“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.” Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 NKJV.
In about two weeks our country, the U.S.A., is to elect a President that will lead us forward into the future. So how are we to decide who to vote for? Democrat or Republican? Politician or Businessman? Rich man or poor? For the Believer, these truly matter not. For there is only one issue that matters when we go to the poles. It is the issue of life or death.
Long ago, as I began my adult career, a nation whose eyes had been blinded with free love, drugs, feminism and the “counter-culture” lie began searching for ways to lessen our responsibilities. So we voted in Roe vs Wade, giving mothers a legal way to kill off their young before they were even born. Thus ridding us of our duty to cherish and protect our most vulnerable citizens; our unborn children.Now God is calling each us to repent of this sin, our own contributing and our nation's. He is also calling us to take this abominable law off the books, and to protect the lives of our nation's unborn children.
God told the children of Israel that they were not to worship the gods of the Canaanites, the people He had removed from the promised land when He gave it to Israel as their inheritance. These foreign gods – false gods - one of which was Molech – or Moloch in some Bible translations – required their worshipers to sacrifice their children by fire in order to be blessed with fertility of the land and the Canaanite women. Abortion is Satan's newest twist on the worship of Molech. And we have fallen into his trap. But God has called us out. Out of our bondage to the sin of abortion. Out of our comfort zones. And into His Marvelous Light and Life. Into His family and into His service. But it is a service of Love; His Love for us and our love for Him.
If we disregard this call to action for the body of Christ, this call to vote for life and life alone, we may well loose out on the abundant life God has promised to those who love Him. For we will be letting down the most vulnerable of our citizens once again … our unborn.
My pastor, Eddie Reed, brought this message home to us yesterday as He shared what the Lord had been telling him throughout the week last week. I have paraphrased what he shared from my notes on his sermon yesterday.
...We, in this country, are at a crossroads moments in our lives. We will never pass this way again. We are being faced with THE life and death choice. The “Right to Life” or “Choice” of death. If life is not chosen at this time, those not choosing life will not be saved. For their hearts will have been seared … hardened to the point that they will not come back to a place of repentance. They will have become as Pharaoh of old.
After making this statement he read this passage in Romans:
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
Therefore you are inexcusable (too bad to be justified or tolerated), O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. Romans 1:24-2:1 NKJV
Several times throughout his sermon he said, “This is not a Political decision, it is a life and death decision.” And he is right. It is NOT a political decision. It is a spiritual decision. It is basically the same decision that Joshua gave children of Israel at the end of his life:
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of 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 24:14, 15 NKJV.
So, let Him shake up your life and your focus. Focus on Him and what He would have you to do. And Let Him Lead. Look over each of the candidates on your ballot for the upcoming election. Research their stand on the issue of life and death. And choose life. Vote ONLY for candidates who support life.
So today I ask: “Whom will you serve? What will you serve? Will you serve life or death?