Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"What I Do With My Body Is Between Me and My God!"

At the time of this post, we have received more than 700 emails via the "feedback" feature of the 180movie.com website. The vast majority of the messages are extremely positive, with some of them being so moving as to bring me to tears--messages like this one:
I once thought the same way as the others in this movie but through those like you that planted the seed God took over and has been changing my life ever since. I have had abortions, yes more than one. I wish so much now that it would've been illegal. I was pushed into it by sexual sin. I had so many people tell me it was the right thing to do. Big mistake. I have a wonderful nine-year-old son, now, and just the thought of him never having a voice, never making it into my arms, brings me to tears. God has rules for our own good. God always makes a way for us, and my son has changed me for the better, and he has changed my life. When I had my son I realized what a huge sacrifice God made for us, to send his only Son to be tortured, and made to die on a cross . . . I choose life with the guidance of my Savior, I chose to follow the God that knows my sinful heart and loves me anyway . . . When I'm am asked about my beliefs, my religion, I simply say, "I am forgiven and grateful, thank you Jesus--the only one who died for me."
Or this one:
I've had multiple abortions and I've heard abortion compared to the Holocaust before. But, I've never understood why. I've avoided discussing or advocating on any side of the issue for many years. This video has been popping up all over Facebook. I finally clicked on the link. I am a history buff with a passion for WWII. My attention was immediately grabbed. As soon as the switch to abortion began I wanted to stop watching, but I couldn't. Part of me needed to keep watching. I don't know what to do with this information, but I think it is changing the way I view these things. I might need to watch it again. That's something I never thought I'd say.
Note: when we receive emails like the one above, we make contact with the person via email to provide encouragement and to share the gospel with them.

We also receive messages that leave you scratching your head, as the ignorance of people around the world is brought into plain view. Like this one:
We loved you movie and watched it as it made it's debut all the way over in Thailand. In Chiang Mai, the city where we live and work, a local school created quite a stir when it's students were encouraged to come to school dressed as Adolf Hitler and Nazi soldiers. Thanks for your AMAZING, God honoring work.
And, as expected, along with the "good" messages, we have also received a number of messages that could be categorized as "bad" and "ugly."

We received the following message via the "feedback" feature of the 180movie.com website, from Dee Marrow-Zane:
I am amazed and disgusted that the holocaust is being compared to pro-choice legislation in this country. Really? I'm pretty sure there aren't enough characters available in this box for me to even begin to address the flawed logic in this "documentary." Worse yet - you have advertised it as a piece about remembering the holocaust, and instead it is pro-life propaganda at it's sleaziest. I am a woman, a Christian and a mother. I vote, and I will NEVER elect a person into office who thinks that MY BODY should be legislated by the government. What I do with my body is between me and my God. I am also German - raised by a grandmother who fled Nazi Germany during WW2. This is a disgustingly misleading piece of propaganda. Hitler would be proud of you.
Dee's response is not remarkable when compared to other messages we have received from folks who use the same shrill rhetoric--claiming the video is illogical while refusing to apply any logic in their response. So, I'm not going to address most of Dee's complaints.

What stood out to me in Dee's message, and the subject of today's Vlog, is the following statement:
I am a woman, a Christian and a mother. I vote, and I will NEVER elect a person into office who thinks that MY BODY should be legislated by the government. What I do with my body is between me and my God.
In the following video, I will question Dee's assertions and give what I believe are biblical answers to those assertions.

For further study: Exodus 20:4-6; Isaiah 5:20; Matthew 7:15-20; John 15:1-11; Hebrews 10:26-31; 1 John 2:8-11