Published May 26, 2009

Paul's Epistle...
"Choose Life"

Tomorrow (May 27th) will be a special day in the life of a certain young man turning 16. He survived some men who wanted to butcher him.

Here's his story, as told to me recently by his mother:

"I was 17 when I got pregnant with my oldest son and the doctors said he would be a monster. If he lived 30 days, they said, it would be a long life for him. They begged me to abort him.

"I was young and that would have been an easy choice for a lot of young women at 17 years old. I am so glad that [because] I was raised in a Christian home (my father was a pastor) there was no big decision to make. The answer was ‘no.'

"For the next few months the doctors still wanted me to abort him, and I said, ‘no!'

"My son was born May 27, 1993... Nothing was wrong with him and to this day he is a very healthy, strong young man. He is very popular at school. He is quarterback of the football team, runs track, plays baseball and [is] a very good student. (He never misses school.)

"But what makes [me] the proudest mother of this amazing young man is [that] he preaches God's word. My dad told me before he was born that God had spoken and this child was called of God. I knew God had a plan for him and Satan was trying to destroy him. I chose not to let Satan do that.

"As a mother of a teenage boy I am so very proud of him. He has started a morning devotions program at his school and he stands strong in his love and faith for God. That's not easy being a teen in high school, but most people respect him. He doesn't label kids in school. He is friendly to everyone. He said you never know who is watching and they need to see the love of Jesus through him. He has held several youth rallies.

"I heard [a song this morning on The Gospel Greats program] and then the young woman who sang the song told about having a son from rape and I thought, ‘thank God she made the choice she did,' because that is another one of God's workers that could have easily been lost.

"Abortion is a very sensitive subject for me. I was given the option to do that at 17 years old that would have been very easy. But thank God I didn't believe in it then and still don't. God has blessed me with a wonderful Christian son. If I could choose for either of my two sons for their lives it would be to follow Christ and do His work about anything else in this world."

Amen. The world wanted to kill this young man. But God knew this young man before he was ever born and had a plan for his life. (See Psalm 139:13-15). God wanted to use him for His honor and glory! And, thank God, Satan's butchers lost this battle.

There are a few encouraging signs in the battle to preserve life. A recent Gallup poll found that 51 percent of Americans identify themselves as "pro-life," while 42 percent say they're "pro-choice." "Choice," of course, means the "right" to choose death for the most defenseless of all human beings.

Perhaps this shift (the pro-life number was the poll's highest ever) is a reaction to the shocking and stark contrast between the current administration's policies – clearly the most aggressively and pervasively pro-abortion ever in American government history – and the Bush administration, which numerous pro-life groups (such as the Concerned Women of America and National Right to Life) have called the "most pro-life administration in history." (Well, someone did ask for "change.")

President Obama recently said that no matter how much the abortion issue is debated, the two sides will always come away with irreconcilable differences. He is exactly right. As Scripture says, "what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has light with darkness?" (2 Cor. 6:14). There is no middle ground.

Notice how the government and their willing accomplices in the news media always refer to abortion as a "rights" issue. It's "abortion rights" or the "right to choose." More than 4,000 America babies are being slaughtered each and every day! This is a "right?" It sounds more like a "wrong" to me. So where did they come up with this "right" to kill the unborn?

They find it, of course, in the 1973 Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade. But interestingly, Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of that case, now is an outspoken critic of abortion: "Upon knowing God, I realize that my case, which legalized abortion on demand, was the biggest mistake of my life. You read about me in history books, but now I am dedicated to spreading the truth about preserving the dignity of all human life – from natural conception to natural death."

Notice that what made the difference in her life was that she found God. That is the only answer to this issue.

Scripture says, "Choose life that you and your descendants may live" (Deut. 30:19). Pray that our government's new pro-abortion policies will fail -- or that they will backfire, producing more pro-life sentiment (as in the Gallup poll, above). Pray that more and more young women, such as the young lady whose letter appears above, will choose life. Support such women in such a choice. (And remind those who have already made the wrong choice that God forgives.) And pray that when the opportunity arises, you will stand up against the Satanically-inspired pro-abortion crusade that we see all around us.

May we all choose life – and encourage those others who do.

- Paul

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