Saturday, July 25, 2015

Before I formed you

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
                                                                                        Jeremiah 1:5
So begins the book of Jeremiah. God tells Jeremiah "I knew you". What a pregnant statement. The God of all creation knew Jeremiah before he was even formed. Before he was even conceived God knew the prophet and had a plan for that prophets life!

The Psalmist elaborates even further " My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them." not only did the Lord of creation have a plan for Jeremiah,but, it was already written down, God knew the intimate details of Jeremiahs life before he was ever born. 

People claim all the time that the Bible is an ancient book, irrelevant to today's society, that it has nothing to say about life as we know it today. It seems to me that in light of what we have witnessed in recent days-as not one-but two videos have surfaced-with more on the way-that expose in lurid detail the true nature of the abortion industry-that it is quite relevant to the issues we face today.

By now most people have at least heard about -if not seen- the shameful and disgusting ways in which officials with the nations largest provider of abortion talk in almost cavalier fashion about procuring fetal livers, or obtaining fetal tissue in a "less crunchy" way. It is enough to turn the stomach!

It's amazing to me that it has taken this long for the truth about this evil and grotesque practice to really see the light of day. For years pro life activists and advocates for the unborn have been crying out to any and all who would listen about the horror of abortion. Time and time again the defenders of life have tried in vain to reason with the nation about the plight of the child in the womb, how precious lives were being snuffed out-before they even really had a chance to begin- but to no avail. 

Voices have been raised attempting to call the attention of the public to the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion. It always seemed as though people were blind and deaf when it came to the realities of abortion. That has all changed. It is as if scales have fallen from the eyes of the public, and for the first time, people are grasping,and coming to grips with, what an atrocity abortion really is! 

Suddenly it is beginning to dawn on people-even on those who for years have been ardent supporters of what is euphemistically called "a woman's right to choose"-that this really is a tiny human being that is being torn apart, that this is actually a human body being mutilated, that this really is a human life being destroyed, every single time an abortion is performed in this country!

However to those who pay attention to the Word of God this is nothing new. Christians have known and argued for years that life begins at the moment of conception. We have not been taken by surprise by this recent turn of events. 

Our scripture informs us that each person is formed by God. God-the eternal God-the omnipresent and omniscient God-the ONE who can see past present, and future,has a plan for each and every human being. Does His plan always get fulfilled? No! It is never God's plan that one so little and full of potential should be ripped limb from limb by the abortionist.

Our God is a God of life consider this passage from the book of Deuteronomy 30:19 "This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live"  God called upon Israel to choose life-and I don't think it is an accident that he mentioned-"so that...your children may live".

God could see down through the long and dark corridor of human history to a future time when Israel would sacrifice their own children in the fires of the false god Molech. He could see down through that same dark passage-a passage darkened by man's disobedience to God-to our time. God in His eternal wisdom was speaking not only to Israel,but also all people,when he plead with them to choose life. Life for themselves and life for their children. He knew what people were capable of and what they ultimately would do. 

That is why He promises blessings for choosing life, but curses if we don't. Those promises and warnings are for us, for all people, for everyone! When parents choose life God's blessings come in the joy of raising children, watching them grow, and one day become productive adults raising their own brood. When parents choose to kill their offspring through abortion the curses come through a lifetime of guilt, regret and shame.

There is so much to this whole subject that cannot possibly be covered in so small a space. Suffice it to say that the God of all creation,the God who is the author of ALL life, is not pleased with -what for many is a recent revelation-the killing and dissecting of unborn babies for any reason! 

It is my prayer that as more of these videos come to light, that perhaps, finally, enough people will be so sickened, and repulsed, by what they see that there will at last be a great groundswell of the people against this atrocity called abortion! That people won't just be horrified for a short time and then fall back into complacency, but will instead, be so outraged, so sickened, so enraged, by what they see that they will demand -nay scream- for Congress and this government to put and end to this vile and evil practice once and for all!