FAKE BLESSINGS

FAKE BLESSINGS                                                                                                                          Andy Hollifield 10-30-18

Psalms 127:3 Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

For the most part I try to stay away from doing political posts. But when politics crosses into the realm of biblical truth, as a Christian who is supposed to have the same mind as Christ (Philippians 2:5), I am required by God to speak up for his principles and truth. On November 9th in Columbus, Ohio there is an event taking place that really sheds light on the spiritual condition of our country. “Faith leaders” or so-called, will be meeting to pray for God’s blessings on an abortion clinic. You can google this info and find that it is reported by multiple news agencies. These meetings have taken place previously in other cities, including Washington D.C., and by other groups praying for blessings on Planned Parenthood affiliated clinics.

If God spoke in Matthew 18:6 and said that it would be better for a millstone to be hung around the neck of a person and that he be drowned in the sea, that so much as offended little ones, why in the world would anyone think that he would put his blessings upon a facility where they are killed? And for the record, the baby that is called by some a “blob of tissue”, leaped in the womb of Elisabeth upon her hearing the news that Jesus was going to be born (Luke 1:41). As a matter of fact, according to Isaiah 5:20 God will not only not bless those that do it but even pronounced a woe upon them. Let me be clear on something; God loves sinners and will forgive sin and the taking of a baby’s life is definitely sin.

That being said, a woman in that position is often in desperation and is victimized by the abortion industry. What they fail to tell their clients is about the possibility of physical reproductive harm to her. That harm could possibly prevent her from having children in the future. The other side of the coin is the emotional distress that is caused to the woman for the rest of her life. I have read testimonies and I know a lady personally that said that it never leaves you. It is always in your mind and when due dates or even the time of year that the baby would have been born comes around, the emotions are even worse. There is often psychological damage that can never be undone.

I work closely with several crisis pregnancy centers in my ministry and am very familiar with the info I am talking about. Without getting into a lot of detail, I will say that a 12 week old unborn child is about the size of a peanut and yet fully recognizable as a human being complete with a heartbeat. My heart breaks for ladies that get victimized by the abortion industry. I can understand the hopelessness and confusion they would have to be going through at the time. It is hard for a young lady on her own without the baby’s father to be all things to a baby. Also, neither parent can be replaced by the other one because that is how God designed things. Both parents are needed. Sometimes that is not possible for whatever reason. There is also the possibility of having to put a career or education on hold in order to fill the role of a parent. Adoption is a far better choice for all involved. I have also been told by women that have placed their children for adoption, that even though it is sometimes hard emotionally years later, there is comfort in knowing that you gave the baby the best shot at a good life that you could.

My intention was not to write about abortion and adoption so much as it was to point out the depravity of some who call themselves Christians. I am not their judge and I have plenty in my life that I will stand guilty in judgment for. But for Christians to know something is contrary to God’s word and still advocate for it is something that God will judge them for. Our responsibility is to love sinners and try to point them to Jesus, not to help them in the commission of sin. Our homes, churches, and even our nation are in the turmoil they are in simply because we have refused to adhere to God’s standards but rather have tried to bring them down to suit how we want to live. That will never be acceptable in the eyes of God because he doesn’t change or change his word. We have evicted God from our lives, homes, churches, schools, and our nation to the point that we can supposedly justify anything. Yet when trouble hits our lives, he is the first one we want to call on or have others to call on for us. God spoke in Proverbs 1:26 and said “I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh”. He went on to talk about how when we prayed he would not hear because in verse 30 he says that we wouldn’t have his counsel and we hated his reproof. Verse 31 says “Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices”. God spoke this through Solomon who had learned this all firsthand both by doing and by observation. Although he was talking to his people the Jews, we as Christians are grafted in by salvation and held to the same standard as they were.

The reason for the title “Fake Blessings” is because when you are operating contrary to the word of God you cannot possibly receive his blessings on what you are doing. We only kid ourselves when we think God will understand or overlook what we are doing because of our circumstances. I know this hasn’t been hardly encouraging at all but I felt it necessary to write about it. Until we acknowledge God in all of our ways and let him direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6-7), and depart from evil and fear him, we cannot have his true blessings. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

 

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