As noted previously, during the early 1990s, we were seeking a doctrinally sound and activist-servant church (Isaiah 58 and Matthew 25) in our new home in Brandon, Mississippi (suburb of the state capital Jackson).  As we visited several churches, looking either for the signs that the church was the type we wanted to be involved in, or looking for signs from God that, regardless of the condition of the church, this was the place He wanted us to be for His perfect plans, we would inevitably receive visits from the ministers, deacons, or other church members of the churches we had visited.  Our visitors would usually arrive on a Monday or a Tuesday, but in one instance, we got a visit that very Sunday afternoon, which showed the earnest diligence of one particular church.  Although my memory is a little fuzzy on this period, I believe it was that visit by that one church which resulted in the most interesting, yet confusing, exchange of doctrinal ideas I would have with any of the myriad of visitors over the course of several weeks.

 As it turned out, our visitor that day was the pastor of the church, and he was able to fill us in on a lot of the information we were seeking about the state of the church and its orientation on scriptural obligations.  As the conversation proceeded, I asked at one point about the issue of abortion and whether he, the pastor, was willing to speak out, as directed by the Holy Spirit, to tell the truth about abortion and what the Bible had to say about it.   The reason why I asked the question was because God had convicted me deeply years earlier about my responsibility as a Christian to speak out for those who are weak and powerless.  We are taught in Proverbs 31:8-9, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” When I became aware of the issue of abortion as a young man, God revealed to me that the unborn are the weakest and most powerless, and in our modern, heartless culture, too few were willing to speak out on their behalf.


However, I also believe in our duty as Christians to be a voice and a compassionate heart for those women who falsely believe that they are in an impossible situation.  I believe that we, as guided by the Holy Spirit, can be involved in these women's lives and help them to see that there is a real truth and that they are not trapped into the morally problematic and logically false decision to have an abortion.  And where we cannot help them or make them see truth (it's really all God's work anyway -- we are just bit players in His grand sweeping work for humanity), then at the very least, we can pray for them and be a compassionate heart, a non-judgmental ear listening to their problems, and a humble servant offering what little resources we have to help them through what, to them, is a seemingly impossible situation.  This is the real work of Christianity, where we really show the character of the God who has saved us and dwells within us. 

We really show that we possess God's heart, not when we "pimp the product" doing the flashy, easy work of mass marketing the message of salvation in Jesus, but rather, when we do the harder, daily work of humble, difficult, sacrificial, sometimes humiliating, service to anyone and everyone who comes into our lives at each moment of the day, no matter how lowly they may be, always yielding our own rights and desires, never giving into judgmental opinions of them or their actions, loving them as best we can, always being convicted with humility that the Creator of the Universe and all living things does us honor by  using us in His grand plans for humanity, showing us how we can fit into those plans for our humble part.  And we give so sacrificially and completely without question, reacting instinctively out of the character that God has built within us over the years, and loving with all that we have within us and all that we possess, holding nothing back, because we know that He, who first loved us and gave Himself for us even while we were yet His enemies, held nothing back from us, giving absolutely everything that He had, for each one of us, individually.

As I found out in my walk with God, too many, even in the supposedly Christian world, are willing to overlook the struggles of these women that go into these abortion mills. 
And, too many are willing to define away the “personhood” of these tiny, innocent human beings growing within these women in order to make a decision for convenience.  We often found out, over the years, that many of these women were being pushed into the decision of abortion by others around them who did not have the best interest of these women at heart.   Rather, these selfish people were often pushing these young women into morally problematic decisions with worldly thinking in order to control these poor women or to avoid unpleasantness or responsibilities in their own lives that these pregnant women would bring upon them. Still other women may not be pushed by others but may feel compelled because they think they are in a corner where they have no choice, but there is always a choice, even if we cannot see it in the blindness of our ignorance or our pain. 

It is in those moments that we should cry out to God to save us or to show us the way.  Satan would have us believe that we are forced into certain choices with his enticing lies, but if we call out to God and yield to His wisdom, he can always show us a way out of what we think are impossible situations.  That is why I cannot conceive of a situation where a mother has no other choice but to harm her unborn child.   This is an “either-or” logical fallacy which Satan traps us into in our human ignorance.  With God, there are always more choices, always more possibilities.  Nothing is impossible with God, but we have to let go of our prideful desire to control the situation or to do things our way in order for God to fix it.  This is true of all moral conundrums we may find ourselves in, not just the decision about an abortion. 

I pray that God will guide you in His perfect truth and making the impossible possible in your life.
 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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