Jan 22 2013

At least, speak up for the unborn

For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well. My frame wasn’t hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! (Psalm 139.13-17 WEB)

In 1934, a young German pastor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, faced the incredible challenges of living as a dedicated Christian in his world. The German government at that time was in the evil hands of Hitler and his Nazis; the leadership of the German Church had been infiltrated by leaders complicit with the government; and many evangelical Christians were hesitant to stand for their faith. But Bonhoeffer challenged Christians to hear the Word of God and to actually live it out for Jesus Christ.

Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision. Since that day, January 22, 1973, there have been an estimated 54,000,000 abortions performed in the U.S.

In a letter to a friend, Bonhoeffer wrote, “‘Speak out for those who cannot speak’ – who in the church today realizes that this is the very least that the Bible requires of us?” Although he was not speaking about the issue of abortion, Bonhoeffer’s words certainly apply.

The yet-to-be-born cannot speak for themselves. Their cries of pain cannot be heard from within the womb.

Will you speak up for those truly innocent ones who cannot speak? Perhaps it’s “the very least that the Bible requires of us.”

On this day and every day, please pray for the unborn; pray for women with unwanted or difficult pregnancies; pray for individuals and families torn apart by decisions they have made in the past and for decisions they are now facing.

May 1 2011

God’s intention: Life!

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1.1

Revisit the creation story often. Allow yourself to be enthralled by the majestic hand of God bringing substance to the universe with the incredible attention to detail which could only point to divine genius.

But, as you revisit the Genesis account, allow yourself to be completely astounded by the heart of Almighty God as He creates human beings.

On the sixth day…
Then God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness…” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1.26-27)

Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2.7

God brought life into the world because He is life. God brought love into the world because He is love.

The devil, in cooperation with the original human pair, brought suffering and death into the world, but God’s original intention was life.

It still is.

For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made…Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139.13-14,16).

This Sunday, from 2-4 PM, with the help of the Pregnancy Care Center, we will continue our tradition of a Blessed Baby Shower at St. Paul’s. In this culture of death in which we live, we give honor to three young mothers who have chosen life for their respective unborn children. Abortion is the choice of death but we praise God for these young women and the many others who have recognized that life is God-given and a very holy thing.

Feb 5 2009

The National Prayer Breakfast Speech

President Obama gave a speech before the National Prayer Breakfast this morning in Washington D.C. Overall, I found the speech to be pretty good, considering the secular nature of his office, but it was too theologically syncretic for my tastes.

One statement, however, did catch my attention… 

But no matter what we choose to believe, let us remember that there is no religion whose central tenet is hate.  There is no God who condones taking the life of an innocent human being.  This much we know. 

This is so true. It’s application to the not-yet-born is amazing, for what human being at every stage of his or her development is more innocent than the child in the womb? Unfortunately, I doubt the president was referring to the unborn. Three days after his inauguration, the new president overturned a ban on giving money to international groups which perform abortions and share abortion information. The ban had been signed into effect by the Bush administration.

Please pray for President Obama.

Update: Wow! Looks like I wasn’t the only one that noticed the “innocent human beings” comment. Read this.

Jan 22 2009

A Prayer for Today

As I pray today, “Let me hear what God will speak, For God will speak peace to the people…To those who turn to God in their hearts.” (Psalm 85:8-13) Lord God, I am aware that there is nothing in my life beyond Your seeing eye.  There is no inner conflict, fear, stress, loss, or despair beyond Your heart. There is no moment when Your arms are unwilling to take me in.  God of Compassion, I ask that You would renew, rebuild and redeem every heart that has been broken by abortion.  I ask You to provide one-on-one care to those struggling after involvement in an abortion.  I ask You to heal any pain associated with abortion and I ask that You wrap Your arms of grace around them, until they are safely held in Your embrace.  And, I pray, that you will fill my heart with the same compassion, and give me eyes to see how I can lovingly be a part of their healing. I ask this for the sake of your great love and in Jesus’ name. Amen.