In the last couple of days, a video exposing a despicable practice of Planned Parenthood selling body parts of aborted babies exploded onto the internet via social media and some news sources. (Here, for example, is World Magazine's story.) Gut-wrenching as it is, you should really watch the video embedded in the story. It is pure evil. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director of medical services, calmly munches her lunch and talks about crushing babies in the womb in such a way as to preserve the more valuable parts to be sold.
Last night at the ESPYS (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards) the Arthur Ashe courage award was given to someone now known as Caitlyn Jenner, who you may remember as the great decathlete Bruce Jenner, for his courage in journeying from maleness to femaleness.
And last month the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges that effectively redefines marriage, making same-sex marriage legal all across our nation.
If you're looking for a woe is us, gloom and doom, the world is over response, look somewhere else. We are not the first Christians to look evil in the eye, wonder if our society is about to be swept away in judgment by a holy God, and we likely won't be the last. But I'm not going to sugar-coat any of this either. Babies are dying and people are making money off of it. People are rejecting God-given roles and definitions. Things in our land are not good, and I want briefly to point to a common source and an appropriate response.
What do Obergefell, Jenner, and Nucatola have in common? When the creatures reject the Creator, the rejection of his good standards and design follows. The theory of Evolution conveniently rids men of the Creator and therefore of any notion of obligation or submission to that Creator. That means his creation of man in his own image, male and female goes out the window. His definition of marriage (one man and one woman for life) can easily be jettisoned. No Creator? No need to listen to or follow the commands of the Creator. If God, the Creator, says the life of human beings is precious, it doesn't matter. If God says he decides gender, it is irrelevant. God defines marriage? No thanks, we'll come up with our own definition. But even in their rejection of God's truth, you see that they can't escape it. Gender re-assignment surgery implies that one's gender was already assigned (by God!). Planned Parenthood apparently argues that providing "fetal tissue" to scientific researchers potentially brings advances in treatment of diseases. It seems they claim to be trying to preserve life. Redefining marriage acknowledges the good gift of marriage. Even when you try to reject the Creator you accidentally affirm that his way is good and right and true.
So what to do? I suppose an entire post could be given to each of these, but here are a few suggestions.
I sometimes post hymn lyrics here and haven't done so in some time. So a hymn for today. We sang this last night in our Lord's Supper service, and it is a wonderful hymn for such an occasion. I hope you are encouraged to think on the impossibility of favor with God because of your sin, but the reality of favor with God because of the Savior. (This is #467 in the Trinity Hymnal; we sing it to the tune of Abide With Me.)
Weary of earth, and laden with my sin,
Some miscellaneous musings from Pastor Aaron.
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