Pastor’s Viewpoints,”Precious Gifts”

“Precious Gifts!”
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)

Politicians can convince people of the most amazing things simply by claiming that it will be in the interest of our children, this extends from illegal immigration to gun control. We intuitively know children are precious gifts from God.

For example, as a citizen of our great nation and a Christian who thinks biblically, I look at the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” I see this right based in the biblical principle that human life is sacred and should be protected, Genesis 2:7. Men and women bear the image of God, Genesis 1:26-27. Yet, my purpose here is not to debate the validity of our 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. My purpose is to embrace the cry in our country to protect our children.

This cry concerning our children publicized when it relates to gun control ignores the single biggest cost of human life concerning our children. As tragic and horrible as school shootings or so-called drive by shootings are, the staggering fact is that since 1974, more than 52,000,000 babies have been killed through abortion.

In the interest of our children, I stand with those who say, “Let’s stop the violence.” Indeed, let’s stop the violence right now and stand for the sanctity of human life! God is for life. Therefore, chose life not death!

Since, the mid Seventies, the “Progressives” have given government the authority to remove the right to life given by our Creator. As Francis Schaeffer wrote in 1981, “The dignity of human life is not some peripheral issue,” The Christian Manifesto.

The protection of human life is not something upon which we can agree to disagree. The dignity of human life is an absolute! God who is the source of all life breathed into Man the breath of life, Genesis 2:7.

Secular Humanism has clouded the mind of our culture. In a culture where there are no absolutes, men make decisions based upon personal preference. Our culture is governed by moral relativism. Everything is considered relative. There are no absolutes except that there are no absolutes. Yet, the dignity of human life is an absolute.
Our Declaration of Independence stated the dignity of human life clearly. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The Founders of our country declared that the source of life was God and that life is an undeniable right given by Him, therefore an absolute.
Further, when God gave the Law through Moses to His people, He included a commandment against murder, Exodus 20:13. The word translated kill or murder in the 6th Commandment is understood to mean the unlawful taking of life. Only God can authorize the taking of life. God’s highest sentence for premeditated murder is the legal imposition of capital punishment.

The 6th Commandment is not only a prohibition for Man, but it reveals the character of God, as do all the Commandments. That is, God is for life not death. Jesus said that God is the God of the living, Matthew 22:32. Jesus also said that He is the life, John 14:6.

God has called His people to be light in this dark world, Matthew 5:13-16. Christians are to stand for the truth, not only in the circle of believers, but also wherever God has placed them. My concern is that some professing Christians will fall under the deception of false teachers within the church who tell men and women that abortion is only a private decision made by a mother, that being “Pro-Choice” is virtuous. When in reality, God warns those who would call evil good and good evil, Isaiah 5:20.

Nevertheless, whether you are a Christian or not I urge you to speak for those who have no one to speak for them. Speak for the unborn babies. The most dangerous place for our children is not in school or on our streets because of guns but in the womb. Our children born and unborn are precious gifts from God!

May God convict you to speak for our children. Pray and support ministries such as Grace House Ministries in our own community. Children are precious gifts from God.