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Do You Believe In God And Sin?

Can Two Walk Together, Except They Be Agreed? (Amos 3:3)

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Do You Believe In God And Sin?

Margaret Higgins Sanger (born Margaret Louise Higgins, September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966, also known as Margaret Sanger Slee) was an American birth control activist, sex educator, writer, and a nurse. Sanger popularized the term "birth control", opened the first birth control clinic in the United States, and established organizations that evolved into the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Sanger wrote many books and articles on birth control and marriage, and an autobiography (the latter in 1938). Her first marriage, to architect William Sanger in 1902, ended in divorce in 1920. She was remarried in 1922 to J. Noah H. Slee, though she kept her by-then-famous (or infamous) name from her first marriage. Today, organizations and individuals which oppose abortion and, sometimes, birth control, have charged Sanger with eugenicism and racism. Sanger's supporters consider the charges exaggerated or false, or the quotes used taken out of context. Today, let us hear from Margaret Sanger in her own words, regarding what she believes about God and about sin, entirely within the context of her 1957 interview with Mike Wallace. To read the transcript of the entire interview click here. Top

How Can Two Agree?

Would you agree that where there is not friendship, there can be no fellowship? Would you agree that without concord, there can be no communion? If you have a Judeo Christian worldview, would you agree that God and man cannot walk together, except they are agreed? Would you agree that unless we seek God's glory, we cannot walk with Him? Frankly, whether or not you have a Judeo Christian worldview ‘can two walk together except they be agreed?’ Practically speaking, certainly not. If such is the case when one is seeking to build and develop a relationship, understanding where the common denominators exist is the best place to start.

The Lowest Common Denominator

All to often agreements like relationships are built and based upon a race to the lowest common denominator. In such cases, the agreements and|or relationships ultimately lack sufficient precision to be meaningful. If the only way you can identify points of agreement is to make the points themselves so vague and general as to be practically vacuous, achieving strong working agreements and|or relationships that will boldly stand the test of time in the public square is next to impossible. It is always better to take the time to understand the experience behind a position and to be clear in communication than to rush into an agreement or a relationship. Perhaps the best outcome would be to realize you are not ready or equipped to work together.

Could You Work With Margaret Sanger?

If you have a Judeo Christian worldview, probably not.

However, here are some key thoughts to building strong relationships that lead to strong agreements that will stand the test of time in the public square.

  1. 1. Respect Reaches The Heart. Even with your adversary, the best first impressions, the strongest relationships are built upon respect. Disdain, deception and|or delusion will always shut down any and all interaction.

  2. 2. Realize The Reality And Respect It. You can’t work toward a solution to a problem unless you first agree upon what the problem is. So take the time to evaluate the situation. Consider all the facts. Resist the urge to jump to the "easy answer". When you agree on what the problem is, only then can you legitimately recommend a solution.

  3. 3. Take Responsibility. Once an agreement has been reached, a decision has been made and a course of action has been plotted and pursued, the results will follow. However, even the best of plans can fail. When this happens, instead of making excuses, jumping to conclusions and looking to blame someone, take responsibility. Taking ownership of the outcome will not only demonstrate accountability, it will quickly facilitate a new course of action.

When you operate with disdain, deception, and delusion, you may be able to move ahead or even achieve some measure of success, but at what cost? Success based upon respect and the maintenance of unshakable ethics, uplifts relationships and strengthens agreements so that both will stand the test of time in the public square. Top

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