21 June 8.40PM post on Abolition.
//I was just talking to my friend and longtime evangelism buddy Gary. I said some things about abortion and the Gospel and he challenged me to write a message on abortion and wake the Church up to it, because he said: “It’s something we really need to hear, and I can tell you have a real passion for it, a passion that comes from God.” He said I need to make a video speaking and put it online for Christians.
I know a woman teaching the Church doesn’t line up with scripture (as I read scripture) and a majority of Abolitionists wouldn’t like it either?//
Last night I sent out an email to quite a few of my friends with a paragraph, and a recommendation and link to Alin Patularu‘s recent sermon.
Today while I was waiting at the hairdressers’ I got talking to a Christian homeschooling mum. I gave her a pamphlet called Do You Love Your Neighbor, and she said she believed in that- that an embryo is a human being made in God’s image. I spoke about the unborn being my neighbors. I asked her if she speaks up for them, and for people who are going to be affected by euthanasia, and she said: “No, I don’t speak up for them, just by my actions.” I nearly pleaded with her, and I should have, “Won’t you speak up for me? They are going to make it legal for me to commit assisted suicide and encourage me to allow them to murder me when I’m weak. I’m your sister. I’m made in God’s image. Please don’t keep silent about murder.”
Anyway, I think her appeal to silence stemmed from 1 Tim 2:11 and 1 Cor 14:34, which in both cases speak about women in a Church meeting. 1 Peter 3:4 “but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”- so your beauty doesn’t come from your externals but from a gentle and quiet spirit. A quiet spirit does not equal a quiet mouth when you know you should be speaking up about injustice, or proclaiming the Gospel for that matter.
What I said was “Jesus said [really lost my thought, I meant to quote “Whatever you have done for one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done for me.” And “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”] then I said, “We also need to tell the Gospel, Jesus said, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to all creation.”
After this, she wouldn’t talk to me.
I wonder if this lady has ever read Proverbs 31
8 Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
I also thought of this passage in Luke’s Gospel chapter 2:
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
Anna was a prophetess, and she spoke of Christ, more than that- she spoke of him to those who were followers of God, in the temple. This passage seemed too simple for me when I was reading my Bible, so I re-read it. I only remembered it this afternoon and the light went on.
God bless, Lydia.