How did we get here?
A culture gone crazy, without a compass, where good is called evil and evil good….how did we get here? Our nation was founded by and dedicated to God by individuals who were searching for freedom to worship and live according to the Judeo Christian principles which have built kingdoms for centuries. These men and women knew that if these principles were abandoned, the kingdom, or nation in our case, could not stand. There is nothing new under the sun. Any study of history confirms that when the principles of God are considered obsolete, it is just a matter of time before the culture falls into decay and ruin.
We are living this in America today. Earlier this month, a newborn was abandoned at a dumpster in our region, a small town in rural Georgia, smack in the heart of the Bible belt! When the remains of that baby were found, it had been brutally torn apart and was hardly recognizable. This is a tragedy in our own back yard! Yet, this happens every 6 days in our county, every day in our region, and every 25 seconds in our nation…….but we remain silent.
Proverbs 31:8-9 says we are to speak up for those destined to destruction. Sav-A-Life Ministry of Dublin, Inc. has been speaking up for life since 1992, and with the help of the communities we serve, has established a safe place for women caught in unplanned pregnancy. At ABC Women’s Clinic, women are treated with respect, given evidence based information, and provided with ethical medical care to determine if her pregnancy is viable and explore her options without coercion.
When an individual states that she must have an abortion and it is her only option, she is being coerced by someone or some circumstance. Abortion is not the natural response to pregnancy in a culture that is thriving. Children are a gift and a reward. Clearly a choice for life brings challenges, but the blessings far outweigh the trials! However, the choice for abortion carries with it the curse of shame, regret, and often destructive lifestyles.
At ABC, we care about the future of our patients and want them to experience the blessings that come with good choices. However, we recognize that each of us has to make our own choices and live with the consequences. Our job is to help women step back long enough to look at their temporary situation for what it is: a fork in the road. God has graced them with a very specific opportunity to choose blessing or cursing. We equip, encourage, and empower them to choose. Unfortunately, almost 10 % of our abortion minded/vulnerable patients choose abortion. But we are there for them when they need another pregnancy test or post abortion counseling.
Women of child bearing age have never known anything but abortion on demand, which makes them doubt their own conscience. Many feel guilty for wanting to have their babies because they have been brainwashed to believe that overpopulation is a problem that will destroy the planet. This is a lie from hell. God’s first command was to be fruitful and multiply. We think we know better when and if to have children, how to live our lives, and what to do with our resources. Selfishness rules in humanity without Christ. (Even in Christ, selfishness is a daily struggle!) The problem with selfishness is that the more we have of anything, the more we want. We see this clearly in drug, alcohol, gambling, sex, and work addictions. Sin has pleasure for a season, but the end is death and destruction!
What must we do?
To restore a culture of life, we must rebuild the walls of righteousness in our own homes. Those who call on the name of Christ must be unashamed of the gospel and be willing to lay our lives down for it. Only a relationship with Jesus Christ can change a person for good! But how can a culture come to know Christ if they do not see Him in His people? We were bought with the priceless blood of Christ and are no longer our own. We are bondservants of our Lord Jesus Christ and it is His glory we seek. One small candle shines brightly in a dark room. If you are called by the name of Christ, let your light so shine that men see your good works and glorify God. As individuals work out their salvation with fear and trembling, the glory of God is revealed and the Light of Christ dispels the darkness. Together in Christ, we will prevail against the gates of hell, snatching from the fire those who can be saved!