I’m starting this post with a joke. Not because the topic is humorous, but because it helps illustrate a point. (I don’t know who the original author of the joke is. I first heard it more then 30 years ago. If I find out who the author is, I’ll post the credit.) Here’s the joke as well as I remember it:
A Catholic priest, an evangelical Pastor, and a Jewish Rabbi were discussing when life begins. The priest states unequivocally that life begins at the moment of conception, and that there is no discussion about it. The Pastor states that he sees the issue a little less strictly, and that life begins when the heart starts beating. The Rabbi states, “You two know nothing! Life begins when the dog dies and the kids move out!”
Yes, this blog post is about abortion. And the above joke alludes to a problem in the church that has been around for some time. As soon as Christians entered the discussion as to when ‘life begins’, it lost the battle. Such a discussion is only about making a compromise. Once one compromise is made, no matter how seemingly innocuous, eventually more will be required. As is now happening.
States are passing or seriously considering passing laws allowing abortion up to the moment of birth, and allowing people other then doctors perform the procedure.
This occurrence shouldn’t be surprising. That this would eventually occur was obvious. Once abortions were allowed under some circumstances, then the call for compromising on other circumstances would never end. And it will continue. And over the cliff we go.
We are now stating that life, up to birth (and possibly shortly thereafter), has no value. This devaluation of life will continue. What’s next? Babies that have defects can be killed? Unthinkable you say? This is exactly what happened not so long ago in a modern society! (Don’t remember? – think Nazi Germany and their indiscriminate killing of handicapped people.)
God states that He abhors the ‘offering’ [sacrificing] of babies and children to foreign gods.
You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD. Leviticus 18:21 (ESV)
Why did the people sacrifice their children to other gods? The basic reason can be stated as this: they wanted a better life for themselves.
Are abortions today any different? Why are the vast majority of abortions done today? Because the mom thinks her life will be better without the child.
No difference! In times past, the babies were offered directly to a god in exchange for a better life for the parents. Today the babies are offered to some nebulous idea in exchange for the mom having a better life!
We need to repent on behalf of this nation! We also need to start supporting those groups that are helping the moms find alternatives to abortion!
Today, Feb. 23rd, 2019, a call has gone out nationwide (USA) for prayer and repentance. It’s about time! (www.dayofmourning.org – best viewed with Google Chrome).
Yes, God’s command ‘do not kill’ includes the unborn.
If you want to argue against this stance by bringing up cases such as when the mother’s life is in danger, I say to you, “You hypocrite! If you were really concerned about the life of the mother, you wouldn’t be supporting these laws that will allow people without medical degrees to perform the abortion! That type of thing took many, many women’s lives!”
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