The Kingdom of God

The Fatherless

I read Isaiah chapter 1 the other day and pondered its implications for our country. It seems fairly obvious to me that there is a deliberate attempt to instill a culture of death and destruction in this country. But God has a lot to say about hands that shed innocent blood. I place far more blame on the money-making infrastructure than I do on a woman who says, “Should I get an abortion?”

Did you know that we’re commanded to defend the fatherless? A common pro-murder argument is that “Babies shouldn’t have to grow up without a father in their lives” or “The father won’t help me.”

God says we’re supposed to defend the fatherless – not murder them!

I’ve been accused of getting a bit emotional about the abortion issue. Have you ever seen an abortion performed? I don’t know about you, but seeing little children being poisoned and hacked to pieces makes me ANGRY.

 

10 Comments

  1. Ichabod

    Anger leads to hate,
    Hate leads to suffering.

  2. Jules

    Anger at injustice can also lead to social action and improvement – look at the history of slavery, for example.

  3. Well – a couple of way-too-deep thoughts for this early and with this little coffee in me.

    1. The Bible legitimizes anger: “Be angry, but do not sin.” (Eph. 4:26)

    2. Jesus demonstrated anger when he took a whip and drove the money changers out of the temple.

    3. Sometimes suffering is our own fault because we sinned (for example, i’m sure the money changers suffered)

    “Hate” (in the way you’re thinking of it) doesn’t always enter the equation.

  4. Donna

    Kathi, out of curiousity what are your thoughts on birth control? I know there are Christian denominations that are against all kinds – to me this is obsurd.

    I do understand that most forms of birth control are unnatural, making the body perform in ways it’s not intended to. So what does God say about it?

    I was just having this conversation with a friend today. Her husband is Catholic and is the oldest of 13 kids. Each of the kids has 10 and up kids of their own…one of them now pregnant with her 15th! My girlfriend was the rebel that married into the family…she stopped at 3.

    So what does God/the bible say?

    And by the way, I too am very much against abortion!

  5. I’ve got mixed feelings on the concept of preventing pregnancy.

    On the one hand, some people – for various reasons – really shouldn’t have children. They’re not prepared financially, or they have health problems (like myself). So I can see an excellent argument on this side.

    I can also see an excellent argument for simply trusting God. I think this is the argument that would win the biblical case.

    If I had it to do all over again, and had just had Kayti and the doctor told me, “If you have another, you’ll certainly die” – would I opt for getting my tubes tied? Or would I trust God?

    ~~woah~~

    Abortion IS birth control.

    Everything else that could be used is conception control.

    I’d never really thought of it that way before; but the Lord showed me clear as day just now…

    I *don’t* have mixed feelings on the type of conception control.

    The most common forms of CC are condoms, the pill, and the IUD.

    The pill and IUD (and related chemical controls) all work in the same basic fashion. The chemicals prevent the egg from ever being fertilized.

    Usually.

    When the chemicals DON’T work to prevent conception, they DO work to prevent the fertilized egg (now a growing, developing human being) from being implanted in the womb. Manufacturers don’t call that an abortion, but I do.

    Condoms are another story (perhaps). The way they work is fairly simple – prevent the sperm from ever coming in contact with the egg.

    I’ve read recently, though, that the spermicide generally used in condoms can cause very early miscarriage if the woman happens to already be pregnant.

    I think the only “safe” sex is within a monogamous marriage. And possibly the only “safe” conception control is measuring out when the woman ovulates (I think it’s called the rhythm method) – but it’s not known for its reliability.

  6. Ichabod

    “On the one hand, some people – for various reasons – really shouldn’t have children. They’re not prepared financially, or they have health problems (like myself). So I can see an excellent argument on this side.”

    Some people simply don’t want children. And are looked down on for that. Or are considered to be odd.

  7. Dave, you’re right – should’ve included that (not enough coffee)

    I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong not to want children (for a season, or for forever).

  8. catfantastic

    My partner, a recovering Catholic, tells me they have a special word for couples who use the rhythm method:

    Parents.

  9. Jules

    I’m one who never wanted kids. It’s unusual perhaps, but I’ve never felt the need to apologise for not wanting them. I’d’ve been a terrible resentful mother and I’d’ve abandoned the family when it all got too much. It’s only by the grace of God that I’m still a stepmother after the past 11 years.

    Used the pill and/or condoms (tried the IUD but my body said ‘That’s not happening’), and was making fruitless enquiries into sterilization in my early thirties, until eventually my husband offered out of the blue to have a vasectomy.

    If I had my time again, I’d make such a nuisance of myself with the doctor that they’d agree to give me a hysterectomy much earlier than they eventually did in my late thirties. At 14 would’ve been best. I announced at 5 I wasn’t going to be a mother; I just knew. Turns out, with polycystic ovaries, I probably couldn’t have conceived even if I’d wanted to.

    I always knew there was something off-kilter with my system, but I was treated as a neurotic idiot for 25 years by the medical profession, and I endured a lot of physical pain (to the point of considering suicide several times). I only really started living at 39, but now there’s no stopping me, and I’ll forever be grateful to the surgeon who stopped the pain. She’s right up there on my hero list with those who shared the Gospel with me.

    My views now on the various methods are broadly similar to Kathi’s (I hadn’t heard about the spermicide thing). From a Biblical POV, children are not described as anything but a blessing from God, but I doubt I would’ve had the faith to trust Him in that area. That’s why families like the Duggars fascinate me like a road accident.

    When I was growing up, we were friends with Catholic family who had a kid every year; there were 11 or so of them in a tiny house, and we used to give them food parcels because they simply didn’t have enough to eat but were constantly popping out new babies.

  10. Melissa

    Kathi– just some info for you that you may not have been aware of.

    The rhythm method has gone “out of style” in a sense, especially in the Church. What’s typically used these days is Natural Family Planning. You not only track ovulation, but other signs as well like mucus, morning temperature and cervix conditions (of course, that last involves internal self-checks, and some women aren’t comfortable with that.)

    My final speech in my public speaking class was about NFP, and the one major thing I learned is that God designed our bodies to give us tons of notice about fertility. All we have to do is know what to look for. It’s also 97% effective providing you do it right. 😉

    Coming from a family that’s adamantly for contraception, I have my fears with not using it. However, I really don’t think God wants us to trust Him with some parts of our life, and not others.

    So I’ll trust Him, and with some diligence, hopefully keep my future family small…

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