Summer Memory Verse:
“The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb." - Psalm 19:7-10
A Note From A Pastor:
By now it’s quite likely you’ve heard at least something about an organization called the Center for Medical Progress, a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of bioethics particularly as it pertains to the dignity of human life. If you haven’t heard of the organization then perhaps you’ve heard of their 8 videos (here and here) that they have released sporadically over the past several weeks (the 8th video was released yesterday, with more to come). These videos are documentary-style summaries of months of investigative journalism into the practices of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, particularly as those practices relate to abortion. In case you don’t know, Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country, with some statistics attributing to Planned Parenthood 1/3 of the nearly 1 million annual abortions. Stop and consider those numbers for a second: 1 million abortions per year. That’s 1 million babies, human beings, whose live are ended by abortion. That’s not 1 million “cases” or “fetuses” or “specimens” or “products of conception”. 1 million lives snuffed out each year in our country.
Have you seen these videos? If not, I strongly encourage you to read this summary of each video, and then consider watching them (links to all 8 videos can be found here). The content of these videos is extremely difficult to watch. As I have watched each one over the past few weeks they have, at times, caused me to literally weep, cry out to the Lord, and instinctively avert my eyes away from the screen. They are that disturbing. But in part, that’s the point of these videos: to expose the gruesome reality of abortion. There is more to it than that – namely, the for-profit sale and trafficking of fetal body parts, along with the crass nature in which Planned Parenthood and Stem Express executives discuss abortion techniques. More importantly, though, these videos are a means of stirring the human conscience on this issue. Abortion is the murder of unborn children, and it’s happening all around us.
Many others have written in recent days on this issue with much greater clarity than I ever could, so I would refer you to some of the following resources:
I’m still trying to process what an engaged response to this spotlight on abortion looks like. I know that we can at least pray – and pray often – for our nation’s conscience to be pricked on this issue, leading to legislation that will not undermine the sanctity of all human life, even as we pray also for those most directly affected by abortion in the past and those presently being given this option. Certainly part of our response must include praying for and supporting alternative options in crisis pregnancy situations – may the Lord give us wisdom as we continue to consider how He might use us.
But for now, let’s be sure that we are not found guilty of turning a blind eye. How easy it would be (like most mainstream media outlets), to simply ignore, dismiss, or downplay these videos, or the issue altogether. This is not someone else’s problem. This is not an insignificant issue. This is a matter of life and death. Will we stand by and allow it to happen?
All life is a gift from God. Every human being is created uniquely in the image of God, having been knit together by the hand of God, and therefore precious to God from the moment of conception. This is the truth we must speak into our culture, and we must speak this truth in love. After all, the same God who created us…loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son for us, in order that we might be in fellowship with our Creator for all eternity. This Love – this gift of Jesus Christ – means there is hope for anyone; no one is beyond the reach of God’s redemption and forgiveness. So let us be the people of the light whom God has called us to be, shining that light even in the darkest places, in order that those around us might be welcomed from darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus Christ.
For the glory of God,
THIS WEEK AT FAITH:
PRAYER MEETING: Tonight!
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