Matthew 21:23=“And when He was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto Him as He was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? And who gave thee this authority?”
This was the confrontation that Jesus had with the religious leaders of His day. He had just entered Jerusalem on that first Palm Sunday and the people had expressed their appreciation for His teaching and ministry among them. The religious leaders were not impressed. In fact, they were downright appalled and upset by this entire event. The intent of their confrontation seems to be to force Jesus to make a statement that would cause the people to stop following Him and thinking He was some worthy of His praise. They had tried to do it at other times like when they brought the woman taken in adultery to Him.
It is important who we take our marching orders from, or who gives us the authority to do what we do. As a Christian, I have been authorized to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19 & 20). I am also commanded to “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” (Psalms 82:3). Whether we are fighting for the lives of precious little ones still in the womb by confronting our legal system in the courts of the land, or working in a pregnancy center to provide help and guidance for parents, we can know that our authority to do these things comes from God. We are not only authorized to do this, but we are compelled to do it and will some day give an account to God whether we did it or not. Are you involved?
Our next special event is our Summit for all present and potential pregnancy workers. The dates are August 19th & 20th and it will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI. From 1:00 PM Friday until noon on Saturday. There is no cost for the summit but we do need to know how many are coming. We will be having a workshop specifically designed for people interested in starting a center in their local church. We already have several churches that are interested in doing that.
Pray for our centers that they will have more clients seeking help. Also pray for their safety. We already have had people post some negative comments on social media about our centers and were encouraging people to get involved with giving our workers some trouble. We are living in some challenging days.
Thanks for all your prayers and support of this important ministry.
Andrew K. Buhrow
Baptists for Life of Wisconsin