“The State of Affairs”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
In the words of the “Bard”, “There is something rotten in the state of Denmark.” These are the lines spoken by the character Marcellus, an officer of the palace guard in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Another “rotten” incident has occurred; this time not in a play but in the State of New York. I’m sure that you have heard of the newly revised law in New York euphemistically called “The Reproductive Health Act”. This law legalizes abortion up to the time of birth. Effectively, the State of New York legalized infanticide! No matter your view, understand that this is not a political issue. This is a moral issue. Why would anyone call such an evil action good as did the legislators in New York? The reason is God has been removed. Therefore, there is no basis for good. Secular humanists make their decisions on personal preference as the truth is suppressed in unrighteousness, Romans 1:18.
What is God’s revealed view? Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” God issued a warning to His people. God directed His “woe” against the leaders of His people.
God expects His people to know good from evil. He expects His people to follow “the good”. “The good” is that which is morally and ethically right. The ultimate source of “the good” is God. He has revealed “the good” in His word. “He has told you, O man, what is good.” Micah 6:8a
We also have God’s promise to work all things together for the good of those who love Him, those whom He has called according to His purpose, Romans 8:28.
The Bible, God’s word written, is binding on all people. God does not have a sliding scale. He doesn’t grade on a curve. “All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” 2Corinthans 5:10
As a result of our sinfulness both believers and unbelievers often have a difficult time in discerning “the good”. Believers always appeal to the word of God and pray for the illuminating power of the Holy Spirit to guide our discernment, Psalm 119:105
Issues of human life do not fall in the category of moral confusion. We need not wonder what the “good” course is. God is for life! Those who would call death good fall under God’s “woes” that Isaiah declared. We must all be wise to understand titles godless people give to evil actions. In this case, Pro Choice is really Pro Death. Reading of the celebrations and commendations of the law makers who passed this evil legislation, the words of king David and the Apostle Paul echoed in my mind. “There is no fear of God before their eyes,” Psalm 36:1; Romans 3:18.
Technically, New York State Law does not affect us… yet. But this latest action is another step in our culture’s spiral downward. Those who still believe in God must be diligent; especially all who profess the Name of Christ! This latest evil action should exhort all to understand the cultural issues before us; abortion being the primary one.
I am called to be a minister of the gospel. I am an ordained pastor. Yet, in this I am simply writing as a man who believes the Risen Lord Jesus. I have been made a new creation by the sovereign grace of God. He has caused me to see the truth and the beauty of Christ. As a member of His family, I am obligated to declare the truth and live under His word. I dare not bless what God curses! I dare not remain silent when evil is called good. Jesus said, “Everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33
The Risen Lord Jesus cannot be separated from His word. Therefore, to acknowledge Him before men, we must live under His word. His word written, the Bible, reveals that which is good. We live in a Country in which we have the right to free speech. May we use our liberty for the glory of God and call evil evil and good good!