Sunday, January 22, 2012

January 22, 2012

That is one reason I am passionately, proudly and unapologetically pro-life. You should be, too. Over the few minutes i will be sharing several biblical reasons why I am pro-life and why you should be!

I am pro-life because:

I. Because God Is the Source Of Life, Genesis 2:7
“the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

I love the story of the boy sitting on his father's lap as they were looking into a mirror. The boy said to his dad, "Dad, who made me?"

He said, "God made you, son." He said, "Dad, who made you?"

He said, "God made me, son." He said, "Dad, who made granddad?"

He said, "God made him, son." He said, "Dad, who made great-granddad?" He said, "God made him, son. Why do you ask?"

The boy took one look back in the mirror and said, "Well, it just seems to me He's been doing a better job in recent years!"

If life were some random occurrence that crawled out of some prehistoric swamp somewhere there would be no particular reason to respect life. But if life came from the very breath of God – that is a game-changer!

I believe when He created life He infused His image into it and since He is sacred life is sacred. Life was created BY Him and FOR His pleasure because love like His needs to be expressed.

As a Christian, I believe that life begins and ends with God and that He IS life. There are those people who would say, “No one really knows when life begins.”

We are people of the Word and Psalms 139:13 & 16 makes clear that life begins at conception. Modern technology such as sonograms confirm that.

Further, to those who don’t know when life begins then why are they messing with it?

I am pro-life because God is the Source of life and I am committed to love Him and serve Him.

II. Because God Is the Sustainer Of Life, Genesis 1:29-30: 2:8-9

A college professor once asked his class to imagine making a decision in regards to an unborn child. He described the child that he would be born blind, deaf, and possessing other physical infirmities. Asked what they would do, and the entire class responded--to abort the baby. The professor replied, ’Congratulations you just aborted the life of Ludwid Von Beethoven’. Life must have a chance

God put Adam and Eve in a climate-controlled, fully supplied, perfectly secured paradise designed for people who were intended to live forever! God breathed life into them and then provided what they needed to sustain that life!

Not only did God put everything in Eden to sustain Adam’s life BUT He put Adam in charge of making sure the lives of all the creatures would be sustained.

Similarly, God designed your mother’s womb so that it would sustain your life from the moment of conception until birth!

God proves that He loves life by the extravagant lengths He went to sustain those lives!

I am pro-life because I believe God’s will is to sustain human life!

III. Because God Is the Substance Of Life, Acts 17:24-31

Our kids Every day: 1,000 unwed teenage girls become mothers - 1,106 teenage girls get abortions - 4,219 teenagers contract sexually transmitted diseases - 500 adolescents begin using drugs - 1,000 adolescents begin drinking alcohol - 135,000 kids bring guns or other weapons to school - 3,610 teens are assaulted; - 2,200 teens drop out of high school - 6 teens commit suicide every day.

What is their life missing? SUBSTANCE! They lack purpose, they lack a sense of significance, they have been taught they are a “cosmic accident” and life is about being happy until you die.

Max Lucado tells in his book “The Applause of Heaven” about a sweater that hangs in his closet. He says he seldom wears it – it’s too small, the sleeves are too short, the shoulders too tight, some of the buttons are missing, the thread is worn. Logically, he says, he should throw out that sweater since he has no use for it and never will wear it again and it is just taking up space in an already crowded closet.

That’s what logic says. But love, he reports, won’t let him. Why not? What is so unusual about this sweater? The begin with, it has no label, no tag telling you to “Wash In Cold Water.” That’s because it wasn’t made in a factory, produced on an assembly line as the product of a nameless employee who is just trying to earn a living. Rather, it was knit stitch by stitch by a loving mother – his mother. Therefore, it has great significance to him because of who made it!
I have significance and you have significance because each of us were hand-made can carefully crafted by a Loving God!

We are significant NOT JUST BECAUSE OF WHO HE MADE US TO BE but because of what He created us to DO – To Know Him – To Worship Him – To Serve Him – To Proclaim Him To The World!

I am pro-life because life has God-given substance!

IV. Because God Is the Savior of Life, Genesis 3:15

Adam and Eve made a pro-choice decision and that is where the world went wrong!


Pastor Lee Strobel shares this account:

We were doing a baptism service. We told people before they came up to the platform to be baptized to take a piece of paper, write down a few of the sins they’ve committed, and fold the paper. When they come up to the platform, there was a large wooden cross on the stage. Take that piece of paper, take a pin, and pin it to the cross, because the Bible says our sins are nailed to the cross with Jesus Christ, and fully paid for by his death. Then turn and come to the pastor to be baptized.

I want to read you a letter a woman wrote who was baptized in one of those services. She said:

I remember my fear. In fact, it was the most fear I remember in my life. I wrote as tiny as I could on that piece of paper the word abortion. I was so scared someone would open the paper and read it and find out it was me. I wanted to get up and walk out of the auditorium during the service, the guilt and fear were that strong.

When my turn came, I walked toward the cross, and I pinned the paper there. I was directed to a pastor to be baptized. He looked me straight in the eyes, and I thought for sure that he was going to read this terrible secret I kept from everybody for so long. But instead, I felt like God was telling me, I love you. It’s okay. You’ve been forgiven. I felt so much love for me, a terrible sinner. It’s the first time I ever really felt forgiveness and unconditional love. It was unbelievable, indescribable.

Do you have inside of you a secret sin that you wouldn’t even want to write down on a piece of paper out of fear somebody might open it up and find out? Let me tell you something about the Jesus I know. Not only does he want to adopt you as his child, he wants to lift the weight of guilt off your shoulders.

V. Because God Is the Sovereign Of Life, Genesis 2:15-17; Psalm 139

God called Adam & Eve to account for their choice………….


Here’s What Pro-Life People Should Do:
DO NOT RESPOND IN HATRED OR VIOLENCE – WE ARE PRO-LIFE BECAUSE WE ARE PRO-LOVE! We love God and love people and want God’s best for them.

a. Study this message and strengthen your pro-life position

b. Stay informed on abortion legislation lobby for life laws

c. Teach sexual abstinence in the home and church

d. Support your local crisis pregnancy center and unwed moms with time, talents and money

e. Offer grace and compassion to women who have chosen abortion

f. Don’t be intimidated by loud liberals who try to shout you down and shut you up because their position is so weak and illogical

g. NEVER EVER vote for a political candidate who is not boldly pro-life

h. Pray and cry out to God for mercy on our nation for this evil we have brought on ourselves

Imagine the national outrage that would rise if a terrorist cell swept into Spotsylvania County and wiped out every resident over a two-day period. This would be an unimaginable act of violence against innocent citizens. There would be an immediate response by military and law enforcement to kill or capture those terrorists.

But that is about the number of innocent, defenseless unborn babies destroyed over that same period in the sanctity of their mother’s wombs before they ever get to draw a breath. 115,000 human hearts are stopped each day worldwide through abortions and no one comes to their defense because very few even know about it. Many don’t even care.
Added together, the top ten catastrophic natural events in recorded history (some might call them “acts of God”) took about 8,000,000 souls from the earth. That is the population of a major city! Sad indeed!

6,000,000 Jews died during the WW II holocaust in what would be considered a man-made tragedy. Those poor persecuted people where part of the 100,000,000 who perished in WWI and WWII.

Plagues have taken hundreds of millions of people over the centuries, 300,000,000 from smallpox alone.

Why am I throwing around such grim and foreboding numbers?

I want to give some perspective to the terrible social and moral evil of abortion. Since it became legal by a dubious legal ruling that by any objective legal standard is clearly unconstitutional – some 52,000,000 innocent infants in the United States alone have been swept form their mothers without ever drawing a breath. That is in the relatively short span of 39 years.

Worldwide that number is 42,000,000 per year of which 1.2 millions are Americans.

How long will God continue to allow this vicious assault on the most defenseless beings on our planet to go unjudged? How many innocent lives will perish before He rains down judgment in their behalf? Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped out for less evil than this.

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