John Elefante’s “You’re Not Taking Her This Time.”

One abortion occurs in this country every 25 seconds. 

Not even a half minute’s time, and another life is dead.

And many of our elites defend this practice. 

Many churches uphold this philosophy.

And many teens are scared, trying to fix what the culture calls “a problem” or a “choice” rather than an child.

While the Huffington Post refers to this as an anti-abortion video (true), we call it a pro-life video.  This is a powerful song and video by John Elefante.  Pass this along!

(HT:  Too many to count!)

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Ways We React as Adherents to the Pro-Life Cause

At the Vietnam War Memorial, there stands a wall containing 58,272 names of those who fell in the Vietnam War. The Wall was designed by Maya Lin and is made up of two gabbro walls 246 feet, nine inches long. At the highest tip it’s just over 10 feet tall. While I have never been there, this looks like a very impressive structure that it was ranked 10th on the List of America’s Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

Today, we observe Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. I echo what Russ Moore and other evangelicals have said in that I hate that we have to observe this! That we’ve come to a point where human life at all stages and circumstances. January 22, 1973 was the 40th anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision. Since that decision, 55 million unborn children have lost their lives due to this procedure. In fact, it is now the second most common surgical procedure in the US. Prior to 1973, abortion was allowed to save the woman’s life or in cases of rape or incest.

The law of Roe v. Wade prevented the government from stopping abortions, and included the clause “right to privacy” to consider a woman’s decision to terminate the pregnancy. The ruling also stated that the “fetus” is not a person in the sense intended by the Constitution and therefore has restricted rights. Plus, there’s no regulations on the first trimester.[1]

We could go on. But how do we react? Some react violently. They say, if we bomb the abortion clinics, even the ones performing the procedures, then that’s one less office, one less doctor, one less system of machinery. But that doesn’t make sense, being pro-life using destruction and murder to make a pro-life point. Pass.

Some look at this passively.  “Well, the pro-life movement is gaining some momentum—I’m convinced abortion will pass away soon.”  In the meantime, 4,000 abortions are happening every hour.  Most who have those abortions would not have if they had received any type of support at all! 

Some act legally. The argument here is this: “The Supreme Court ruled that this was legal—and don’t you believe that women do have a right to choose?  What kind of a country would we be if we went backwards in removing this right?” Yes, it is legal—but consider this. Slavery at one point was legal for a long time—from colonial times until the 13th Amendment was passed in January, 1865. Slavemasters used the same argument: “Slaveholding is legal. They used the rationale that their economy would fall apart!  using this rationale to subjugate an entire race of people for their conceived purposes. Not everyone in the South believed that slavery was right—90% of them didn’t own them. But it was a blight on the entire nation.

Now, replace slaveholding with those who are pro-abortion, and replace the rationale (economy with numerous other reasons): a group of more powerful people inflict their choice on another less powerful people. Not everyone is pro-abortion, but it is a blight on the entire nation.

Scripture calls us not to act violently, passively, nor even legally as a justification in how we deal with abortion. He wants us to act biblically, gracefully, and even gospelly.

I was deeply moved by Russ Moore’s insight, when he said that he hated Sanctity of Human Life Sunday because it was a day that was necessary for us to even have, but that he loved it because it could reaffirm some things. And we must be careful, too. Even in church world, this can touch us. He brings up a scenario of a young girl who had grown up in church who after an immoral encounter with a boy became pregnant. She repented, asked God to forgive—but then what? What would folks at church say when she began to ‘show’? How would they treat her? He speaks of those who, considering how judgmental church folks are, would be advised by family or friends to abort the child to be spared of such reactions.

I would say that, all the while affirming God’s design should be affirmed over our desire in that area in not committing those sinful acts, the tape cannot be rewound.  Regardless of how that child is coming into the world, that child bears God’s image and is of value (Genesis 1:26-27).   That child is now on its way—and if the gospel is the gospel, we have to recognize, yes, the clear teaching of God’s Word and not compromise, but not forget that there is only one unforgiveable sin and we need to come along and support with the situation before us. 

David writes:

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.

He makes no distinction that unborn (or born) children are of any more or less value because of how they came into the world!  No, human being = imagebearer of God!  And yes, while those imagebearers can take their bodies God gave them to shake their fist at him, even with this it doesn’t change the fact.  We are born once—and the value inherent in being in an imagebearer is even made greater by the cross and empty tomb and how Christ came to rectify the situation Adam brought in.  For all who would believe, Christ reverses the curse that Adam brought into creation and to the bodies and souls God made.  While we may not understand everything else in Scripture, this aspect is crystal clear.

Let’s be pro-earthly life and pro-eternal life.  You can be pro-life but not be a follower of Christ.   But I will say this—you cannot be a follower of Christ and not be pro-life.  You cannot say you treasure the author of life, and then turn around and not treasure the life He authored. 

May we react in this way!

[1]Thanks to ethicist Ken Magnuson and his notes from Introduction to Christian Ethics at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2002.

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Where the Spirit of Herod Pervades: Christmas is About Life in a Culture of Death

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod.This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

18 “A voice was heard in Ramah,
    weeping and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
    she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.”
(Matthew 2:13-18)

So many say that we are in the land of the living, but in all honesty we are in the land of the dying. The moment we are born, we move toward death—it’s inevitable, unpleasant to think about, but it’s honest.

We live in a time where many work in maternity wards to help bring life in to the world. We have hospitals that seek to heal life. We have assisted living places that by and large help during the more seasoned times of a life. This country especially has been amazing in taking care of the human body.

We also live in a culture of death as well. Homicide and suicide rates skyrocket; the abortion industry takes the lives of 1.3 million unborn children each year; and controversies over end-of-life, quality-of-life issues have a significant part of the cultural discourse. These among many other issues in regards to life.

There is nothing new under the sun.  The most  autocratic rulers come into power with the notion that they are able to determine which life has value and which doesn’t.  Such is the case with Herod.  Wise men from the east show up and ask, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews?  For we saw his star when it rose and  have come to worship him” (Matthew 2:2).  Herod and the Jews were troubled.  Herod called the scholars to search the OT Scriptures to ascertain where he would be  born–and they knew the  answer:  Micah 5:2 said, “Bethlehem.”  Herod wanted to eliminate the competition, so he ordered the infanticide–one prophecied back in Jeremiah, about 600 years prior to this event.

Our culture has the spirit of Herod.  So often life is not valuable in an absolute, intrinsic sense–for so many, life is only valuable as long as our particular quality of life is what we believe it to be, or if that life is convenient to us and doesn’t interrupt our goals, desires, and yes rule over our lives.  Our fallen flesh believes that we are lord of all we survey, so no one should try to offer any competition.  

But our lives matter to God.  This is not how God created His world–He created life and sent His Son into this world to rescue life.  Life matters to Him.  God created us to bear His image in this world.  But the temptation, as first brought to light in Genesis 3, is that we “want to be like God, knowing good from evil.”  But we are not like God in that God is always holy and right in what he does.  We are creatures who are in need of rescue–fallen and sinful.  We are not wired to be kings.  We are wired to have a King.  

No king will do aside from Jesus!

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