I was sitting down to write and noticed the following comment in my “spam” section. The woman posted this on my “About” page so I’m assuming she is responding to the post, Abortion Is Murder. That post is more than 30 days old, therefore it will not take any more comments, so she posted on the only place she could find that would let her. Her comments didn’t make the cut, however, because she put her link in it, and it went to spam. I’m grateful for that. I would give you her link to her page, but I found it quite troubling. She is a member of the Worldwide Church of God, and one who espouses the only true Bible is the King James Version. So I’m not looking to dialogue with her, that would be unfruitful. I do like the challenge of answering her though, and do so on my terms. I hope you don’t think that is unjust or unfair, but save any judgment concerning this until after you have read the post.
In a recent report from the Christian News, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, has come out and said that he advised Trump, and others, to give up on fighting gay marriage, because it was the “law of the land.” He then went on to say that Christians should focus on the battle of abortion. But according to his logic, should we really fight that as well, since it too is the “law of the land.”
When it comes to the battle for the right to life, one assumption that we make in the evangelical world is thinking that we must elect one degree of despot over and against another despot in order to get the Supreme Court we need to overturn Roe v. Wade. For those of you who are just waking up to social issues, Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court ruling that legalized the murder of children in the womb of their mothers.
Sometimes it is just easier to respond to someone’s comments in a post instead of in the comments thread. I felt like Ru needed a full response. Ru was commenting on my post Snow White and the Abortion Queen. This post will help us think through some of the issues.
I just wanted to say that I was confused by this post. I’m not sure what’s being argued.
The idea behind the post was very simple: my 6th graders clearly saw the wickedness of a mother murdering her own child in order to remain the most beautiful woman in the land. My hope is that when they are introduced to the concept of abortion, a mother murdering her unborn child, they will find it just as repulsive since it is the same thing.
Women who get abortions because they’re afraid of losing their ‘beauty’? Or women who simply choose to do so because they cannot be ‘burdened’ by caring for them? Considering that you take several broad statements, without any thought of delving deeper into the situation, reflects a lack of a deeper investigation into our culture. And how this impacts christians in terms of what the bible/scripture says in response?
I’m not sure why you would be so concerned that I delve deeper into the situation of a woman killing her child and/or culture. The Bible is quite clear about murder, it’s a sin against God at all times. Finding out the reason for the sin does not lessen the sin nor make it OK. It’s still sin, regardless of the reasons.
I took my class through the original Snow White by the Brothers Grimm a few weeks ago and it was amazing to see how they responded when they found out the original story was about a queen and her daughter, not a step-mother/daughter combination that we are given in the Disney presentation.
For those who do not know the story, the queen is very beautiful and in a moment of vanity, she wishes for a daughter as beautiful as she is. She gets her wish and gets a daughter that is far superior to her in the looks department. The magic mirror claims that the queen is quite fair, but doesn’t compare to the beauty of Snow White.
Over the weekend I came across an article by Dr. Peter Jones who pointed out that the recent shift by supposed “conservative” pastors on the issue of homosexual marriage, is due to the fact that they are theologically illiterate. Jones was commenting on the recent article by Dave Thompson of BlueHead Publishing who rips Genesis 2:18 to shreds when he admits that man should not be alone and concludes that gay people should be able to be with other gay people.
This was originally published on September 20, 2010. Please note that I was preaching at Grace Pres in Jackson, TN. I’m no longer preaching there.
How would you like the responsibility of preaching those words to your congregation? I had the opportunity and privilege to do so yesterday. I say privilege and opportunity because it is always a privilege to preach God’s word to His people. But yesterday’s message was difficult. Who likes to say, “Hey, guess what? As a Christian, know that the world will hate you.”
I couched it in terms of an ad agency. How the ad agency reveal that truth? How would it go over if our church ran ads “Come to Grace Pres, where you will be taught about the world’s hatred for you.“
This is the truth of the gospel. When we become Christians, we are plucked out of the world by Christ and made His disciples. “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
As a Christian, we must realize that we are no longer members of the realm called: the world. We have become members of the Kingdom of Heaven, and that means we are automatically at odds with the world. This is a wonderful reality for us in the long run, but in the short run, it means that we will suffer persecution and hatred from the world.
Because the world first hated Christ. If we just look at the number of times that John talks about how Jesus was not received, or rejected or hated or threatened with death, we see that the world absolutely despises our Savior. The rejection is complete. I know that there are those who like to say things like, “Well, I love Jesus Christ but cannot stand Christians.”
This is an out and out lie. Jesus said that if we love Him, then we will keep His commandments, and His commandments are that we love one another, i.e., fellow believers. So to reject Christians, is to reject Christ. To reject Christ, is to reject the Father. Welcome to the realm of the world.
However if we are of Christ, then we to love one another because the world will hate us. We need to stick together as believers and encourage one another. I believe this is one of the reasons that Jesus said three times in His upper-room discourse: “These things I command you, that you love one another.” He knew that the world would hate us as well and we not only need His Spirit in us, but also one another. This is why we are to remain together as a body. To separate ourselves, is to distance ourselves from Christ and His Kingdom. This also opens us up to the attack of Satan. Remember, he prowls around like a roaring lion. Roaring lions never go after the pack, but after the sick and the young and those who are alone. So we are to stay together.
We must also realize that when the world does display its hatred for us, we are to rejoice. Listen to Christ’s words from the sermon on the mount:
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
If we did not have the future promises given to us by Christ, the warnings of the world’s hatred for us would be sorely depressing. But we are given a wonderful promise: great is your reward in heaven. When we suffer for His name, then we should rejoice and be glad because we have a future hope that far exceeds anything we may have on this side of glory.
There is nothing here in this world that will last, or compare to the infinite joy and beauty we will have in glory with the Lord. When we remember this reality, we can endure the hatred of the world. For the love of Christ far surpasses any love that the world has to offer for us, for Christ’s love is enduring and far more fulfilling. The world’s love for its own is passing and in the end, a lie. It’s not true love in the sense that it does not seek the best interests of those who experience it. It cannot truly satisfy or fulfill those who yearn for it.
When Jesus tells us that the world hates us, we should rejoice because we really do not want the world’s love in the end. His love is far better. The sufferings and the hatred we may endure are only temporary. But not His love, or His Kingdom, or His promises. In view of all that, rejoice that the world does hate us. It means that we are standing for righteousness’ sake and suffering for His name. That is a blessing.
Yesterday, in my sermon, I mentioned this video. This woman is standing for righteousness’ sake. She is standing against killing the unborn especially black children. Watch the response to her. One man, white and liberal, tries to bring up adopting babies, as in, if you are really pro-life, you will adopt babies. Guess what? There are plenty of people wanting to adopt children in the U.S. If we would stop aborting all these children, then there would not be waiting lists for adoption.
The point is that you see the world’s hatred against this woman as she stands for righteousness’ sake. Please watch the video and support the movie if you can. It’s from The Runaway Slave movie.
You can see more about this movie here. It’s put together by C.L. Bryant, a black pastor who is conservative and is trying to show the dangers of socialism, progressivism, etc.
Hattip to Neil for the video.
The Bishop E.W. Jackson speaks out against the Democratic Party, saying that it is antithetical to those of us who are Christians. I’ve been saying it for years, how can the party that cherishes killing the unborn have anything to do with the Light of the World? How can the party that recognize two men in an unholy relationship have anything to do with the ONE who said it was an abomination to Him? How can the party the cherishes every level of sinful and rebellious behavior have anything to do with the One who submitted Himself to the death of the cross out of humble obedience?
The Democratic Party and Christianity are incompatible with one another. Christians should leave the party and not vote for those who stand with them.
Here is the Bishop E.W. Jackson saying the same thing from his perspective as a black Christian. I truly am encouraged by his words. Even though he is speaking mainly to black Christians, he reminds us that we need to stand with God, not some political party or candidate. God is the One who will take care of us, not the fallen government. Speaking of which see the second video in which Dr. Barbara Beller points out just how ridiculous it is for us to think that Obamacare will take care anyone at all.
For those of us who are pro-life, we had a roller coaster ride with Susan G. Komen Foundation last week. We cheered as the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulled funding for Planned Parenthood. This is due to the fact that the Planned Parenthood offers no services such as mammograms to women, pretty much just abortion services. This has been pointed out time and time again by the opponents of PP. They are in the business of killing babies, not helping women.
Because of this truth, those on the right have been after the Komen Foundation to pull funding, since it has been shown that having abortions leads to higher risk for breast cancer. If you are going to say that your organization’s purpose is the health of women, then it seems very contradictory to that purpose to support another organization that causes an increase in the disease you are trying to wipe out. In view of that, the Komen Foundation pulled funding from Planned Parenthood, or so we thought.
But alas, the Komen Foundation couldn’t stand up against Big Abortion. The power’s that be, namely liberal, feminist women, cannot have anyone dissenting and pressured the Komen Foundation into returning its funding. Komen caved.
This should not surprise us. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, while seemingly very noble in it’s pursuit, is only seemingly noble. We tend to forget that these organizations are not born out of that which is moral or biblical, therefore they have no grounding in that which is righteous, namely, God’s word. Therefore when the pressure began to build from every left-wing institution against Komen, there was no foundation of truth to keep them from being swayed. Komen exists and thrives on popular opinion. It has never made strides in its quest based upon doing what was right, but doing what was expedient.
In the first part of the week, they were merely giving in to us on the right in pulling the funding in the first place, it wasn’t a stand in true righteousness. So when the left threw its hissy fit, Komen had to give into the intolerant leftl. In other words, the lack of a moral foundation led them to be blown by every wind of doctrine, even though one breeze that blew them this week was grounded in God’s word.
This is true of every organization that is not grounded in God’s word. Doing what right is not the cause of so many organizations, doing what is expedient is. The organization may begin with altruistic motives, but altruistic motives never last when they are not grounded in truth. To the world that fails to see these contradictions, Komen can continue on seemingly looking out for the best interest of women with their right hand, even though the left hand is killing future women and leading to the defeat of the very cause in which it was started.
I like what Mark Steyn had to say about it as well:
Liberals take the same view as the proprietors of the Dar al-Islam: Once they hold this land, they hold it forever. Notwithstanding that those who give to the Foundation are specifically giving to support breast cancer research, Komen could not be permitted to get away with disrespecting Big Abortion. We don’t want to return to the bad old days of the back alley, when a poor vulnerable person who made the mistake of stepping out of line had to be forced into the shadows and have the realities explained to them with a tire iron. Now Big Liberalism’s enforcers do it on the front pages with the panjandrums of tolerance and diversity cheering them all the way. In the wake of Komen’s decision, the Yale School of Public Health told the Washington Post’s Sarah Kliff that its invitation to Nancy Brinker to be its commencement speaker was now “under careful review.” Because God forbid anybody doing a master’s program at an Ivy League institution should be exposed to anyone not in full 100 percent compliance with liberal orthodoxy. The American Association of University Women announced it would no longer sponsor teams for Komen’s “Race for the Cure.” Sure, Komen has raised $2 billion for the cure, but better we never cure breast cancer than let a single errant Injun wander off the abortion reservation. Terry O’Neill of the National Organization for Women said Komen “is no longer an organization whose mission is to advance women’s health.” You preach it, sister. I mean, doesn’t the very idea of an organization obsessively focused on breasts sound suspiciously patriarchal?
As Kate Sheppard, the “reproductive rights” correspondent of Mother Jones, tweeted triumphantly, “Overheard in the office: ‘Come at Cecile Richards, you best not miss.'”
Indeed. If you strike at the King, you must kill him. If you merely announce that, following a review of grant-eligibility procedures you’re no longer in a position to make your small voluntary donation to the King, your head will be on a pikestaff outside the palace gates. By Friday morning lockstep liberalism had done its job. All that was missing was James Carville to declare, “Drag a hundred-dollar bill through an oncology clinic awareness-raising free mammogram session, you never know what you’ll find.” After 72 hours being fitted for the liberals’ cement overcoat and an honored place as the cornerstone of the Planned Parenthood Monument to Women’s Choice, Komen attempted to chisel free and back into the good graces of the tolerant: As Nancy Brinker’s statement groveled, “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”
Congratulations! Planned Parenthood certainly raised Nancy’s awareness. I wonder what color ribbon that comes with? Black and blue?
In other words, don’t mess with Big Abortion. If you disagree with them, you will pay, especially if you happen to lack any moral standing for righteousness. The Komen Foundation was built with good intentions, but good intentions are not grounded in Scripture. Since they have no moral grounding in Scripture, they are subject to blow with the winds of political correctness as we saw this past week. They will bow at the altar of feminism, holding hands with the left, and sacrifice more children on the altar of sexual freedom, even though doing so leads to defeating them in their overall purpose of providing health care for women.
Al Mohler Jr. has a good piece on how the city councils in New York, Baltimore and San Francisco are trying to shut down Crisis Pregnancy Centers saying that women get counseling there that could lead to something other than an abortion.
First in Baltimore, and then in New YorkCity, municipal governments passed laws intended to shut down or curtail the work of crisis pregnancy centers in their cities. The crisis pregnancy centers have been among the most important platforms for saving unborn human lives and reasserting human dignity. This is especially true in more recent years, as many of these centers have begun using sophisticated ultrasound imaging technologies in order to show pregnant women the unborn babies within them.
These centers are staffed by brave workers and an army of volunteers who are committed to counsel women against killing their unborn babies. The ultrasound images have been massively important in this counseling process. Once the woman sees the unborn life within her, the chances of that baby surviving to live birth are tremendously enhanced.
As one abortion rights activist famously declared, “The fetus beat us.” When the fetus is seen for what is really is, the mother has a much harder time deciding to abort it. Crisis pregnancy centers generally offer a variety of services, ranging from counseling and adoption services to medical care and support for new mothers. All this is too much for the abortion industry, which rightly sees crisis pregnancy centers as their increasingly powerful opposition.
The pro-abort crowd cannot handle the reality that the “fetus” is actually a baby. Fetus is from the Latin word that means “little one” so even those pesky Italians understood that the thing growing inside a woman’s belly was actually a baby and not just “pregnancy mass” as the pro-abort crowd tried calling it back in the 1990s. The last thing they want is a woman having an ultra-sound in a Crisis Pregnancy Center showing the woman that the pregnancy mass is actually a baby. That destroys every last shed of the lie put forth by the pro-abort crowd (notice, I refuse to call them pro-choice because the only choice they ever really offer is that of abortion).
Mohler continues by showing that the attack on the Crisis Pregnancy Center’s is by saying that the center’s operate on propaganda, something the pro-abort crowd never do.
Now, city officials in San Francisco have launched their own effort to shutter crisis pregnancy centers, claiming that staff at the centers impose “anti-abortion propaganda and mistruths on suspecting women.”
As if the Planned Parenthood groups were also set forth to tell the truth. Just their cry to be referred to as “pro-choice” shows the hypocrisy in any references to the truth.
Note the reference to anti-abortion arguments as “propaganda,” as if there could only be one side to the issue. Dennis Herrera, the San Francisco city attorney who is running for mayor, called the crisis pregnancy centers “right wing” and “politically motivated.” There was no acknowledgment of the fact that pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood are “left wing” and “politically motivated.” Furthermore, given the millions of dollars of income made by Planned Parenthood and other major components of the abortion industry, the phrase “financially motivated” should be added as well. Where are the calls for honesty from Planned Parenthood?
This is the logic of the Culture of Death laid bare for all to see. Crisis pregnancy centers deserve the support of all who cherish the sanctity of life, the defense of the unborn, and the right of free speech. As defenders of life, crisis pregnancy centers should be committed to nothing less than comprehensive truth-telling. It is the Culture of Death, and not the Culture of Life, that fears the truth.
These groups will do whatever it takes to silence those of us who fight for life and speak the truth. The truth is far too damaging to their cause and their sick view of life. We must continue to speak the truth about abortion no matter how ugly the truth may be. After all, it is killing the next generation. God will certainly not continue to bless us as a nation as long as we are destroying little ones that bear His image.
Twice now in a span of a week I have read words that were music to my ears.
The latest: Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy pointed out the reality that we are all made in the image of God, therefore we are all worthy of respect and dignity. He was talking about the reasons that his company had increased in profits over the past 48 months, while the rest of the country has struggled in the business arena. Read full article here.
Cathy said his company has focused on applying the principles of Matthew 5, 6, and 7 to the business model in order to make the customer feel just as special while spending $6 as if they were spending $25 on a meal. (Funny, but every time I take the kids to Chick-fil-A I end up spending about $25… but maybe he is talking per person. I’m not sure I’ve been in a restaurant like that in years). The point is that Cathy is taking the principles of the Sermon on the Mount to the business place and it has improved sales. Then he said what is music to my ears:
“Here’s the deal. All of us were created in God’s image,” said the Chick-fil-A CEO. “Because we are created in God’s image – [who] is to be treated with honor, dignity, and respect – we desperately in our deepest part of who we are … desire to be treated respectfully and with honor and with respect.”
I love it! This is how we are all to treat one another because of the fact that we are made in God’s image. While Cathy was not saying this, I will, this is the very reason aborting our children is so heinous. We are aborting those who are made in the image of God. Children, the moment they are conceived, are image bearers and worthy of life.
The other place I came across someone who gets it was in George W. Bush’s book, Decision Points. In his chapter on “Stem Cells” he writes:
“The abortion issue is difficult, sensitive, and personal. My faith and conscience led me to conclude that human life is sacred. God created man in His image and therefore every person has value in His eyes. It seemed to me that an unborn child, while dependent on its mother, is a separate and independent being worthy of protection in its own right.”
Amen, and amen. I’m glad he knows that and wrestled with the embryonic stem cell issue. While many of us have concluded that he came to the wrong decision in the matter, it has turned out for good. Because of Bush’s policy of only providing federal funding for a limited number of stem cells (I believe 60 embryos), doctors and scientists have discovered that stem cells from the umbilical cords provide far more benefits than any embryonic stem cells. Read the NY Times article here.
It was also interesting that Charles Krauthammer recognized the correlation between Bush’s stance and the scientist discovery. He ended up writing, “The verdict is clear: Rarely has a president–so vilified for a moral stance–been so thoroughly vindicated.” Read his article here.
Did the President make the right decision? I don’t know about that. But God still used it for good and hopefully, all Bush’s critics will step back and recognize that Bush had the right view on life. Each child is made in the image of God, therefore worthy of life. Each life is precious and we need to remember that.
Both Bush and Cathy are Christians and applying biblical principles to their lives. Both are also being blessed because of it. Amen and amen once again.
There is a great post going around the blogosphere about how the early church was opposed to abortion. Found in the Didache, an early book written to help believers understand what they were to believe and what was forbidden, it condemns abortion. You can find a post on it over at Neil‘s, and at Wintery Knight. Go and read both. But I do have to quote Wintery Knight here. I really liked what he wrote:
Honestly, there is no real factual disagreement on abortion. People justify killing the weak the same way as they always do – because the weak are in their way and they are stronger and can get away with it. The politically correct jibber-jabber about “choice” is just to make them (the man and the woman) feel good afterward. Really, abortion is just selfishness taken to the nth degree – you create another human being by recreational sex (fun) and then you kill them in order to avoid have to take responsibility for that new life. It’s like going out and getting drunk then getting behind the wheel of a car and killing someone with the car. It may not be what they intended to do, but it was their decisions that led up to it. They’re responsible. But they don’t want to face the natural consequences of their own actions, and they are willing to do the most heinous crime imaginable in order to do so. Sex makes babies. If you can’t welcome a baby into the world, don’t have sex. I don’t. And the chance of getting a woman pregnant is of the reasons why. (One of the others is that I don’t want to hurt a woman by leaving her after sex – which is why I believe in married sex. I don’t want to hurt anyone, most of all babies.
Given the pro-life practices of the early church, I find it hard to understand how people can think that fornicating (pre-marital sex) and abortion are OK. We were not like that then, and we shouldn’t be like that now. Sex was not a recreational activity then, and it is not a recreational activity now.
You think this would be obvious in our society, but alas, the arrogance of modernity has kicked in. That arrogance is that since our society as a whole knows more than the the societies of the olden days, we are smarter and more enlightened. Truth be told, we are dumber and more in the dark. Not that I want to return to such societies, but there is no room for the arrogance of modernity. After all, who is smarter, the guy who can figure out a quicker way to start a fire, using matches, or the first guy to discover fire?
It’s what those of us in the pro-life camp have been saying all along. Abortion kills babies, and here is an abortion doctor that readily admits it.
The sad reality is that he continues to go on with the procedures, even knowing that he is killing innocent life. If you listen, he gives some lame excuse about praying the babies soul get tossed back into some sort of spiritual soup. Sort of like the pagan American Indians believed before Christians arrived to help them see the truth.
Congressional Candidate Stephen Fincher, 8th District Tennessee, was endorsed by the Tennessee Right to Life on Tuesday. This is big because they are stating that the best Republican candidate for this position is Fincher. Fincher is running against Dr. Ron Kirkland, out of Jackson, Dr. George Flinn out of Memphis and chef Randy Smith out of Mercer.
If you recall I pointed out Kirkland’s weakness on this position since he stated that when it came to a rape, then the issue was between a woman and her doctor. He basically punted on life at that point. He found a place to draw a line and drew it as quickly as he could. In other words, he is for the pro-life position as long as that position does not cost him anything. That is simply someone we don’t need representing us in Washington. There are already plenty of politicians in Washington, we do not need to send one more.
Kirkland’s statement also shows he is not driven by principle, but by political expediency. He will take whatever position will get him elected. Please, let’s not vote for him. I’m sure he would be OK if we sent him to D.C., but he would be just another politician, not someone who was willing to take strong stands on the issues of life.
Fincher is just the opposite. He is standing on principles not position and his principles drive those positions. He said on the Mike Slater show that he is for life in all cases, and life begins at conception. You cannot be clearer than this. The Tennessee Right to Life endorsed Fincher because they believe he will carry the cause. In other words, he is not pro-life in name only.
Listen to him on Mike Slater’s show here. Again, Fincher believes that life begins at conception, and regardless of rape, or incest, that child is still life and deserves the protection of the state. His principles are driving this position and I agree with him and I’m glad that he is taking a strong position for life. We should vote for him, and because of them, I am giving him my endorsement.
LET IT BE KNOWN: Timothy Matters has now endorsed Steven Fincher for Congress. This is my first pubic endorsement of a candidate since starting this blog.
Don’t get me wrong. Ron Kirkland is a fine and honorable man. He will make a great congressman if he wins the primary against Stephen Fincher. But he is not as pro-life as one might think.
A sweet friend of mine called up a radio show where Kirkland was being interviewed and asked the following question: “If I were raped and became pregnant during that rape, what should I do?” (loosely paraphrased). She was trying to find out if he was truly committed to life. As usual, he beat around the bush for a while and finally gave the answer that showed his true commitment to life: “that’s a decision that is between the woman and her doctor.”
That is not a pro-life stance. This is a pro-choice stance that shows he does not understand the fundamental issues about life. He is basically saying “it’s OK to kill a baby if rape is involved.”
NO IT IS NOT!
His answer shows that he does not understand the fundamental issues of life, and shows his view on life because not every child is precious in his sight, only those conceived in manners of wedlock and romance.
What he, and others, fail to understand is that even though a child may be conceived during the act of rape, that child still has infinite worth and value because that child is made in the image of God. The Imago Dei needs to be the driving force behind our argument for it shows that everyone has intrinsic worth. Kirkland has served as a deacon in his church and he needs to know this truth. Otherwise, you end up with positions like his.
What is sad is that this position fails to see the silver lining in the rape. Yes, rape is horrible and the rapist should be dealt with according to the laws of our land. Yet even in this horrible event, a blessing has come about. I know the argument goes that every time the mother looks at the child, she will be reminded of the terrible event that led to that child.
This again shows a terrible misconception(no pun intended). It shows that life is not valued at some fundamental level. Yet all children are a blessing to the Lord, not just the healthy ones, or the wanted ones, or the ones conceived in wedlock and romance, but all of them. Only those who understand this and believe it will fight for life when it counts.
This is why it is so important that Kirkland holds that all life if valuable.
We have far too many Congressmen who hold to the same position as Kirkland. Since that is the predominant view, then nothing will ever change. We need men in Congress who will admit and see that EVERY child is precious because of the Imago Dei, and that EVERY child should be protected. Unless they have that view, they are going to go along with the status quo. The status quo is leading to millions of children being killed every year. The status quo leads to a Congress that is controlled by Republicans that does nothing! We had this during the Bush administration and nothing changed. Why?
The Democrats get control and they bring all kinds of change. Bad change yes. But they still do it. What is it with Republicans that get control and sit on their backsides trying to cross the aisle so they will be liked by Democrats? I don’t want Congressmen who will vacillate on this issue because in the end, they do nothing. We need Congressmen who have a strong conviction concerning life, so that they will do something if their party returns to power. We must have men who understand that every child is valuable. Every life is made in the Imago Dei. Every life has intrinsic worth, even those conceived during the horrible act of rape.
Now what about the woman involved? Are we going to let her go through with an abortion? I hope not. I hope that the body of Christ would surround her and help her see that while the rapist meant it for bad, God meant it for good and help her get through that horrible event. After all, if she goes through with an abortion, not only will she suffer from the reality that she has been brutally violated, but she will have to live with the guilt of killing an innocent child and the rapist wins again.
Don’t give the rapist that much control. Yes, what he did was heinous. But don’t add to that crime by aborting the child. God is the One who ultimately brought about that conception, see Psalm 139. He is the One that allowed the evil, so that He could do good because life is always good. We need to help the woman who has gone through that see the blessing in what has happened to her.
As for Ron Kirkland, I plan on sending his website the link to my post and maybe he will see the error in his position and clarify it. That way if he does win in the primary, he will actually stand for the life of the innocent.
This is encouraging. Apparently there are more blacks running as Republicans in the upcoming elections than ever before. Many are coming out to run as conservatives because they are tired of sitting on the sidelines and watching the Republican Party act like a bunch of moderates. If they are truly conservative, I am all for it! Why let the Dems say they are the party that embraces all races when in reality, they only embrace those whom they can keep under their thumbs and dependent upon government.
What I hope does not happen is that these blacks get elected and then do nothing about those issues that are near and dear to our hearts. If you look at what one candidate is sayings, I would vote for her in a heart beat.
For far too long, conservatives have sat idly by while others set policies inconsistent with our values. We need a Representative willing to stand up for what is right – not just what is popular.
As your Representative, you can count on my unwavering support of the sanctity of life and the protection of the unborn. I believe that human life is sacred, begins at conception and you have my word that I will stand firm in my opposition to any and all efforts to use public funds for abortion. I enthusiastically support a life amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Traditional marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman and is the foundation of family in our great nation. I support the Defense of Marriage Act and will be a relentless advocate of Federal and State legislation that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
You can count on me to oppose any and all efforts to mandate gun control on any law abiding citizen of the United States. I firmly and unequivocally support gun ownership and am committed to our constitutional right to own and bear arms. I support repealing the gun restrictions in Washington, DC that violate our Constitution and will stand up every day to preserve our right to protect our property, ourselves and our families.
But where I get frustrated is when these pro-life types go to Congress and never do anything about their position. The Republicans had both houses of congress and the presidency and DID NOTHING. I’m tired of candidates telling me they are pro-life and never really doing anything about it. There should be new legislation introduced in the Congress every session to outlaw abortion. If they truly believe in life, they will do just that. It really does not matter to me what color they are. If they are conservative Republicans, they will get my vote. I just wish they would actually start doing something that shows support for these positions once they arrive in Babylon.
Another sickening reality of abortion. Black babies are far more likely to be aborted than any other race. This was the intent of Margaret Sanger, who was behind Planned Parenthood. She hated blacks, and knew that if she could get the black pastors on board, she could help wipe them out.
Guy-Sheftall’s comment is a tragic sign of what has happened to black people in America. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you may be no priest to me. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children. Hosea 4:6
Churches are silent either because they have been convinced by white liberals that abortion is nothing more than a political football issue churches shouldn’t be concerned about. But the shedding of innocent blood is an abomination. And so is silence about it.
I think the saddest aspect of all of this is the fact that there are churches that sanction abortion. What part of “the least of these” don’t these churches understand? What are these pastors thinking? Better yet, are they thinking?
You know why they call it birth control? Because it’s meant to stop a birth from happening nine months later. We know when life begins. Everyone who ever bought a pack of condoms knows when life begins (Peggy Noonan).
In John Piper’s excellent work entitled Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, he admonishes those in the pastorate to blow the trumpet for the unborn. In that chapter, he gives nine reasons why those who are pro-choice know that they are taking a life when they abort a child. He then tells the story of how he sat down with an abortionist one day and went through all nine points. The abortionist agreed with all of them. In other words, the abortionist knew that he was taking the lives of children.
The reason the abortionist committed these atrocities is because he felt that the rights of the mother outweighed the rights of the child.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
Since this is true, then, we need to fight with our best tool in the fight for the unborn. Let us use His word, because only in God’s word do we have any moral authority since that is where the basis of morality comes from. It is there that we find out that killing of the innocent is wrong, and that God takes a special interest in those who cannot defend themselves.
Therefore, we need to return to Scripture for this fight. Otherwise we are laying down the best tool that God has given us. Where do we start?
First by realizing that at the earliest stage of life, the moment of conception, the child is made in the image of God. He/she is immediately an image bearer.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth” (Genesis 1:26-28).
I included the following verses as well, because I want us to see that not only are humans made in His image, we also have the command to be fruitful and multiply. This command has never been rescinded.
The point is that every child, unborn or not, every human, both bad and good, have been separated from the rest of creation by the mere fact that we are made in God’s image. We are different and special to God because of that.
For this reason, every man, woman, and child has intrinsic worth and are far more valuable than the beasts of the field. We are image bearers of God. He did not give His image to any other creatures or any other part of the creation, only to humans. Therefore the unborn have value at the moment of their conception. They are image bearers and are worthy of being protected and given rights. To murder them is to take the life of an innocent image bearer, and to sin against God. (And abortion is murdering the child.)
How do we know this? Two ways. First in Genesis 9:5-7, we have the giving of capital punishment by God. In verse 5, we are told the value of the life blood of man.
Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man (Genesis 9:5).
God demands a reckoning of the lifeblood that was shed. This is not a request or a suggestion, but strong language showing what He has a right to demand. The Hebrew verb that is used for the phrase “I will require” literally means “to pursue relentlessly,” or “to seek diligently.” God is serious about the death penalty for those who have murdered the innocent.
This is where we get our justification for the death penalty, and why it is rebellion against God to not have and use a death penalty. God demands justice for the shed blood of the innocent.
In giving this injunction against taking of human life, God even extends the injunction to that of beasts. If an animal kills a man, that animal is to be killed because of the image that the man bears (Exodus 21:28).
God is setting the stage for what many call the sanctity of life. Life is precious and given to us by the Lord, therefore it is a sin to take the life of someone who is innocent. Those who do so are to be dealt with by the government because of the image that they have in them.
God goes on to say through Moses:
“ Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed;
For in the image of God
He made man.”
Verse 6 gives us the reasoning for taking the murderer’s life: he has sinned against God, by shedding blood and destroying the image of God. While we may not place a high value on being image bearers, God does. It is special to Him because it represents Him. When we ponder the image of God, we realize how seriously He takes it by the fact that He requires the shedding of blood by those who destroy an image bearer.
This is not something to be taken lightly, but a sin that is grievous and heinous. It is why godly people institute the death penalty. They are not being cold-hearted, or mean spirited, but they respect what God has done in creation and in man.
God is so concerned about life and His image, that He not only mandates the death penalty, but restates the requirement for man to be fruitful.
And as for you, be fruitful and multiply;
Bring forth abundantly in the earth, And multiply in it (Genesis 9:6).
He commands us to have children and fill the earth with those who bear His image. This is not something that has been repealed. God still expects us to fill the earth and He designed the earth to handle the population, whatever that population may be.
The overall point is that God’s image is worth protecting…therefore we should protect that image in the unborn child, and allow for the addition of more unborn children.
Now when it comes to the death penalty, some might ask: what about the sixth commandment? You shall not murder? Or “kill” as some translations read.
I know it may seem odd that on the one hand we say that life should be taken because of the image of God in that person, and saved in the other. But we must realize that the Sixth Commandment is tied to both the death penalty, and the preservation of the life of the unborn.
The death penalty given in Genesis 9, is the remedy for those who have violated the Sixth Commandment found in Exodus 20. The commandment that is given is not against a government carrying out the death penalty on those who break the commandment. The commandment is against the murder of those who are innocent. Some translations read: Thou shall not kill. But a better translation would read: You shall not murder, because the Hebrew word in this case indicates the killing of an innocent person.
Therefore the Sixth Commandment is not negating capital punishment because the one put to death in that situation is not innocent. It also strengthens the case against abortion because the child in the womb is innocent. The Sixth Commandment is forbidding the death of the child.
Notice, that nowhere in this, does it say: except if someone’s life is inconvenient to others. Which is what those who are pro-abortion are saying.
Not only is abortion sin against God because it is destroying one made in the image of God, but it is also sin against God because it is breaking God’s Law.
We also see that it is sinning against God because abortion destroys the work of God.
For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;[a]
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them (Psalm 139:13-16).
Everyone admits the miracle of birth, but this shows that God’s hand is active in every conception. He is the One who knit us together in our mother’s womb. It’s His work, not ours. To destroy an unborn child, is to destroy God’s handiwork, sin against Him and against the child, and destroy another image bearer. This is why we are to fight against abortion.