Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

God has a purpose for every human life. Whether a person has mental health challenges (according to research one out of four Americans has some sort of challenge) or whether a person is completely healthy in every way, every person has a God-given purpose. Human life is not in the hands of human beings but in the hands of God.

During my time of “in between assignments,” I have been preparing to preach each week. As those who have known me or have followed my ministry, you know that I preach mostly in series and most of the series take on books of the Bible or portions of a book of the Bible. For December, I am preparing messages from the first two chapters of Luke. This week I have prepared a message from Luke 1:57-80 which describes the birth of John the Baptist. This passage emphasizes how God keeps His promises made to His people. The details about the naming of the baby born to Elizabeth and Zechariah indicate how he was destined for a significant ministry in service of God.Zechariah

Previously, Gabriel had appeared to Zechariah while he ministered in the temple. He delivered the message from God that Zechariah and Elizabeth would have a son. Because of their advanced ages, Zechariah questioned how this could happen and essentially asked for a sign. The Lord shut Zechariah’s mouth as a result of his faithlessness.

Since Elizabeth had hidden herself and Zechariah was mute, the news of the birth of this promised baby came as a sudden surprise for the neighbors and kin. They reacted with rejoicing and celebration. On the eighth day when the baby was circumcised, the people called the baby Zechariah, following the tradition of the day. But Elizabeth firmly declared, “No, he shall be called John.” When the crowd objected the name, they turned to Zechariah and made signs to him to see how he reacted to this name. Still speechless, Zechariah wrote “John” on a tablet. The people marveled at his agreement with Elizabeth and in the firmness of his reply.

As he expressed his agreement with Elizabeth, Zechariah regained his voice. With his first words, he offered praise to God. The people had witnessed the powerful moving of God and they were afraid. They asked, “What then will this child be?”

Zechariah moved dead silence to praise. Luke characterized his speech as prophecy which is always directed to others, not God. It served as guidance for those gathered for the circumcision ceremony, and it sheds light for us today concerning the Messiah. Zechariah answered more than the people’s question and went on to declare what this child’s birth revealed about God’s faithfulness to the promises made to Abraham and David. He also declared that it signaled the advent of the Messiah to deliver Israel.

This Messiah would be the Redeemer of all people, the mighty and victorious King, and the Savior of the world, the Lamb of God who would remove the debt of sin on the cross. The Messiah would also be the Light of the world who would rise up in the darkness and be the light of the world. He would be the Prince of Peace. The Messiah would be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

God has a divine plan for your life. Do not minimize it. God has you here for a purpose. You are a part of God’s plan. Ultimately, God wants you to find your purpose through Jesus Christ.

Wednesday afternoon I viewed the disturbing video released for the first time on Tuesday which showed the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing over lunch the sale of intact organs from aborted babies. It sickened me to the core of my being. The graphic nature of the subject prevents me from writing about it here.

Of course, Planned Parenthood struck back immediately, claiming that the video misrepresented Dr. Deborah Nucatola as she described the procurement process of fetal organs. However, it appears that the only thing misrepresented is Planned Parenthood’s own messy response.

In his blog this week, Dr. Al Mohler wrote:

“I have no reason to believe that the video is anything less than totally credible. But, even if Planned Parenthood somehow finds a way to evade justice in terms of criminal activity, the part of the video that Planned Parenthood does not and cannot deny reveals their senior medical director (Dr. Nucatola) enjoying a conversation over a meal in which she describes tearing apart the bodies of unborn human beings in order to get the desired organ….

“When the Allied forces liberated the concentration camps of the Nazi regime, General Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the ordinary German citizens of nearby towns and villages to walk through the camps and to see what they had allowed and facilitated. Eisenhower’s point was all too clear — you allowed this to happen, and you share the guilt.”

We all share in the guilt of the holocaust of abortion. Just a couple of weeks ago our church dedicated a Sunday morning to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening. We prayed for our nation in the spirit of 2 Chronicles 7:14 to be stirred from its spiritual slumber and spiritual stupor. As a nation we have called good evil and evil good for so long that we are confused. Many spurn the Word of God as irrelevant.

I’m praying that the release of this video will stir more people; although, those who support abortion will likely “keep their ears stopped and their eyes closed” to the atrocities of abortion because they enjoy the profits from this horrific industry. Will you join me in praying that this video will mark an important turning point in our nation’s conscience? Mohler concluded his blog with, “The horrifying images of harvested baby hearts must lead us to our own broken hearts. A nation that allow this, will allow anything.”