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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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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.
But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. – Exodus 1:17 (NKJV)
This is a powerful chapter and a powerful story. (Exodus 1) The Jewish people were in a very difficult situation, they were slaves under a brutal regime. Pharaoh was afraid of them and how they were growing as a people so he oppressed the Israelites even more. Then the King of Egypt wanted to kill every boy that was born. Check out the Hebrew midwives response. ‘But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive.’ – Exodus 1:17 (NKJV)
Today in countries around the world Christians are killed, put in jail and persecuted just for living out their faith. Their response in the face of this severe opposition is forgiveness and continuing to serve God. In Acts 5 Peter and others were being ordered not to teach about Jesus. Verse 29 (NKJV) says ‘But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.’
One of the foundational principles of a free nation is freedom of speech and freedom of religion (or freedom of conscience). We must continue to uphold these, if not a country moves into dangerous territory, starts regulating speech and goes down the road of a dictatorship.
Also one of the most important principles upheld by a government should be the protection of life but yet across the globe, leaders and politicians are not upholding this. Life is under attack from the baby in the womb to the elderly. Just as I have highlighted in this post how people have decided to obey God rather than man, we also can live out our faith in every area of our lives according to what the Bible says and that includes defending the unborn in whatever way God has called us to.
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. – Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT) Continue reading “Obeying God”