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  • Oct 27 / 2013
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Abortion, Biblical Application, Pro-life

Is There Blood on the Hands of the Spectator?

The Two Brothers

goodsamaritan3There were two young brothers who went to the same school. The younger of the two was clumsy and prone to hurting himself. Instead of trying to act tough, he would lay on the ground and cry, yearning for sympathy for his (often illegitimate) injuries. This occurred almost daily in the middle of the schoolyard. In contrast, the older brother was athletic, intelligent, and liked by all. He loved to obey the rules, which endeared him to students and teachers alike.

One day, the younger brother was on the ground in the yard crying and fussing, nursing his wounds. But today was different. Instead of the other kids just walking by, they began to tease him, and then pinch him, and then really try to hurt him. He was alone in the middle of this group of attackers. This only gave him more injuries to wail over and he felt more and more alone as those he thought to be his friends were mocking him.

But then the older brother approached the scene. With one word he could have called off those who were hurting his brother, but instead he observed what was happening and then ran in the other direction leaving his brother defenseless. He ran away priding himself in the fact that he was not the one hurting his brother, it was all those other bad kids.

The Mugging

And this situation happened once before, but on a much grander scale. There was a man traveling in a relatively dangerous part of the world. One day he was walking down a street that was known to be particularly dangerous. His worst fears materialized as a group of armed men approached, demanding all his money. He quickly gave them all that he had, hoping that was the end of it, but then they beat him badly, stripped him of his clothes, and left him unconscious.

Fortunately, a leader in his church walked by soon after the mugging. But this leader panicked. His eyes caught a glimpse of a bloodied hand sticking out from behind a rock. Without even thinking his feet hurried to the other side of the street. It is probably too late to do anything anyway. Honestly he did not give the situation a second thought, his mind distracted by searching for a sermon illustration for the coming Sunday.

A second man walked by and this was a man who happened to be from the victim’s hometown. Seeing that same bloodied hand he gasped. How could something like this happen?  This city is terrible, full of crime that must be stopped. These thoughts rushed through his mind as his feet hurried to the other side of the street. Subconsciously he prided himself in being a moral member of society who would never do such a thing as hurt another person.

Mass-Murder

And then there is the story of mass murder that took place in a very powerful nation. This country prided itself in having washed its hands of prejudice. No longer was it acceptable to hire or fire someone based on his or her gender, race or sexual orientation. This country, once having once been guilty or enslaving another race, now hung its head in shame and sought at all costs to right those wrongs. This country was benevolent, welcoming refugees seeking asylum from oppressive governments, giving food to those experiencing famine, and sending relief to victims of natural disaster all over the world. This was a country of wealth, power, and change. A country that could dream of something, make it happen, and the rest of the world would follow. Yet, there was a lingering prejudice within the borders of this country:  the prejudice against the size of a person. The laws were such that it was legal to murder those who were smaller, who were yet to be born.

As if that is not shocking enough, the oft-benevolent members of this society habitually looked the other way. Every day powerful lawyers passed by the buildings where it was legal to kill children rushing to work in order to battle for justice for those companies whose patents were being infringed upon. People with Christian bumper stickers avoided the streets with these killing-mills on them altogether. They hated this evil so much that they did not even want to see be around it. Pastors in churches loudly preached about loving refugees and fighting sex trafficking but hesitated to mention the killing of unborn children because they did not want to offend. The mass murder continues to this day…

Who is Guilty?

In the story of the two brothers, was the older brother innocent?  In a sense he was innocent of mocking his brother because he simply did not participate in that action. He ran the other way. But what was he guilty of? He was guilty of a lack of love, a cold heart consumed with self-preservation rather then mercy, a heart that wanted to maintain his popularity. A heart that failed to put himself in his brothers shoes. He may have been innocent of one sin, but he was guilty of a multitude of others.

In the story of the man who was mugged, were the two men who walked to the other side of the street innocent? In the same way, they were innocent of the abuse this man suffered because they were not the ones who beat him up and took his money. Yet, the list of their other sins remains. They were self-consumed, merciless, and heartless.

As for the powerful nation who legalized the killing of children, were its citizens who voted against this practice innocent? Again, they are innocent of the crime of killing children, but they are far from innocent. They are guilty of letting apathy come into their hearts and choke out love for the helpless. They are guilty of trying to keep their hands from getting dirty in an attempt to rescue a few of these lives. They are guilty thinking more about self and reputation then about the sufferings of the oppressed. They are guilty of drinking the Kool-Aid of tolerance instead of being consumed and controlled by love itself.

As it says in James 4:17, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”  It is sin to do nothing when one knows the right thing to do. It is sin to walk by the suffering and look the other way. It is sin to think of self while others are mocked, or stripped naked, or beat-up, or pulled limb from limb.

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Jesus said, “Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

He said, “The one who showed him mercy.”

And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”

Luke 10:36-37

  • Mar 22 / 2012
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Biblical Application

The Value of Children

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.

She continues:

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.

  • Feb 28 / 2012
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Abortion, Biblical Application

My body, My choice…right?

Oh the audacity of pro-lifers who show up on the streets and tell me what to do with my body.  Not only that, but men stand in the streets, holding their Bibles, telling me what I can and cannot do with my own body.  Unless they have a uterus, they have no right to tell me what to do with mine.  It is my body, my sexuality, my uterus and therefore abortion is my choice. 

Anyone can observe this line of reasoning loudly displayed on bumper stickers, T-Shirts, on the TV and in front of abortion clinics around the country.  At first glance, it is logical.  It is not culturally acceptable to go over to a stranger’s house and tell them what clothes they should or should not wear.  It would also be unthinkable to tell someone standing in line at Starbucks how they should take their coffee, and so on.

However, what if our bodies are not actually our own?  What if there is a God who uniquely made every feminist and every pro-choicer?  What if this God has expressed his opinion on how he wants them to use the bodies he’s loaned to them?

 

The Biblical Perspective

God unashamedly claims that everything in the world belongs to him, not us.

  • Job 41:11   Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.
  • Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

Thus, the ideology that claims that a woman’s body is her own is entirely incompatible with the Bible (despite the claims of compatibility by groups such as The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice).  So, according to the Bible, my body is not my body, but instead it belongs to God.  And since it belongs to God, what does he tell me to do with it?

 

Made to Glorify God and to Serve

We were made to glorify God in everything—including who we sleep with, do not sleep with, in eating, drinking, and in regards to the issue of abortion.  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (1 Cor 10:31).  We are also called to use our hands as “instruments of righteousness,” to help the poor and needy, to use our speech to encourage others.  We are called to serve other people, to die to ourselves for the good of others, and so on.

As this applies to abortion, God tells us to use our bodies, speech, and entire lives to “love our neighbors as ourselves” and, more specifically, to “defend the rights of the poor and needy.”  Therefore, not only does the Lord prohibit us from taking the life of another human, but positively, he tells us to use our bodies to defend the helpless, in this case the unborn.

Therefore, to the girl walking into the abortion clinic wearing a My body, my choice! shirt: your body is not your own, it belongs to God.  And God has commanded you to bring him glory with that body and to use it to love others.

 

Christianity is Better

Oh the irony.  While people are loudly declaring ownership over what is not their’s (i.e. their bodies), God is saving those who have faith in Jesus.  Even more, he promises to give these people new, eternal bodies.  As followers of Jesus, we humbly acknowledge that our bodies, our time, and our lives are not our own.  We imperfectly devote our lives to using our bodies to glorify the Lord.  And yet, we eagerly await the day when we will be given new, perfected bodies that will life forever.  They will be free from sinful impulses, free from sickness, free from death, made to live in a home built for us by Jesus himself.  We refuse to claim ownership of our earthly shells, but instead delight in the reality that God will one day give us new, perfected bodies.

Repent of the ways you have misused the body God has given you.  Trust that through Jesus you can be forgiven.  And then serve God with your body now.  Use it to defend, not destroy, the unborn.  Live for the next life.  Because being a Christian, in the long run, is far better.

  • Dec 21 / 2011
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Biblical Application, Uncategorized

I am a Woman and I Gladly Bow to a Man

It is a great time to be a woman here in America.  We can get as good of an education as a man.  We can enter the work place unchallenged.  We can vote.  If abused, we can press charges.  We can enter politics.  We can be heard.

And yet do these freedoms exalt us to a position of deity?  Do we now have a blank check to do whatever we want?  If society gives us such freedom, then we must be the measure of truth…right?

Perhaps I could accept this line if thinking if it were not for the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Yes, I am a woman, but I gladly bow my knee the man Jesus Christ.  Trusting in Jesus is far superior to trusting in “women” due to the following reasons:

1.  The Matter of Truth.  Jesus actually called himself “The Truth” (John 14:6) and I know myself far too well to think that I should not go around calling myself, “Stacey, the Truth.”  I cannot spell without word processing, I get the flu, and I lose my keys.  Therefore it follows that when I think I am right about something and it contradicts what Jesus says, I have two options, I can either default to the fact that he is The Truth or I can live pretending that I am.  When Jesus says that murder, sexual immorality, and slander defile a person (Matt 15:19-20), even if that rubs me the wrong way, I must bow the knee to him because I trust that he is The Truth and I am not.

This principle applies to abortion.  When a woman experiences an unwanted pregnancy, she has to choose whether to bow the knee to Jesus and love her unborn neighbor or listen to the voice of feminism which tells her that she is the measure of truth and her choices are right, even when Jesus says they are wrong.   Every time a woman aborts she is trusting in her own mind and feelings and is not trusting in Jesus who is always right.  Clearly, allegiance to Jesus and allegiance to “women” simply cannot coexist.

2. The Matter of Making Good Choices.   I read on the internet a pro-choice slogan, “If you can’t trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me with a child?” The pinnacle of autonomy is the right to do whatever I want, whenever I want.  Therefore, according to this line of reason, America needs to back off of my body when it comes to the matter of abortion.  After all, if I cannot make a good decision about whether or not to abort, then I would not make a good mom anyway.

And then Jesus comes into the picture.  And, according to Jesus, we are all sinners and we cannot be “trusted” to make good choices.  When left to ourselves, we end up hating the God who gives us breath, worshipping trees and killing our children.  And that is why God mercifully gives us his Law.  He mercifully tells us how not to screw up our lives and how not to kill one another off.  And, when he looks down and sees that we are  all doing what we want anyway, that is when he comes down to earth and dies on a cross for all the abortions, apathy towards him, and thanklessness.

Jesus made the choice to die in order to give us life.  He made the choice to give up his body so that my body can be resurrected and live forever.  In contrast, many women today are making the choice to kill their unborn children so that they might maintain their lives as they know it.  They refuse to give up their bodies so that their children might live.  Clearly, Jesus is far superior and this is why I bow the knee to him and not to  “women.”

3.  The Matter of Exaltation.  “I deserve to protect my rights!” “My body, my choice.”  These are common comments we hear on the sidewalks and, apart from Christ, these thoughts are deep within the hearts of all of us.  “I want to make a name for myself, I don’t want anyone telling me what to do!”  This is the life-blood of the pro-choice movement.

And again, we contrast this attitude with that of Jesus.  Although he was in Heaven, free from pain, accusations, and hunger, he let go of it all.  He made himself nothing, he became a servant, washing the feet of even the one who betrayed him.   He left perfect comfort and became nothing out of love for his enemies.  He did not protect his rights.  He did not call down angels to get him off the cross.  He did not come down to earth kicking and screaming.  He did not resent his Father for telling him what to do.  No, he was quiet.  Submissive. He died for sinners in joyful obedience to his Father.

And this love is why I choose to bow the knee to him instead of joining my fellow women in pursuit of our own glory and our own rights.  I choose to be protected and loved by the one who knows how to love me better than I know how to love and protect myself. He is more worthy of trust than I am. He is better to me than I am to me.

So to those who model the “Trust Women” or “In Goddess we Trust” stickers, God is not surprised by you. People have been worshipping false gods since the beginning oftime.  This is nothing new, nothing scandalous, just the same old “idols” that the Lord has always forbidden.  And yet, invites you to renounce this goddess worship and come to him.  He is greater than women.  You will always be disappointed if you worship anything but him, because he is far superior.   In the midst of this goddess worshipping culture, Jesus says to you…

“Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:22   

 

PS Before any pro-choicers start yelling, I want to remind you that I am a woman…trust me.   😉

  • Jul 11 / 2011
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Biblical Application, Politics, Sidewalk Counseling Ministry

Step into the Abortion Forest: Seeing the Human in Humanity

It has been said that at times you can get so far from the forest that you can no longer see the trees. You can become so acquainted with the ‘big picture’ that you forget such a grand painting actually has a definite subject. You can come to miss the human in humanity.

That temptation is a clear and present danger among evangelicals in the pro-life movement. Having fought “abortion” (in the abstract) on the political field for 25+ years, many of us have been lulled into acting like abortion is a mere philosophical construct. We see and speak out against the abortion forest, while being content to remain far away from the trees, anything remotely near or human about it.

But as Paul Ramsey so powerfully reminds us, “A child is not a piece of childhood.” We are not called to stand against abortion on behalf of childhood. Rather we are called to see the child being taken away to death. We must learn to see the abortion fight as patently personal, emotionally intimate, and ethically imminent. We can rage against the machine and shout against the system for a political lifetime (as we should), but if we fail to step into the real flesh and blood of the matter, we become  noisy gongs and clanging cymbals (1 Cor 13). We say to our neighbors “be warmed and filled,” but refuse to give them the actual help they need (James 2). Let there be no doubt: the unborn children in your community need you to hate abortion in the abstract. That much is morally required of you. But make no mistake, a mere hatred of evil is not all they need. They need you to step into the forest, and rescue them -with words, with prayers, and ultimately with the initiating and effecting power of the Holy Spirit – from the sure destruction that awaits them within the walls of your local abortion clinic. There are not just children dying in your community. This morning, there is death coming to a child. It is his voice and his silent scream that cries out to the Father for deliverance. It is his death that makes abortion inhumane.

May we all learn how to shudder at that fact.

In the name of Jesus Christ, the Victor over death,

‘BH

  • Jul 08 / 2011
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Biblical Application

Conscience and Abortion

I was thinking on an issue that came to my mind while my wife and I were reading the scripture. Does everyone know that abortion is wrong, even if they are advocating the activity? The Bible would say yes.

Romans 2:12-16

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

I just want to be brief because if you read through those verses, they are very self explanatory. Whether in belief  or unbelief in God all people know and by nature do what the law requires. Even if you are a Gentile, anyone other than a Jew, and you do not have the law, you still seek to obey the law because God has written the law on every person’s heart. Everyone is accountable to follow it. Our conscience bears witness to this fact.  People, no matter their sin, know when they are breaking God’s law. Of course, some people have more understanding of what sin is and what God hates depending on their involvement in the scripture. There is a second way people ignore the guilt, they hate God and choose to ignore their conscience. That is why we see women walking into the clinic and sometimes laughing (of course sometimes do to escorts but I digress), listening to headphones, talking on the phone at 7am, screaming at us counselors, hiding their face, etc. Of course these women feel shamed, angry, feel like they need to lighten the gravity of the situation, but not because of the counselors. Because their conscience is bearing witness to them they are breaking God’s law. Their response in this moment either makes them feel guilt, or they harden their hearts to make what their doing seem okay.

So, does everyone know that abortion is wrong, even if they are advocating it? God’s word says yes. Feeling guilty or sorrowful over sin you commit does not make you forgiven. There is a Godly sorrow that leads to repentance. Please trust Jesus, if you disobey Him and His law you can be forgiven. If your conscience accuses you, check with the word of God. If it is sin, repent! You don’t have to walk in guilt or shame, you can trust Jesus and be forgiven and be made new and learn how to walk rightly before him.

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