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, March 15, 2020

A Mother's Ponderings

This from my wife:

"I have been thinking about our little baby boy that entered the glories of heaven before his mama and da. 

Our sweet William was loved with much affection and we mourn his loss to this day.  I carried his little body inside of mine for 21 full weeks and then held his little body in my hands for only 24 hours.  O the pain, the sorrow, the grief, the tears that flowed down our cheeks, and the emptiness that filled our family for the first time...that fills our family still.  What a gift he was.

We anticipated his appearance with great excitement during those months, but he went to be with his Maker before I was privileged to kiss him, to nurse him, to sing to him through sleepless nights.  He would have turned 7 this year...February 9th was his due date.

As I ponder all of this afresh in my heart, I am struck anew with the reality that in these last 7 years--3 more pregnancies, 4 more precious children that bring joy and loudness to our home--over 7 million of William's peers have been brutally murdered in the same (and only) place he lived: the womb.

Over 7 million have been rejected and hated by the ones who carried them the closest, their mothers.

The one person specifically designed to nourish them fully as her womb brings the greatest protection and whose own bodily sacrifice is to bring her the great blessing!

The one who was given the ability to love with the fiercest love has loved herself more.

"Choice" is a simple word used cunningly by the devil to replace the word murder!  We must be very careful and truthful in how we speak about the act of murder by abortion!  A mother pays a hitman to kill and then discard her precious child as waste--and as Christians we have no business taking any sting out of that violent act.

Rejected.  Hated.  Forgotten.

My heart is overwhelmed It is broken.  I am repenting anew of the apathy that can fill it and so easily crowd out:

--The needed horror that would drive me to go to the places they are being slaughtered and plead for their lives to be spared (Psalm 119:53). 

--The needed compassion that would drive me to speak truth to mothers who have scheduled their child's killing with boldness, unashamed of how I must appear, taking care to never mince my words, or allow he fear of man to silence my mouth (Proverbs 31:8-9).

--And the needed zeal to address our elected officials and leaders, demanding the total and immediate abolition of human abortion, to do as God instructed (Ezekiel 22:2; Psalm 82). 

Abortion must be abolished and criminalized.  Repent with me."


What if the unthinkable happened?

What if there was a massive school shooting in an elementary school in your town? 
An attack that resulted in 20 children murdered in the halls and classrooms within minutes.  The news media splashes the report and the number of victims, and the nation groans in sorrow and sickness.  Your local community mourns the loss of precious lives.  

You whisper, "Not again.  O please, not again.  And not here, so close to home."

Reports of this type of attack are all too common.  And almost always there are the conversations back and forth, ranging from blaming guns or mental illness, and a call for some kind of solution or better security.


What if this shooting was different?

What if, in the day after the shooting, the investigation uncovers a very different nature in this attack.  The news flashes across the airwaves and headlines to the attention of Americans everywhere.  And what is the update?

That law enforcement has found, through written documentation and by verbal testimony that the shooter (apprehended alive) was not only sane, but that he was hired to commit the attack, by the parents of the children whom he shot to death!

What do you suppose would be the reaction of the townspeople in your community?  And in cities and villages across the Union?  

Horror?  Indignation?  Outrage?  

I think all of those.  I believe that it would rock the nation to the core, and they would want justice.

Do you think that the people in our society would simply demand that the shooter be charged and indicted for the violent crime of murder?  Or do you think they would want each parent who paid the shooter to face prosecution as well for their part in the bloody affair?

It is likely that you, the reader, sit in disbelief at the thought.  Such a circumstance and treacherous violence toward one's own flesh and blood could never happen. 

Could it?

Yet this type of "unthinkable" situation happens every day.

Two children, even younger and more vulnerable than elementary students are slain in our country every minute statistically.  That is 20 children every 10 minutes.  And every single one of their murders is done at the behest of the parents.  That murder is called ABORTION.

Abortion must be abolished.

Not Fearful Enough

"Most Abortion-Minded Women 
Aren't Calculating Killers.  
They are Afraid."

This was the headline of an article from The Gospel Coalition Web site on May 19th, 2019.  This assertion is a factor in the mindset of the ProLife establishment.  It fuels the idea that women who choose abortion are victims.  ProLife people will therefore often conclude that the guilt of the mother is lessened, and in some situations completely erased.

But let us consider that 

There are a lot of members of the Mafia, who killed because they were afraid...

AFRAID the authorities would catch them.

AFRAID the person would talk.

AFRAID they would have to share the money.

AFRAID to lose their reputation as a tough guy. 

AFRAID the Boss would kill them.

Does being afraid absolve members of the Mafia of guilt?

There is no doubt that fear can be a driver of murder.

So what?  

That doesn't change the fact that murder is still a sin and a crime.

And abortion is murder.  It should be treated as such.

I would have to say that the reason people murder their children in abortion is because they are not fearful ENOUGH.

There is no escaping the fact that regardless of why parents may choose to commit child sacrifice, they are lacking the ONE FEAR they SHOULD have.

Psalm 36:1 "The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes."

We find it again in the New Testament: 

Romans 3:10-18 
10 "As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:" 
11 "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God." 
12 "They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." 
13 "Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:" 
14 "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:" 
15 "Their feet are swift to shed blood:" 
16 "Destruction and misery are in their ways:" 
17 "And the way of peace have they not known:" 
18 "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

As Pastor and abolitionist, James Kip Farrar puts it:

"There is no contradiction between being fearful and being a calculating killer.  In fact, they fear losing safety, security, and prosperity, and they calculate that killing their child is the best way to avoid losing those things.  But ultimately they are not fearing the appropriate person...the One Who can destroy both the body and the soul."

Jesus Christ, while He walked among us, warned us of the following in Matthew 10:28 "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."

The fear of the LORD is good.  It drives us to repent of our wicked way, and run to Him instead.

Proverbs 14:27 "The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."

Proverbs 16:6 "By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil."


Abortion must be abolished.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

No HELP Found?

This picture was taken with my children on New Year's Day, 2020.

Behind my little ones is an empty church building, closed down, boarded up, and forgotten.

Notice the words on the sign: 

"The place where help was found."

Tragically, in the midst of the present day abortion Holocaust, often NO MORE HELP is found for our preborn neighbors in church buildings that are full of people worshiping our God than is found in this abandoned assembly place.

As James would put it, "My brethren, these things ought not so to be."

"We have sinned against the LORD..." (I Samuel 7:6) 

These photographs were taken on State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas, not far from where I was raised--it strikes home to me the importance of considering the STATE of the church and the STATE of my soul.

"Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame" (I Corinthians 15:34).

Let us humble ourselves, examine ourselves, and consider our ways.  We must repent where needed and obey God by loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.

There are so many ways to righteously and practically love those who are drawn away to death.  Let us give an appropriate response (it is neither Biblical nor an act of justice to regulate murder by abortion through Pro Life legislation).    

Bring the Gospel into conflict with child sacrifice! 

Abortion must be abolished.

Monday, February 17, 2020

What if the Baby is Going to Die Anyway? Exception?

Here is another exception that many have put forward on the subject of abortion.  

"What if the baby has something wrong with them?  Some issue that will cause them to not be able to survive anyway?  That they won't live more than a few minutes, or hours, or days?  Is it not better to abort in that case?  Isn't this an exception?"

There are some things to take into reckoning about this.  We will look at three.

First, and this should be obvious.
Doctors are not God.  God is.  Physicians do not know the future and can make mistakes.  Often they are trying to cover their own backs from possible lawsuits.  There have been cases in which parents have been told that their child would not survive, were greatly pressured to abort, refused, and gave birth to babies who survived, and some who were completely healthy.  Tests results can be mistaken, and God can still heal.

But what if the child really is going to die? 

Consider the following scenario: 

If a car goes off a bridge into raging river and sinks, and I swim down to try to help the driver.  He is jammed in there, and I cannot free him.  He is certain to drown.  Let's say I "resolve" the issue by taking my knife and stab him to death.

When they drag the car out of the river, and discover the body, there will be a criminal investigation.   You see, even though he was going to die anyway, I would and should be prosecuted.  Because what I did was murder. 

So this circumstantial argument does not justify murder.  Jesus said, "Thou shalt do NO murder" (Matthew 19:18).  Period. 

Furthermore, I personally know of couples who have found themselves in this traumatic scenario.  Here is one example.  

The baby whom the mother was carrying in her womb had physical problems, which caused her only to live a few days outside the womb. 

It was a severely difficult and mournful time for sure, but also a precious time in which they were able to speak to and love on that child.  And I am quite certain that they would not trade those hours for anything. 

My wife and I lost our second child, firstborn son, William Livingstone Samuel, while he was still in the womb.  He was born early, already passed.  If given a chance, I would have fought tooth and nail to have been able to hold him while he was still alive, even if he was destined to die minutes or hours later.

These are our children we are talking about!  Murder by abortion is NEVER the solution. 

Abortion must be abolished.

"How Dare You Judge?" And a Soft Answer

This is from a conversation (in 2015) outside Planned Parenthood in Overland Park, Kansas.  

An angry individual in a black mustang stopped on the way to his work, pulled over to the curb, and rolled down his window to give me a piece of his mind.  

Here was part of the conversation:

Angry Man: "Can't you do something better with your time?"

Abolitionist: "What could be better than saving a life?"

Angry Man: "How dare you stand in judgment of these women!" 

Abolitionist: "Is that your 'judgment': that we are standing in judgment?  We stand because we care for these women and for their children.

Angry Man: [stammering with flashing eyes] "You have no idea of what these women's circumstances are.

Abolitionist: "You are right.  But we offer that same help and hope to women no matter their circumstances.  And just this week we are excited to meet a little baby that was saved because we stand outside these places.  We've been able to walk with this woman through her entire pregnancy and have had joy in assisting even after her baby was born."

I shared that we are Christians, are seeking to love our neighbors as ourselves, and share the Gospel of Christ, bringing it into conflict with this sin.

The Angry Man, who had no ready reply, and was obviously not angry anymore, reached out to take a 180 Movie and tract, and drove away.

I still see him drive past from time to time, and often he waves.

It is not about winning an argument or shutting up those who mock.  It is about our being willing to speak out of love to those who spit on what we do. It is about reasonable answers and watching the holy Spirit quiet the enemy.  God is good and His truth will not lose.

Proverbs 15:1 "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger."

Abortion must be abolished.

An Evil ProLife Response to an Evil ProMurder Opinion

When the Kansas Supreme Court "ruled" in 2019 that abortion was constitutional in our State, Kansans for Life and Republican legislators responded in opposition.  This current session they have made it their highest priority to correct the Court.  ProLife leaders chose to put forth an amendment to the state constitution in response to the Kansas Supreme Court's assertion.

[I know that a large number of ProLife legislators and a lot of Christians in Kansas believe that this is a good move.  I understand that many have good intentions in supporting it.  Let's go on.]

Last week this amendment was voted down by the House but those who are pushing this to be on the ballot are calling for a re-vote in May.

So What?  

People have asked my position concerning this amendment.  I do not support it.  Rather, I  find myself in direct opposition to it!  Here is one stark problem I find.

Although the "purpose" of the amendment is to establish that the right to an abortion is NOT in our state constitution, its wording expressly states that the people have the right to regulate abortion through legislation.  Thus, abortion is then put in the constitution! 

"A PROPOSITION to amend the bill of right of the constitution of the state of Kansas by      adding a new section thereto stating that there is no constitutional right to an abortion, and reserving to the people the ability to regulate abortion through the elected members of the legislature of the state of Kansas."

Hence, the amendment puts abortion into the constitution. Should this be our goal?

Does this protect preborn humans under the law from murder by abortion?  No.

Does it declare that the people of Kansas can and should establish equal protection by abolishing murder by abortion?  No.

In contrast, this language (promoted and pushed by ProLife legislators and lobbyists in Kansas)  will protect their regulatory laws and the freedom to make more!  It will not protect the preborn babies.

The following needs to be clarified: 
Kansas does not have the right to regulate the murder of some humans.  Kansas has the duty to protect all humans from being murdered.  

The amendment not only WOULD NOT protect any babies from being killed, but WOULD actually be an obstacle to the abolition of this great evil.  If amended, it would put abortion into the state constitution itself.  

Child sacrifice should not be allowed or regulated under "color "of law.

Again, many well meaning people will sincerely suppose that they are doing good in this measure.  But we MUST beware of opposing evil in a way that God calls evil (Exodus 23:2,3,6-8; Jeremiah 22:3). 

What we have is an EVIL OPINION of ProMurder judges and an EVIL RESPONSE from ProLife leaders. 

And "Bleeding Kansas" will continue to shed the blood of thousands of innocent and vulnerable children with government and societal permission.

Now What?

We have to reckon on the truth. 

The Kansas Supreme Court made an unconstitutional opinion which violated the express wording of the state and federal constitutions (following the evil example of the United States Supreme Court in Roe v Wade, Planned Parenthood v Casey, etc.), and the higher Law of God.    It is Unjust rather than just.  It is Partial rather than impartial.  It is NOT equal justice under the law.  Inequity is iniquity.

Their opinion, being Unconstitutional and Evil, is a declaration without any strength and one that needs to be defied and ignored!

The constitution of the state of Kansas does not need to be changed, any more that the U.S. constitution needs to be changed in this regard.  Both already secure the inalienable right to life! 

We have to act on the truth.

Christians must call on our leaders to create legislation that will establish EQUAL protection from murder for all humans in the state of Kansas.  That is our duty.  

We are commanded to love our neighbors (no matter their age or location) as we love ourselves.  We are to love them in word and deed and in truth (James 2:8; I John 3:18).  

We are told NOT to call evil "good" (Isaiah 5:20).  God has showed us what is good.  

We are required to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).

Duty is ours.  Results are God's.

*The entire amendment language is in the photos attached below.

Abortion must be abolished.