I have been a Messenger before and have had to “dodge” a “bullet” or two. 🙂 So I can certainly relate to that expression, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger!” But I always thought it meant something different, Lord.
I always thought it was a plea for mercy on behalf of a messenger of bad news. The messenger is, in a very real sense, an innocent bystander. After all, the messenger doesn’t create the bad news; he or she merely delivers it. So it follows that If someone is upset with the bad news, they should take their complaint to the Source of the bad news.
Today, I saw a messenger “shot” in a transparent attempt to kill the Message itself… and protect its Source.
According to bostonherald.com, Judge William Orrick — a federal judge in San Francisco — issued a temporary restraining order today against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). This order was handed down just hours after it was requested by the National Abortion Federation (which includes Planned Parenthood).
CMP has released three secretly-recorded videos in recent weeks showing senior Planned Parenthood officials discussing (and negotiating) the sale of various body parts of aborted babies for profit. A clearly illegal activity. [I would add “clearly immoral” but, amazingly, not everyone agrees with this.] CMP has said it plans to release at least nine more such videos in the coming months.
Judge Orrick asserted in his order that the National Abortion Federation (NAF) would likely suffer irreparable injury “in the form of harassment, intimidation, violence, invasion of privacy, and injury to reputation.”
So let me get this straight. This “irreparable injury” to NAF would be caused by the release of these videos? Because people would see what they are actually doing? And if the videos are blocked from release, NAF (and its members, e.g., Planned Parenthood) could continue to harvest and sell the body parts for profit and avoid “irreparable injury” because no one would know about it?
“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve.” (2 Corinthians 1:14-15)
Shoot the Messenger. Sanitize the Message. Protect the Source.
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” (Proverbs 14:12)
Lord, Lord, Lord… Let these messengers not be discouraged! Rather, embolden them to diligently press on!!!
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (1 Timothy 1:7)
Let Your Light of Truth shine brightly into the darkness, Lord!!!
“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” (Luke 8:17)
And let Your Message of Truth go forth like a tsunami in the desert, washing the minds (and melting the hearts) of all who hear!!!
“I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs… so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.” (Isaiah 41:18,20)
Enough is enough, Lord. Let this be the day — the season — that results in life-saving CHANGE!
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret… See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” (2 Corinthians 7:10-11a)
Never tiring of Your miracles…
Never tiring of begging You for more…