Chris' Corner -- Sunday, May 9, 2021
Bible stories abound with the joy that came to those who were once unable to have children (Sarah, Rachel, Hannah, and Elizabeth) but later experienced the excitement and great pleasure of giving birth to their beloved children.
God’s word describes children as a blessing bringing great joy to fathers and mothers. “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate” (Psalm 127:3–5).
From the beginning, God blessed families with children. He intended for men and women to “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth…(Genesis 1:28). We are not discouraging biblical, moral birth control or family planning. Unfortunately, these words have been stolen and redefined to support something immoral and heinous—like abortion. With legalized abortion, men and women continue to live loose, sinful lives. There are other forces in play trying to stop population growth by any means possible.
There is some good news. Lubbock, one of the largest cities in Texas (population 250,000) is now calling itself a “sanctuary city for the unborn.” Voters overwhelmingly supported an initiative prohibiting abortion within the city limits.
This came about when the voices of church people worked together, and spoke out against the heinous practice of killing babies in their city. The concept of sanctuary cities take on a whole new meaning. What a great victory for mothers and their unborn children.
Who more than the unborn need someone to speak for them?—fight for them? Of interest on this subject are two verses just before the description of the virtuous woman begins. “Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy” (Proverbs 31:8, 9).
We must refuse to throw up our hands and think evil is too strong to wage a battle. Remember, God will march before us into battle and fight for the cause of righteousness. “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ “Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall perish” (Isaiah 41:10, 11).
May God bless those in authority and the residents of Lubbock, Texas. May their works influence others to do the same. Let God’s light shine no matter how dim our towns and cities may be. Pray for the brave souls willing to take on the giants of government and Planned Parenthood.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14–16).
May God bless mothers who guard the life of their unborn children at all costs. May the Lord give them the courage to face the difficulties of raising them sometimes by themselves. May they have the strength to endure the evils of this world that try to bring them down.