“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” (Gen 6: 11-12)
As another 40 Days of Life Campaign is ready to begin, I find myself asking if the abortion issue will ever be resolved. A biblical worldview (God’s word is inerrant and literal) and a secular worldview (science and man trumps what God says) remain in conflict and, unfortunately, within the walls of many religious institutions. Many churches today do not to subscribe to a biblical worldview leaving so-called Christians on both sides of the abortion issue. Many church communities find abortion morally palatable and in fact have no problems allowing an abortion practitioner to hold a position of church leadership (the late Dr. Tillercomes to mind).
Setting aside the hypocrisy of a non-biblical worldview on the part of a professing Christian, the lack of unity within the Body of Christ over this issue has laid most of the intercessory prayer responsibility squarely at the feet of the Catholic Church. As a former Catholic who has revisited God’s Word and chosen relationship over religion, I find this situation frustrating. Can it be that only a fraction of the 75 – 80 percent of the population who call themselves Christians and who subscribe to a biblical worldview rendering all life a precious gift from God yet do not find themselves appalled at the murder of 52 million babies in the United States since Roe v. Wade and therefore stirred in their spirit over such genocide?
Paul writing, to the Galatians, is confounded to hear believers there were quick to depart from what the gospel said. “I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning toa different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.”(Galatians 1:6-7) Although he was speaking largely about salvation through Christ alone, I am sure that he would find abortion reprehensible among those who lived under the knowledge that,
God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.(Gen 1:27)
Men and women of God, Jesus is coming soon. In Matthew 24: 37 he tells his disciples, “as were the days of Noah so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” The Holy Spirit’s description in Gen 6: 11-12 sounds eerily familiar to September 2011: “Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.” It seems reasonable certainly if Jesus returned in the next thirty minutes, he would have been true to these statements. And there are many others which declare that our time on planet earth is getting near the end.
How do you want God to find you on the issue of abortion? Will it be on your couch with the remote in your hand or on your knees in sackcloth and ashes?
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us come together and lift up the Lord in prayer in front of the Charleston Women’s Medical CenterSeptember 28 – November 6, 2011. Bring members of your church, bring your family and friends and join others in solemn, respectful prayer. We are fighting not against flesh and blood but rather against darkness and spirits of evil and destruction in the “heavenly realm.” (Ephesians 6:12). Unite not to hold up disgusting signs depicting the slaughter of babies but with outstretched arms and a repentant heart, appealing to the Father for mercy. Pray for the scared women who believe they have no place left to turn. Look at them with love in your eyes as you weep for their souls and the souls of the 52 million who are looking down on us from heaven and asking, “why me?”
Let us agree together that God hears the prayers of his people when they earnestly and honestly seek His face.
A Prayer. Father, our hearts grieve over the lives cut short and the hearts broken by the selfishness of abortion. Hear our prayer for Your Church may we realize that all life comes from You and it is for Your glory that all babies are born no matter their physical condition. I pray for reconciliation on both sides of the abortion issue. Restore us Father and bring us back to you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.