If You Don’t Like Abortions, Don’t Get One

Don’t remove God from the discussion

It’s a catchy title, right? If you don’t like it when live human babies are destroyed in the womb, then just don’t do that to your own unborn babies. This Huffington Post article originally from March 3, 2016 argues that legalizing abortion makes women more safe. “Abortion is not about opinion. Legalizing abortion is not a question of beliefs, taboos or religion— all that should not even be part of the conversation. Abortion is a question of public health, and it must be dealt with as such.”

Removing God from this discussion is an interesting suggestion. If there is no moral standard higher than ourselves and how we feel or think, than it seems as though we could make an argument for destroying any form of life. It seems like it’s much easier to just ignore God’s word when we’re faced with a discussion about human life. Yet in Exodus 20:3, God’s word declares, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” In other words, we should consider God’s word in everything we do.

If we really want to consider public health, maybe we should include unborn children in that discussion. We should also discuss the fact that at least some abortions are carried out due to the inconvenience or shame a child would present to families. We should be encouraged to respectfully challenge anyone who suggests we leave God out of the pro-life/pro-choice debate. God should be in the forefront of our discussions, especially when it comes to matters of life and death. As Jesus said, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” Matthew 6:33

All life should be valued

The above referenced Huffington Post article provides some interesting statistics based on annual numbers worldwide. “The World Health Organization estimates that 211 million pregnancies occur each year. Approximately 87 million of these pregnancies occur unintentionally. Of the total number of pregnancies a year, around 46 million end in abortion. Around 40 percent of these are carried out under unsafe conditions; 47,000 women die as a result of unsafe abortions each year. Surely, this is not what we want for our women.”

There’s a few things to consider in regards to the way those statistics were presented in that article… 1) The statistics seem to be used to effectively demonstrate that the lives of 47,000 women are somehow more important than 46 million babies. Why are we arguing about which life is more important? Aren’t all lives important? 2) The statistics also seem to be used to effectively demonstrate that unsafe conditions for women ultimately trump unsafe conditions for babies. 3) The statistics don’t seem to account for the fact that even when abortion is legal, conditions for women can still be unsafe.

The overwhelming majority of abortions aren’t unsafe for the mother. Most abortions are conducted when the mother’s life is in no real danger at all. In most instances, it’s only the child’s life that is at risk, obviously. That being said, we should value all forms of human life. Instead of making a case for one life having more value than the other we should spend our time finding solutions for making pregnancy safer for both women and children. If you don’t like abortions then encourage others not to get one if at all possible.

The Slippery Slope of Limiting Speech

The 1st Amendment

In the United States of America, the 1st Amendment to the Constitution reaffirms our God given right to freedom of speech. The text clearly states that Congress shall not make any laws that limit individual or group use of speech. There is no mention of any technicalities or extenuating circumstances that limit speech in any way.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

The reason that only Congress is mentioned in the 1st Amendment is because they are the Legislative Branch of our Government. In other words, the Constitution only grants Congress the authority to create laws. Therefore, the heart of the 1st Amendment is this… The United States Government cannot make speech or any form of speech illegal.

The consequences of making words illegal

Those calling for the abolition of certain words or forms of speech are missing a very important point. If the Government can limit some forms of speech, it can limit any form of speech. One may believe that another shouldn’t be free to use hateful speech, but who should be responsible for defining what is considered hateful speech? The Government? The problem is that what one individual believes is hateful speech, another may believe that it is not. And advocating that the Government should intervene in what should or shouldn’t be said by citizens could lead us to a never ending path of speech control.

Our nation was founded on the idea that government should be restrained from limiting individual liberty. The Founding Father’s believed with good reason, that an individual’s right to speak was more important than an individual’s right to not be offended. In other words, one could be free to speak their mind and the other could choose how to respond. “A soft answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge,
but the mouths of fools pour out folly.” Proverbs 15:1-2

Speech that pleases God

God never gave the Government the authority to limit speech of individuals. When we decide that Government should determine what we say or don’t say, we have created a false idol for ourselves. This is an idea the Founding Father’s understood well. God should govern our speech, not Government. Government should not govern over every detail of our lives because that role has already been filled by a loving Heavenly Father.

As followers of Christ, there are words that we should not speak. We should seek to glorify God with our speech and let His word guide us in doing so. The 1st Amendment ensures that as U.S. citizens, we can say whatever we want, but as followers of Christ we should say only that which brings God glory. “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29

We should allow God’s word to transform us instead of allowing the Government to conform us. Let us put into practice what pleases God… “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:19

The Silence of Good Men

Good men are distracted

Many good men – especially Christian men have become relatively silent when it comes to speaking up in regards to current events and politically related discussions. Many good men avoid doing anything politically related for various reasons. One obvious reason is that we have become too easily distracted.

Distractions can be leisure activities, entertainment, movies, television, phones, computers, sports, video games, etc. That doesn’t mean that we should avoid these things completely. Good men need time to their leisure. The point is that these things should not take priority over the Lord, our families, or our nation. Yet that is exactly what has happened to many good men. And that is part of the reason that our nation is suffering so much. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

Many men don’t know how to be courageous because they have experienced little discomfort in life. As Americans, we have experienced a great deal of luxury and comfort. When we become comfortable in our lives, we must be reminded that we still have the responsibility to live our lives in a courageous manner. We must stand for that which God calls good. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Good men are afraid

There are so many things wrong in our nation, which has led to many men giving in to their fears. Many good men believe that life is hopeless. We believe that our current situation is to dark to confront. Yet, in the midst of difficulty God calls us to… “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6

We need to stop telling ourselves that the enemy is too great. We need to remember that the Lord is with us wherever we go and whatever we do. He will fight for us, but we need to show up. Our trust in the Lord should always conquer our fears of what other humans can do to us. “In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?” Psalm 56:4

Good men are confused

We have convinced ourselves that we shouldn’t participate in politics, but participating in those things that distract us seems to be completely acceptable. The idea that salvation is the only thing Christians should discuss is a completely false, but popular belief these days. That is not to downplay the high importance of speaking about salvation. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) clearly states that we are to “make disciples of all the nations”. Yet, Jesus also stated… “teach[ing] them to observe all that I commanded you“. Jesus commands us to teach others of every command He has given us.

Therefore, we are free to discuss whatever we have been previously commanded by God. Paul the Apostle spoke in regards to current events in his time. Of course, Jesus himself spoke about the issues that were at hand at that time. The issues in those days and the issues we face today are all politically related, since politics is simply the way we govern our lives. And God’s word declares that we are to expose evil deeds of all kinds… “Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;” Ephesians 5:11

Good men should not be confused about speaking the truth. Jesus came to testify to the truth; all of it (John 18:37). Good men need to be reminded of their responsibilities to the Lord, their families, and their country. Our relationships with the Lord would grow. Our relationships with our families would grow. And our nation would be in a lot better shape. Our silence and our lack of action has led us to this point, so we must no longer be silent and we must take action. “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Power of Prayer in Politics

Pray for our government

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-4

When was the last time you prayed for our government as a whole or individuals who serve in government? Maybe you pray for our government daily. Or maybe it has been a really long time. Or maybe you have never prayed for our government. Well, today is a great day to start. In case you haven’t noticed, our government as a whole, is not following God. Although, there are a few members of Congress who do have a relationship with the Lord and demonstrate it by what they say and do. For example, Thomas Massie, Justin Amash, and Rand Paul are all men who follow Christ and live out their faith as public servants.

We suggest that all of our representatives need to be kicked out, because none of them do any good. While many of our representatives have forgotten what made our nation great, we still have a small minority of officials who do remain loyal to their oath to uphold the Constitution. Why are we not spending less of our time complaining and more of our time in support of those officials? And for those who have forgotten their oath, maybe we should be reaching out to them and sharing what God has placed upon our hearts.

Scripture makes it clear that we are to pray for, petition, and thank those who are in authority. Notice that God didn’t tell us to just say a lukewarm prayer and then move on. Maybe one of the reasons our government has become so corrupt is because we don’t pray fervently on their behalf, petition them when necessary, and thank them when we should. It is safe to say we don’t pay enough attention to our government. Yet, we should, because doing so leads to a quiet and peaceful life.

Prayer demands action

We know that praying for the needy is important. When someone needs something like shelter, we pray for them. However, we don’t stop there. We offer a place for them to stay or we find someone else who will take them in. “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” James 2:15-17

However, when it comes to politics, many times we say we will pray for our government, but then we stop there. We tell those in public service to “go in peace, be warmed and be filled”. We say that we pray for government, but we don’t really support the candidates that are actually doing good and we don’t reach out in love to those who are doing wrong. Did you know that you can contact members of congress at any time? You may not always be able to speak with a member of congress directly, but they will respond sometimes. And even if you are only able to speak with a member of staff, you can still have your voice heard and get valuable feedback. Sometimes you will get frustrated, but if that happens, be encouraged and press on.

It seems that at some point we got frustrated with our elected officials, to the degree that we no longer feel the need to reach out to them. We sound spiritual when we say we pray for them, but we don’t act. We have stopped voting because we say it doesn’t do any good. We have stopped contacting our representatives, because we say they will never change. We have stopped participating in town hall meetings, because we say no one will listen to us. We have decided that ignoring the problem makes us feel better, so we have given up.

God’s Word tells us to never give up. So pray for, petition, and thank those who represent you. Go to your Heavenly Father in fervent prayer so that He will hear us and heal us. “And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Establishing a New World Order – Part II

The good news

The United Nations is viewed by many Americans entirely as a humanitarian organization.  After all, the United Nations World Food Programme distributes food to those in need around the world.  World Food Program USA raises U.S. support for the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger across the globe.  According to the World Food Program USA website, WFP provides food assistance to over 80 million people in 82 countries.

It is wonderful that the U.N. food program is helping people across the world. However, it is difficult to know the intent behind the program. Maybe the U.N. is generally concerned about those who are hungry across the world. Or maybe the U.N. is using the program to advance a particular agenda or multiple agendas.

The U.N. claims to protect human rights, promotes sustainable development, upholds international law, and maintains international peace and security. Those things all sound good on the surface, but should be more clearly defined. And while in some ways the organization may seemingly demonstrate compassion, it can be argued that the “good” that is accomplished isn’t rooted in anything greater than itself. In other words, some speculate that the organization is self-serving, to say the least.

The bad news

Recently, the United Nations has been under fire for a global sex scandal, in which hundreds of Haitian women and children were reportedly raped by United Nations “peace keepers”. However, this is not new behavior for U.N. troops, as a similar instance occurred in Mali approximately one year ago. And of course, the story of Katanga has not been forgotten for those affected in that particular province of the Congo.

The U.N. is promoting a small arms treaty in which specific firearms would be registered throughout the world. Many skeptics of the small arms treaty believe that registration would eventually lead to confiscation. According to Article 5 of the treaty, all countries are mandated to participate in the treaty and they “shall establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list.” Of course, the details of the small arms treaty are nothing new to those who have read State Department document 7277.

Agenda 21 is a U.N. sponsored program, which is supposed to promote “sustainable development”. However, it has been criticized by property rights activists and for good reason. Essentially, the United Nations is planning “to co-opt, via individual governments, and eventually, a one-world government, privately held land under the auspices of ensuring its sustainability” according to Tiffany Gabbay of The Blaze.

The U.N. has recently affirmed that abortion is a human right. The U.N. has also been promoting gay marriage as a part of their human rights agenda. Regardless of how you feel about these issues, it is concerning that the U.N. is now defining what a human right is. The reason for concern is that the source of their definition for human rights goes no further than their own agenda. Their morals and values are defined based on whatever benefits their own organization.

Concern about the true agenda

Since its inception, the U.N. has been led by those who wish to build a new world order, and at least some of them have very suspicious pasts. Alger Hiss, who helped establish the U.N., was accused of being a Soviet spy and later convicted of perjury in connection with that accusation. Former Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim served as a first lieutenant in Nazi-occupied Yugoslavia in 1942. Referring to that time, he said “I did my duty like hundreds of thousands of Austrians”.

We should be willing to look deeper into the history and future of the United Nations. We should be concerned with the U.N. agenda to build a new world order for several reasons. First of all, we should be concerned that the organization as a whole does not seem to include God in their efforts. We should be concerned about the amount of power the organization is trying to obtain and how it will eventually use that power. We should be concerned that our nation’s sovereignty is suffering due to the globalized politics that the U.N. has proposed.

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15

Establishing a New World Order – Part I