the Church on the Hill
by D. Eric Williams
Pastor, Cottonwood Community Church
Most folks would agree we live in troubled times. Our economy is faltering, the nation is politically fragmented, the center of global power is shifting to the East - and many of us are struggling just to stay ahead of the bill collector. In times like these it may be easy to overlook some of our basic duties as followers of Jesus Christ.
In the book of Proverbs it says, If you are weak in times of trouble, that is real weakness. If you see someone on their way to death or in danger of being killed, you must do something to save them. You cannot say, "It's none of my business." The Lord knows everything, and he knows why you do things. He watches you, and he will pay you back for what you do (Proverbs 24:10-12). In these “times of trouble” it is critical we take this passage of to heart.
You see, when society is in turmoil, it is easy to expend all our energy on just making sense of the mess. By necessity we become involved in activities we would normally neglect; every day brings a new threat to our liberty, it seems, and before we know it we have used up all of our “activist energy” pushing back against the tide of centralized power. I think this present turmoil is a useful tactic of the Adversary. In other words, the devil is pleased to push us into a tight spot were we are in danger of majoring on the minors. We work to roll back laws banning incandescent light bulbs and forget to insist on legislation restricting government funding of abortion. We wage a war of words through emails, phone calls and letters to stop the government from expanding our national debt but neglect to demand the end of legalized murder with the same fervor.
We cannot pretend the job belongs to someone else. There are no “special ops” we join in the kingdom of God providing an exemption from the routine duty of protecting the weak and vulnerable. We may be fully engaged in other activities but it is required of us to find the time to speak out for those who have no voice. I am not suggesting we should neglect all political concerns other than sanctity of life issues; it is necessary for the army of God to be strong for battle on every front. But when a decision needs to be made as to where we should allocate scarce resources, the battle for life must take precedence. The Lord God knows our heart and he knows the why and wherefore of all our activities.
January 23, 2011 is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday – a day to remember our duty toward the unborn and to pray to our Father in heaven that the bane of abortion would be removed from our land. I encourage you to take the time to contact your state and national Congressman and Senators this week and let them know you expect them to oppose all legislation endangering the life of the unborn. Let them know you are in favor of laws that erode the legality of abortion. Tell them you will hold them accountable for their votes on this issue. In addition, I encourage you to contribute time or money to our local pro-life organizations. Don't let the broad front of the battle cause you to neglect this most important sector.