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"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).

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tenent of Abolitionism—The Job Nobody Wants (Part 5 of 6)

The fourth tenet of Abolitionism is the Role of the Body of Christ.

We believe that seeking and working for Abolition is a duty of the church.  Christians have been given the duty by their God to shine the light of Christ in this dark and crooked generation (Philippians 2:15).  

The primary means God has ordained to display His manifold wisdom to the world is through His people (Titus 2:11-14). Abolition is an obligation of the church.  It is a mandatory ministry to fulfill her ordained purpose—to be salt and light in this sin-sick culture of decay. The church was specifically commissioned to bring the Gospel into conflict with every dark deed of man!  It's a job for sure.  But it is our job!

As Christians, we are commanded to "abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good" (Romans 12:9), to reprove and expose evil (Ephesians 5:11), and to destroy the ungodly thinking that defends evil (II Corinthians 10:5).  We are exhorted to indefatigably rescue the weak from death (Proverbs 24:10-12), snatch the falling from flames (Jude 23), open our mouths for the innocent being slain (Proverbs 31:8-9), and hold back the stumbling from the slaughter (Proverbs 24:11-12).

And to those churches and individuals who are slumbering in this role, the Bible plainly declares:  “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame” (I Corinthians 15:34).  

It is a shame upon the body of Christ if we are not contending for the abolition of the great evil of abortion due to cowardice, callousness, complacency, convenience, complicity, or compromise.  

God warns us not to stop our ears “at the cry of the poor” (Proverbs 21:13) nor hide our eyes from their needs (Proverbs 28:27).  The preborn are the poorest and most vulnerable in all of our society.

We are told in scripture that the righteous considers the cause of the poor; it is the wicked that takes care not to know it (Proverbs 29:7).

As abolitionists we do what we can to awaken the Church to fulfill her ordained purpose in this sin-spoiled and darkened world (Matthew 5:13-16). The love of Christ constrains us to call for justice, mercy, and equity for the innocent and the weak.  

Every age has its evil and every age has it's abolitionists. 

Historically, Christians have confronted the accepted evils in their cultures with the light of the Gospel: infanticide in Rome, slave trade in the British Empire, chattel slavery in the United States, twin killing in Nigeria, and temple prostitution/slavery in India. 

God's people rose up to Assist and Agitate those sinful societies: exposing abominations, reproving the wicked, standing for justice and mercy, rescuing the fatherless, helping the weak in their distress, calling to repentance, and demanding that leaders abolish evil practices.  

The tragedy is that today most of the American Church is absent from the battle altogether.  As bodies, they are not wielding the sword of the Gospel against child sacrifice—they are prolife in opinion but not in practice.  They are weekly, sometimes 2 or 3 times a week, gathering to sing praises to their God but are daily ignoring those made in His image being slaughtered down the street from their houses of worship.   They do not go corporately to the abortion mills, neither do they seek to engage the culture concerning the holocaust of the preborn.  

According to Scripture, "pure religion and undefiled" (genuine and practical Christianity being lived out) is to look after the fatherless (abandoned children) and the widows (women in great need) when they are in their affliction (James 1:27). 

This work of abolition is also imperative for us to be consistent with the TWO GREAT COMMANDMENTS!

Scripture plainly states, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these" (Mark 12:30-31). 

Jesus skillfully tells the story of the good Samaritan to his disciples so that there would be no misunderstanding regarding exactly who the neighbor we are commanded to love, is.  The preborn human is the most marginalized, abandoned, victimized, abused, tortured, "beaten and left for dead" neighbor in our midst.  Two babies are murdered every minute of every day in the midst of hundreds of thousands of Bible believing churches.

Thus, it is the role of the Church, the role of every individual Christian, to stop what they are doing and tend to these precious children that we have knowledge as to where and when they are being burned with chemicals or ripped to pieces to procure their death.  One of the ways that the Church is to do as the "good Samaritan" did, would be to plead and stand up for the cause of the vulnerable and defenseless (Proverbs 31:8-9) at the very gates of death. 

"If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?" (Proverbs 24:11-12). 

Abortion must be abolished!

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