I have prayed about this. I have struggled with my thoughts about how to approach this subject. To the best of my ability, I am trying to be more encouraging however, my thoughts toward this subject are solid and I know, beyond any shadow of doubt, that they are correct. I just pray that as you read further, you will understand that this subject matter is a “slap in the face” towards God and His message of Hope in Jesus Christ.
In the year 2000, the former video rental store, Blockbuster, was given an opportunity by another company to expand Blockbuster to online video renting. Blockbuster laughed at the opportunity and a short time later, the company Netflix became one of the largest online video rental sources of our time. I am sure that those within the Blockbuster management team didn’t laugh after their company closed and saw Netflix thrive in this new venture. What a mistake by Blockbuster.
In life, we all make mistakes. We say things we shouldn’t say. We forget to do things we should do. We do things we shouldn’t. We make mistakes. We don’t mean to make those mistakes but we do. Throughout our entire lives, we will make mistakes. Maybe not the same ones over and over again, but at the very least we will make mistakes one time to learn from them.
As a child, I was taught that even though we make mistakes, we still must suffer the consequences of our mistakes. As I got older, I was taught that even though we may make mistakes, there is a God who loves us, who cares for us and who wants to forgive us of those mistakes. However, even though I may be forgiven, I still will suffer the consequences to the decisions I have made, even if it was a mistake.
Unfortunately, our society doesn’t believe that we need to suffer the consequences to our mistakes. Our society has proven over and over again, that they believe we can make mistakes and bury them. The current government shutdown is proof of that. Both Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. have voiced their distain over each other’s position on border security. Yet despite both sides not budging on what they want, over 800,000 people are either working without pay or have been asked to stay home. Meanwhile, members of Congress (both House and Senate) continue to get paid because it is listed to do so in the Constitution. Therefore, as our citizens suffer the consequences of Washington’s disagreements, those who are making the decisions continue to get paid and believe that they will not suffer consequences as well. Why? Because they continue to be re-elected.
Although I have friends and family that are majorly affected by the current government shutdown, there is another subject that needs more attention and the current liberal media refuses to give light to it and continually denies the consequences of it…abortion.
Recently, New York State Legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have passed a revision to a law concerning women’s rights in relation to abortion and contraception. I have read over the revised law and have concluded that the majority of this revision is mainly about abortion rights and little to do with contraception. (You may want to read it for yourself and see if you come to the same conclusion.)
Why this is so important is not the fact that it was passed but the lack of recognition to the consequences of passing that law. In the past, the law stated that an abortion could not be done once the baby was 24-weeks (in utero) or older. It also stated that there were consequences, including jail time for those who were caught taking part in abortions once this time frame past. Now, the revised law says that those who are qualified to do abortions (not just doctors) can do so past the 24-week deadline and no further timeframe was given. This basically means that whomever, New York State deems worthy to do abortions can do so up to delivery. As long as the baby is in utero, they can do their horrific and barbaric procedure. And they can do this so long as they deem the mother and / or baby are at risk of death. Hold that thought for a moment.
In addition, New York State Legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo also removed any and all reference to potential jail time to anyone who executes abortions. All security a woman had in the decision making process has been taken away. Here is why….
Let’s say a couple meets in a bar one night. They have a few drinks and decide to get to know each other a little bit more. One thing leads to another and viola…a one-night stand. A couple of months later, the woman begins getting sick. She goes to the doctor to find out she’s pregnant. She breaks down in tears and wonders what her options are. Her doctor says one option is to have an abortion. However, she isn’t sure what she wants to do. After a couple more months, the same woman gets into a car accident and enters a coma. A week or so later, the woman wakes up and notices something is wrong, she no longer feels her baby moving. She asks what happened and the doctor says that he had to abort the baby because her health was in danger. Although, this is a made up story, the consequence of the revised abortion law would allow this to happen, even if the mother does not know about it. The wording states…
§ 2599-BB. ABORTION. 1. A HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONER LICENSED, CERTIFIED, OR AUTHORIZED UNDER TITLE EIGHT OF THE EDUCATION LAW, ACTING WITHIN HIS OR HER LAWFUL SCOPE OF PRACTICE, MAY PERFORM AN ABORTION WHEN, ACCORDING TO THE PRACTITIONER’S REASONABLE AND GOOD FAITH PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT BASED ON THE FACTS OF THE PATIENT’S CASE: THE PATIENT IS WITHIN TWENTY-FOUR WEEKS FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF PREGNANCY, OR THERE IS AN ABSENCE OF FETAL VIABILITY, OR THE ABORTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT THEPATIENT’S LIFE OR HEALTH.
Again, in most cases, the woman is making the decision on this, but now New York State has allowed others to make that decision for the woman if the “health care practitioner” deems it necessary. Not only has the time-frame been removed but also the consequences of executing an abortion.
Now, I am not shocked by this decision, but I am obviously bothered by it. I am not shocked because New York State government officials have proven their loyalty and devotion to sin. They have openly and proudly displayed their satisfaction to rebelling against God. In fact, the Empire State Building will be lit pink in order to commemorate this momentous evil occasion. They are proudly wearing the badge of sin and shame. They no longer hide their sin but place it in the open forum of daily living. But why does this matter? Why should we be concerned about this open display of sin?
First, God destroys those who are open and proud of their sin. Sodom, Gomorrah, Babylon, Persians…all of these empires were proud to display their sin in the light. History has taught us that each of these empires fell not because of economic problems or natural causes, rather they were destroyed because of their open display of sin.
Both Sodom and Gomorrah were known to be violent towards women and outsiders. In Genesis 19, you can read about how the men of Sodom and Gomorrah wanted to have sex with “men” who came to tell Lot to leave or be destroyed. Here is what the angels said to Lot…
“For we are about to destroy this city completely. The outcry against this place is so great it has reached the Lord, and he has sent us to destroy it.” – Genesis 19:13 (NLT)
“God will turn the sins of evil people back on them. He will destroy them for their sins. The Lord our God will destroy them.” – Psalm 94:23
There will come a time when God decides that the sin of a nation is so great that He will send for something or someone to destroy it. Fortunately for us, that time has not yet come. For if that time had come, this article would not have been written.
Okay, now that we have an understanding of what God does to those who are open and proud of their sin, what does God also say about children?
“Children are a gift from the Lord; for they are a reward from Him.” – Psalm 127:3
“But Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.” – Matthew 19:14
And what about those children who are not yet born?
“You guided my conception and formed me in the womb.” – Job 10:10
When Mary’s cousin, who was pregnant with John the Baptist saw Mary, she said, “When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.” – Luke 1:44
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.” – Psalm 139:13
God views life from the point of conception. It is God who guides the man and woman to marriage. It is God who guides the sperm to meet the egg. It is God who personally molds and makes the baby into the image He chooses. The baby, both in utero and after birth are a gift from God. So let’s look at this from a slightly different viewpoint…
If God sees life beginning at conception, then abortion rebels against God by saying conception doesn’t matter.
If God forms the baby, then abortion must destroy the very creation God is actively doing, therefore, it is murder.
If God has declared that He is intimately involved in creating children, then abortion actively defies God by showing distain towards His creation.
You see, abortion is more than what the world is telling us. The world says it’s about women’s rights. God says it’s about life He creates. The world says that a child is not a child until delivery. God clearly says that life begins at conception. The world says they are proud to do what they want, when they want and how they want and without consequences. God says that He will one day get fed up with our sin and destroy us as He sees fit.
My plea with you today, is this…please, please, please, stop this madness and repent. Vote for those who will stand for what God stands for. Voice your distain towards openly sinful practices and flaunting but do it in the most loving way possible.
Continue to stand for what is right. Continue to vote in the right way. Continue to plea with God to hold off His judgement against those who openly defy Him. Continue to pray for our leaders and especially those in New York for their salvation, for their minds to be opened to what God says about life and for them to see the coming judgement upon all of us, if this behavior continues.
I do not know how or when God will decide to say, “Enough is enough”. All I know is that in the meantime, I will continue to share the love and hope of life in Jesus Christ as long as there is breath in my lungs.
It is time for us Christians to stand together. It is time for us Christians to show our rulers that God’s law is much higher than their laws. It is time for us Christians to get out from behind our church walls and meeting places and enter into the political realm. As long as we keep God first in our lives and do what He calls us to do, we will not hear the trumpets of judgement, rather we will hear the soft voice of God say to us, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Come and enter into my rest.”
That is what I desire to hear one day. If God is for us, who cares who is against us. He will protect us, He will save us and we will live with Him forever. We need to stand for those who cannot. We need to feed those who are hungry. We are to clothe those who need clothing. This is the action of the Christian which shows the world how loving and patient God is. It is acting upon our faith that shows the world that God is in control and He desires to have a relationship with us.
I am praying for the New York Legislature and Governor. I am praying that one day soon; God will touch their hearts so that they become His children and see life the way He sees it…beginning at conception, precious in this world, and eternal with Him. Will you join me? Will you act in a way that is worthy of our calling? I pray that you do what God has called you to do. Don’t delay. God won’t delay His judgement forever.
God bless and encourage someone today.