Earlier this week, I was hit with some sad news. After reading a blog post concerning one of my favorite childhood things, I was filled with remorse, anger, and nostalgia, all hitting me at the same time. American Girl, a popular company which produces dolls, magazines, and books for girls, has declared themselves supporters of gays through their ‘American Girl’ magazine, something I spent a lot of time reading as a child.
Even though I’m not quite as avid of a fan as I was back then, I still enjoy the dolls and books today as sort of a nostalgic memory for me. I used to go crazy for that stuff; for all the dolls, the horses you could buy, the books, everything! One of my favorite stories was about a girl named Samantha and her best friend Nelly, both who lived during the 1900s. Those stories taught me many lessons and brought me lots of fun entertainment.
Therefore, you can see why I was upset over the fact that American Girl had decided that were supporting something I was totally against; gay actions and abortion. This realization all started out the day I received my monthly magazine in the mail. As my custom, I paged through the magazine, skimming over articles and looking at the different quizzes and activities in it. As I got towards the middle of the magazine, I suddenly stopped at an article about a young girl. Something didn’t seem quite right to me. I didn’t read through it all (which was part of the problem here.) but I did read small bits of it, and almost immediately, something had made me uncomfortable. However, I pushed the feeling down, set the magazine aside, and forgot about it.
Sunday night, though, I was looking at an article on the Peculiar Messenger’s blog and I noticed something regarding American Girl. I read through it and instantly froze. In it, it basically talked about American Girl’s support of Planned Parenthood and of the gays. My stomach clenched and I quickly picked up the magazine I had read only a few days ago, landing on the exact page they were talking about.
I’m still both sad and upset about this. Please do not misunderstand me; I do not hate gays. Don’t think that at all! My job as a Christian is to love everyone, no matter what. I do not support the world’s beliefs and choices, however. Does this make Christians haters? Not at all. Christians are called by God Himself to love people just as He loved them, but not to love the world itself.
Also, I do not support Planned Parenthood. The other day, I wrote about some arguments about why I do not agree with it, which you can read here, but basically, I pointed out one scenario: Suppose your parents decided they wanted to have an abortion for you. Would you be here today, impacting others as you are? No. Not at all, because you would not be alive. And because you would not be alive, you would not be doing what you are today. Does life seem tough and maybe sometimes we wonder why we are alive? Yes, of course! That’s normal; human, in fact! But believe it or not, you’re impacting someone!
This is why I do not agree with abortion. Scientists are now saying that because the baby has not been born yet, the child is not even a child at all, but merely a clump of cells. And each time I hear that, I will say the same thing: Really?! Then how come it contains DNA? Why does it contain the genetics from both parents? Why isn’t this coming out? Is it because they want all this hidden to support their statement?
Like I have said before, I am called to love everyone, just not to follow in the world’s footsteps. Some mistake that for hatred. It’s not hatred, it’s called obedience to the One who made us all. The news about American Girl’s decision hit me hard, and I will no longer be supporting them. As much as it pains me to see this world slowly folding in on itself and becoming so ungodly, I know Christ has a plan, just like He always does, and I’ll keep believing.
Have a great weekend!
P.S. Please pray for Paris! Yesterday, terrorists killed 153 people and took 100 people hostage. Though, the threat is over, Paris, and France itself, is suffering from the loss, hurt, and shock they faced last night! Now, more than ever, Paris needs our prayers and support.