As pastor at Grace I have deliberately focused on the gospel and deliberately steered clear of engaging in politics. I still hold to that position because the gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” (Romans 1:16) The good news of Jesus Christ is worthy of center stage, now and always. This blog is not a departure from that position. However, the timeliness of what we are experiencing in our country regarding pre-born children requires a response.
At Grace we value life…at every stage. This week I visited with someone dying from cancer, and another person whose dementia is advancing while his cognitive capacity is diminishing. Their lives matter. Just two weeks ago we received the invitation to host Night to Shine, a prom for people with special needs, next February. Their lives matter. So do the lives of pre-born children. In Psalm 139, David wrote, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:16)
In an August 2017 CBS story on Iceland’s almost complete eradication of children born with Down’s syndrome (https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/), a mother of one of only three children born with Down’s in Iceland that year asked, “What kind of society do you want to live in?”
As we face the potential decision to overturn Roe V. Wade, pray that our Supreme Court will be undeterred by popular opinion. Pray that we will return, for all the right reasons, to a country that values human life, regardless of that person’s ability to contribute to our society. Pray that states, specifically North Carolina, will embrace the value of human life since the Supreme Court’s decision could shift this responsibility to the states.
When God created the earth and humankind, he saw everything he had made and “behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31).
It still is.
Know that I will be praying in agreement – all life has value and matters to the One who made it.
Thank you, Pastor Jerry, for this email!!! I feel so deeply in my spirit as I’m sure you and many others do, that though many don’t see it, these special babies, children, adults, that may seem to have no contributions to offer to society, do have so very much to offer! Those sweet, sweet smiles, those little hearts of love that are beyond compare, the minds that sometimes only God Himself understands spread such amazing love to so many! I pray so often for compassion because it doesn’t come easy for me in many situations! But, let me meet a special needs child/adult and Jesus just fills me to overflowing. They may not become doctors, lawyers, Olympians, CEO’s or big wigs! But, oh, how they can change our hearts and lives!! And that is a contribution to society!! Such a shame that so many just can’t appreciate these angels on earth!! I am one who has been blessed with an autistic granddaughter (Lexi), and there is no doubt, I thank my precious Savior for her all the time!!! She spreads love everywhere she goes. And equally in her Nanny’s life!! And I realize that there are so many others that are much more challenged than Lexi, but they still have a God given gift that they WILL share while they are with us!! I believe that without doubt!!! Thank you, Jesus! And thank you again, Pastor Jerry for your heart! We are so blessed to have you as our Pastor!! We love you!!
AMEN and AMEN 🙏
Amen, Pastor Jerry!
Thanks for standing up and being a voice for the pre-born! A voice for Truth! God bless us everyone!
Lord, Give us hearts that break for what breaks yours! 💔
2 Chronicles 7:14
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will heal their land.”