The Life Issue is Personal
Saturday, March 24, 2012 Comments (0)
Perhaps some of you have wondered why I am so passionate about the sanctity of human life. I have discussed my biblical reasons in sermons, letters to the editor and blog posts. Today I want to tell you my personal reasons for caring so much about the sanctity of human life.
Johnathan Michael Paulk (Johnny) was born March 24, 1978. The Lord took him December 25, 2003. Today would have been his 34th birthday. Johnny was born to a scared, unwed mother who was faced with a choice. Her choice was to have our son or to kill him through abortion. I am thankful God gave her the courage to choose life and give birth to Johnny. His life was only a brief 25 years, but his life was precious in the eyes of God. His life was sacred, created in the image of God. I thank God for the gift of my son. I miss him greatly.
So for me the issue of abortion and life is personal. Abortion kills people—people like Johnny. Johnny was not fetal tissue—Johnny was my son. This is precisely why I am so passionate. This is precisely why I will stand up in the public square and call my government into account for supporting a culture of death. This is why I stand up in the public arena and call on President Obama to rescind his HHS mandate requiring religious institutions not only to provide health insurance that pays for contraception but for the morning after (abortion) pill as well. Not only is our current presidential administration supporting government sponsored murder, it is treading on our religious freedom guaranteed to us by our constitution. This is not a political issue my friends, this is a moral issue!
I am calling on pastors and Christian leaders to let your voices be heard. I am calling on the Christians in the pew to let your voices be heard. Let our government leaders know we are not going to stand for this moral wrong and injustice. Let them know we are not going to stand for this encroachment of our religious freedom. We will not obey this unjust and immoral law. Someone put it well in the “Stand Up Rally for Religious Freedom” yesterday, “We must obey God rather than man.”
Soli Deo Gloria!
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