Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I have purposely chosen not to include a lot of politics on my blog this presidential election season because ultimately I believe that God is the answer to our nation's woes, not the government and politicians. If we who are followers of Jesus Christ truly lived out his principles of not being greedy, sharing with the poor, living at peace with our neighbors, treating each other the way we want to be treated, and so on, then this nation and the world would be radically changed in amazing ways. Sadly, this is all too often not the case and there are many in our country who don't claim any allegience to God and His ways.
The fact is, we do live in a nation that is ruled by government officials...some of them appointed, some of them elected. And unlike some countries around the world, we can freely and safely participate in the democratic election process.
Because of what I see as a "looking out for the least of these" issue, I have decided to post here a letter sent to our family from Larry Bergeron of A Child's Hope Int'l. Please prayerfully consider it and ponder these things as you decide how to vote in two weeks and what role you should play in getting out the message concerning the presidential candidates.

We have a short time to go before our national elections and the pundits
have already claimed the victor. Their projections may be accurate. There are
many serious issues within our country at the moment and all of the candidates
are doing their best to “scratch the itch” that will get them elected (the
economy, taxes, healthcare, jobs, etc). There is a greater issue though than any
of those listed. It is an issue of profound and eternal implication. It is the
Sanctity of Life – and one candidate – the popular media candidate – the
projected winner – the one many believe is so charismatic - will likely change
the playing field as he appoints liberal Supreme Court justices in his term. And
here is where some of you reading this will vehemently disagree with me – his
election will be a mistake. A huge mistake. And the Church is disturbingly
silent. As a result, many Christians are no different than non-Christians in
their worldviews and their actions.
There is no greater value than
human life and that life from womb to tomb should be treasured and protected.
Our family heard a church pastor say this from his pulpit very clearly last
Sunday. Thank God for his courage. Many pastors and church leaders do not say
anything for they fear the opinion of their people, the backlash from their
community and even the dip in the offering plate.
The divine value of human life transcends anyone’s right to chose
whether an infant lives or dies or for the government to legislate the
“appropriate” end of life. We need men and women who will defend life at all
costs and not give in to the politically correct media or their partisan base of
donors. When life is destroyed at our discretion, we are destroying the
treasures that the Lord has provided to bless us. We are denying God His
sovereignty and taking our place on His throne.
I will give you
treasures hidden in dark and secret places. Then you will know that I, the Lord
God of Israel, have called you by name (Isaiah 45:3)
Our culture has
shifted (sunk) so much that we are willing to destroy the “treasures hidden in
dark and secret places” for reasons that may be personal, financial, convenient,
political or otherwise. And that is both tragic and wrong. In our
“enlightenment”, we believe that we are the author of life. Wrong.
We are not the creator of life, we are only instruments used for the
reproduction of human life. Ask any couple who agonizingly waits for the child
they do not have, and you will know that we have no real control over when life
begins. The Lord does. He alone is the creator of the “treasures hidden in dark
and secret places”. He alone determines when the treasures are hidden in the
secret places of a woman’s body. Life begins and the treasure is formed long
before the woman even knows of it!
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of
the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were
written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 139:15-16)
To acknowledge this truth about the value of life takes courage in the
face of mocking crowds, laughter and ridicule. The leader who takes this stand
to protect the treasures hidden in secret places will be recognized by the Lord.
The leader who does not will be judged. As a democratic country, we the people
decide who leads. We alone have a choice for what our future will be. Dark and
dreary or full of life.
The one who rules righteously, who rules in the
fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without
clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain
(2 Samuel
23:3-4) .
The opposite of 2 Samuel is equally true if our leaders deny God His
throne and permit destruction of His treasures hidden in secret places. The
American people will decide their fate soon.
Comments are welcome at http://www.achildshopeintl.blogspot.com/
Larry Bergeron
A Child's Hope International
Liberty Township, OH 45044
A Child's Hope exists because the children are waiting.


Rhonda Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing this.

Coffee Bean said...

This is really good. Thanks Elysa!

Meridith said...

Beautiful post!!! This part "Ask any couple who agonizingly waits for the child they do not have, and you will know that we have no real control over when life begins. The Lord does." especially hits home with me... it is a lesson that I have learned the hard way...

I have also posted about why I am Pro-Life on my blog.... would love your thoughts...

Elysa said...

Thank you, ladies, for stopping by Graceland and commenting.

Meridith...I'm sorry for the pain you've had to go through. I'll definitely be reading your blog.