before the sun goes down

"Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the LORD do that which is good in His sight" (I Chronicles 19:13).

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Defund? Or Defend?

In the past year there has been an outcry to DEFUND Planned Parenthood.

Prolife leaders are demanding it!

Prolife citizens are demanding it!

Prolife politicians are demanding it!

Some are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they were selling body parts of babies they had slaughtered.

Other more right-minded people are calling for Planned Parenthood to be defunded because they are killing the babies, period.

Some brothers and sisters in Christ have asked for my thoughts about whether we should go for the DEFUND button, and as Paul said before Agrippa, my response is, "I think myself happy...because I shall answer for myself this day..." (Acts 26:2).

Donald Trump has sent a letter to Prolife leaders, making an attempt to get them to back his candidacy.  In it, one of the things he promises to do is to "defund Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions, and allocate the funding elsewhere."

This is an attractive offer.  It sounds really good.  We really don't want to give money to fund the murder of the innocent.  

BUT wait a minute!

This is treating abortion like an undesirable form of healthcare, rather than MURDER.  It is like saying we are not going to fund this group because they insist on using faulty pregnancy tests, which are not reliable.  We will not give them funds until they buy quality products.  
Abortion is NOT faulty healthcare!  

It is Homicide in the worst degree!  

People, image-bearers of our God, are being murdered by the thousands every day!  

These are the MOST innocent and MOST vulnerable people in all our society!

And they are being murdered in the place where they should be the MOST safe!

CONSIDER:

If it became “lawful” in the States, for bearded people to be seized and hacked in pieces, I would be horrified if... 

-those in civil authority 

-fellow American citizens 

-good American Christians made their rallying cry: 

“Not with my money!”  
“Don’t make us pay for it!”  
“No Federal funding!”
"DEFUND the slaughter of the unshaven!"

I would want them to demand that the murder of bearded people be ABOLISHED!  That justice be done!

The answer is not to defund Planned Parenthood.

The answer is to defend the innocent, and deliver them from the hands of the oppressor.

Jeremiah 22:1-3
1 “Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,”
2 “And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:”
3 “Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.”

The government has the responsibility before God and man to punish the guilty, and protect the innocent. Planned Parenthood has murdered more than ISIS, the KKK, and the death camp of Auschwitz combined.  Their murderous activity must be made to cease.

We should NOT be saying, "Naughty Planned Parenthood, we are withholding allowance till you behave better."

We should be saying "Murder is evil.  We must repent of our apathy, cry mightily unto God, and return our laws to reflect justice, mercy, and equity for all.  We will not be silent until child sacrifice, the murdering of over 3,000 Americans EVERY DAY is removed from being protected "under color of law"!  That is, we will protect the lives of all the innocent!
The total and immediate abolition of abortion.

[As a side note, Trump’s motion in the letter makes it sound as if Planned Parenthood is the only killer of babies.  According to the Guttmacher Institute, only 27.5% of all abortions in the United States are committed by Planned Parenthood.  There are many other abortion providers who would not be affected.  Moreover, the fact is that if government funding ceased for Planned Parenthood, there are enough liberals and pagans (business moguls, Hollywood celebrities, etc.) in America with millions to donate and keep it afloat with private funds, so that the murder could continue with even more impunity.]

Be not content with DEFUNDing Planned Parenthood.  

DEFEND the Innocent!!!

Demand the Abolition of Human Abortion!

There is still time to win a battle before the sun goes down.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Towers Fell and We Feel It Not.

This day marks the 15th year since 9/11/2001.  We are almost at the close of the fateful anniversary.

This day forever is imprinted on those who were old enough to remember the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center crashing, which killed almost 3,000 people. 

I am sure that today many have recounted the events that took place that morning 15 years ago, have told family, friends, or even strangers about where they were or what they were doing when they first heard of the attacks.

I was in Iowa with my family, en route to Kansas City from Minnesota, to take part in a church missionary fair.  We were at a gas station when a man came over and knocked on the window, saying, "The second tower just fell!"  We had no idea what he was talking about.  After hearing a bit more from him we ran over into a nearby Walmart and watched the horrific news in their TV department.  

The nation wept brokenly over the tragedy.  There were great cries and mourning.  People gathered together in grief.  And understandably so, at the immense loss of life on that one day!  

Much has been said, reported, claimed, and blogged about 9/11.  But I would like to put out an observation that I have not heard ANY ONE else mention, whether in person, on TV, radio, or the internet.

I must confess that as a young man, before that 11th day of September, I had never even heard of the Twin Towers.  But just weeks after, I found a little souvenir book that had a picture of those buildings as well as a lot of other photographs in the cover, simply entitled 1973.  Curious I bought it and read it.  It was chock full of little possibly unknown facts of things that were accomplished, came into fashion, or got invented in that specific year.  

April 4th, 1973 was the year the Twin Towers were completed on April 4th of that year.  

It was also the same year that all airlines became required to begin screening passengers and their carry-on baggage as a measure of security at airports.  Interesting.

There were many other items mentioned, including fashion trends, economic hiccups, and popular toys. 

But the ONE THING that struck me the most? On January 22nd, 1973, our nation's Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade, making it "legal" to murder people in the womb.  OUR Supreme Court declared that it was their opinion that to have an abortion was a constitutional "right".  

The U.S. Supreme Court has no jurisdiction to say that any type of murder "is now okay".  

God is the Author of Life (the Author of Marriage too), and ONLY He has the authority to dictate when life should be taken away.  And He has made it CLEAR,  

"Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place." (Jeremiah 22:3).  

We are NOT to do violence toward the weak and the vulnerable, neither are we to shed the blood of the innocent.  And yet in abortion the most vulnerable of people are suffering violence and their innocent blood is shed.

Our founding fathers stood squarely on this truth when penning our nation's founding documents.  Abortion is contrary to God's Law which is higher than man's law.  The Supreme courts "ruling" that day was (and still is) a violation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.  Thus it is a perversion of just law, God's and man's (which is based in God's), and is truly unlawful.  As the psalmist said, "Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?" (Psalm 94:20).  

In 1973, not only were twin towers constructed changing the landscape of New York City, but twin towers were toppled for the sake of convenience.  Those were the towering pillars of Justice and Equity.  The barbarous abomination of child sacrifice to the god of SELF became a "right" to be protected, promoted, and pursued.  Mischief was indeed framed by a law.  That was the day THE TOWERS FELL.

Abortion is not a right.  Abortion is a WRONG.  And the verse above says "DO NO WRONG".

Yet our country has functioned for OVER 40 YEARS as if it is now permissible to commit murder if your victim is a certain age, size, and in an accepted location.  Since 1973 our nation has slaughtered over 60 million babies where they should have been the most safe.  That is 2 every minute, over a million each year.  

Which means that from the year that the World Trade Center Towers were finished, we have been butchering, poisoning, and burning to death over 3,000 baby girls and boys every day.  That is the equivalent of a 9/11 attack DAILY for 28 years up to the attack on the Trade Center!  AND that number of murders has continued unto this day.  

Where are the tears?  The mourning?  The gatherings to grieve?  

A nation weeping brokenly over the innocent lives radically snuffed out?

Where are the memorial services?  Where is the outcry?  

Where are the demands for justice and equity?

Where are the heroes to warn the wicked and rescue the weak?

Tragically we are unmoved.  As a nation, and even the church of Jesus Christ at large, we are often too busy with work, with play, with entertainment, with education, with religious activity, to mourn over the murders in our midst.  Why are we so callously blind, so willingly ignorant, of this National tragedy? We have become selfish, and don't want to be inconvenienced.  For much of the country, and most grievously, much of the body of Christ, we are content to do little or nothing in the cause of the voiceless, those appointed to destruction, the poor and the needy (Proverbs 31:8-9).  We are not demanding for the total and immediate abolition of this evil. As we stand boldly to declare the horrific injustice that was enacted on fellow Americans that fateful day 15 years ago, but feel it radical to stand boldly and decry the horrific injustice on fellow Americans being enacted every single day through the murder of preborn babies. And yet we are quick to say, "God bless America?" 

 "And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter" (Isaiah 59:14).  THE TOWERS FELL long before 9/11 and we FEEL IT NOT.

Hear the rebuke that God had the prophet Micah deliver to the nation of Judah: 
3:9 "Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity."
3:10 "They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity."
3:11 "The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us."

Shall we simply say that the LORD will just ignore what we have allowed?  
That God will simply continue to "bless America"?
That He will not bring judgment, nor withdraw His hand of protection?

As Ezra declared, thus far He has "punished us less than our iniquities deserve" (Ezra 9:13).

We must REPENT!

We MUST repent!

WE must repent!