AMERICA'S LEGALIZED MURDER
"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe." (Exodus 21:22-25).
Notice a portion of the words by President Bush as he spoke these words to the March For Life Rally participants:
“...Thirty-five years ago today the United States Supreme Court declared and decided that under the law an unborn child is not considered a person. But we know many things about the unborn. Biology confirms that from the start each unborn child is a separate individual with his or her own genetic code. Babies can now survive outside the mother's womb at younger and younger ages. And the fingers and toes and beating hearts that we can see on an unborn child's ultrasound come with something that we cannot see: a soul.
Today we're heartened -- we're heartened by the news that the number of abortions is declining. But the most recent data reports that more than one in five pregnancies end in an abortion. America is better than this...
I appreciated his thoughts and comments. As we look back over the past 35 years, America has lost nearly 50 million people. Can you imagine? That's more than all of the combined casualties of EVERY major war in which the United States has been involved. War is bad, and ought to be avoided if possible, and death is bad. My heart aches everytime a soldier dies fighting in this current war. But listen folks, over a million children are murdered every year here in this country! The casualties of the current war on terrorism, counting both Iraq and Afganistan.
This nation was shocked on Sept 11, 2001 when we lost nearly 3000 people. Thankfully our government vowed to fight to find our enemies, no matter where they were hiding. But what about the million or more who lost their lives through abortion? What about them?
As I was studying for this sermon, I received an email from the American Family Association. They are a group that promote traditional family values. I'd like to tell some statistics from that email:
REASONS WOMEN CHOOSE TO HAVE ABORTIONS
"Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked." (Exodus 23:7).
God will not justify the killing of the innocent…No matter what the argument is. And there are arguments out there that people use to somehow justify abortion. These arguments include instances of rape, incest, health of the baby, and threat to health or life of the mother. The fact is, these cases are rare, and abortions as a result of them account for less than 7% of all abortions, according to Family Planning Perspectives (July/Aug 1998).
There are even some so-called “Christian” groups that will tell you in these cases, abortion is OK. Yet, the Bible very clearly says God will not justify the killing of the innocent in any case!
Folks, God is the giver and taker of life. Murder is inexcusable in EVERY case!
"Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man." (Genesis 9:6).
Here God gives us a negative side to the command, telling us what we should not do. This is another way of saying "Thou shalt not kill." God plainly says that if a man kills, he should get the death penalty. I don’t mean for us to take the law in our own hands and kill an abortion “doctor.” This is wrong. If the government will not do anything to stop this murdering of innocent babies, then the government and the doctors will have to answer to God some day.
"And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein." (Genesis 9:7).
And this is the positive side. By this I mean, God is telling man what He expects. A person who has an abortion is not only killing but is also disobedient to God's command to be fruitful and multiply. Abortion is against God's commands for the family all the way around!
"Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge." (Hebrews 13:4).
Most people today believe that marriage is an outdated custom, and rather than suffer the embarrassment or inconvenience of having an illegitimate child, they go to the abortion clinic to have that baby killed. Listen folks, committing adultery is a sin, why add the sin of murder on top of that?!?
When does life begin? Good question. Let's look to God's Word for the answer:
"Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." (Jeremiah 1:4-5).
Take a look at these other passages:
"Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5).
Friends, children are a blessing from God. If you are thinking about having an abortion, please reconsider. There are people willing to adopt.
"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people." (Proverbs 14:34).
If you are voting in this next election, please ponder this message from the Word of God! Do not elect politicians whose hands are swift to shed the blood of the unborn! It is a reproach to our country. And do not be confused about the term "pro-choice." A better and more truthful term is "pro-murder."
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