— By LOU TISCIONE
“For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous stretch out their hands to do wrong.” (Psalm 125:3, ESV)
The month of January was chosen by Christians to remember the unborn. We have a great deal to remember, but an even greater need to act. We remember the 50 million-plus babies not allowed to see the light of day. We remember leaders who have covered over evil by calling abortion the right to choose. We remember that God has set human life apart. He sanctified human life.
“Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7)
Men and women bear the image of God. Men and women have an immortal soul. God has made it very clear that He is for life!
In fact, God ordained capital punishment in Israel for premeditated murder. God revealed that life was so precious in His eyes that the one who unlawfully took it rightly forfeited his life.
However, Christians should not be surprised that those who believe in their hearts that there is no God would have such a self-centered and low view of life that abortion would be referred to as a women’s right to choose. But, I am amazed that professing Christians would stand idly by in the midst of such evil.
Psalm 125 is called a “Song of Ascent.” Psalms so designated were used by the people of God in worship. The ascent was the act of going up to worship. Symbolically, as we worship the living God, we are lifting up our eyes to heaven from where our help comes. (Psalm 121:1)
The psalm quoted above is a song of worship. The details revealed to us by God include two unconditional promises to His people. Israel, the church of the Old Testament was promised by God to always have a strong foundation for life and to be assured of His protection. Verse 3 contains a conditional promise that God will keep evil from ruling over His people. The caveat is that God expects that His people would not “stretch out their hands to do wrong.”
We no longer live under a theocracy. That is, God has instituted civil government for the good and welfare of all people. (Romans 13) Yet, believers ought not to take comfort in that this conditional promise of God no longer applies. God is holy. He never “winks” at sin. Sin is a direct offense against His character. He will never accommodate sin. Abortion is sin. It is first a sin against the holy God. It is also a sin against man and if His people do wrong, there will be consequences.
The Apostle Paul advised the church in Corinth that judgment must be directed inside the church. He declared the truth that God will judge the world. Christians are followers of Jesus. We were made new creatures by God’s grace alone. Believers live under God’s word. Jesus Christ is the king and head of the church and His word is her standard.
I in no way endorse those who would take the law into their own hands. Violence against abortionists can never be acceptable in defense of life. Those who would advocate such violence do more harm than any possible good that they may see. Yet I am calling Christians to be who they profess to be.
There are three actions Christians can and should take against the evil of abortion. First, Christians should pray for God’s protection of the unborn and for those who have been deceived to think that abortion is simply an acceptable choice. Second, Christians could support local pregnancy crisis centers financially and/or by volunteering.
We in Weatherford have an opportunity to do exactly that. Grace House Ministries is a blessing to our community. I give the Lord thanks for their efforts in being used by God to minister to women and their unborn babies. Finally, Christians have been commanded to disciple the nations. We are called to be people of light. We know that the only way by which this evil can be purged from our land is by God’s grace in changing the hearts of men and women.
Remember life and never stretch out your hands to do evil (or support those who do)!
Lou Tiscione is pastor of Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA).