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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Your Child, Your Friends, Your Call...

Here's a thought. 

What if you knew that your child was going to be taken and brutally murdered tomorrow? 

Let’s say that you know where he or she will be taken, where the crime will happen.  You know the address.  You know the very building.  You know that the child will be gagged so as not to cry out for themselves, and cannot escape on their own. 

Let us also say that due to an evil and corrupt society, this atrocious act is allowed by law.  That no police, no government official can or will stop it.

The only recourse there is in this society, is for someone to be there when the delivery person arrives, and plead for the life of your child before they bring him or her inside to be slaughtered?  If the delivery person is persuaded to turn from their part in this violent crime, your child could be rescued from death.  

What do you do?

You probably are saying, “What do you mean, ‘What do I do?’  I am going to be there.  Nothing could keep me from it!  Lock me in a room, and I will claw through the door, the window, the wall with my bare hands, to get out and be there!  I am going to call out with all my might, and seek to save my child, by reasoning, by pleading.  That is my child we are talking about!”

Let’s add another twist.  Let’s say you can’t go.  You are stuck in bed, a paraplegic, completely immobile.  But you have a phone. And on that phone, you have your friends' numbers listed.  What do you do?

Perhaps you are saying, “If I couldn’t go, I would call every person on that list!  I would beg every one of my friends and ask, urge, even beg them to go for me!  I would plead with them to PLEASE, take time off from their busy schedules, and go to the murder scene, in an effort to speak up for my child!  In the hopes that the delivery person would not carry out their part in the murder, but that my child might be spared!  Like I said, I would contact every person who calls themselves my friend, and say, If you love me at all, go for me, and speak to them on behalf of my child!”

What would you think, if your friend saw you were calling and put his or her phone on vibrate, so they could keep watching the game, or Bachelorettes Got Talent?  What if they answered, but said that they couldn’t go because they were going to be occupied around that time: at work, or going fishing, or endeavoring to beat the next level of Duty's Creed?  So they couldn't respond to your call for help.

What if they said, “The weather doesn’t look good enough for me to go out”, or “That is the only morning I can sleep in”?  What if they said, “I might feel uncomfortable out there.”  

How would you feel?  Your child is slated to be murdered tomorrow, and they are more concerned about their own convenience!

Well, my fellow Christian, let me be crystal clear on a subject.

Every child is made in the image of God.  He is the God that grants conception (Ruth 4:13), Who opens and closes the womb (Genesis 30:2,22).  From the moment of conception, a child is present: “a virgin shall conceive” (Isaiah 7:14). See that same verse quoted in the New Testament: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child” (Matthew 1:23).  Children, we are told, “are the heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” (Psalm 127:3).  They belong to Him.  This includes preborn children.  He forms them wonderfully in the womb, knows them thoroughly, and thinks much of them (Psalm 139:13-17).  

Those children are God’s: Precious little ones in the womb, image-bearers of the Creator, the most innocent and most vulnerable in our society. 

And over 3,000 of them will be murdered tomorrow in this country.  And another 3,000+ the next day.  And on and on.  Moreover, due to mankind’s rebellion and corrupted state, our culture will not come to the aid of these children.  They will turn a blind eye, and have even made mischief by law to allow their destruction.  There are lurking places across our land where they "murder the innocent" (Psalm 10:8).  These children have no voice, and no hope of escape on their own.  These children, made by God in His image are being sacrificed to the god of Self (Ezekiel 16:21; 23:37).

So what is God doing?  He is the Father of the fatherless (Psalm 68:5), Who will uphold the one who is abandoned even by parents (Psalm 27:10).  But how has He chosen to work in this world?  HE IS CALLING.  He calls on His body, the church (Ephesians 1:22-23).  

WE, who have been saved by the precious blood of the Lamb (I Peter 1:19)!  
WE, who are not our own (I Corinthians 6:19)!  
WE, who say we love Him (I John 4:19)!   
WE, who are called His friends (John 15:15)!

We are to be His feet, His mouth, His hands (I Corinthians 12:27).  We are to go out, to speak out, to hold out our hands in the name of our Saviour Jesus Christ, in the cause of those who cannot plead for themselves.

“Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9).  

We are to visit vulnerable children and women in their affliction (James 1:27).  We are to “preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).      

These children are image-bearers of the God you adore.  He is calling every one who calls himself or herself His friend; for YOU to go and plead for their lives, to lift up YOUR voice to stand for righteousness and against wickedness, to do the work of an ambassador for Christ!  

If His friends are not listening to His call, who will go?  

Will YOU respond to GOD'S CALL?

Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”

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