Andrea Bocelli, a very famous tenor, tells the story of how his mother was advised by doctors to abort him because he might be born with some disability. Daneille Bean at the National Catholic Register comments:
I always think, when people argue for abortion in the “hard cases” of disability, that they ought to ask the baby’s opinion …
Do you want to live? In spite of being disabled and perhaps suffering quite a bit throughout the course of your life, do you want life?
Because the human response is always YES. Here, Bocelli’s response is a beautiful, joy-filled YES. And the world has been blessed many times over by his mother’s choice for life.
HT: Joe Carter
The CBMW website posted an article today that was a good reminder to me about the difference between how society views children and how the Bible views them. Abortion is the result of a society that does not value children or the honor of being parents. Rachel Jankovic writes:
Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.
The truth is that years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law.
Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get. In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing.
Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.
Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die—and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.
Her words describe the battle scene on the sidewalk as parents who boldly bring their children out to plead with mothers, who are prepared to kill their own children, are mocked by the clinic escorts. And we expect the sidewalk to be a hostile environment for those of us who value life, but as Ms Jankovic writes, everywhere is hostile territory for those who value children. Her entire post is worth reading and you can find it here.
“For you formed my inward parts, you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” ~Psalm 139:13
I am a knitter. I love to knit – everything from scarves to socks to baby blankets. It’s relaxing, and can also make movie watching productive. My enjoyment of knitting has also made this verse special to me – while I love knitting baby blankets, I often remember the fact that the Lord is knitting together the child for whom I am making the blanket. I know that the Lord is not using two literal knitting needles and a ball of yarn like I am, but he is sovereignly super-intending the creation and formation of the unborn. Today, I got to see a little glimpse of the Lord’s glory in the development of unborn children. My parents forwarded me an email from my great-aunt containing a link to a video by Alexander Tsiaras, visualizing the journey from conception to birth. TED.com explains why you should listen to what this man has to say -
Alexander Tsiaras is an artist and technologist whose work explores the unseen human body, developing scientific visualization software to enable him to “paint” the human anatomy using volume data. He’s the author of Body Voyage and co-author of Information Architects. Most recently, he is the author of From Conception to Birth: A Life Unfolds and The Architecture and Design of Man and Woman: The Marvel of the Human Body, Revealed.
His latest project is The Visual MD, an online compendium of health visualizations.
You can watch the video here - Conception to Birth — Visualized. I urge you to watch this and worship the Lord as David did. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” – Psalm 139:14. David could never have known all the intricate details of what happens in the womb from conception to birth, but he knew that the sovereign hand of the Lord knits children together. This video beautifully demonstrates what occurs – testifying to the truth. This is life, created by God, and in his image.
There will be a training for local churches on March 10th at the Long Run Baptist Association office (2722 Crittenden Drive Louisville, KY) from 9am-12pm. Here are five reasons why your church should consider joining us:
1) We Love the Glory of God
“Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth!” (Psalm 57:11)
“My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day.” (Psalm 71:8)
The Bible is clear that God made the heavens and the earth; it is God who has made man in his image; and it is God who alone is worthy of all glory. Christians are those who know, love, and worship the triune God both for who he is and what he has done. He who formed us in the womb is the same one who calls sinful rebels to forsake their sin and seek him as their greatest treasure, welcoming them into his family, giving them an inheritance that is undefiled, unfading, and kept in heaven. Christians are those who love to see the name of God made famous in all the earth. One means of heralding the glory of God is to, in obedience to his Word, “take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
2) We Love the Lost
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” (Proverbs 11:30)
“Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others.” (2 Corinthians 5:11)
“And have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.” (Jude 1:22–23)
Those who stand as objects of God’s grace have felt the weight of eternity, both for those who trust in Christ alone for salvation, and for those who reject the kindness of God in the gospel. It is because of grace that we are enabled to plead with people to be reconciled to God through faith and repentance. Christians know “it a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31). And as Charles Spurgeon once said, “If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
3) Churches Need Ministries that Matter
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
Many local churches are busy. But what exactly are we busy doing? There is a temptation in our comfortable Christian culture to sideline the hard tasks that God calls us too in favor of ministries that leave our quiet lives undisturbed. Churches need ministries that matter. While some faithful churches are advancing the kingdom of God and caring for the Saints through their ministries, others need help adopting ministries that will have eternal significance, such as Speak for the Unborn. Rescuing those being taken death has eternal consequences for both mothers and their babies. Abortion is not simply a political issue; it is a gospel issue. The people of God can be silent no longer, the local church must respond in obedience to God’s call to care for weak. And who is weak like the unborn?
4) God Hates Abortion
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalms 139:13–14)
“For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.” (James 2:11)
“For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret.” (Ephesians 5:12)
Abortion is an unspeakable evil in our midst, one that can be so easily concealed with just the right rhetorical ability. But from a biblical perspective, abortion is nothing less than an assault on the glory and image of the living God. There are many reasons why women choose to have abortions, some of which are the result of heartbreaking circumstances of abuse and violence, while others are the result of a desire to be free from the shame or burden of a child. In any of these cases the Bible would never advocate the murder of a baby made in the image of God as a ready solution. God has commissioned his church to be a light to the nations that his salvation may be known in all the earth. Our desire is to both care for the hurting and expose the evil of abortion. Together, the church of Christ can stand against injustice in hating what God himself hates, while making known his redeeming grace that is offered in the gospel.
5) We Love our Brothers and Sisters
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)
“And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.” (1 John 3:23)
Week after week the Saints of God gather on the streets of Louisville to speak for the unborn. While some weeks there is an abundance of believers, other weeks the number of Christians makes one wonder if churches know that abortions take place in this city. This fight is hard and taxing on those who have devoted their lives to it, as anyone who has been down can attest, but this is a fight worth fighting. Out of love for your brothers and sisters in Christ who labor week in and week out for this cause, consider how your church can become involved. For our encouragement and God’s glory.