Pastor's Corner

30 Jan
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Mid-Week Challenge

In a move that has Christians and unbelievers alike shaking their heads in disbelief, the State of New York voted last week to legalize abortion on demand. Known as the “Reproductive Health Act,” the law removes limitations on abortion that the Supreme Court has permitted, such as waiting periods, parental involvement laws, and bans on partial-birth abortion. The move makes abortion a “fundamental right” up to the day of birth.  Supporters of the law claim it seeks to update New York’s laws and protect the health of the mother. Opponents claim that the changes authorize abortion through all nine months, for any reason, with no restrictions, up until birth, and even after birth if a child is born during the course of an abortion.

In response, Dr. Omar L. Hamada, a Nashville-based OB/GYN and a former army surgeon who has delivered over 2,500 babies reacted to the law by saying, “I want to clear something up so that there is absolutely no doubt. I’m a Board Certified OB/GYN who has delivered over 2,500 babies. There’s not a single fetal or maternal condition that requires third-trimester abortion. Not one. Delivery, yes. Abortion, no.” Other doctors have joined him in his statements condemning the rational for the new law.

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, who has supported the new law from the beginning has taken on a lot of criticism for his support.  Being a confessed Catholic his support of RHA has drawn rare comments from Roman Catholic leaders who are calling for his excommunication from the church. In his own defense Cuomo said he is duty-bound to separate his religious views from his work as governor.  "I have my own Catholic beliefs, how I live my life. ... That is my business as a Catholic," Cuomo said. "I don't govern as a Catholic. I don't legislate as a Catholic."

With this level of opposition and professional criticism why would New York do such a thing?  Just because they can.  I can think of no other answer.  In a state that still considers it murder to kill an unborn child by accident, doctors can now legally murder a baby at any stage of development.  Not doing so would interfere with a woman’s right to choose.  It reminds me of Adam and Eve in Eden.  They had total freedom in all but one area and that one restriction proved too much for them to handle.  They traded perfect fellowship with God for the removal of the only restriction in their life.  

There is something with in us that fights against the “you can’t do that’s” of the world.  We hate hearing it as a child and even more so as an adult.  We hear it as a challenge when we should hear it as loving protection.  When we start legalizing activity “just because we can” without weighing the consequences we begin down a path, in some cases, of no return.  Playing “god” in the case of abortion on demand is a level of power no one should wield.  

I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, Deuteronomy 30:19

Serving the Savior

Bro. Jonathan

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