Pastors, we need to talk…again.

Part 2

A recent article from David Gushee, a professor of Christian ethics, wrote (in part) these three points regarding American Culture, the law and abortion:

  • The collapse of any cultural assumption that sex is to be reserved for marriage and that marriage is the best context in which to conceive and raise children,
  • The devolution of male-female relationships from a striving for a mutual lifetime covenant to short-term use of one another for individual sexual and emotional needs,
  • The overall transition from a focus on doing what is right to an emphasis on my rights.

Cultural problems cannot be solved through legislation; these issues need to be addressed at home and in the Church…“but the legal struggle is actually a distraction from the unresolved cultural and moral issues that have created it.” I could not agree more.

But who is at fault? How did this nation get this demoralized? When you take God out of the equation, you have nothing. So many things brought us here, such as teaching evolution, taking prayer out of school, and women working outside of the home.

Yes, I said it: Women working outside of the home. The biblical God-given role for women has been treated as an anomaly, almost a thing to be laughed at. But look at the result – more and more children out of wedlock, abortion is ‘normal’, kids rule the home, some women don’t know who the father of their child or children is. Women got liberated alright, liberated of having a husband, a father for their children…essentially the tail is wagging the dog.

Truly, this desensitizing of America has become an entitlement issue of the hugest magnitude. Women are being raised to be ‘I’m every woman’ instead of learning how to be a wife and mother. I, too, was a victim of this. The world has made women a dehumanized commodity instead of the beautiful creation that God made her to be for her husband.

Women need to liberate themselves from this filthy world we live in and let God be God in our lives. He alone brings Glory to sufferings and afflictions.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

The Beauty of the Married Woman

1Peter 3:3-4 says, (v3)‘Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— (v4)but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.’

The world thinks jewels are precious; God considers precious the jewel of a gentle and quiet spirit*. Bathsheba reiterated, ‘An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels’** and ‘Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised’.***

Eve was ideally made for Adam; as well, Woman was created specifically for Man. Eve completed Adam – woman completes man. Adam and Eve are equal before God. Cultures of this current world do not revere women. Pagan ‘religion’ tends to fuel and encourage the devaluation of women since the fall of man in the Garden of Eden. Pagan rituals have always involved women and children at the hand of a man that does not know the Lord.

Brave woman of God, we live in a world where Godly, happily married women are hardly accepted much less revered. God gave women the awesome task and privilege of birthing children for our husbands; we women are givers of life. Then…why do we take life? We take (or have taken) life because we are selfish and Godless – we want our adorning to be external. Can we be so horribly mislead that we would take the life of our own child? YES.

Since the fall of man, we have sin. Sin breeds adultery and promiscuity and a Godless society. Sin has a consequence, and that consequence might be a child not intended. These so called ‘unwanted’ children are usually a result of a relationship outside of marriage; 83% are unmarried, 16% are separated or divorced, and a meager 1% are from women that are happily (at least marginally) married. There you have it…married women don’t kill their unborn children. Sex was meant to be within the boundaries of marriage ONLY, ‘Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous’.****

Taking a child’s life for the sake of outward beauty and ease of one’s life is abominable. Women give life, women should never allow it to be taken it away. It’s up to you, brave woman of God…let your heart be changed by the conviction of the Holy Spirit that you may heal.

*William MacDonald, **Proverbs 31:10, ***Proverbs 31:30, ****Hebrews 13:4