Sunday, March 26, 2017

Abortion's Impact

Over forty-seven million babies have been aborted in the United States since 1973 when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of abortion in the Roe vs. Wade decision – a figure that grows at the rate of 4,000 every day.  About 1.6 million lives were taken just last year – that’s 166 deaths per hour, and one baby lost every two and a half minutes!!  One third of the generation born in the thirty-three years from 1973-2003 is missing because of abortion. There are as many abortion deaths each year as there are deaths caused by heart disease and cancer combined.  The death toll is enormously high, yet we may recite such statistics without actually considering just how staggering those numbers really are.

Consider this: more Americans have died because of abortion than have died in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, both World Wars, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War, and the war in Iraq combined!  More babies are killed every day in America than the total number of people killed in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Where is the outrage?  Why isn’t there an enormous public outcry over such an immense loss of life?  A most perplexing aspect of this is that so many people who support abortion oppose capital punishment.  How can people demand that killing an innocent unborn child is legal and out of the same mouth argue that executing convicted murderers should be outlawed?  Groups like the National Organization of Women and the ACLU support the continued legalization of abortion on demand and oppose the death penalty.  They argue that since life begins at birth it is not the taking of human life to abort an unborn child.  The Bible affirms differently in Jeremiah 1:5 and Luke 1:41.  Human life begins in the womb and to abort a child before birth is the shedding of innocent blood.  That is something the Lord hates (Proverbs 6:17).

Several years ago a panel of Florida judges upheld a $108,800 fine against a man who poached 1088 turtle eggs from a state park.  The public defender argued that an egg isn’t a turtle until it hatches; but the prosecutor affirmed that 80-90% of marine turtle eggs are fertile, and therefore each egg must be considered a unit of marine life.  The judges agreed with the prosecutor and fined the man $100 for each egg poached!  It is legal lunacy to argue that laws protecting unhatched marine turtles are perfectly all right, but laws protecting the life of unborn humans are unconstitutional.

Try as one might to justify this barbaric practice, abortion does not meet God’s approval.  Friends, when we can open a newspaper or turn on a television and learn of people protesting the execution of convicted murderers and rapists while “protecting” a woman’s “right to choose,” we have it all backwards.  May God help us to stop calling evil good and good evil before it is too late.  To prevent an unwanted pregnancy, stop engaging in immoral activity!  There are other alternatives besides abortion for those who find themselves in an unwanted pregnancy.  God’s mercy is extended to those who may seek his forgiveness for their lack of mercy when they aborted a child.  Abortion is wrong, but God is merciful.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

You Are Loved

A note was planted in the hollow of an old tree.  The note said, "Whoever finds this, you are accepted, you are loved."  At some point, someone happened to stumble across it and got that message.  Just as you are - you are accepted and loved.  What a difference it made in their life!
That's a good story with a good point.

Let me tell you another story.  A message was put (not in the hollow of a tree), but on the radio.  The message was, "You are accepted and loved just as you are."  And someone was turning a dial as they were driving along and stumbled, by chance, over that thought.  And it helped.  It was a reminder of what is true and was a reinforcement of what was important to hear.  And just by chance that thought hit just the right person at the right time in just the right place.

There is another story with a message from God.  This message was not placed in the hollow of a tree, nor was it broadcast on radio, but was demonstrated on a cross.  There Jesus shed his blood. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son..." (John 3:16).  In that sacrificial death God was telling you that you are important; you are loved.  He wants you to be in heaven with him and the redeemed of the ages.