I’m angry at the New York lawmakers who passed a bill yesterday allowing abortion to be legal “anytime” up to birth.
Now, if a baby girl manages to live through an attempt on her life (if she miraculously survives a lethal injection in her mother’s womb) then she can be left to die if she is deemed unwanted or a risk.
The governor of the state of NY celebrated his unprecedented “victory for women” by ordering the One World Trade Center to be lit up pink to “shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow…”
The New York lawmakers who voted for this bill, and then celebrated when it passed, are bad shepherds for the people of New York. One day they will stand before the Good Shepherd who knows each one of his own by name – born or unborn – and pray for mercy.
The people of God choose to follow a Good Shepherd who is pro-life and pro-choice. And by pro-choice, I mean that He never forces himself upon his own. God never muscles his will upon the hearts, minds, or bodies of those he makes in his own image. In his mercy, God lets his own accept or reject his protective shepherding.
Out of great respect for humanity, the Creator has given each of his sons and daughters the profound dignity of choice. Will I choose to accept the authority and will of the Good Shepherd or will I not? This is a daily decision and not a one-time event. Will I listen for his voice and closely follow him even when I’m desperate or afraid? Or will I choose a way that seems best to me? Acceptable to me? More suitable for me?
The people of God are those who choose to closely follow the Good Shepherd wherever and whenever He deems it right for us to go. This certainly means that we will go with him through the valleys and shadows of this sorrowful world. But we will follow closely, trusting the way He guards and tends his flock, believing that He would rather die himself than lose one of his own.
The people of God follow the Lamb of God who was also unjustly condemned, pierced, torn apart, and left to die. He descended into the hopeless evil of hell. Why? To kick in the teeth and crush the head of dread and death forever. This was a true victory for all mankind.
Will I choose to follow him closely today? Will I choose his will and wisdom above mine? The people of God are always free to choose. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
May our daily decision to follow the Good Shepherd “shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow…”
Shalom to you and yours today.