The Prince of Life and the Great Commission.

"Never, never will we desist till we...extinguish every trace of this bloody traffic, of which our posterity, looking back to the history of these enlightened times, will scarce believe that it has been suffered to exist so long a disgrace and dishonor to this country." 

This quote was spoken by William Wilberforce about the slave trade in England, but I think it applies to abortion as well. It's detestable. The fact that we (Americans as a whole) have suffered this to exist so long is sad. Fifty years ago, killing the unborn would have been unthinkable!

Acts 3:13-15
The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

These people are lost. They need the Prince of Life in their lives. The One Who died to save them. We, as Christians - followers of the Prince of Life - need to be light to them.

Yesterday was Pro-Life Sunday, and I wanted to share this with you. 
This week is also the 42nd anniversary of the Roe V. Wade decision regarding women's right to "choose" whether to kill the unborn human, or to him/her live.

Worldwide, an estimated 1.3 billion abortions have taken place since 1980. Why? Because their mothers have chosen to end the live of the little ones.

"Let My heart be broken with the things that break the Heart of God"

 Psalm 5:4-6:
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest.

Romans 1: 22-24
Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 

We live in a world swarming in wickedness and although it boggles our minds and pierces our hearts, we must pray for the lost and fulfill the great commission unto which God has called us, which is to go out and spread the good news to all the nations, that Christ is risen and is coming again and they can be free from sin if they only choose to turn to the cross and follow ChristBecause without the blood of Jesus, we lie in wait for eternal damnation. 

Last night, I started a class called Perspectives. The speaker - one of many from The Traveling Team - spoke about the promise that God gave to Abraham, that through him, all nations will be blessed. 
He walked us through the Bible, explaining that the thing we call The Great Commission, is not just a New Testament idea. It is spoken of all through Scripture! Nor is it merely a great suggestion, like most American Christians want to believeIf you are a Christian, you are called to be a missionary. BUT, one does not have to go overseas to be a missionary!

Brings back to my memory, a favorite quote...
"We are all missionaries. We carry our religion with us, or we allow our religion to carry us. Wherever we go, we either bring people nearer to Christ, or we repel them from Christ. We are working for the great Kingdom of God - the time when all people will turn to Christ as their leader, and will not be afraid to own him as such." -Olympian and Missionary, Eric Liddell.

Matthew 28:19-20
 "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 

People watch you, as a Christian, and they either see a hypocrite - one who goes to church on Sundays but does his/her own thing the rest of the week - or they see a genuine follower of Jesus Christ - one who loves Him, and has a desire for others to know Him.

Do our hearts break at the things that break God's heart, or have we become desensitized to them? When Jesus said to "teach all nations," He also included the nation that we're living in now, don't you think?

I leave you now with a quote from Frederick Buechner,
"The love for equals is a human thing--of friend for friend, brother for brother. It is to love what is loving and lovely. The world smiles. 
The love for the less fortunate is a beautiful thing- the love for those who suffer...This is compassion, and it touches the heart of the world. The love for the more fortunate is a rare thing-to love those who succeed where we fail, to rejoice without envy with those who rejoice, the love of the poor for the rich...The world is always bewildered by its saints. Then there is the love for the enemy-love for the one who does not love you but mocks, threatens, and inflicts pain. The tortured's love for the torturer.This is God's loveIt conquers the world

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