violence. Why should we be surprised? Anyone who doesn’t think anything of killing a helpless, unborn baby wouldn’t think anything of breaking the law and physically harming an adult.

In conclusion, here is an interesting testimony from the wife of an abortionist. This incident occurred recently, during the PEACEFUL 40 Days for Life vigils that were happening all around the country.

A volunteer noticed a woman dropping her husband (an abortionist) off at the clinic where she was peacefully standing on the opposite sidewalk. (You can read the whole story on the 40 Days for Life website.) The wife pulled up next to this volunteer and started a conversation. During their exchange she said, “I just wanted to tell you that I so appreciate what you do and how you are always so nice and respectful.” She said that her husband couldn’t believe that the pro-life marchers are against what he does, but are still nice to him. “I’m really impressed that you believe in something so strongly and passionately that you’re willing to be here every week for years in every kind of weather.”

“There is much to meditate upon from this conversation,” said the 40 Days for Life volunteer. “It confirmed the constant presence, the peaceful method, the prayerful attitude. It helped give me a renewed sense of dedication to continually trying to get people to sign up so that we can have a constant presence on the sidewalk. We never know who will see us and when they will see us.” Note two things again – peaceful and prayerful.

This story just illustrates again what the followers of the Lord Jesus are about. As followers of Christ we are willing to sacrifice our time for the sake of others. We are willing to face the taunts of those who hate us because they hated God first.

 

 

 

 

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It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household!
 (Matthew 10:25. Jesus speaking to His disciples about the persecution that is often found in the Christian life.)

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; . . enter into the joy of your master.
(Matthew 25:21. Jesus tells us of our reward for following in His footsteps.)

If you are a follower of Christ and you keep on walking with Him and maintaining a Christian character, you should expect that people will ridicule you and try to ruin your reputation. We are told very plainly that those who want to follow their own desires hate the people who try to be good. “Misery loves company” is more than just a saying that you hear in counseling circles. Those who hate God cannot stand to be around those who love God. They do not want the Christians shining the light on their dark deeds. So don’t be surprised if you are sidelined or neglected by some groups.

In fact, if the opposite is true, if you are really popular with the unbelieving, worldly crowds of people, then take a look at what you have been doing. Have you compromised your stand on the moral issues? It is very hard to keep to godly standards in a society where everyone is encouraged to do whatever seems right in their own eyes. They will try to make you feel like you are standing out as “narrow minded” or a “bigot” or a “hate monger”. Can you take the heat?

You know that these things are not true. As followers of Christ, we are the ones who love all kinds of people, no matter age, skin color, or nationality. We are the ones who have a Gospel message for the whole world. Will you let their name calling back you into a quiet corner? Keep the Savior in view. He did not back down.

It is as important as it has ever been to take a firm stand on the right side of the fence. There are really only two kinds of people, God tells us: sheep and goats. But, people behave as if there are three categories: those who love and obey God; those who defy and hate God; and the fence sitters.

The fence straddlers think that they can have one leg in each camp. They think that they can love God, but hang out with the God-haters. They want to be liked and accepted in their group. They do not know how to handle name-calling. They are weak and they need some help.

That help may be you. If you stand firm on your side of the fence, maybe they will have the courage to join you. If not, it can be a lonely place for you out there by yourself, but it is important to maintain your testimony or the other side wins. Don’t join the fence sitters.

But there is one area where there is some good news; maybe the day is coming when you won’t be quite so lonely on your side of the fence. This area is the moral issue of the right to life for the unborn. Many pro-lifers have stood alone on the right side of the fence in the past. We are grateful for their courage. We admire them because they stood firm in their claim that human life begins at conception. But, today they have the mounting weight of scientific evidence on their side. Now thanks to ultrasound, women can see that the being in the womb is a child indeed. And the fence sitters are going to have an easier time knowing where the truth is.

For a long time, it seemed that the God-hating abortion rights activists had been having the upper hand. They were able to deceive young girls into killing their unborn babies by arguing that the being in the womb was only a blob of tissue. But thanks to technology, the pro-abortion people have had to change their argument from “abortion-on-demand-no-regrets!’ to ‘abortion as a morally significant event.” Even they cannot deny what they see before their eyes. The pro-death leaders, Kate Michelman and Frances Kissling, admitted in an article in the Los Angeles Times three years ago that they are having a harder time getting support on their side because of the “increased visibility of the fetus.” They’ve had to switch tactics. Now they want to call it a moral issue. It has always been a moral issue. Their dark deeds were covered up before by lies and a friendly media. Now, they are fully in the light and exposed for all to see. Fence sitters, take note: It’s a baby, not a choice!!

We are praying for the day when people like Michelman are completely on the way out.

I am hopeful because there are some trends that are changing for the better. Thankfully, the pro-life groups are growing by leaps and bounds. This is wonderful news and an answer to the prayers of many people. Consider:

1.  Political action is on the rise, and many states are changing their laws to reflect the fact that the unborn child is a human being with rights. In 2011 alone, 24 states have enacted 52 new restrictions on abortion. Five now require an ultrasound before an abortion, two insisting that the screen be in plain view of the mother. This is one of the biggest deterrents to abortion so far. The results are: 80 to 90 percent of the women who have sonograms at pregnancy centers choose to have their baby.

2.  There has been a major shift in the age group of pro-life supporters. In 1973, when abortion on demand was first starting, the largest group by age was the under 30 folks. By the 1990’s, the young women were the second largest group. Today, the pro-life movement is dominated by teenagers and women in their early 20’s. This is very hopeful for the future.

3.  Another wonderful thing that is happening is all of the help for pregnant, unmarried women. There are many places of refuge such as the Crisis Pregnancy Center, which nurture women during their pregnancy and help them decide what is best for their babies. There are nearly three times as many of these centers as there are abortion facilities. More good news – there were 550 pro-life centers in 1999; there are over 1100 today.

There are so many other exciting things happening. In a future blog, I would like to tell the stories of some of the amazing women who are involved and who are making a difference.

In the meantime, rejoice that there are changes coming. But do not let the good news make you complacent. Now is the time to fight harder. Now that the momentum is swinging to the side of truth and love and life, jump in and add your weight to the groundswell.

And remember, The eternal God is your refuge (Deuteronomy 33:27). No matter what the politically correct, God-hating crowd dishes out, you are on the side of the truth and right and justice. Stand firm.

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Wisdom calls us to heed God’s counsel, “I love those who love me; and those who diligently seek me will find me. . . But he who sins against me injures himself; all those who hate me love death.”  (Proverbs 8:17, 36).

 

Shame on you, Girl Scouts! 

It has been well known for a long time that the Girls Scouts have partnered with Planned Parenthood, whose avowed purpose is to sexualize our youth. (See my posting on Margaret Sanger for starters.)  Consider the well-researched and documented evidence from Mariellen Rechtin, a former Girl Scout leader:

Since the 1990’s the Girl Scouts organization has migrated in a more radical, feminist, new age direction.  Note the following facts:

a) “God” being made optional in the Oath;
b) various cases of Planned Parenthood invited to do badge work in councils around the U.S.
c) Radical Feminist, pro-abortion, and lesbian speakers such as Charlotte Bunch, Kavita Ramdas, and Dr. Johnetta Cole receiving awards or speaking at conferences

 Most telling about the Girl Scouts position on the issues of sexual education, contraception distribution to adolescents and abortion are their own words:

 “We demand access to comprehensive sexuality information, services and supplies for all young people.  We need it today – and today needed to be yesterday.  The young people from more than 20 countries and every continent collectively demand their sexual and reproductive rights:

 •All young people must have access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception and emergency contraception….  (This means abortion).

 •Accessible, affordable and safe abortion should be made part of the minimum package of sexual and reproductive services.”

This is the New Girl Scouts. It sure doesn’t look like your mother’s or grandmother’s Girl Scouts, does it?

I am thankful for the work of Mariellen and for her courage in taking a stance against the agenda of the Girl Scouts. Mariellen ultimately came to the conclusion that her own family could no longer be involved with the Girl Scouts. I am praying that all Christian families will do the same.

As if the Girl Scouts’ active stance on pushing young girls into their “sexual and reproductive rights, particularly the right to choose, including access to a full range of contraceptives and safe abortion” wasn’t enough, they now are openly forcing the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transsexual (LGBT) agenda on their members.

 The Girl Scouts are proud of their “tolerant” position regarding religion. (This of course means they are “tolerant” of everyone except Christians). A reasonable person would like to think that this means that they do not “force their position” on any individual troop or girl scout in the United States when their religious world views clash.

But this is not the case; they have shown their true, intolerant colors recently when they forced the Girl Scouts of Colorado to allow a 7-year old boy to join because he “identifies” as a girl.

This Colorado Girl Scout group was not only forced to accept little Bobby, but the local leader who rejected the boy’s request to join is being forced to take “sensitivity classes”. A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts said, “We have privacy rights that we are very respectful of with families. . . We do not require proof of gender when a family wants their daughter to be a member of Girl Scouts.”

What kind of insanity is this? “Proof of gender?!!” If your child is a daughter doesn’t that mean that her gender is female? If you have a son, isn’t his gender male?

The parents of this child should be laughed out of town. Instead they look like heroes in the national news. This is what the boy’s mother said, “I believe [Bobby] was born in the wrong body,” she said. “For birthdays, he asked for ponies. He had a princess birthday, and last year when he turned 7, he had a Rapunzel birthday. I have just basically supported him.” She claimed that he has believed that he is a girl since he was two years old. How does a two year old come to that conclusion?

What is wrong with this woman? Does she hate her son? Why didn’t she tell him he was a boy? Maybe she thinks it’s cute while he’s little, but when he grows up confused and distressed, is she going to say it was “his choice” and I just wanted to go along with him? Who is supposed to be in charge here? She will have to answer to God for this.

Bobby was quoted as saying, “I like brats, barbies, strawberry shortcake. I like any girl stuff.” So what? Does this mean he qualifies to join an organization that is meant for real little girls? If the little girls go camping and want to get dressed in their tents, are they supposed to pretend he’s not a boy and undress in front of him? Why haven’t the other families pulled their real little girls out of Girl Scouts?

The other excuse given for this unconscionable situation was “Privacy rights”. “Privacy rights!!?!!” What has letting a boy join a girls’ group got to do with privacy rights?

1. It certainly can’t be the girls’ privacy rights. Now they have to let a boy hang around and participate in their deepest intimate activities.

2.  How can it be little Bobby’s privacy? The whole world now knows about his decision to be a girl. His actions have shown that he doesn’t want to be private about his choice. For his interview, he appeared at the Denver-based news station, Channel 9news, dressed in girl’s clothing. His mother seems to be glorying in all the attention she’s getting as well.

3. It certainly can’t be about the private rights of people involved in scouting. The volunteer who rejected him is being forced to apologize and go against her personal beliefs in order to accommodate the Girl Scouts’ agenda.

The Boy Scouts have maintained their sanity. They at least understand the real issues. The Boy Scouts are worth your support. They have been attacked by the ungodly all the way up to President Obama. Ladies, leave your sons in the Boy Scouts, but GET YOUR DAUGHTERS OUT OF THE GIRL SCOUTS!!!

When you depart from God’s truth, all rationality goes out of the window. If you are a Christian, find another way to give your daughter some healthy social experiences.

Here are just a few. Some of these are sponsored by one of your local churches.

American Heritage Girls

4H

Girls Brigade

Awana

Pioneer Girls

 

There are many others, such as Campfire Girls, but please check them out. They have all changed over the years. Many may still be ok for your daughters, but scrutinize them carefully.

Christian mothers, get your girls out of the Girl Scouts. STOP BUYING GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!! When I see them in front of the grocery store, I tell the cute, young things, “No thank you. I am dieting.” I sometimes ask their mothers, however, if they realize what Girl Scouting has become over the last few decades.

This blog is about courageous women. My purpose is to encourage women to take a stand, sometimes unpopular, sometimes risky, against the immorality of our times. This is one area where we can all make a difference. Even if you don’t want to “preach” to your neighbor, please don’t subject your own daughter to such wickedness. There are plenty of other wonderful organizations.

 

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