So Glad You Were Not Aborted

     There is much discussion today about abortion. Some are crying that women have the right to kill their unborn children while others declare the unborn have every right to live. And, while I stand with the latter mindset I think it important to point out the fact that the unborn child is indeed human. Moreover, God made it clear that He knew His children even before conception. And, while this verse is specific to Jeremiah it lends to the idea of the all-knowing God knowing His children even before the parents know them. Hence, Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

     I have no intention of exegeting this passage in this paper except to point out the absolute value of those God formed in the womb. With that, God formed you in that He created you for such a time as this because you are needed for specific work and purpose. And, I am so glad you were not aborted. God ordained you to pour into me and without you, I would not be. Yes, you are precious and fearfully and wonderfully made. Yes, God knew you would pour into me and many others. So, He created you and I am so glad you were not aborted.

     Let me explain. Many people (I don’t know how many) have poured into me and have caused me to be who I am today. I will start with my parents Robert and Thelma Carter (and there are many more before them) God used them as tools to create me. Without these two I would not be here arguing for life. Both of my parents poured into me and the residue of them remains in me and cannot be removed. Yes, I am grateful they were not aborted. Then, I cannot overlook my grandparents, all of them. One of them, in particular, is my maternal grandfather, the late Rev. William James Smith. Yes, I was named after this pastour. Who knew that I would, too, be a pastour. God did.

     I cannot possibly enumerate all that have poured into me. I am just so glad that none of you were aborted. This includes my siblings. I have four from my mother and others from my father, well; fathered. Suffice it to say we still “fight” each other. It is what we do. We love each other and I am grateful they were not aborted. No, they were not and each of them has poured into me in ways I cannot expound upon here. Nonetheless, I am so glad they were not aborted. Yet, family and friends are not the only ones for which I am so glad were not aborted. There are many others. Consider the doctors and nurses at the time of my birth. How about the many professionals I have encountered since. Teachers – there were many teachers.

    Miss Kidd was my first-grade teacher about fifty-five years ago. Yes, she poured into me and gave me the love of reading. Mr. Williams (sixth grade) furthered that love. My junior high band teacher and English teacher also poured into me. And then there was high school. So many unaborted people poured into me and I am so very glad none of these precious people were aborted.

     The Marine Corps. There were many in the Corps who poured into me. My drill instructors stand out. I am so glad they were not aborted. And then my instructors in admin school. My goodness; the list is way too long for me to begin to scratch the surface. However, I can’t ignore MGSgt. Thomas James Witt. He went out of his way to pour into me. He is now receiving his reward. I am so glad he was not aborted. I am also grateful for my college professors. I can’t even call all their names so I won’t even start to try. And, if you consider the idea of about fourteen years of college you will begin to understand the magnitude of people who have poured into which includes many who might be considered peripheral. I am so glad none of them were aborted.

     My children. My goodness, my children. They may not realize the impact they have had on my life. Yet, it is absolutely certain each of my four children has and continues to pour into my life. I am so glad they were not aborted. Again, I cannot enumerate the fullness of all this. Still, I would be remiss if I ignored the most significant person in my life; Christ Jesus.

     The fact Jesus, before becoming incarnate, looked down through the annals of time and saw I would be in need of redemption. So, He took off His robe of glory and cloaked himself in the flesh of man. He suffered, died, and rose from the dead just to make sure I have the chance of honouring the Father with my life so that I could have eternal life. I am so glad He was not aborted and am so glad you were not aborted.

Lifting My Voice

There are a number of heinous things taking place in the United States these days. There are continued attacks on Christianity. Masculinity has been attacked. Families continue to be torn apart and yet there seems to be no one crying out for the fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Well, I am lifting my voice. I am sick and tired of the few elitists who know more than God does. It is time we took a stand not only for the rights as guaranteed by the Constitution but also, and more importantly, the Word of God.

The most egregious affront to freedom is the condoning of the murder of unborn children. Abortion has taken center stage and the road is being filled with people that have a disdain for life. Yes, I am certain this expose will be rebuffed, yet that is not a matter of concern. My concern is for those children that would survive outside the womb but a selfish mother, father, and doctor (or whoever else in some cases) deem that is it not prudent to allow the child to live. Well, this very notion is an affront to the Word of God. It is time someone stood against the likes of New York Governor Cuomo who recently signed such an offense into law. Now, at least one delegate in Virginia seeks to follow suit. Well, I am lifting my voice against even the idea of needless and senseless abortions and infanticide.

Exodus 20:13 uses the simple words, “Thou shall not kill.” This is to say that God strictly condemns the taking of innocent life. There is no more innocent life than an embryo or fetus. The newborn child is also guiltless in that neither the unborn or newborn have had the opportunity to commit any sin or wrong. Yet, there are those that have determined that it is a woman’s right to take the life of the most innocent in our society, What about the rights of the embryo? What about the rights of the fetus? What about the rights of the newborn? God knew them before they were formed in the womb and still, some see them as being insignificant and not worthy of life. Well, I am sick of it. I have had enough. I am lifting my voice against the ruthless murder of those who have no ability to defend themselves.

Do not misunderstand my anger. I realize there are rare circumstances wherein the mother’s life could be in danger because of problems within the pregnancy itself. I am no medical doctor, so I don’t speak on that end. I speak on the end that God is the giver of life and that if He determines it is wrong to kill the innocent then we ought not to kill the innocent. Those who choose to participate and encourage this activity will one day have to stand before God and answer as to why they found reason to kill innocent people. Roe vs Wade was an atrocity. What is going on now is an infringement on the right to life as well as a total disregard for the Word of God. I lift my voice and urge all to return to the Word of God so as to make such infractions of the Word void.