What’s your 100 year view? Lessons from Planned Parenthood’s anniversaryOctober 18, 2016
The macabre celebration of the 100th anniversary of Planned Parenthood and the specter of what such eugenicists have planned for the world in the next 100 years got me thinking about what it means to take a 100 year view.
One hundred years ago, Margaret Sanger envisioned society free of the people she considered a burden to women. She observed that it was women who served as the caregivers for the weak, the frail, and the needy. So, by her reasoning, if society could be free of those people, and women could be free from having to have children if it wasn’t what they wanted at the time, then, in Sanger’s view, utopia would be on the horizon.
That was radical thought a hundred years ago. Then, abortion was not only illegal, it was almost universally condemned. One hundred years ago, the New York Times was ardently pro-life. One hundred years ago the sexual revolution was in the future, but, as we now know, on the horizon.
Today, abortion is the leading cause of death in America. There are 210 induced abortions per every 1000 live births. So, America is currently on pace to terminate the lives of more than 20% of its citizens every year for the foreseeable future. One hundred years from now, if current trends continue and the eugenics agenda of Margaret Sanger progresses unabated, the 200th anniversary of the Planned Parenthood Federation could have seen the premature death of more than 100 million Americans.
Is that the future we want to see? If not, then we need to articulate a Kingdom vision for 2116 and begin prayerfully, strategically and intentionally moving in that direction.
One hundred years from now
This starts by asking the question, “what are we establishing today that would be worthy of celebration in 100 years?”
Are we even thinking that way? Or are we so caught up with the distractions and fears of today, we cannot envision what it looks like to build something durable and enduring? What might happen if we were captivated by a vision of the future that only God could bring about – a very different future for our children and grandchildren could celebrate?
What do you want to be true 100 years from now for your family, for your local church, for the culture?
Abortion and its culture-of-death cohort, physician assisted suicide, are not the only scourge I want to see reversed. I want to see genuine justice and liberty for all. I want to see an end to human trafficking. I want to see a restoration of morality to godliness, mutual respect, and I want a spirit of joy to pervade the world as people in every nation thrive.
I want to see a culture that is redeemed. I want to see a culture populated and influenced by disciples who are more than nominally Christian. I want to see public institutions whose primary role is not the necessary constraining of evil but the genuine promotion of and participation in growth of the common good.
How do we get from here to there?
One transformed heart & mind at a time – which begins with one transformed conversation at a time.
It means we provide for the next generation the kind of eduation most of us did not receive. Education based on training up children in the way they should go and equipping them with the tools they will need to stay that course when culture seeks to seduce them from it. It means we approach education with a seriousness and understanding that what is being taught in church or home is not reinforced in the culture.
For adults, it means an intentional approach to our own discipleship that genuinely equips us to be ambassadors of a Kingdom and representatives of a King who seems mythical to most of our neighbors. It means there are many things we need to unlearn and relearn as every thought is taken captive by Jesus Christ. As He becomes our conscience, our thoughts, words and deeds become aligned with the will of the Father. We glorify God by our living and in so doing, cause Him joy. That’s a vision!
For local churches, it means setting aside every version of “but that’s the way we’ve always done it” for a missional outpost mentality. It means that the Word of God is restored to its rightful place in the life of the church in order that the church can have a righteous influence in the life of the culture.
For all of us it will mean pressing forward in Christ for Christ with a Kingdom view to what lies ahead – in the next conversation with a 100 year vision in view.
The modern day Margaret Sanger is Cecile Richards. She is now the head of the Planned Parenthood Federation. She has a 100 year view. Time Magazine’s published Richard’s celebration of the organization’s centennial. In it she says, “If our first century was about securing our rights, our second century must be about ensuring everyone has full access and also full reproductive autonomy….Planned Parenthood’s first century was fueled by a defiant fight to secure the right to reproductive health care. In our second century, we’re not settling for rights in name only, or for only a few. We will build a world where neither income nor zip code nor race nor gender determines whether a person can get reproductive care, where no one is shamed for making their own sexual and reproductive health choices. One hundred years in, we are proud of our legacy—and we are just getting started.”
Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood have a 100 year view. Do we?
What’s your #100yrview ?
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