I always enjoy the times I step out of the Pew and just ponder, I view pondering as a poor man’s think tank. But for the sake of today’s pondering, here is the proper definition of that word.
pon·der | ˈpändər |
verb [with object]
think about (something) carefully, especially before making a decision or reaching a conclusion:
I always equate pondering with us old folks, a porch, a rocking chair and the comfort of a well thought out opinion without the stress of a debate. This usually happens in the quiet of late evening or in the morning before the hassle of the day engulfs us. I have solved many a problem while just pondering… at least for me. Been pondering this ABORTION thing and it is not the first time my thoughts have wandered there.
ABORTION – noun
1 the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy, most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy:
• Medicine the expulsion of a fetus from the uterus by natural causes before it is able to survive independently.
- Biology the arrest of the development of an organ, typically a seed or fruit.
My thoughts this day by-pass the medicine and biology area and focus on the first part of this definition. Abortion as an issue has become the darling, the top of the list concern, for the social justice warriors in our world today. Since 1973 it has always been a hot button issue but the leak of a yet to be finalized opinion from one of the Justice’s position papers has, so to speak, brought out the knives. The first causality being reason, that’s not on the table anymore and its cousin civility, is in critical condition. Before I go any further I must disclose to you that I am a Christian, why would I say that? Because I have no other view than what I believe to be Godly grounded…I am convinced…
New International Version
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, as a disclaimer up front, I am prejudice. The truth is as a Christian it is not acceptable to do anything other than love others, the old adage of hate the sin but love the sinner…as Christians that’s out the door…we do not have that option. Jesus himself said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ‘ ” (Matthew 22:37-39, ESV).
Genesis 2:7, “the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Consistently throughout Scripture God is portrayed as the giver of life, which distinguishes living organisms from inanimate things (biblestudytools.com)
My God is a God of life.
Romans 4:17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
Pondering this Abortion thing I chose to travel a different road. Here in the South I guess some would say…ain’t no rights thing. Abortion is a God thing because it is about life…all life. God created life… he willed it, he gives it. And he sustains it…period.
Psalms 150:6 Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Romans 1:20-21 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
God demands a reverence for human life and forbids murder.
Psalms 139:13- 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.
It is about life, anything else is fodder for debate. I serve a God of life…I cannot say that enough. My God creates life, life to God is precious and his enduring love and care for his creation…all…is beyond the understanding of mortals. I turn to of all places the Book of Job, chapter 38. Job has questions for God and he struggles with his need to speak to God. In chapter 38 God answers Job. I of course suggest you read this chapter, the following is from Clark’s Commentary and is a brief summation of the contents of this chapter.
The Lord answered Job out of a whirlwind, and challenges him to answer, 1-3. He convinces him of ignorance and weakness, by an enumeration of some of his mighty works; particularly of the creation of the earth, 4-7. The sea and the deeps, 8-18. The light, 19-21. Snow, hail, thunder, lightning, rain, dew, ice, and hoar-frost, 22-30. Different constellations, and the ordinances of heaven influencing the earth, 31-33. Shows his own power and wisdom in the atmosphere, particularly in the thunder, lightnings, and rain, 34-38. His providence in reference to the brute creation, 39-41.
In a layman’s language God asks Job who are you? What knowledge do you have that allows you to ask these questions of me? Man up and answer these questions I have for you. So…Life…Whose is It? That is where I am at in this national debate and questions about Abortion. I take a very simple path. Life is a work of God and who among us knows the mind of God? At what point does conception take place? Adam was dust until God breathed life into him. Were you there when God gave the breath of life to Adam? I have little patience for those who rail in the streets and threaten others. Sometimes truth is hard to accept for all of us. My thought is simple…Life belongs to God and the moment that breath of life is taken from us, that is a God Thing. Who are we to decide such a thing?
Closing thought for your consideration. I close every blog with the tagline Life is Good…indeed it is and whom am I to take what God created? You of course will make your own decision and free will is also of God, we have been given that. I make this statement with love…Do as you would but never allow yourself to forget there is a Judgement, the Lord’s Day will come.
Life is Good