Controversial Subject matter ahead
If you didn't read yesterday's post, go HERE to get the background on this post.
Since I consider myself a Christian and I believe in the sanctity of human life, I am against embryonic stem cell research. I'm sure some of you are thinking... How then can I support the JDRF who supports embryonic stem cell research? Because I believe that you can support an organization and still oppose some ideology. I support the JDRF because they support a cause that is near and dear to my heart.
Embryonic stem cell research is NOT the only research the JDRF does either, it is SO much more then that. If I turn my back on all the good they do with education, awareness and support then what is that saying to others? As a Christian I feel we need to have a voice in places like the JDRF to influence them to stop doing this type of research. I feel if enough Christians got on board, maybe we could make a difference or at the very least make sure fewer dollars are going to support this practice.
I also want to reach out to other families who are going through a diagnosis and my local JDRF can connect me with those people. I have the chance to reach out to them and share my faith with them. That to me is priceless. I just love how my friend Wendy put this: "In all things, I must constantly remind myself that I am an ambassador for Christ. Christ cared less about authority and more about people. The hurting, broken, fallible people. I care about these families and I trust that God is in control. In the end, it doesn't matter how much money the JDRF raises...a cure will only come in God's timing, using God's authority. It all belongs to him anyway." So very true and so well put.
Now I'm sure some of you might be reading this thinking I am some right wing Christian who is so far out in right field. That it is the furthest thing from the truth. I don't believe this just because someone told me I should or because that's what my parents taught me. No, I actually have a brain and I think for myself. I believe this because that is what I believe in my heart is right.
No, I do not judge other's who think differently then me. I'm sure there are others (Christians and non-believers alike) out there who do support embryonic stem cell research. I do not judge them. That is between them and God. Having a child with Type 1 I can see the arguements on both sides, for and against. There is value in the research, I won't argue with that. I just pray that I am never put in the position that I have to make a moral judgement on whether or not to cure Audrey because the cure came from embryonic stem cells.
When I talk about my support for the JDRF, it is not the most important thing to me. Yes, the research the JDRF does has made Lovebug's life easier. I'm sure they will continue to bring great advances in technology that will eventually lead to to cure. So raising money is important to me, but not as important as support.
What I mostly want from people is to show their support, wholeheartedly, to our family and help us embrace the unique challenges that we face day. One way they can do that is to walk with us in the Walk to Cure Diabetes. Doing that says to us, "we understand and sympathize with what you go through on a daily basis and we are there for you." Support and prayer is what Tim, I and the girls need to get through each and every day. Words of encouragement and hugs go a long way too.
I will close with this though as for our cure to Type 1 Diabetes:
Mark 10:27 (NIV) Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but not with God; ALL things are possible with God."