Thy Word Is a Lamp

“Thy Word is a lamp…”
The Christ follower is set apart from the world. Moral decisions, life commitments, and taking up our crosses require in depth study of the Word of God. The Christian gets cues and clues from the Word of God. The world often has difficulties with the follower of Jesus. Psalm 119:105, The Word lights our path!
John 17:17, “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” The Word sanctifies us to be Christ’s healing, redeeming, and transforming presence in the world.
 Now let us do it. Let us take the flashlight of His word and shine it into the dark places of the world. Since we belong to Christ, we want to show His transforming and wise love to the world.
What does God’s Word say about our world? What is a Christian supposed to do to bring Christ’s loving presence to many divisive and difficult topics and situations? Many things divide my family today. These things just did not exist when I was young.
Abortion? If the little one in the womb is not alive or not human, it may be possible to disagree amicably.
What does God’s Word say?
Well, the word abortion is not in the Bible. But the value God places on life in the womb is clear. Exodus 21:22, 23, “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life”
If the baby is born and lives, only a fine is levied and paid. If the baby dies? The perpetrator of the harm loses his life also. Let us repeat that. If the baby dies because of the harm inflicted, that person loses his life also.
Does voting for abortion qualify as “harm”? Does legalized abortion confuse the young mother? Does abortion create a climate where the baby in the womb is made less valuable? In allowing for the legal killing of the youngest and most vulnerable among us, have wife abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, murders, bullying, and injustice flourished? Are we reaping what we have sown? Just because the world devalues human life, should we give up? How can we help restore the morals, wisdom, and loving truth of God?
Many in our world sanction, order and enable the murder of other people, without wielding a weapon themselves. The mafia, gangs, and other circles of evil influence make us all too familiar with this dynamic. One does not have to hold the smoking gun to be responsible for the murder carried out.
My suggestion is that every Christian should read the Bible, commit to the Bible, obey the Bible, and share the truth. Proverbs 31:8, “Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.”
That verse tells me that we should champion the cause of all such little innocent ones. We should speak out! We should vote to protect them! God forgive us for failing to distinguish this truth of God from the error of the world. God grant us the strength and courage to stand on God’s Word! Difficult though it may be, let us stand up for life!
Jim Freudenstein, 8-29-2023,, 832-654-7791

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