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An Article about Abortion

If you are home today with little to do or would like to read in the future about a United Methodist organization that is very pro-life and supporting efforts to support the unborn, check this page – http://www.lifewatch.org/.

A testimony from a UM pastor is found at http://www.lifewatch.org/a_testimony2.html.

You can also check out some discussions on my blog page http://raymcd.blogspot.com/. Articles dealing with this subject are – Roe v. Wade and Who Are These Society Would Abort and Laws to Protect the Helpless. You may have to look in the archives for the last two.

The United Methodist Church’s stance on abortion has become more and more pro-life since 1976. Read about it at http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1080. You can read some of the wording of the 2008 Book of Discipline in this article.

The Durham Declaration (http://www.lifewatch.org/durham.html) is something I signed years ago and will bring to the Church Council for consideration.

In one of my articles I wrote – I believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception if not before. We are not merely creatures of our sinful human desires but of a God with a plan for our lives. God had a plan for and knew Jeremiah before he was in his mother’s womb. Jeremiah 1:4-5The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God is creating our inmost being, our spirit, even as we are developing physically in our mother’s womb. Psalms 139:13-1413 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Here is a very important question for the church today. How can the church hold their beliefs on issues like abortion and at the same time minister to those who have experienced abortions? We are not judges, we are called to share the mercy and grace of God to all. How about some comments on this question.

 

January 28, 2009 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

5 Comments »

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    Comment by Ray McDonald | January 30, 2009 | Reply

  2. Really, is there any point in bringing this up again? From reading your blog responses, it’s apparent that a) folks have made their mind up on the issue, and b) they aren’t going to change their minds anytime soon.Rather than trying to stir up the hornets nest of abortion or politics or whatever, how about some discussion on outreach, on relationships, on why people go to church or don’t go to church, on ways to reach out, on reasons why the churches don’t reach out, and on and on and on.Enough of the polarization.

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    Comment by Anonymous | February 1, 2009 | Reply

  3. Abortion is only one issue but a very important issue. It comes up a lot in church discussions.When does life begin? Does the unborn life have rights? Is the unborn child the property of the expectant mother? We legislate lots of things like marriage, drinking ages, driving ages, education and more. Some are moral issues. Why not on abortion? We have laws that vary around the nation.Where one stands on this issue is very telling about their view of life. The inconsistency I see in people who will march for animal rights but will support abortion is amazing.Pastor Ray, although this is a well worn subject, it is worth debating and hearing the reasons for where people stand on this and other issues.Some should be honest and suggest that their view is all about convenience and not their view of life or when it begins. If you ever saw a growing baby you know that it is a human from a very early stage and not a lump of lifeless tissue.

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    Comment by Anonymous | February 1, 2009 | Reply

  4. Some topics do tend to polarize people, making them pick between two poles or opposite positions.Anonymous 12:16, I picked this topic again because it is in the news. The new administration seems headed in the direction of making abortion more accessible to more people and using our tax dollars to support abortion not only in the USA but world wide. Some of us feel this is akin to murder and do not want our tax dollars to support it.There is concern that a national law will take away the rights of individual states to decide this issue locally. Abortion is a moral and civil issue that needs to be discussed. And people need to take a stand and be heard.Anonymous 2:22, I agree that a person’s decision on abortion speaks volumes for their view on human life. I agree that people send mixed messages about what they will stand up for and what they will not. I believe the life of animals is an important issue and dog fights and the like should not be allowed. But I believe the unborn human lives that are sacrificed in this nation at an alarming rate (even though it is declining) are of more importance. Parents, teach abstinence. Provide better sex education. Provide birth control. But please let us end the taking of helpless human life through abortion.I believe that history reveals that nations that do not treasure life (abortion, genocide, euthanasia, holocaust) or who lose all moral fabric (homosexuality, polygamy, adultery, child molestation) are destined to fall. Were there people in Germany that did not speak up against the injustice of the holocaust? Were there people that did not speak up against homosexuality in the day of Sodom and Gomorrah? Who will speak out against the millions of lives lost to abortion each year?Yes, there are other subjects. Who will speak out against the injustice in Darfur – Sudan? Who will speak out against the starvation in parts of the undeveloped world? Who will speak out concerning our environment? I chose to speak out against the taking of innocent lives.

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    Comment by Ray McDonald | February 1, 2009 | Reply

  5. Joan Adomanis”Jesus is the rock that makes men stumble.” Rom 9:33 Everything would be ok if it weren’t for God–this is where we should be discussing this! Read Lincoln’s 2nd inauguration address!

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    Comment by Anonymous | February 13, 2009 | Reply


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