Saturday, January 25, 2020

Should This Baby Be Aborted? You Decide

by Steve Ray on January 25, 2020

In the United States, there are many situations in which abortions are recommended, even encouraged by family, counselors, medical personnel and even religious advisors.

Sometimes an abortion is recommended because of difficult circumstances and other times simply for convenience. Here are four cases for you to consider. Should these babies be aborted? You decide!

Four Cases:
Case #1. There’s a traveling preacher and his wife who are living in poverty. They already have fourteen children. Now she finds out she’s pregnant with the 15th child. They are very poor and probably will be unable to afford a doctor’s attention. Considering their poverty, the excessive world population, and the number of children they already have, would you recommend she get an abortion?

Case #2. The grandmother is an alcoholic and the father spends his evenings out drinking in the taverns. His mother has tuberculosis. She has already given birth to four children. The first child is blind, the second child died, the third child is deaf, and the fourth child has tuberculosis. Now the mother is pregnant again. Given the extreme situation, would you recommend an abortion?

Case #3. A white man raped a 13-year-old black girl and now she is pregnant. Her family lives in extreme poverty; in fact, to survive, they often have to steal food. If you were her parents, would you recommend or require her to have an abortion?

Case #4. A fifteen year old girl is pregnant. She is not married and lives in a cave in an outback area with very little money or resources. The man she is engaged is not the father of the baby. There is no hospital or doctor available. Would you recommend that she get an abortion?

The Reality:
Case #1: You would have just aborted the world-famous Methodist preacher John Wesley.

Case #2: You would have just aborted the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven.

Case #3: You would have just aborted Ethel Waters, the marvelous black Gospel singer.

Case #4: You would have just aborted Jesus Christ, the savior of the world!

Since we are killing off over a million of our babies each year, how many other geniuses, artists, musicians, scientists, saints, and others have we assassinated? If the “pro-choice” (read: “pro-abortion”) folks have their way, the world may be deprived of a genius with the cure for cancer, the first female president, the inventor of new technologies, the saint who could have led us closer to God, the inventor of medical miracles, etc. In the lust of personal peace and pleasure, are we Americans killing the very people that God has sent to assist, teach, and save us?

I used to run my own business with over 400 employees. We were always short of employees. In many business settings my peers commented: “I just don’t understand why we can’t find workers. The labor market is tough and everyone is short of employees. I just don’t understand.” I always chimed in and said, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that if we have killed off 1.5 million babies a year over the last twenty-five years that we are going to drastically reduce our employee base. What don’t you understand about that?” Add the contraception issue and far less employees are out there.

May God have mercy on our land! Vote pro-life! If we get the “Life Issue” wrong we’ve got it all wrong. The foundation is the most important part of the house.

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[NOTE: In my articles on the Pastoral epistles, I use each one to relay a theme: 1 Timothy emphasizes the life of Timothy; Titus emphasizes Paul’s ecclesiology; 2 Timothy emphasizes the end of Paul’s life.]

He was a young man with a past and because of this letter, many were now aware of his past. It was not a sordid life he had lived—but it was unusual. He stood out from the crowd, not in a loud or brash manner, but in a quiet and calm manner. He was not like the rest.

Coming from a mixed marriage in fluctuating times, he was amazingly focused and steady on his path. He was a loyal friend and companion which also caused him to stand out from the rest. Humility and gentle quietness enhanced his image as he stood at the right hand of the great apostle.

His Jewish mother Eunice gave him the name Timothy—“honoring God”—because she had high hopes for her young son, as did his grandmother Lois (2 Tim 1:5). We know nothing about his father other than Scripture says we was a Greek, implying that he had died. It also leads us to conclude that was not a believer (Acts 16:1).

But the two women in Timothy’s life taught him by word and example, passing the sincere faith on to this third generation (2 Tim 3:14-15). A son born to a Greek father and Jewish mother was Jewish by birth—he had learned the sacred Jewish scriptures from childhood.

One day a Jewish rabbi appeared in his city of Lystra (in modern day Turkey) preaching about the promised Jewish Messiah, the same Messiah Timothy had heard about in the scriptures (Acts 14:5-7).

It seems apparent that the young teenager Timothy listened intently to the Apostle Paul, and believed—especially after seeing the man lame from birth miraculously healed in the center of town (Acts 15:8-10). Even though young, he made a momentous decision and joined the small group who believed in Jesus.

Several years later Paul returned to Lystra and found that young Timothy had made quite an impression and was very well spoken of—he stood out from the crowd. Paul chose him to join him in his apostolic travels (Acts 16:1-3) and Paul became a father to him, a father in the faith (1 Tim 1:2).

Timothy was circumcised (Acts 16:3), ordained by the laying on of hands (1 Tim 4:14) and from that point on he was Paul’s most loyal and ever-present companion, even suffering persecution and prison for the name of Christ and for his loyalty to Paul.

His legacy is forever sealed in the New Testament since two of Paul’s letters were addressed to Timothy—and something most people don’t realize, Paul includes Timothy as co-author of six of his epistles.

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