Monday, June 1, 2009

Will We Be Like Them?

Tiller the Baby Killer is dead! George Tiller, the late term abortionist from Kansas was killed yesterday as he served as an usher in his church. Most people would think that I , a person who values life and proudly carries the anti abortion flag, would be happy that this man, the murderer of countless children, was dead. But I cannot be happy that a life has been taken by anyone but God. "Vengeance is Mine, and retribution, in due time their foot will slip; And the impending things are hastening upon them." Deuteronomy 32:35. God makes it very clear that we are in no position to decide who lives and who dies.

In the movie The End of the Spear there is a poignant moment when the son of Nate Saint, a missionary in the Amazon, asks his father if he will take a gun and use it if his life is threatened. His father tells him that he won't. His son worries for his father's life but he reminds him that he knows the Lord and knows that he will be in heaven with Jesus if something happens to him . But the man who would seek to harm him does not have that hope, hence, he needs to live until someone carries the gospel message to him. Instead of taking the life of George Tiller, wouldn't it have been far better to have told him about the love of God? Wouldn't it have been far better to pray for the man to be convicted of his sin so he would have been compelled to repent and follow God?

I am quite certain that this news will be a blight on all who value life. We have already been labeled terrorists by the head of Home Land Security Janet Napalitano. This can only add fuel to the fire. The president of NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League), Kelli Conlin, said today, "It is cold-blooded, vicious actions like today's assassination that make it hard for those of us in the pro-choice community to find common ground with those on the other side." It is voices like her's that are very dangerous to our cause but the actions of Scott Roeder, Tiller's assassin, are equally dangerous. We need to use our voices, get involved in pro-life organizations like Life Options who educate young men and women on the consequences of sexual activity out of wedlock. Who teach our youth about a God who loves them and values them as a beautiful creation. Who value life from conception to natural death. Violence against our unborn, infirm, handicapped and elderly is something used by groups like NARAL . Will we chose to be like them?

A part of me is relieved that George Tiller is dead. But will the unborn be any safer because of his death? Satan seeks to devour our young and will use any willing person to get the job done. We can only hope that hearts will be changed in this fallen world. God help us.

One Flesh

he month of June has always been recognized as the time of year when young men and women join in matrimony. Beautiful wedding gowns have been purchased and altered, guest lists have been carefully scrutinized, cakes, caterers and music is planned, and would-be grooms nervously sit back and watch all the twittering going on between the bride and her attendants. It is a time of year to be celebrated as two young people begin a life journey of commitment to each other.

But our God did not take this matrimonial promise lightly. It is not only a commitment to each other, but a commitment to Him and all that it contains. It is a vow to remain faithful to each other, to honor our spouse in good times and in bad. And it is intended by Him that nothing should come between the two participants that would tear down what He has established. By adhering to this belief, the couple bring God His deserved honor and glory.

The marriage covenant between a man and a woman is also an analogy of another marriage that will one day take place. That is the marriage between Jesus Christ and those who choose to accept Him as their spouse. The book Song of Solomon beautifully illustrates the love the LORD has for His heavenly bride and His desire for her. It is a love story sung by Christ to His church and by the church to its King.

Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:21-23 "...that they may be one as We are one. I in them and You in Me." Just as Genesis 2:23-24 speaks of the union of the first man and woman to each other, we shall become united as "one flesh" with the LORD on that glorious day. And what a unbelievable wedding ceremony it will be - one I certainly do not want to miss!

“The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man.’ For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.” Genesis 2:23-24

As Eve sprang from Adam’s side,
Near to his heart where soul abides;
From bone and flesh his God did make
A gift to man to call his mate.

Not from the soil of new-made earth,
Nor the loamy bed of Adam’s birth;
But from the man his God brought forth
A woman of value and of great worth.

From bone and flesh He made her thus;
Not from the life within the dust
As Adam was made to tend God’s bower
And stand before Him in fateful hour.

But from the man his God withdrew
The essence of life’s soft downy dew;
And molded her into a being refined
To become one with man and love divine.

United and joined, no one to part,
God smiled with joy and love filled His heart.
From these two creatures whom He had planned,
A greater gift would be given to man.

One day He would give the flesh of His flesh;
He’d offer Himself to bring needed rest.
A Son He would make, bone of His bones,
Who would suffer and bleed on the cross alone.

From undefiled womb, God would make
A Man from which all could partake;
Of flesh and bone He would appear,
But all who know Him will know God is near.

He shall make us one with His Holy Son,
The flesh of His flesh, the bone of His bones;
To redeem the ones who hear His call
And make His Son their all-in-all.

We’ll be made His spouse, His heavenly bride,
That heaven or earth will never divide.
And angels will rejoice and break into song
As the Lord of All Creation makes us one.

Bone of His bones, and flesh of His flesh;
United in love, a promise of rest.
Made one with our Savior Who came from above,
To make us all one with divine, holy love.

Copyright 2006 Karen L. Brahs