Roe v. Wade

Today, Jan 22,2010 is the 37th anniversary of the date mass murder of babies in the United States began – one that makes Pharoah efforts to wipe out the male Hebrew babies in ancient Egypt, look like miniscule.   Here are some links to visit:

According to The Guttmacher Institute:

There are approximately some 42 million abortions a year worldwide with some 1.37 million of those happening in America. 

Since 1973 though to 2008 45 million induced abortions have been performed in the US.

Think abortions are limited to non Christians?  Think again.  According to The Gutmacher Institute’s studies, 43% of abortions are to women who identify themselves as Protestant, while 27% are performed on Catholic women. 

The greatest incidence of abortions occur among the poor. 

It’s a tragedy.  A holocaust really.  And we wonder why we’re having so many issues in America? 

Here are some other links to visit:

Overturning and Undermining Roe v. Wade: An Interview with Clarke Forsythe (via Justin Taylor)

Why should Roe v. Wade be overruled?

It authorizes the homicide of the unborn child as national policy, a national “right.” It means abortion on demand nationwide as a practical matter, and it is an unjust, unconstitutional usurpation of the people’s right of self-government to decide the abortion issue, as the people decide other controversial issues, through the normal processes of representative government.

An excerpt from Richard Hays on Abortion (via Seth Ehorn)

Abortion is an extraordinarily challenging test case, because it is a major ethical issue not addressed explicitly by any NT texts at all. Thus, our opinions on the NT trajectory and the appropriation of any NT ethic on abortion should be met with humility about our claims and sensitivity to the task at hand. Hays will include some relevant OT texts because they inform the issue and are cited in the debate (although his book is mainly about the NT).

Well, it’s something to ponder.  May God have mercy on us all!

Will Jesus buy me a Double-Wide?

from the yahoo page:

Author Karen Spears Zacharias believes Christians have been paying good money for a false doctrine—the Cash and Cadillac Gospel. With humor and wit in Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide?, Zacharias unpacks story after story of those who use the name of God as a means to living their own “good life,” as well as some unlikely folks whose genuine faith has led them to a different understanding of wealth

This is excellent stuff, really good.  One difference I think there is between classical Pentecostalism and the current trends in the charismatic movement is this issue of giving. It seems many in the charismatic movement over interpret 3 John 2, which is meant to be a simple blessing and greeting, not a formula for wealth.  I will grant there are some in the Pentecostal movement who have gone astray with the giving issue: giving to get rich.  Classical Pentecostalism emphasizes the power of the Holy Spirit for general Christian living and in giving witness to Jesus, not for all the junk you tend to see in modern Charismatic circles.  I know they all say “I want to give so I can be a blessing to others,” but the problem with this is that wealth is too great a temptation that when a person does give and God blesses that giving do they really bless others or does something else happen?

I believe giving is a major teaching of the Bible as God loves a cheerful giver, and he modeled giving through sending his own Son into the world to save us from our sins and reconcile us o God.  At the same time, however, I think when we give, we need to check our hearts and our motives so that our giving isn’t done for selfish purposes but in obedience to God.   Instead I think Proverbs 30:7-9 should be every Christians prayer with regard to finances:

7 “Two things I ask of you, LORD; do not refuse me before I die:

 8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches,

but give me only my daily bread.

 9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’

Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.

I really appreciate the story she tells about the Marine and the lady who asked for money.  In the end he offered to pray with her for God’s provision.  I think she hits it on the head as to that being the main aspect of the gospel message: that life isn’t always easy but in the midst of it, God will be with us.

I read and reviewed her book “Where is your Jesus now?”  That too was good work.

HT: Jim West