"Will we stand for life wherever God places us?"
~ Emily Wickham
"... blood is on their hands ... when they had slaughtered their children for their idols...” Ezekiel 23:37, 39
Wooden stakes laced with plastic orange netting decorated the beach. Early morning caretakers diligently visited these areas where sea turtle eggs awaited hatching. An exciting time, the arrival of these creatures clearly classified as an eagerly anticipated event.
" ... It is illegal to harm ... sea turtle eggs...”
I stared at the sign. Processing the stern warning that included potential prosecution, I contemplated this law of protection for sea turtles. Inescapably I thought of this irony: it's illegal to harm a sea turtle egg ... but perfectly legal to destroy human life within a mother's womb. Oh, how this must break God's heart.
God eternally exists as Creator of life. Before mankind, He designed exquisite angelic beings. In the garden, He formed man from dust and fashioned woman from man's side. Almighty God excels in intricate detail and skillful construction obviously delights Him. Originating in His immense mind, all things living--including sea turtles to humans--express His creative genius. Yet we have irreverently, rebelliously, selfishly interfered.
Oh, how abortion must break God's heart. Watching these little ones, whom He's uniquely shaped into His image, heartlessly destroyed invokes intense grief. Surely He weeps. Just as death's foul odor pervaded Lazarus' tomb, death's stench presides over these graveyards in the womb. A travesty of epic proportions, abortion annihilates whom God wants--a child--because for various reasons, a human heart deems that child unwanted.
Aborted children: wanted by God ... unwanted by mankind.
We as the church remain accountable for our response to this disease of legalized death. It's not about a woman's right to choose--the living God, the Creator Himself already has chosen to initiate life. Will we idly stand by and look the other way? Or will we stand in the gap--even on the sidewalk--lovingly reaching out to women and their unborn children? Will we stand for life wherever God places us?
Dear family in Christ, God has graciously given us the " ... ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us..." (2 Corinthians 5:18-20).
It's hard. I've only participated in sidewalk ministry once. But I'm planning to return. Not as a goody two-shoes Christian, but as a sinner saved by God's incredible grace. Though my presence there is unwanted by the world, I go because it’s wanted by God.
God doesn't call every Christian to stand for life in the same way. Enormously creative, He's gifted each of us to impart His truth distinctly.
How is He leading you?
How is He leading you?
Emily Wickham, founder of Proclaiming Him to Women Ministries, maintains a passion for teaching God’s Word. Her PHtW blog, Mothers Like Me blog, Sophie Woman’s Magazine column, and Daily Dose of Encouragement devotions allow her to reach many with God’s truth. As a published author, conference organizer, and speaker, she appreciates every opportunity to encourage and equip women by exalting Christ. Emily welcomes contact and connection via Facebook at www.facebook.com/emilywickham.author
Most importantly, Emily cherishes her relationship with God and treasures her family as gifts from His hand. Residing in western NC with her husband and their children, she considers each day a blessing.
A note from Jeanne: If you or someone you know have experienced an abortion--please know that there is forgiveness in Christ. Often, we keep this secret buried but when we bring it to the Light of Christ, He can bring healing. There is hope in the cross. There is counsel available so that you can be freed from unresolved feelings that arise after this experience. Contact your local Christian crisis pregnancy center for post abortion help. You are loved and prayed for....
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