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I have talked about life before and I will probably continue to. I am pro-life. Although saying that I am pro-life seems strange in a way because who wouldn’t be for life, you are a life, you are a human being. Who wouldn’t want to protect all life, who doesn’t value all life. Well sadly a lot of people are against life, against human beings and human rights. What about the rights of unborn children? What about the rights of women? Who is going to protect them? Proverbs 31:8-9 (in NLT version) says, ‘Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.’ It is so sad how unborn babies are treated and killed and how girls and women suffer physically and mentally sometimes for years. It’s horrendous how the abortion industry treats women and babies. Its terrible how governments treats women and unborn children. These human beings are somebody’s son or daughter. Praise God for the great organisations helping women and these babies, saying that there are other choices and for the forgiveness and healing that women have found even after having an abortion in the past.
So life is not seen as valuable in our society and its getting worse, from conception to death life is under attack, the unborn and the elderly. It’s so important to defend life, to be pro-life, pro-woman, pro-mother, pro-baby. God brought life into being, God is for life, all life is precious to God. I am often seeing news articles about life being attacked, peoples lives being seen as nothing. We have government licensed murder in our world, we have the most vulnerable in our society being discarded. There have many cases where parents have refused to give up and they have refused to abort their baby and they have recovered and lived a good life. It seems to me that sometimes doctors give up too easy and are too quick to say why don’t you have an abortion.
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To be able to vote is an amazing privilege that we have in this country, it is an stewardship. I really believe that we don’t vote by party but vote always on principles. Exodus 18:21 says, ‘Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.’ So there is the Word of God telling us how to vote, voting on these principles. Now it’s very possible you are not going to get a candidate close to those principles but vote for someone closest to what it says in this verse. We can hold our politicians to account by telling them what we believe about different issues and asking them what are they going to do, because they are our representatives.
The attributes and characteristics of the first President of the United States George Washington are to admired. One of them is that he had the power but he walked away from it. He could have remained but he was a man of integrity and principle. During the time he served his country, he did his duty with great perseverance, strength and humility. Many people throughout history have had the power and they have abused that position and persecuted their people and have been overcome by the love of money. Too many times we have seen corruption in Government displaying the nature of man which is inheritably evil.
George Washington warned about some of these things in his farewell address. Like the spirit of party and warning against factions and corruption. I was going to go through some of the words that President Washington spoke about in his address but I’m not going to get around to that now, maybe another time. I will finish with this quote from Mr Washington. He said this,’ “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour.’
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Government is instituted by God but there are authorities that do what’s right and those who are corrupt and do evil. There is nothing new under the sun. There were ungodly governments in history as there is now. So Governing authorities are there so that the rule of law is upheld and that evil is punished. They are to enact laws to punish the bad. It explains this in the Bible in 1 Timothy 1:8-10. Also check out Romans 13:1-7 to see the purpose of Government and that the leaders in a community, in a nation are ministers of God.
Proverbs 14:34 says,’Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.’ Proverbs 11:10-11 says,’When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation. By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.’ We should hold Government and leaders to the role that is given to them. There is good governments and corrupt governments. There is this pattern you see throughout history of people becoming leaders of nation but rather than seeing it as their duty to serve the people they represent, they use and abuse that office to become more powerful and to see their own selfish ambitions fulfilled. Throughout history we see leaders of nations and empires rise and fall but thank God that one day His Kingdom will be ruling and reigning on the earth. A perfect government. Daniel chapter 2 talks about kingdoms rising and falling as we can see in history but then in verse 44 it says,’And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.’
Revelation 11:15 says ‘Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Proverbs 16:12 says ‘It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, for a throne is established by righteousness.’
Also we see throughout history power being concentrated in the hands of one individual with dictators and oppressive governments. Let me mention a couple of books on this theme both by historian William J. Federer. The first one is Volume 1 Change to Chains-The 6,000 Year Quest for Control and Volume 2 Rise of the Tyrant.
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvellous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. – Psalm 139:13-14
I encourage you to read Psalm 139. Life is so precious. God brought life into being; He created human beings (you and me). God is love and He created us to have relationship with Him. God is for life, He created life. God cares about every area of our lives and wants the best for us. After Adam and Eve sinned in the beginning in Genesis Chapter 3 sin, death and evil came into the world. Thank God that was not the end though. God had a plan of redemption to save us and bring us back to this close relationship with Himself. He sent His Son into the world to be born as a baby; His earthly parents were Mary and Joseph. Mary was a virgin and Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. – Matthew 1:18. The angel Gabriel said to Mary in Luke 1:31 ‘And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.’
Mary’s cousin Elizabeth bore a son, John the Baptist. An angel appeared to her husband Zacharias saying ‘He (John) will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.’ – Luke 1:15 in the second part of that verse. Mary visited Elizabeth and Iook what happened, I love this in verses 40-44 of Luke 1, ‘and (Mary) entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. – Luke 1:40-44
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. That is Psalm 127:3. As Christians it’s important to support and defend life from birth to death. To help and love those who have been hurt by this issue and to help them find healing. Also to help women and young girls who are considering abortion and to give them the support that is needed, helping them to realise that there is another choice, there is another way. To choose life.