Each individual is created in the image and likeness of God with a purpose to rule over God’s creation and everything in it. Because humans bear the image of God, the shedding of innocent blood is strictly forbidden in the Bible. Our value is grounded in our common human nature, and you got it the moment you began to exist—at conception. The authors of the USA founding documents believed that every human being is “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” The first of these rights is the right to life. Yet, since 1973, 60 million babies have been murdered in the womb in the USA.
Therefore every disciple should be pro-life and pray that the awful evil of abortion will be removed from our country. Please commit to pray for the “21 Days of Prayer for Life.” http://www.breakpoint.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/FINAL-2018_21-Days-PDF_v1_sm.pdf P.10-32
God not only knows our thoughts and intentions [Psalm 139:1-6] and is present everywhere with us [Psalm 139:7-12], He is also active in the womb knitting together our inward parts. God’s intentional design and creation of every person gives every individual worth and value at the moment of conception. God not only designs each person, He does so with a kingdom purpose in mind. Our reaction to the marvelous design of our bodies must be praise, thanksgiving and worship. God has a perfect plan for our lives and He also has a permissive will for our lives. This gives each individual a free will to choose to accept, love and follow Him, but we must live with the consequences of our decisions. [Click here for consequences of King David’s sin.]
God does not desire forced love. God made us in His image and He did everything possible to show how much He loved us. In the death of Jesus He showed us ultimate love. We make our voluntary choice to follow Him based upon that fact alone [Psalm 139:13-16].
The responsibility and privilege of honoring human life isn’t just a matter of opposing abortion, pornography, sex trafficking, etc. It’s seen in the ways that we, the church, care for the vulnerable, broken, forgotten and lonely people in our community as described in [James 1:27] But how do we organize our churches to catch this vision? This link describes How You Can Build an “Adoption Culture” in Your Church? I just saw today that the UK has appointed a loneliness minister with a staff to regularly call all the lonely people. That is the church’s responsibility not the governments.
I am thankful that FBC has a culture for helping vulnerable, broken, forgotten and lonely people in our community. Have you thought about how you can be involved? Did you call someone in the class you do not normally talk to last week?
Scripture memory Psalm 139:14 Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
Henry Luke 1/22/2018
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