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God Is Pro-Choice

 
Last night, while watching the results come in from the Iowa caucuses, I happened to catch Mrs. Clinton as she gave her non-victory, victory speech. 

Among other things, she said she would continue to “protect women’s rights”, which is her way of saying “a woman’s right to choose.”

That statement struck me differently than it has in the past. Up until Hillary’s speech, whenever I heard someone speak about the “pro-choice movement” I’d put on my angry face while preparing to defend the unborn. “I’m not anti-abortion”, I’d say. “I’m pro-life!”

But last night was different. I didn’t grab my angry face, didn’t yell any scriptures at the television, nor did I throw the remote control. 

I just sat, listening to the former First Lady go on and on, thinking about all the choices she’s been able to make, because she has been given the right to choose. 

And guess what? This “right” people talk about isn’t something the government can give or take away. This nation, as well as every nation on earth, has the “right to choose”. 

God has given each of us that “right”.

God has given every woman the right to choose what she does with, and to, her body. He’s given every man the same “right”. 

God IS Pro-Choice. He ISN’T for a number of our CONSEQUENCES, but He is Pro-Choice.

He gave Adam and Eve the right to choose. He told them exactly what the choices were, but left the decision with them. They, unfortunately, chose wrong.

That was their right, as well. 

Cain was told by God to choose wisely, or his anger would get the best of him. He didn’t, and his brother became the first person to be murdered.

God told the children of Israel they had a choice between life and death, blessing and cursing (Deuteronomy 30:19,20). He went so far as to tell them the benefits of choosing life. 

But He left the decision with them. It was their God-given right.

Joshua reminded the nation, shortly before he died, of their right to choose.
“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15 ESV)

As the prophet Elijah stood before the nation of Israel that day on Mount Carmel, he asked them a question. 

“How long will you waver between two opinions? If God is God, then serve Him. If not, well, go serve someone else…” (1 Kings 18:21).

He was reminding them they each had the God-given right of choice.

When Jesus came to earth, the Son of God, born of a virgin, He was once again reminding all of mankind of their God-given right to choose. Only this time, He was to be the Choice of all choices. Choosing Him was the same as choosing life, choosing a future and a hope; it was choosing God, just like Joshua and Elijah had talked about. 

So it is today.

We are free to choose ANY THING or ANY WAY we want. Our government didn’t give us the right of choice, God did. 

And it makes no difference if our government thinks a certain choice is good or evil, our government is NOT the final judge. 

There’s a much higher court than the one in Washington, D.C.

I’m not writing this while wearing my angry face, and I’m not fussing about a campaign speech. God loves people on both sides of the aisle. 

Each man, woman, and child living on this planet has been given, by God, the right of choice. God IS Pro-Choice!

So go ahead, do whatever you want, in whatever way you want. It’s your right. 

It’s your choice.

Just remember one thing. Choices are not without consequences. Your right to choose means you get to choose your consequences. And in some cases, your destiny.

Praise God for giving you the right to choose. 

But choose wisely.

Why Wouldn’t God Judge America?

 
I kind of wonder what’s going to happen in November. Specifically, November 8th. 

I sure don’t like being pessimistic, and really, I’m not. Because what’s pessimistic about God’s will? 

You see, I’m not convinced this land we call the United States of America will ever be “great” again. I’d like it to be. But I’m not optimistic. No matter who is living in the White House, or how many “conservatives”, “liberals”, or “progressives” caucus in Congress, nothing will change.

Not when those voting are confused about the basics. In this land where anything that points to accountability with the Creator God is abhorred, righteousness is not only pooh-poohed as passé, but voted out of society, while evil is proclaimed as the law of the land. 

Life used to be precious, and all lives mattered. At least to the majority of Americans. 

But today there are so many voices arguing against common sense and natural law. The same people who cry and campaign for human rights, are leading the charge against sanity. 

The unwanted, unprotected unborn child is human. It moves, eats, hears, and feels pain; from the warm and safe place of its mother’s womb. But to many voters, the ones who elect this nation’s lawmakers, a woman’s choice to murder is more important than her baby’s right to live.

That’s worse than sad; it’s criminal.

But that is the condition of our “progressive” society.

While I’m talking about human rights, what about an elderly person without a bank account, or a veteran without a home? Do their lives matter, even though they may have no “societal value”?

Diversity and tolerance is propagated throughout every phase of society. Schools, federal and state governments, the postal service, and probably every non-government job including Walmart, Target, and Dollar Tree. 

Which I believe is wonderful! Because EVERYONE is valuable and deserves to be treated with respect. 

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has a belief system. But in today’s society, everyone is tolerated except the Christian who dares to stand up and say, “Sin is a reproach to any society!

We have Supreme Court justices deciding on issues as though they were God. We have lawyers and politicians acting like they’re smarter than God. And a lot of the population votes like they think the government is God.

So why wouldn’t God judge America?

Throughout history, nations have been judged by God. He typically doesn’t use fire and brimstone, or hailstones (though He has); no, He usually allows an ungodly nation, or people group, to first discipline the nation in hopes it will repent and turn to Him, and if that doesn’t work, to totally wipe out the nation from the face of the earth.

Ask Israel how many times they have been judged. Or just read some history books.

No matter how strong militarily a nation might be, they cannot fight their way out of the judgment that comes by the hand of God. 

However intelligent a nation’s academia is, they cannot match wits with Almighty God. 

And even though the nation may gather together as one voice to build a society without God, they will build in vain. God always has the last word. 

Ask Nimrod.

There are basically two main reasons why nations are judged-what they are doing with the truth they’ve received, and how they are treating Abraham’s family. 

Like it or not, accept it or not, believe it or not; history reveals the role faith in God had in the establishing of this nation. And even though there are some who are trying to change the history books, God’s laws are indelibly written on the walls of every human heart.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we all know murder, as well as stealing, is wrong. And just because enough people join together and vote wrongdoing into law, doesn’t make it somehow become right. 

We, the voters of this great land, seemed to have taken it upon ourselves to douse whatever remaining light there may be; to eliminate any and every mention of the God Who judges the nations.

Maybe we’ll become like Sodom and Gomorrah, where everything was progressive. If you think it, if it feels good, and you can mock God at the same time, then do it! That WAS their societal belief. 

Or maybe we’ll go the way of Babylon. Multiple gods, multiple beliefs, worship of stars, moons, planets, trees, people…

We’re partway there already. 

“Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools. And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:22-23 NLT)

And how are we, as a nation, treating the family of Abraham? Shaky ground, folks. Like it or not, believe it or not, Israel is STILL important to God. 

Because He made a covenant with Abraham, and his seed. Which, by the way, includes the church, (Galatians 3:29) but that’s for another time.

Someone with a lot more intelligence than myself once said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” (Sir Winston Churchill) 

History records, over and over, the horrible destruction of nations whose leaders mocked the God Who established them in the first place. 

And woe to the nation who ignores the history lessons involving the little piece of land known as Israel. 

But God’s given us all a choice. So it isn’t pessimistic to say I’m not expecting much this November. 

I believe God and His word. I’ve read the history of some of the once great nations; the nations which are now the subject of archaeological excavations. 

And, like it or not, whatever a man, or nation, sows, that shall he/they also reap. 

God, please have mercy on this nation; and may we turn to You with a humble spirit. May You provide the way to, once again, be that city on a hill.

Human Trafficking, Abortion, and Jesus

TrafficTrafficI have received a number of comments regarding my last post: “Human Trafficking? What if I’m pro-choice?” And, I will add, no one wrote to tell me what a great writer I am.

But that isn’t why I write.

Rather than addressing each comment individually, I felt I might be able to address them in the context of a follow-up post. I will attempt to do that now.

First of all, I am very sorry for the pain people have endured, and are still enduring, because of human trafficking. I was in no way trying to minimize the pain, or treat it lightly. I don’t believe it’s a joking matter.

Even though it may be hard to believe, there is a God in Heaven who cares about each of us here on earth. He saves, delivers, and heals. He restores the years stolen from us; for whatever reason. He is able to make us brand new on the inside. Our thoughts, our memories, our horrors; all washed clean with His love.

My comments about abortion, pro-choice, and advertising executives were not meant to diminish the evils of human trafficking. I was attempting to drill down to the root of the issue. Lust.

I believe the stories told by victims of human trafficking are horrifying. And again, I can’t imagine the pain and suffering they went through. To speak of it now must be very painful, like hell on earth!

Though it is extremely painful, the voice of those who have escaped can now be heard! They now have an opportunity to enlighten society of the hell they’ve gone through, and maybe give some ideas on how it can be stopped. And I hope they do.

But the unborn baby has no voice. They are victims with no rights and no voice. They feel unimaginable pain as they’re ripped from what should have been a safe place to grow. That’s what I was attempting to say when comparing the one with the other. Sorry if it wasn’t very clear. Maybe it still isn’t.

Yes, there are a number of reasons why a woman may choose to abort. And, I’m sure, there are some legitimate ones, even in God’s eyes. But since I don’t have the job title of Spokesman for God, I’ll move on.

I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinion, as I am. And that’s my opinion; what I believe.

I stand on my belief that the answer to our world’s problems is Jesus.

The world NEEDS Jesus!

And I believe the world’s problems can be traced to the devil. I’m sorry for being so black and white. But when man’s “lease” on this world finally runs out, and God wraps up His plan for the ages, the devil will be completely removed from the scene. Forever. And the evils he’s responsible for will be removed as well.

Some have asked me how I can say the world is getting worse. Simple. I look around. I read of the way things were. I’ve also 60 years of life to use as a reference point. That doesn’t make me an expert, nor does it validate my opinion over others. But from my vantage point, that’s what I see. Not because I’m negative, or even narrow minded. Of course, you may not be convinced.

I also believe things are getting worse because it is prophesied in the Word of God. People may choose to not believe the Bible, for whatever reason. There was a time I didn’t believe the Word. But, things change and so do people. At least they can.

I am not holier than you or anyone else. If I don’t walk with God I am capable of doing hellish things. The same is true for everyone who names the Name of Christ. But even though Christians don’t always do things correctly, and even though we don’t always say the right things or show the right amount of compassion, doesn’t mean our message is wrong or outdated. It just means we haven’t “arrived” and God still has more work to do.

Again, I’m sorry for anyone’s pain.

I still believe the root of the problem needs to be dealt with. The lust in people’s hearts. Do I think it will happen? Can someone wave their magic wand and end all sin, all evil, all greed and selfishness? No. People have a choice.

Adam and Eve had a choice. We have a choice. Our choices won’t necessarily stop all kinds of evil from happening, or even happening to us. But our situations and circumstances do not annul the promises of God.

Jesus came for each one of us. He came to undo the devil’s works. And eventually, all of God’s promises will be fulfilled. Believe it or not.

Someday every person will stand before God and have to answer a question or two. I will. You will.
We’ll give an account of all the things we’ve done while here on earth. Good or evil. Or just so-so. But the question of our lifetime isn’t about whether we are pro-choice or pro-life. It isn’t about how many sex partners we’ve had, or did we remain a virgin all our life. If we fail to answer THE question correctly, nothing else will matter.

The question? What have we done with God’s Son, Jesus Christ? Receive Him or reject Him? As for human trafficking, I will help stop it in whatever way I can. And I’ll encourage victims to find new life, forgiveness and healing in Jesus.

Because, as I mentioned before, I am convinced the answer to all of our problems is Jesus.

“For I am not ashamed of the good news of Jesus. It is the power God uses to restore, remake, and reclaim a life from the hellish grip of the evil one.” Romans 1:16 (loosely paraphrased)

Liberal God or Conservative God?

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You may think I’m nuts, crazy, and loony; and maybe I am. But I believe God is the biggest liberal this world has ever seen or known! Yep! Bigger than George Soros.

He’s also the biggest conservative ever. Yes, even bigger than Ronald Reagan.

Allow me to explain myself; beginning first with “liberal“.

Shame On Us

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Shame: a feeling of responsibility for wrongdoing.

Have you noticed? There doesn’t seem to be much shame in America these days.

Oh, there’s plenty of shameful things happening, but shame just can’t be found.

Why? Why is shame so hard to find?

Is it because people don’t know they’re doing wrong? Maybe in some cases. After all, the last couple of generations have allowed this country’s moral standards to drop so low, almost anything is acceptable.

To a large number of people, it’s quite alright to kill babies, as long as they’re killed while still in their mother’s womb.

Where’s the shame?

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