Tuesday, October 21, 2008

ABORTION IT IS A SPIRITUAL ISSUE AND NOT A POLITICAL ONE

ABORTION IT IS A SPIRITUAL ISSUE AND NOT A POLITICAL ONE

“And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15).

In two weeks from today, many of us will head to the polls to exercise our rights and freedom to vote and choose the next leader of the United States of America that we think would do the best job for us and our beloved Nation. Along with choosing the next President of the U.S., we also have the privilege of voting on many issues in our own states that affect our lives and the lives of the people of SD.

One of the issues that we will be privileged to vote on is Initiative #11. This initiative deals with ending abortions in our State. Initiative #11 promotes the end of the holocaust that has been going on in our country since Roe V. Wade in 1973. Since that day over 40 million innocent, unprotected and helpless human beings lives have come to end. Almost 3,000 babies are run through the abortion mill daily. In our State last year there was almost 800 babies whose life was cut short because of abortion.

I will be the first to admit that this bill is not the perfect bill to end all abortions. There are some exceptions for incest and rape. I would have liked to see all abortions in SD come to end. But since we can’t at this time do so, this is the best alternative we have and I support it wholeheartedly to bring about 98 - 99% of all abortions. And Pray that some day all abortions in this State and in this country would cease.

Some might say, Pastor Nour this is not a church issue, but a choice a woman has. Please permit me to speak from God’s Word, this is not a choice issue, it is not a political issue it is a spiritual issue. For on the many issues on the ballot this fall, we have wiggle room to vote one way or the other, but in this matter God’s Word doesn’t give us any wiggle room. God’s Word is very clear without any confusion–“You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). God doesn’t say there are exceptions to this rule such as, “unplanned pregnancy,” “alters my life style,” “don’t want any more children,” etc. etc. God states emphatically “YOU, shall not murder.” God’s Word must be held above everyone else, since He is the Author of life Himself.

Therefore, on this issue we must remember there is not debating the point or trying to wiggle our way out of it for abortion is not a political issue but a spiritual one. After all, we must not forget what abortion is. All the rhetoric surrounding abortion has deceptively blinded us to the truth. We hear it described as a “right,” a “choice,” or “medical procedure.” It becomes to easy–even for the Christian–to see abortion as just another one of those “elected issues.”

Think about it! What is a candidate who supports abortion rights really supporting? Abortion is not on a par with a woman’s right to equal employment and equal pay. Not on par with a woman’s right to vote or not vote, or be able to drive or car or not drive. It is a matter of life and death.

Let’s be honest! The candidate who supports abortion rights supports a woman’s right to have innocent child murdered through a mean cruel machine–either by burning that baby with a salt solution, tearing the baby piece by piece or allowing the babies head to come out of the birth canal and insert a metal object in the back of the brain to end life. What a cruel method for a choice.

Abortion is not an “election issue.” Abortion is a grave sin. Abortion assaults God’s Word of truth about the sanctity of human life and, therefore, assaults the Word Himself Who became flesh that we might have life and have it abundantly. Abortion is a sin against God who is the Author and Redeemer of Life. Abortion is not an “election, choice, or political issue.” Because abortion destroys human life–a life created in the image of its maker–the Lord Almighty. Abortion is a SPIRITUAL issue.

Not only does abortion end the life of a child, it forever wounds and maims a woman. Although she may at first feel a sense of relief that her “problem” has been solved, eventually their reality of this unnatural choice sinks in. When it does, the guilt and shame can be devastating. This is awful reality can bring the same devastation to fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and siblings. Abortions is not an election or political issue. Because abortion can destroy relationships within families as well as between God and an individual, it IS a SPIRITUAL issue.

THEREFORE, a Christian cannot debate the pros and cons of abortion any more than he can debate the pros and cons of rape or stealing or adultery. Abortion cannot be a “right” because in God’s eyes, it is a fundamental wrong.

As Christians, we CANNOT say that I will live my Christian life-style only on Sunday and the rest of the week, live to serve myself. The words of Joshua are an excellent reminder for us especially during this upcoming election time, But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15b). To live for Christ is not a matter of choice but a life of service to the Master and Author of life.

For us Christians we can make a difference when we go to the polls on November 4th. We can stand up with Joshua and say we will serve the Lord. We will obey His Word. We will do His Will and protect the life of the unborn and the innocent.

Why? Because abortion is an atrocity, abomination and sin against the Author of LIFE–Jesus Christ. Therefore, I encourage you to be on your knees and ask God to help you vote for the end of this butchering era to come to an end. For after all, abortion is not an election, political or a right issue, but a SPIRITUAL issue.

* Abortion is a spiritual issue.

* Abortion is a SIN

* The Christian should NOT vote for the sin of abortion.

* The Christian should vote for life and be a messenger of life.

God grant us the grace to end all abortions.

In Christ’s love and in His service,

Rev. Nabil S. Nour Pastor and Foot Washer Phil. 1:6