Abortion is Murder

January 12, 2011

It’s time someone finally said it. Abortion is murder. And it’s time that the mainstream media actually print someone saying that. Frankly, the political correctness of our world in tip-toeing around so-called “women’s reproductive rights”, is nauseating. Something must be said, and something must be done. In Pennsylvania alone in 2008 approximately 41,000 children lost their lives because we value death over life. Our culture is a culture of death. Death is celebrated and cheered, while life, and the pursuit of it is looked down upon. Who would ever think that a mother would have some so-called right to kill the life of their child? What kind of “civilized” world do we live in?

I know people will be up in arms at me for saying these things. “Think about all those women whose lives are endangered?” Yes, there are some, but it is very rare, and if the life of the mother and child are in jeopardy, abortion is something that should be considered. “Think about babies born as a product of incest or rape?” Yes, there are some, but it is not terribly common. And frankly, why punish the baby? That baby did nothing to deserve to die. Carry that child to term and put it up for adoption. Choose life, not death. “What about those who did not plan on having a baby or cannot afford one?” Perhaps you should have thought of that before you brought new life into the world? So, now you’re going to punish this new baby by killing it because you did not know better? What a pragmatic, pluralistic, death-loving culture we live in if these are the kinds of arguments people have to justify abortion.

This nation once stood for the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness as unalienable rights for all people. It is clear though that in our nation, the pursuit of liberty and happiness comes at the expense of life. And please, do not give us the tired arguments that the baby is not a baby. Babies, from the moment of conception, are a living being. They are human. And to eliminate that life, is murder. Plain and simple. No sugar coating this one. Abortion is murder. There I said it.

And frankly, why are more not saying it? Why is the church of Christ not standing up and demanding our nation restore rights to our unborn children? Why are we not filled with moral outrage over the needless and senseless death we see all around us? If God knew David in the womb, did He not know you and your children? Where in all the Bible, can you find justification for abortion? Christians, if you truly are Christians, stand for life. Demand that people embrace life and not death.

But Christians, you will need to step up. Help mothers who want to abort their babies. Show them the alternatives. And when mother’s put their babies up for adoption, adopt them! Show you care enough about life that you are willing to help protect and care for another life rescued from death.

You may think I am crazy. A religious zealot. You might even think I am dangerous. But frankly, I’m just being honest. God cares about the unborn, and so should all of us. Our nation is continuing to slip more and more into immorality. The mark of a civilized nation is how they care for the marginalized and the voiceless. There are none as voiceless as unborn children. Love them, protect them, care for them, let them live!

Frankly, our world needs to hear it ringing loud and clear. We stand for life and not death! Abortion is murder!

Don’t Let Haiti Allow You to Forget the Rest of the World

January 24, 2010

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatias 6:10).

Today at Tunkhannock Baptist Church, we took up a special offering for the Haiti Disaster Relief Fund of Compassion International. We as a church felt compelled to give of what the Lord has given us above and beyond what we normally collect to help the relief efforts in Haiti. And as a Church, we are concerned no only about the physical needs of those in Haiti but also the spiritual needs of all those suffering there. The needs there currently are incredible. But, it is good to remember that the needs are great everywhere.

Don’t let Haiti allow you to forget the rest of the world.

I know the situation in Haiti is awful. But the situation around the world is awful in general. Don’t let a major disaster be the only time you pray for a nation or a people or give to support the physical and spiritual needs around the world.

For instance, did you know that 90% of towns in Russia still are without a church and that most people are barely able to scrape by with enough funds for basic necessities? How could you help in church planing efforts in Russia and meeting the needs of people there?

Even closer to home, do you know that in 2005 there were almost 1 million abortions in the US? That’s 1 million people dying (by murder no less) each year in the US. How could you help women choose life over abortion?

Those are just two examples of huge needs in two different areas of the world. Let’s be careful not to allow a major disaster to draw our attention away from the rest of the world. While the need in Haiti is incredible right now and the people there need our love, care, support, and prayers (which is why our church is giving funds to help!) it does not mean needs have ended elsewhere. Be informed of the needs around the world and as you are able, do good to all men, especially to the household of faith!

John Piper on President Obama’s Stance on Abortion

May 13, 2009

Russ Moore on the Primacy of the Local Church

October 17, 2008

Readers of this blog (see here), and hearers of my preaching (see here), will know how the primacy of the local church is extremely important to me. There is nothing that comes above, or even along side of, the local chuch in importance to the life of the believer. Russ Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has recently wrote a brief article titled, “Jesus Didn’t Die for a Campus Ministry: The Spiritual Danger of Unchurched Spirituality” for the Carl F. H. Henry Institute For Evangelical Engagement of which he is Executive Director. While brief, it is extremely helpful. Dr. Moore is sharp and astute and everything he says and writes is worth reading. I had the privilege of picking him up and dropping him off at the Toronto airport when he came to speak at the 2007 TBS graduation. He is a good man!

On that note, check out his recent chapel message at SBTS on which Justin Taylor calls, “one of the most prophetic pro-life messages I have ever heard.” Listen to “Joseph of Nazareth is a Single-Issue Evangelical: The Father of Jesus, the Cries of the Helpless, and Change You Can Believe in” (Matt 2:13:23).

The Future of Russia

October 8, 2008

Al Mohler has an interesting post about the future of Russia with regards to declining birth rate and increasing abortions. Let us pray for the revival that is most desperately needed across the former Soviet Union! Mohler’s thoughts can be found here in his post, The End of the Nation? Russia Chooses Death Over Life.