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Judge not

Jesus said, “Judge not so that your not judged.”  So it seems like every sin that I used to judge others with, now I’ve been able to track almost all of them to my own life.  Coincidence that when I find them, I now hope there is mercy from God and not judgement?  Kind of sad, but I am getting it.  Jesus said, “…I judge no one.”  So this got me thinking about the last few sins I haven’t been able to pin down in my own life, I’m just missing a couple big sins still.  Okay hold on cause this is going to be ugly, because I’m looking for ABORTION in my heart.

Okay, here we go…

The American Church doesn’t agree on that much, but it does pretty much agree on a few things, sex before marriage, murder, and the combo sin: sex before marriage and murder = abortion.  This is one of the few things that Christians

will put down their Bibles and pick up their stones for.

 

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But remember I’m searching for this sin in me, in us, in the church.  What would make us want to look for mercy?  As I meditated on this, I was thinking about the girl who gets pregnant with a baby.  Why do they kill that beautiful little baby?  What is their reasoning?  Do they think, “I want to kill a baby!”.  I’m sure they don’t.  

I bet it sounds something like this:

– We’re just not ready for another life to take care of, this new baby is overwhelming to even think about right now, maybe later in life, just not now.

– Financially a baby would be just way too much.  I’m not / or we’re not in a place to take care of another person right now.

– This baby wasn’t part of the plan, we weren’t expecting this.

I think these are realistic statements.  So you have men and women reasoning of real reasons why they don’t want LIFE to come to pass.  But this is the best that these people can think of, we judge them like they know God, when most of them don’t.

So where is it?  Can I look deep enough in this heart of mine and find this.  Ahhh….there it is painfully dressed in the wisdom of this world, hiding in the corner trying not to make eye contact.

What are the reasons that the Church in America wants to keep LIFE out of their families?

I bet is sounds something like this:

– We’re just not ready for another life to take care of, a new baby would be overwhelming to even think about right now, maybe later in life, just not now.

– Financially a baby would be just way too much.  I’m not / or we’re not in a place to take care of another person right now.

Oh, but we are smarter than these pagans, we plan our parenthood sooner and more pre-meditated.  But we have the God who loves LIFE, telling us not to follow the wisdom of men, but instead we deny life earlier and sooner, but we still deny LIFE.

Maybe we should follow simple logic with our decisions?  Something simple and true. “Children should be (1) Conceived in love; (2) Born of the mother’s conscious desire; (3) And only begotten under conditions which render possible the heritage of health.” *(note below)

Everything in life is sowing and reaping.  So God would have us plant seed and then deny the seed to plant?  Who ever heard of such a thing?  

Oh, you believe the Bible?  Do we?

Scriptures for days about being fruitful and multiplying.  (not one scripture that says to use wisdom in planning your parenthood.)

1 Scripture where a man deny’s the planting of his seed during sex.  Struck dead by God. (now their are arguments, but its a grey area at best.)

What if we are operating in the same spirit as they are?  What if we abort the seed and they abort the living fruit?  Is the sin the same or worse?  Is it worse because we are supposed to know, and still choose the wisdom of men over the wisdom of God? Because we are just as selfish as they are? But we are better at planning our parenthood then those reckless sinners?

Birth control: from the mind of man, or the mind of God?

So I’m gently setting down my rocks, now I ask for mercy for them because they know not what they do, and for us because we are still throwing stones of judgement against ourselves.

God doesn’t want this to be a bit or a bridle that forces us to obey.  He doesn’t even want to trap us with a box of scriptures to control our behavior. He wants a heart that wants to know Him,  hearts that want to follow the foolishness of the Gospel into Love and Mercy and Forgiveness.  Hearts that lean not on their own understanding, but say yes with joy.

 

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*American Birth Control League founding statement from the founder of Planned Parenthood (Margret Sanger)