Sanctity of Life – A Child or A Choice

IMG_0016-0.JPGA Choice Or A Child?
National Geographic reported the strange antics of a Primitive tribe in India’s Satpura plateau region. They follow a curious custom after an earthquake. The men of the village go around driving nails into the ground to make it firm again.

As ridiculous as that may sound, they have come to believe that their action brings the desired results.

We are running around in our own helpless way trying to hammer nails into the shaky moral ground of our nation to make it firm again. We have been looking to summits, campaigns, and task forces to find the solution. When our only solution is to be found in a renewed relationship with the God of this universe as revealed to us through the life and nature of His Son Jesus Christ. Without being overly trite, I must echo the words of the psalmist in Psalm 40:2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. The only way that we can find a sure place to hammer in a secure nail is in the person of Jesus Christ.

The time has come for us to appeal to the God of the heavens in the way that Jehoshophat did when the Israelites had gathered into the presence of God to plead with Him to save them from an imminent calamity.

2 Chron. 20:6-9

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9’If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

We are on a slippery slope when we lose our capacity to be shocked by sin.

The church has become desensitized to gross sin. The nation has become desensitized to gross sin, and we find that instead of the church being shocked by the terrible sin, we have some clergy who would suggest that the church has no place addressing publicly and directly the sins of their nation. They say that it is a political issue. I have said before and I will say again. It was a biblical issue long before it was a political issue. Anything that has to do with the abuse of human life created in the image of God is a biblical issue. Anything which goes blatantly against the standard of righteousness given to us in God’s Word is biblical before it is political. And we ought to be shocked by it to the point of crying out. We should be shocked at the senseless slaughter of millions of unborn babies in the name of convenience and claiming of rights.

23 years ago on a dismal June day, our nation took a dramatic turn downhill when President Clinton signed into law, the National Institutes of health Revitalization act of 1993. This act authorized, for the first time in U.S History, government funded research using the tissue of aborted fetuses. With the stroke of a pen, it became legal to cannibalize and commercialize the tiny bodies of murdered babies.

That was the thin edge of the wedge. Three years later that law paved the way for something far more devastating and catastrophic for our nation. A law that should cause this nation to weep and to cry out to God in sack cloth and ashes as Ezra did when he saw his nation in shame.

The last week in September of 1997 was a dark day for our nation when the US Senate voted to support President Clinton’s veto of the ban on partial birthimg_1550 abortions in late term pregnancies. That means that society now has the legal right to terminate the life of viable human beings without any legal repercussions. That means that doctors across this nation now have the legal right with the consent of the parent, to partially extract a living child from the womb, terminate that child’s life in a grotesque way, and harvest any organs that may be commercially viable at the time. We call that abortion. God calls it murder. It is beyond infanticide. It is fuelled by greed and total disregard for the sanctity of a human life.
And we want our teenagers to quit murdering each other and to begin placing value on the lives of their friends? Why in the world should we expect them to place any value on life when we give license to terminate the most innocent of all human life. God must and will hold us accountable for our actions.

And you know what the most tragic thing is? Listen. According to the Barna Research Group, in their book Born Again in America, at the time of this legislation there were Sixty million Americans calling themselves committed Christians who, because of silence, or ignorance, allowed this to take place. It could never have happened without our acquiescence. God forgive us.

Of all of these atrocities, abortion is the one that I will single out for emphasis today. You may ask why, and I would say that it is because out of all the crimes that destroy human life, the crime of abortion is the one in which the victim has had no say or influence in determining his future. In all other instances, in one way or another apart from the absolute exception, the victim has in some way or another been responsible for his fate. And so I believe that we as a Christian community, where there is no possibility for that child to defend itself, then it becomes our responsibility to stand in the gap.

Not just because it is the noble thing to do, but because in holding to the truth of God’s word, there is an obligation to uphold the value of human life. But that is where the biggest problem comes to bear. When does a child become a human being?

A pro life commercial in a magazine asked the question, “If a womb had a window, would the mother still have an abortion?” The answer was an emphatic, “No!”

Perhaps we can place an imaginary window on the womb and look at that innocent life as we somehow get a grip on the need for something to be done.

In spite of the overwhelming evidence that a child is a human being from the moment of conception, there is still the diabolical onslaught against the life of the unborn child in the USA.

Fetologists tell us that as early as 18 days after conception and EKG can record a tiny beating heart. Measurable brain waves are sending impulses throughout that body within six weeks of fertilization. Unborn children have been recorded doing full flips in 2 seconds at 8 weeks after conception. At 12 weeks the growing baby now squints, swallows, gets hiccups, digests, if his or her palm is stroked he or she will clench his hand into a tight tiny fist. As the Psalmist says, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

So as we try and work through a small part of a philosophy of life today, I would like to suggest first of all, that:

I. There Are Facts Worth Knowing.

Each Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, as thousands stand in solidarity against the senseless murder at the March for Life, some vehicles from the pro choice side will carry posters asking the question, “Who Decides?”

Perhaps the Scriptures can best answer that question. Three scriptures that pretty well take care of the question.

1. Psalm 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

1 Samuel 16 describes for us some background of the man who wrote Psalm 139. The one who marveled at the truth that God had ordained every one of His days. He was the last of the litter. He was the bottom of the totem pole. He had 7 brothers. When the most popular preacher in the neighborhood came to visit, they did not even think it necessary to bring David in to meet him. If they lived in this day and age, David could have been a prime target for abortion. Mr. & Mrs. Jesse already had seven sons, and the ultrasound says it’s another boy. But it just so happened that number 8 was number 1 as far as God was concerned. And that was because God had numbered his days and written them in a book. He knew before he was born that there was a purpose for him.

He was made in the womb of his mother. He did not become a person after he was born. Place that right in the midst of the abortion debate and ask the question, “Is it a choice or is it a child?”

Is it murder or is it a polite and paltry option. In the site of God, not in the site of the American community.

Was David David to God before he was born or not?

A second important Scripture.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5″Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
God says of Jeremiah the prophet:

a. I formed you.

b. I had plans before I shaped you

c. I knew you.

What does that do for you? In a day where you have hit rock bottom, your dreams are shot through with failure and you feel like you are worth nothing, read that.

Does that apply to us today? Look at Ephes. 1:3-4,11 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love Ephes. 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…”

Was Jeremiah a choice, or a child? Lay this out in the midst of this debate. Thus saith the Lord.

One more Scripture that should clinch it.

3. Luke 1:23-44

When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25″The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34″How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.” 38″I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. 39At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

Here we have two ladies. One elderly, and pregnant. The other is poor, homeless, a teenager, and pregnant.

With the sex education agenda on our school campuses do you think that this would have been a place for a recommended abortion?

Move them into the context of today. The elderly lady is at risk. We must do what is right and legal. Abortion would be a viable alternative.

Look back Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb. And now at vs. 44 “As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.”

What? Filled with the Holy Spirit from his mothers womb. Leaping for joy in his mother’s womb? Can a fetus be filled with the Spirit? Can fetal material experience joy? Obviously not, but a child can. Is it a child or a choice?

So now, we take that and lay it out as evidence. Let the world take shots at it. Let them tear it apart. It will stand.

Because it is God’s Word. Isaiah 40:8. “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

In addition to the biblical position that a fetus is a human life, there are many reliable medical personnel who agree.

a. Dr. Bernard Nathanson: “To vehemently deny that life begins when conception begins is absurd…I had to face the fact that in abortion, a human life of a special order is being taken.”

b. Dr. H. Ratner, Director of Public Health in Oak Park, Ill., states: “The fertilized ovum, from the initial moment of its existence, is a separate entity, possessing at once the mystery of life, life in addition to that of the mother.”

The bottom line. If this is true. If this is reliable. Then the courts have legalized the violation of one of the ten commandments.

Those are the facts worth knowing.

Now, upon knowing these facts, there is no excuse so there is:

II. A Warning Worth Heeding.

Rev. 20:11-12

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done. Right now, every deed is being written down based on the violation of the things that God has written

Again in Rev. 2&3 in the letter to the churches, Jesus tells them over and over again. I know your deeds. I know your deeds. I know your deeds. There is nothing you can hide from me, and every thought, every action every senseless, compassionless act will be accounted for. One day He is coming back and He will set the record straight. And I wonder if those millions of innocent little lives will not be the first that He will bring back with Him to rule over every power and authority that remains.

Now understand something here. This is not a democratic procedure. It is not by popular vote. It is not a congressional hearing. There is no supreme court. There is no jury that can spend hours deliberating on the basis of extenuating circumstances whether the action was right or wrong. It is based on the absolute truth of God as set out from the beginning of time. He is the only judge. And he did not leave us in the dark. He has given us a record of these things.

So what is His position on abortion.

Whatever man has to say, God has the last word.

What does God have to say about the subject of taking the life of a human being? God says it is a sin.

1. Just because it is legislated does not make it right. God says it is sin.

2. Just because it is culturally acceptable, does not mean it is right. God says it is a sin.

3. Just because it is necessary on the basis of human survival, does not make it right. God says it’s a sin.

No ifs, buts or ands about it. That, I believe is God’s position.

I am not exercising insensitivity on the part of the victim, I am standing firm on a belief that a God who is sovereign and who’s faith is meaningful in the sorriest crisis in life, is also able to heal the scars of rape, incest and sexual abuse without creating another victim and another traumatic experience in the process.

Just because God has extended mercy on this nation does not mean that we can pursue life to the limit at whatever expense.

The very philosophy that promotes the idea of pro choice is built on a lie. The lie that we are no more that super monkeys.

So we abort human fetuses just as we abort race horse fetuses.

Now, when you address a social audience of this size, it is very possible that there are some who have been very closely related to this issue at one time or another in your life. It is for these that we must conclude with one more statement:

III. There is An Assurance Worth Receiving.

There is no sin which is outside the scope of forgiveness from God when you come to Him in confession.

Rev 1:5 speaks of Jesus Christ who loved us, freeing us from our sins by His blood. Joel 2:25. Speaks of a replenishing of that which the enemy has stolen. It is not the unpardonable sin. But it is sin and it is forgivable.

If that is so and you have sought forgiveness, then rest assured that you are forgiven of that sin. We must recognize sin for what it is, confess our own responsibility, and pray that God would change our country.

If we truly are seeking God’s blessing as a nation or as an individual, church we have to come to him with open hearts about who we really are. We cannot come with a pious, self righteous attitude that says thank God I have never done that. There are many sins which do not receive the public outcry that abortion does, but are just as despicable and needing of forgiveness in the sight of God. Perhaps we are not receiving the blessing, because we have some unfinished business. May be unfinished business with God.

2 Chronicles 7:12 (MSG)
God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God-defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you: I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place. Believe me, I’ve chosen and sanctified this Temple that you have built: My Name is stamped on it forever; my eyes are on it and my heart in it always. As for you, if you live in my presence as your father David lived, pure in heart and action, living the life I’ve set out for you, attentively obedient to my guidance and judgments, then I’ll back your kingly rule over Israel—make it a sure thing on a sure foundation. The same covenant guarantee I gave to David your father I’m giving to you, namely, ‘You can count on always having a descendant on Israel’s throne.’

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