And God spoke all these words saying, … Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:1&13.
These words are taken directly from the Holy Bible, and are part of the Ten Commandments of God. Often misapplied, the original Hebrew text is very specific, and literally means “Thou shalt not do premeditated murder.” From the depths of antiquity to the present hour, the heinous crime of 1stdegree murder, a premeditated act, has always been seen as the height of criminality and subject to the severest punishment. Until relatively recent times, the crime of 1stdegree murder has been subject to a sentence of life in prison without parole, or in many cases a sentence of death. The predetermined act of depriving another human being of the blessing of physical life is not only an act of unspeakable depravity, but an egregious affront to Almighty God, the Giver of life.
I must admit that I was absolutely astonished when it was recently announced that the States of Virginia and New York had recently passed legislation that would allow a physician to kill a newborn infant if the birth mother decided that she did not want the child. Can such a thing actually be? Has our great nation, who’s Founders enshrined in our founding documents the principal of the unalienable right to life as a gift from our Creator God, suddenly seen this sacred precept as becoming null and void? Have the Lawmakers of these states by virtue of this legislation actually done the will of the people? If this be so, we have put in motion a movement that will one day evolve into a system of mass euthanasia no different than that of Germany in the 1930’s. Under such a system, what would be the difference between an unwanted infant needing constant care, and an infirm senior citizen requiring nursing home care? What about the physically or mentally handicapped, or a wounded veteran? Only 50 years ago, the very idea that a woman could freely enter a legally sanctioned abortion clinic and deprive her unborn child of life was beyond imagination. Today, the practice is as commonplace as removing a diseased gallbladder, and legally protected by the infamous Roe-v-Wade decision of the U.S. Supreme Court. Make no mistake, this legislation if allowed to stand, will open the door to the eventual establishment of a 21stCentury Eugenics system requiring the elimination of individuals unable to contribute to the economy, or seen as a drain on the national wealth and wellbeing. It may even be excused as being the best thing for the person who does not possess a vibrant quality of life. Can God’s judgment be far away from such depravity?
Friend, there is another unspeakable depravity even more horrible than that which I have just described. It is depriving another of the blessings of eternal life. I marvel at how suddenly the Christian message of salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and those who profess that faith have been stigmatized as un-American, racially bigoted, and out of touch with “Progressive” values. The minds of the youth of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s have been poisoned with what an old time preacher called “Darwin dope” and today few members of the past two generations would acknowledge the principle of the Creator God of our forefathers. The basic message of the Theory (actually hypothesis) of Evolution contains the undeniable proclamation, “There is no God.” Likewise, a vast number of the churches of America have departed from preaching and teaching what the Apostle Paul called “The glorious Gospel of Christ” (ll Cor. 4:4).
We at Baptists for Life of Wisconsin have unashamedly proclaimed that Glorious Gospel of Christ since the very beginning. Gospel means “Good News” and oh friend, how good it is! Christ died for our sins, He took our place, and shed His precious blood as an eternal and once for all sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, the cross that we deserved as sin’s punishment . He loved us and gave Himself for us that we might attain eternal life in heaven with Him forever. The alternative is unspeakable and unthinkable, eternal banishment from God in a place Jesus Himself called Hell, “where the worm (soul) dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” (Mark 9:46) Dear friend, change your mind about sin today, that’s repentance, and believe that Jesus died for you, that’s faith. He died in your place, and by virtue of His sacrifice He will clothe you in a robe of His righteousness if you will trust in Him. This is His promise to you, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28) The Apostle Paul told the Philippian jailer to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” (Acts 16:31)
This, my friend, is my message to you today. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Trust Him now, don’t wait another moment, for “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him…” (Heb. 7:25)
Member of Waunakee Baptist Church, Waunakee, WI
Vice President of the Executive Board, B.F.L.W.
Member of the Board of Directors, Access Women’s Center of Madison.