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Tags: Barack Obama, Christian, Facebook, God, Morality, Romney, Twitter, United States
Tags: Andrew Rosenthal, Assisted suicide, Euthanasia, Massachusetts, Op-ed, Oregon, Twitter, Washington
NEXT week, voters in Massachusetts will decide whether to adopt an assisted-suicide law. As a good pro-choice liberal, I ought to support the effort. But as a lifelong disabled person, I cannot.
There are solid arguments in favor. No one will be coerced into taking a poison pill, supporters insist. The “right to die” will apply only to those with six months to live or less. Doctors will take into account the possibility of depression. There is no slippery slope.
Fair enough, but I remain skeptical. There’s been scant evidence of abuse so far in Oregon, Washington and Montana, the three states where physician-assisted death is already legal, but abuse — whether spousal, child or elder — is notoriously underreported, and evidence is difficult to come by. What’s more, Massachusetts registered nearly 20,000 cases of elder abuse in 2010 alone.
My problem, ultimately, is this: I’ve lived so close to death for so long that I know how thin and porous the border between coercion and free choice is, how easy it is for someone to inadvertently influence you to feel devalued and hopeless — to pressure you ever so slightly but decidedly into being “reasonable,” to unburdening others, to “letting go.”
Perhaps, as advocates contend, you can’t understand why anyone would push for assisted-suicide legislation until you’ve seen a loved one suffer. But you also can’t truly conceive of the many subtle forces — invariably well meaning, kindhearted, even gentle, yet as persuasive as a tsunami — that emerge when your physical autonomy is hopelessly compromised.
I was born with a congenital neuromuscular weakness called spinal muscular atrophy. I’ve never walked or stood or had much use of my hands. Roughly half the babies who exhibit symptoms as I did don’t live past age 2. Not only did I survive, but the progression of my disease slowed dramatically when I was about 6 years old, astounding doctors. Today, at nearly 50, I’m a husband, father, journalist and author.
Yet I’m more fragile now than I was in infancy. No longer able to hold a pencil, I’m writing this with a voice-controlled computer. Every swallow of food, sometimes every breath, can become a battle. And a few years ago, when a surgical blunder put me into a coma from septic shock, the doctors seriously questioned whether it was worth trying to extend my life. My existence seemed pretty tenuous anyway, they figured. They didn’t know about my family, my career, my aspirations.
Fortunately, they asked my wife, who knows exactly how I feel. She convinced them to proceed “full code,” as she’s learned to say, to keep me alive using any and all means necessary.
From this I learned how easy it is to be perceived as someone whose quality of life is untenable, even or perhaps especially by doctors. Indeed, I hear it from them all the time — “How have you survived so long? Wow, you must put up with a lot!” — even during routine office visits, when all I’ve asked for is an antibiotic for a sinus infection. Strangers don’t treat me this way, but doctors feel entitled to render judgments and voice their opinions. To them, I suppose, I must represent a failure of their profession, which is shortsighted. I am more than my diagnosis and my prognosis.
This is but one of many invisible forces of coercion. Others include that certain look of exhaustion in a loved one’s eyes, or the way nurses and friends sigh in your presence while you’re zoned out in a hospital bed. All these can cast a dangerous cloud of depression upon even the most cheery of optimists, a situation clinicians might misread since, to them, it seems perfectly rational.
And in a sense, it is rational, given the dearth of alternatives. If nobody wants you at the party, why should you stay? Advocates of Death With Dignity laws who say that patients themselves should decide whether to live or die are fantasizing. Who chooses suicide in a vacuum? We are inexorably affected by our immediate environment. The deck is stacked.
Yes, that may sound paranoid. After all, the Massachusetts proposal calls for the lethal dose to be “self-administered,” which it defines as the “patient’s act of ingesting.” You might wonder how that would apply to those who can’t feed themselves — people like me. But as I understand the legislation, there is nothing to prevent the patient from designating just about anyone to feed them the poison pill. Indeed, there is no requirement for oversight of the ingestion at all; no one has to witness how and when the lethal drug is given. Which, to my mind, leaves even more room for abuse.
To be sure, there are noble intentions behind the “assisted death” proposals, but I can’t help wondering why we’re in such a hurry to ensure the right to die before we’ve done all we can to ensure that those of us with severe, untreatable, life-threatening conditions are given the same open-hearted welcome, the same open-minded respect and the same open-ended opportunities due everyone else.
Tags: Anthony Weiner, Barack Obama presidential campaign 2008, Eva Longoria, Hollywood, Kerry Washington, Nancy Lee Grahn, Scarlett Johansson, Twitter
Liberal celebrities want all of the adoration that social media engagement has to offer — but none of the accountability that actual engagement requires. For the Hollywood elite, it’s “do as they say, not as they tweet.” But actress and outspoken Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria learned a hard lesson this week on Twitter:
Conservatives online are mad as hell and aren’t taking it anymore.
On Tuesday night after the second presidential debate, Longoria shared a “retweet” from one of her 4.4-plus million followers on the micro-blogging network. “I have no idea why any woman/minority can vote for Romney,” the message read. “You have to be stupid to vote for such a racist/misogynistic tw*t.” (I’m editing the vulgarity for family newspapers, but the tweet’s foul reference to a woman’s reproductive organs was neither censored nor disavowed by Longoria on her Twitter timeline.)
On Wednesday morning, the editors at Twitchy.com, my Twitter curation/aggregation site, captured and saved Longoria’s retweet for posterity. Conservative minorities and women raised their voices. A representative sample:
Wrote Diana Yellow (@navajochic): “I don’t appreciate u call’n me stupid. Ur ignorant, selfish and stupid urself! I’m a Romney/Ryan voter, I’m female and a minority.”
Becky Gonzalez (@nanabec2) tweeted: “You can vote with your lady parts — I’ll vote with my lady smarts. VOTE ROMNEY!!!”
Melissa (@melissaDiva) responded: “So @EvaLongoria b/c I am a woman and support @MittRomney I am stupid? Your comment is disgusting and disrespectful to women. Shame on you.”
Mayelin de Villegas (@mayelinddv) informed the starlet: “I am Hispanic. I am very informed on all issues. Will be voting for Romney and proud to say it.”
After Twitchy.com called attention to the Obama campaign co-chair and “War on Women” propagandist’s backhanded swipe, she tried to cover her tracks by deleting the message. But Twitter and Twitchy are forever. On Thursday morning, the panicked actress launched into damage-control mode — and made matters even worse.
First, she claimed that “twitter (was) bugging out” and asserted that “there are things in my timeline I didn’t retweet today.” Longoria then absurdly assured followers that she was under the social media hood searching for an imaginary glitch: “Standby trying to fix!” The naked attempt to channel disgraced Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, who shamelessly blamed a nonexistent hacker for posting lewd photos of himself on Twitter, flopped among tech-savvy Twitter users.
“Blame it on A) The altitude B) The ‘video’ C) Hillary!” joked one reader.
“She inherited all her re-tweets from the previous twitter user,” jibed another.
“She has binders full of excuses,” chimed another.
Writer Derek Hunter mused: “(Y)ou’ve got to find it amusing how @evalongoria is ‘trying to fix’ her twitter like she’s writing code or something.”
Faced with an avalanche of mockery and disbelief, Longoria finally tossed aside her make-believe monkey wrench and ‘fessed up. Well, kinda sorta, in that classic crapweasel politican’s way. She tweeted that she was “(s)orry if people were offended by retweet” and that “I respect all Americans.”
“Sorry if.” Give her the award for Worst Performance by a Self-Destructing Celeb on Social Media. Longoria topped off her faux-pology by explaining that she was merely trying to create “dialogue” and then pivoted faster than an Olympic speed skater by protesting that we should all be talking about “real issues” such as “equal pay, the economy and our health care choices” instead of “tweets.”
Not so fast there, missy. You should know that Longoria is guilty of retweeting at least one other crude message bashing Republicans. Twitchy.com staff noted that on October 11, the night of the vice presidential debate, Longoria retweeted this appalling observation from soap opera star Nancy Lee Grahn: “Biden is making Paul Ryan his prison b****!” Longoria retweeted the offensive prison rape analogy without any censorship or disapproval whatsoever. And on the campaign trail, Longoria has expressed similar views disparaging conservative women. In Colorado this July, she asserted that “there is no way you can vote Republican” if you’re a woman.
The real issue with “dialogue”-seeking Longoria, who refused to answer any of my questions on Twitter, is that she is a phony spokeswoman for American women outside the Hollywood-D.C.-Manhattan bubble. She has unmistakable contempt for women who reject the Obama campaign’s radical “lady parts” identity politics.
It is not a waste of time to respond to Hollywood hatred of conservative women and minorities. It is a waste of the First Amendment to be silent. Longoria, after all, is one of Obama’s highest-profile campaign co-chairs spearheading femme fear-mongering. She and a bevy of other like-minded lib Hollywood actresses (including Kate Walsh, Scarlett Johansson and Kerry Washington) are flooding swing states to woo independent/undecided women who could determine this election. Silence is complicity.
For decades, conservative women and minorities had limited public opportunities to tell the Beautiful People that they didn’t speak for us. The game has changed. The walls have crumbled. The era of one-way political monologues from Tinsel Town hypocrites is over. To borrow language they understand: That’s a wrap. You’ve been schooled.
Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies” (Regnery 2010).
Nickelodeon and Jason Biggs – like hiring a porn star to be the entertainment at an 8-year-old’s birthday partyPosted: October 3, 2012 in American Decency Association
Tags: Bigg, Colorado Rockies, Jason Biggs, Kraft Foods, Michelle Malkin, Nickelodeon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Twitter
Every Saturday at 11:00 in the morning, a man once best known for using an apple pie as a masturbatory aid on film will be entrusted with entertaining millions of kids across the country.
Jason Biggs, known for his work in the infamous “American Pie” movies, which are in turn known for hop scotching the line between comedy and pornography, is the voice of “Leonardo” for Nickelodeon’s reboot of the iconic kids’ show, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
But, oh, if only this man kept his Bigg mouth shut off the set of his R-rated films. Alas, Jason Biggs also feels the need to comment on the presidential race in a style that one should have to show an ID to read.
After the Republican convention, Biggs tweeted unpublishable remarks having to do with sexually violating Jenna Ryan and Ann Romney and speculating about their anatomy. If you feel the need, you can see the tweets on The Blaze.
This is the guy that Nickelodeon chose to hire to entertain your kids.
Not only that, but the Nickelodeon website links to Jason Biggs’ Twitter feed via their own Twitter account. So any child who follows @NickelodeonTV or @ TMNTMaster (also run by Nickelodeon) is only a click away from the disgusting commentary of this Nick-sponsored Misogynist.
After rising public outrage, Nickelodeon released a statement disassociating themselves with Biggs’ comments, but not Biggs himself.
Only one organization has distanced itself from the children’s network after being notified of its’ disturbing and perverted employee.
From Michelle Malkin: “Notified by parents about Biggs’ not-safe-for-kids spewage, the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team canceled a scheduled family-friendly promotion of “Nickelodeon Day.” “The Colorado Rockies have communicated to the Nickelodeon Network that we will not be doing a promotion in the 2012 season,” the team announced. “They have been a good partner to us, and Jason Biggs is certainly not part of that partnership,” Rockies’ vice president of communications, Jay Alves, told Twitchy.com.
With the exception of the Rockies, no other major partner or advertiser has taken action to disassociate from Nickelodeon TV star Pig Biggs. Nick advertiser Sears disavowed Biggs’ comments, but did not pull its ads. General Mills, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, and Target are all standing with the network.”
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Tags: al-Qaeda, Book of Nahum, God, Nahum, Nineveh, Osama bin Laden, Twitter, United States
“Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?” — Nahum 3:19
On May 1, 2011 the world learned that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound. From the time that the President of the United States began his official announcement until the end of the speech, 4,000 tweets per second were sent on Twitter. The world erupted in celebration. Universities around the country set off fireworks, and people threw parties.
As one reporter put it, “Some Americans responded to news about the death of Osama bin Laden much like the Munchkins did when Dorothy vanquished the Wicked Witch in the Wizard of Oz!” There were similar sentiments around the world. The news was welcomed as a fitting end to a man who had inspired and directed so much bloodshed.
There must have been a similar outbreak of celebration at the demise of Nineveh. The Book of Nahum foretells and describes the downfall of that evil nation. Yet, Nahum is a funny name for a prophet who mainly preached death and destruction. You see, Nahum is the Hebrew word for “comfort.” Certainly, his was not a very comforting message for the people of Nineveh!
The prophet refers to Nineveh as “the city of blood” (Nahum 3:1) because the people were so cruel and murderous that the streets flowed with blood. Nineveh was also the superpower of the world, and the end of its brutal regime seemed unlikely.
Nineveh was a powerhouse just hitting its prime. The city had captured many parts of the world, including the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Now it set its sight on the Southern Kingdom and Jerusalem. Judah would be the next to fall into Nineveh’s bloodstained hands.
But God would not let that happen. Nahum was sent to tell the world that Nineveh’s reign would come to an end, and no one shed a tear. Nahum says: “All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?” The news of Nineveh’s fall was a welcomed message by the world who had suffered so much cruelty at its hands. A world without Nineveh would be a safer world for everyone.
Nahum’s words may be violent, but they are also words of comfort – not for Nineveh, but for the rest of us. His message is one of hope and encouragement. Though it often seems that evil dictators have the upper hand, Nahum reminds us that no one is above the Lord God. Though evil nations may seem invincible, they will perish in an instant when it is the will of God.
Take comfort in Nahum’s words. Good will triumph over evil. Though the battle still rages, we know how the story ends. There will be a time when the world will celebrate the end of all evil dictators and innocent blood will never be shed again.
Tags: Book of Proverbs, Books of Kings, Christ, Elijah, Elisha, God, Moses, Twitter
Social networks on the Internet are on the rise. Even when separated by great distance, people are still able to gain insights and a listening ear from peers on-line. Blogs, Twitter, e-mail, and Web links add to the ways we can receive and give spiritual guidance.
But it’s also valuable to meet face to face with mature believers for mentoring. “Elisha . . . followed Elijah” (1 Kings 19:21), and Paul mentored Timothy as “a true son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2). He even admonished Timothy to set up a chain of mentoring which would multiply spiritual growth (2 Tim. 2:2). Moses exhorted parents to teach their children throughout their day: “when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up” (Deut. 6:7). The Master Teacher, Christ Himself, illustrated how to mentor: “He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out” (Mark 3:14).
From these passages we see the value of meeting face to face in a variety of settings so that we can sharpen one another spiritually (Prov. 27:17). Along life’s journey, there are times when we can benefit from a wise guide or provide this same service to one who wants to follow.
Tags: Gay Lesbian and Bisexual, Giblet, Homophobia, LGBT, Massachusetts, Scottish Government, Twitter, United States
My name is Mike Adams. I’m honored to have been elected mayor of Salem, Massachusetts at this seminal point in history as we struggle to eradicate intolerance and prejudice towards gays, bisexuals, lesbians, and transgendered persons. Members of the GBLT community (hereafter: Giblets) are in need of our support. But they cannot go it alone. They need the support of the government as well.
I have been inspired by the recent efforts of the Mayor of Boston who has the courage to say that intolerance will not be tolerated in Massachusetts. He is a prescient man. He knows that people who hold disapproving views of sexual minorities will eventually begin to subject them to discrimination. He knows that those who serve chicken may someday decide not to serve Giblets. And he knows that because of what they might do, they must be banned in Boston immediately. In other words, it is often necessary to engage in prejudgments if one is going to prevent prejudice. And discrimination must be used as a means of preventing discrimination. The mayor’s steps are encouraging but they do not go far enough. So, today, I am proposing a new series of criminal procedures that will be invoked against restaurant owners who may hold negative attitudes toward the Giblet community. My specific proposals follow in their entirety:
1. After someone concludes that a restaurant owner may, in fact, be homophobic, the accuser will simply enter a complaint with the local magistrates. If the complaint is deemed credible, the magistrates will have the person arrested and brought in for a public examination. If the magistrate is satisfied that the complaint is well-founded, the prisoner will be handed over to superior court. I will then petition the governor to re-establish a Court of Over and Terminer.
2. A person can potentially be indicted for afflicting someone with homophobia or for making an unlawful covenant with God in a church that does not allow everyone to make a similar covenant. Once indicted, the defendant will go to trial, preferably the same day.
3. If indicted, judges will apply peine forte et dure, in which stones will be piled on the accused’s chest until he can no longer breathe. If he is able to speak, the accused may plead not guilty and receive a jury trial. The jury will be comprised of a subset of those who brought forth the true bill resulting in the original indictment.
4. The evidence at trial will generally be comprised of the testimony of those afflicted by the practitioners of homophobia. In court, we will also rely heavily on the touch test, which was once used in Massachusetts. If the accused homophobe touches the Giblet while the Giblet is having a fit, and the fit then stops, that will mean the accused is the person who has afflicted the victim. It will demonstrate that they wielded power over them. But it will not be the only evidence deemed admissible in court.
5. Other evidence will potentially include: the confessions of the accused, the testimony of a person who confessed to being a homophobe identifying others as homophobes, and the existence of homophobe’s teats on the body of the accused. A homophobe’s teat is a mole or blemish somewhere on the body that is insensitive to touch. The discovery of such insensitive areas will be considered de facto evidence of homophobia, which is a form of insensitivity.
If convicted, appeal is allowed in which convicts will be subjected to an older and more established set of procedures known as Trial by Ordeal. (This is a slight modification we will call Appeal by Ordeal. It is justice with a poetic ring). The specific rules for appeal follow in their entirety:
1. The appellant may walk a nine feet, over glowing ploughshares, heated over an open fire. Innocence will be established by a complete lack of injury.
2. If the appellant is afraid of fire, he may instead remove a stone from a pot of boiling water, oil, or lead. Again, a lack of injury will establish innocence. People can reasonably disagree on a variety of issues such as the use of split infinitives. But no one should be expected to have his, her, or its food prepared by someone who disapproves of sodomy. Just as we must purge the food industry of people who prepare meals with unclean hands, we must also remove those who prepare meals with unclean thoughts.
Massachusetts has always been ahead of its time. It only makes sense that we should lead the long march through our economic and social institutions.
Mike Adams is a criminology professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and author of Feminists Say the Darndest Things: A Politically Incorrect Professor Confronts “Womyn” On Campus.
Tags: Aurora, Christian Post, Colorado, Fred Phelps, God, Jesus, Twitter, Westboro Baptist Church
In the wake of the deadly shootings that occurred at a movie theater in Colorado last week, extremist Christian group the Westboro Baptist Church has revealed potential plans to protest victims’ funerals – a decision a local pastor has called “insulting and abhorrent.”
On Sunday, members from the infamous Topeka, Kan., group tweeted a number of messages that suggested they were on their way to picket funerals for the 12 victims of the deadly shooting. The group is infamous for picketing the funerals of soldiers, celebrities, and anyone who does not agree with their belief that God hates America because of its tolerance of homosexuality.
“Hi ho Hi ho, to Colorado we go! #godsenttheshooter! #americaisdoomed! #godisyourenemy! #godkillingyoursoldiers!” read a Twitter message from the account of Fred Phelps Jr., one of the leaders of the organization.
While it could not be confirmed where, when, or even if Westboro would truly stage a picket, Pastor Mike Dally from the non-denominational Gateway Christian Church in Aurora, shared with The Christian Post that if the controversial activists believe themselves to be doing “God’s work,” they are clearly mistaken.
“Were this the early days of the church when people were killed for not recanting their faith in God by hideous methods and for public entertainment, this is a group of people who would have stood outside the coliseum picketing how the people who were being killed deserved it,” Dally suggested.
“Throughout Scripture God sets Himself apart from the sinfulness of man. As the Holy God, He cannot sin nor can He endure its presence. Yet it is out of that righteousness that His love is seen most dramatically,” he continued, referencing John 3:16-17 and 1 John 4:7-12 to explain God’s love for the world shown through Jesus Christ.
“The sad reality is that many will reject this love and place themselves under judgment by that rejection,” he added.
The Colorado pastor claimed that what the Westboro congregation has done is fallen under a “hyper-critical enticement” that leads them to reject God’s call for love, and even elevate themselves into the position of God, where they believe they can judge others.
“When men strive to become like God and take His position they have fallen sway to the same temptation that befell Adam and Eve,” he said.
“They know neither the lives nor the faith status of any of those who have been killed and while God may be considering these deaths precious in His eyes they malign the character of God’s precious children,” Dally concluded.
“I’m not saying that all those who died will reap the eternal reward of heaven promised to those of faith in Christ, but it is completely beyond my ability to know their hearts and relationships just as it is impossible for the Westboro Church to know as well.”
A candlelight vigil for Aurora’s victims has already been held in the town without incident, and memorial services are expected to stretch all week long across various areas around the country.
Dally has served as senior pastor at Gateway Christian Church since 2002, and has previously served ministries in Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Brad Pitt’s Mom Gets Death Threats, Bullied Over Opposition to Same-Sex Marriage, Obama By Benge NsendulukaPosted: July 11, 2012 in Pro-Life, The Christian Post
Tags: Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Matt Lauer, Missouri, Mitt Romney, Springfield News-Leader, Today, Twitter
Jane Pitt, the mother of famed Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, has been forced into silence over a politically motivated letter she recently wrote to her local newspaper.
Mrs. Pitt, a devout Christian, is now reluctant to publicly discuss her controversial letter as well as the torrent of abuse that has followed, according to wnd.com.
In her letter to the editor of Missouri‘s Springfield News-Leader, Mrs. Pitt urged the public to vote for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney who she described as being a “family man” with “high morals” as opposed to voting for President Barack Obama.
Mrs. Pitt went on to call the President “a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage,” and requested “prayerful consideration” from fellow Christians as they select who they vote for in November.
A number of critics flocked to social networking site Twitter after Mrs. Pitt’s letter was publicized. They threatened and condemned Mrs. Pitt for vocalizing her opinion and she is now said to be trembling with fear and in despair.
“BRAD PITT’S MOM WROTE AN ANTI-GAY PRO-ROMNEY EDITORIAL. KILL THE b—-,’ a user posting under the name I Bleed Gaga tweeted.
“f— you, brad pitt’s mom. the gay community made your kid a star, you whacko,” karengeier tweeted.
“Brad Pitt’s mom, die,” Sandy Kownacka tweeted.
Brad, 48, who is renowned for openly supporting the LGBT community and President Obama, has not publicly addressed his mother’s letter. The actor’s brother Doug Pitt however, recently spoke out about his mother’s political views on the “Today Show” during an interview with Matt Lauer.
“Moms and dads and kids agree to disagree all over the world, so why would our family be any different?” Pitt said.
“There can be healthy discussion when people disagree with you, and I think there should be. The bad thing is when it turns into venom and negativity, and we don’t have that in our family. It’s open discussion; we can learn from each other … maybe you learn something,” he added.
Tags: David, Facebook, God, Hebrew language, Lord, Psalm, Psalm 142, Twitter
I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD’s mercy.
When I think of the phrase “Lord, have mercy!” I picture somebody’s grandmother remarking on a situation that is both desperate and humorous. Perhaps she has just heard that her grandson got his driver’s license: “Lord, have mercy!” means “Oh, my! Help him! Help me! Help us all!”
Ironically, the phrase “Lord, have mercy!” has now made its entrance into pop culture via the Internet, though in abbreviated form. LHM appears regularly on Facebook, Twitter, and in text messages. For example, a recent Tweet reads, “It’s Superhot today! LHM .” As a resident of south-central Texas, I can retweet that one! Lord, have mercy, indeed!
David begins his prayer in Psalm 142 with a version of LHM: “I cry out to the LORD; I plead for the LORD’s mercy” (142:1). The Hebrew verb translated here as “I plead” is a form of the root verb that means “to be gracious, to show pity, to have mercy.” David is not just crying out to the Lord. He is seeking mercy, pity, and grace. By implication, David understands that God does not owe him. God is not obligated because of David’s position or exemplary behavior. Rather, David recognizes that he is utterly dependent on God’s goodness, on God’s choice to show kindness.
The good news for David, and for us, is that God does show mercy. In fact, mercy is central to God’s character. When he reveals himself to Moses, God identifies himself as “Yahweh! The LORD! The God of compassion and mercy!” (Exod. 34:6). According to Ephesians 2:4, God is “rich in mercy.” Hebrew 4:16 offers the following invitation: “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it the most.”
So, when, like David, we are in a desperate situation, we can cry out to God for help, putting confidence in our richly merciful God. In a sense, though, every one of our prayers is a cry for mercy, whether we are in a crisis or not. We do not approach God on the basis of our own worthiness. Rather, we come before him because he is gracious, because he has invited us, because he will give us, not what we deserve, but much, much more and much, much better than we deserve.
QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: Can you think of times in your life when you have cried out to God for mercy? What happened? Why do you think we are so often inclined to think that our prayers are based on our own worthiness rather than God’s mercy? If you really believed that God was rich in mercy, how might you pray today?
PRAYER: Gracious and merciful God, how thankful I am that you are indeed merciful…full of mercy. How thankful I am that I can approach you, not on the basis of my worthiness, but in response to your grace. How grateful I am that you invite me to approach your throne with confidence, even boldness, because I can count on your mercy. Amazing!
Help me, dear Lord, to trust in your mercy. Help me to rely on you and your grace. Help me to live today in light of your mercy. And may I therefore be merciful to others. Amen.