In the same way, we do not see the sin that is holding us back from what we know God wants to do in our lives and hinders us from being able to enter the land that He has for us. Many of us have been praying so fervently from 2 Chronicles 7:14, every single year for years:
“Then if My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
But what if we do not see our “wicked way”? Just as with the glass door, it has to be seen, it has to be dealt with, or it will continue to prevent us from entering the Promised Land, even if we can clearly see that land.
I love what John Robinson, the Pilgrim’s pastor, said to his flock as they were leaving to go to America,
“…whereby we promise and covenant with God and one another to receive whatsoever light or truth shall be made known to us from his written Word; but withal exhorted us to take heed what we received for truth, and well to examine and compare it and weigh it with other Scriptures of truth before we received it. For saith he, it is not possible the Christian world should come so lately out of such thick antichristian darkness, and that full perfection of knowledge should break forth at once.”
If we humble ourselves as 2 Chronicles 7:14 exhorts us to and Biblically weigh the rhetoric that we hear concerning life, then we can discern the glass door that is before us.
One such glass door is the allowance of exceptions. Many sincere people of God have emphatically stated that if they, or someone they loved, were raped they would insist on having an abortion. Why? I realize that there is such a feeling of trauma and violation. But that is not the fault of the pre-born baby. Have we perhaps received the lie that the pre-born is “the rapist’s” only? Surely you do not agree with the feminists, that the issue is “It’s the woman’s body?” Have you considered that once a woman is pregnant there is a new life – a baby – whose life is at stake?
There are Scriptural truths that we have lost sight of even more than what Deuteronomy 24:16 commands us,
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.”
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Concerning this scripture, John Locke expounds in “Of Civil Government” in Chapter 2:
“… being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions: for men being all the workmanship of one omnipotent, and infinitely wise maker; all the servants of one sovereign master, sent into the world by his order, and about his business; they are his property, whose workmanship they are, made to last during his, not one another’s pleasure.”
When Jesus instructed the Pharisees to render unto Caesar what was Caesar’s, He also admonished us to “render unto God what is God’s.” As we are made “in His image” do we not fear to put to death those who belong to Him? Who are we to say that this life, no matter how it is conceived, should be sacrificed in vengeance?
Do you see the glass door? What are we going to do when we face Jesus? Are we going to hear, “Well done, my good and faithful servant?” or will you try to convince Him that you succumbed to the rhetoric of our day? That very rhetoric was devised by pro-abortion forces in the 1960’s. (Read Shauna Prewitt’s Legal note for more information.)
I pray that we, as the body of Christ realize that justification and exceptions are not based on Scripture, but on fear and lies. That is exactly what the pro-abortion forces want. They have framed the argument. They do not have Truth, so they manipulate with fear. They have schemed for decades to move us from trauma to drama that we would, in THIS case, abandon sound reasoning from Scripture (and certainly from obeying it) to take matter into our own hands.
We have leaders who are thinking this way. We must speak out with the hope that those who wave a banner of compassion (exceptions) are able to see this truth because in reality they are abandoning those who need compassion the most (rape victims).
I fear that our voice is being drowned out, not only by the shedding of the innocent pre-born blood but also by the cries of the widow as we turn our back on her and her baby – God’s baby, God’s workmanship.
As we pray for our nation from 2 Chronicles 7:14, may the result be that we discern our “wicked way” leading us to repent, so that He will hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land. The Sovereign Lord is witness to our modern-day slaughter of the innocents – His workmanship.
As God promises in Jeremiah 29:11-14:
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord. ‘They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.’”
We know that Israel did not believe this promise but clung to the detestable practices of the surrounding nations, specifically including the shedding of innocent blood. So the Lord gave them over to their enemy until a small remnant was left who would be brought back to the land to serve Him.
History already shows us that it took the Civil War to lead to freedom and personhood for African slaves. It was WWII that demolished Nazi notions that Jews were not human and were to be used for experimentation. What will it take for us to recognize the personhood of a preborn child and protect their right to life?
We can move that glass door by aligning our governmental decisions to the Word of God in every case, in every situation. Is our God not worth it? Is He not worthy? Can we not trust Him, even in the most difficult situation? Can we render unto Him, what belongs to Him?
It is only when we trust the Lord and His righteousness that this nation will once again be exalted. I pray that we move toward that end sooner before we take the plunge straight down.
As William Bradford shares in Of Plymouth Plantation, “Those reformers who saw the evil of these things, and whose hearts the Lord had touched with heavenly zeal for His truth, shook off this yoke of anti-Christian bondage and as the Lord’s free people joined themselves together by covenant as a church, in the fellowship of the gospel to walk in all His ways, made known, or to be made known to them, according to their best endeavors, whatever it should cost them, the Lord assisting them. And that it cost them something, the ensuing history will declare.”
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as related through William Bradford; Hall, Verna M.: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol. I. Christian Self-Government. Founders Edition. San Francisco : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006, S. 184