During this past Christmas Season we endured a great deal of commercials. Advertisements continued to inundate us with the most latest, super trendy, and beneficial gadgets we did not realize we could live without.
“As Seen on TV” advertisements attempted to get us interested in everything from cat litter pan liners which put an end to scooping litter, to enabling us to listen to television from any room in the house, to the best devices for storing left over food items in the refrigerator. There were also the auto insurance companies claims they could save you hundreds of dollars by switching to their company, and it was best to do so before going to pick up your live Christmas tree because it might roll off the top of the van while maneuvering a corner and cause thousands of dollars in repairs (this all demonstrated by the ad man wrapped up in netting as if he were the tree).
Oh, and please, let us not forget the most popular commercial of the holiday season. Santa and the M&M’s meet in the den of someone’s home and both say at the same time, “He is real…They are real!” At which time, Santa and the plain M&M pass out cold.
While these are just a few of the thousands of examples we could discuss, laugh out and scratch our heads over, there is one which has caused me no end of discomfort, pain and complete ad nausea. Yes, there are a few of those; you know the ones, right? These are the ones which attempt to make a political statement, without bringing the truth to the forefront, and at the same time selling their product. This is why I have come to the conclusion that advertisement agencies see Americans as dumb, uneducated, mindless creatures that will allow them to pour their knowledge into our empty craniums and take as gospel their form of the truth.
Excuse me, that was my soap box and I ventured from the subject at hand. Now, where were we? Oh, yes, that is where we were going.
The commercial by Vonage, a nationwide telephone service, selected the Christmas holidays to portray their “bundling of services.” A man is holding a tightly wrapped newborn baby, smiling and eyeing the bundle of joy as any father would; while the woman is roaming around the room, preaching the struggles this little problem has caused them, how they can no longer afford to keep paying for this situation, which will end up costing them more and more as the years go by, and if they do not do something now, it will end up driving them to being without.
Do you see the problem I have with this commercial? A baby has come into their life, financially this couple is having a rough go of things, the future looks bleak, so the answer is in the bundle in this mans arms. The woman rationalizes that if the bundle is out of the picture, then the two will do better than the three; because three will increase the bottom line as the days turn to months, which in turn will turn to years.
While I understand it is just a commercial to sell products, I am appalled at their sense of timing and the undertone of political correctness which attempts to penetrate the mind of the populace. The promoters of choice, women’s rights, and liberal media probably enjoyed this commercial more than anyone else. Right to Life and conservative Christians on the other hand, which I proudly stand with, see the harm and uneducated drivel this type of subliminal messaging can inflict.
We live in a confused world, where many accept the notion that things get better if you divest of those things which cause you grief or sorrow. Therefore, if you are without a means to support the unborn baby, go ahead and take away the baby; in other words abortion is acceptable and profitable. It is just a piece of tissue, a cancerous tumor, or a mass of cells; correct? That is the way many see an unwanted pregnancy.
I, on the other hand, see things a bit differently. I see a beautiful thing being formed, by the hands of God, in the womb of a mother who is being the conduit for life. (Psalm 139:14) I see a small creation, a child being formed in the womb. Inside the recess of the mothers body is the forming of a beautiful bundle of flesh and bone: one with veins and blood; a heart and lungs; fingers and toes; eyes and ears. If you doubt that, listen to the heartbeat of a fetus or look at the image of an unborn baby on a sonogram.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, after her encounter with the angel proclaiming her chosen nature, went to visit her cousin who was also pregnant. The scripture says: “Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb…Elizabeth… spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.’” (Luke 1:39-45 NKJV)
God is in the business of giving life. He gives life at the point of conception. The man contributes the seed, the woman contributes the egg; but after the contributions are made, it is all in the hands of God. God is the author of life and no one has a right to take away the life of an unborn baby. Period!