"Out of the mouths of children and babies Thou hast ordained praise...." (Psalm 8:2)
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Imagine yourself on a battlefield. For the sake of this illustration, we will imagine
that each army is composed of only one individual. The one side is you. The other side is
your enemy. There you stand, ready for the fight. Your enemy raises a sword and starts
toward you. You respond by quickly taking your sword, raising it in the air above your
enemy's sword, and knocking the sword out of his hand. Did you win the battle? No. Your
enemy is still there. Now your enemy grabs a gun. He shoots at you. As you are dodging
the bullets, you shoot back at each bullet that comes toward you. Are you winning? No. He
is still shooting. Finally, you manage to knock the gun out of his hands. Have you won?
No, he is still there. He picks the sword up again. Again, you knock the sword on the
ground. Is the battle over yet? No. He gets a slingshot. Now your goal is
to avoid the stones he is hurling at you and to grab the slingshot from him. You manage to
get the slingshot
on the ground. But is the battle done? Of course not. As long as the enemy is there,
he can keep picking back up his sword, his gun, or his slingshot and going at it again.
Let's think about this. Is the sword your enemy? No. Is the gun your enemy? No. Is the
slingshot your enemy? No. Who is your enemy? The man who is carrying all of these, right?
He is the root of the problem. If you could conquer him, then his sword, gun, and slingshot
would cease to be a problem. Just shooting at the bullets that fly out of his gun will not
accomplish anything. Just knocking the sword out of his hand will not bring about victory.
If that is the way you engage in battle, you will be a loser.
We face many problems in our culture. One huge problem that our nation is facing is the
problem of abortion. There are many pro-life anti-abortion campaigns and ministries. The
sad thing is that too many times abortion is approached as though it is the only problem
in and of itself. The truth is that abortion is the result of other problems. If we merely
seek to combat abortion on its own, without realizing and addressing the problems it stems
from, we are like a man on a battlefield who doesn't take any strikes at his enemy, but just
keeps trying to knock the sword out of his enemy's hand.
Here is an illustration depicting a foundation of strong Biblical family life.
Let's consider this illustration,
keeping in mind that "a nation can only be as strong as its families", and ponder what a
different nation we would live in if everyone understood and embraced Biblical family
"The tabernacle of the upright shall flourish."
"I am come that they might have life, and they they might have it
more abundantly." (John 10:10)
In this illustration (which has the color scheme of green, depicting life, growth, and
flourishing), we see the positive qualities, perspectives, lifestyles, and values
that spring from a foundation of Biblical Family.
For one thing, life is not just about self, but about a vision for others, and not only
for others in the here-and-now, but for others in the future too. This is what is called
a multi-generational vision. A beautiful example of multi-generational vision is given in
Psalm 78:4-7, where we read, "We will not hide them from their children,
shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Almighty, and His strength, and His
wonderful works that He hath done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and a law in
Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
that the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born: who
should arise and declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in their
Creator, and not forget the works of the Almighty, but keep His commandments."
As life is not merely about self, each generation in this Biblical ideal recognizes then
that they need the wisdom and guidance of those who have gone before them. Thus comes about
a respect for parents and preceding generations. "Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy
days may be long upon the land which thy Creator giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12) "Thou shalt
rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy Creator."
In this vision of Biblical family, there is a standard of accountability and purity as well,
which of course includes pre-marital abstinence. "Flee also youthful lusts, but
follow righteousness, faith, charity,
peace, with them that call on the Almighty out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:22) "For this
is the will of the Almighty, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication"
(1 Thessalonians 4:3)
With an understanding of thinking of others, holding on to the wisdom of our forefathers,
and maintaining purity, there comes also the blessing of strong marriages as described
in the Bible. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be
joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Ephesians 5:31)
As we honour the Biblical standard in all of these areas, it is only natural that we would
honour the Biblical standard regarding the lives of the unborn as well. Jeremiah 1:5 gives
us a peek into the Heavenly Father's heart towards the unborn. In this verse, the Almighty
is talking to the prophet Jeremiah, telling him, "Before I formed thee in the belly, I
knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee" (Jeremiah 1:5)
In the Creator's eyes, a human being is a valuable life from the moment of conception. As
soon as they are conceived, before they are even formed in the womb, He knows them. If we
embrace the Biblical standard for life and family, we will respect life at every stage
and stand up for the life of future generations.
The sad commentary is that Biblical family life is not upheld in our culture. Rather, the
family is crumbling, which is what we see in this next illustration (the color scheme of
which is red, depicting death).
"The house of the wicked shall be overthrown. There is
a way that seemeth right unto a man,
but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Proverbs
As a result of the departure of families from the Bible's standards, and the crumbling
state of the family in our culture, we see the beautiful values and
virtues of the Bible being neglected, thrown down, and trampled on as a general rule.
Instead of multi-generational vision, people are geared to focus on self, to be
individualistic, and to have an independent mentality. Whereas the Bible says,
"It is not good that the man should be alone..." (Genesis 2:18) and "How good and how
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1), our culture tells us that
people should be alone. Rather than being an integral part of a family unit, thriving and
flourishing under the guidance and love of their parents, and being blessed by daily
interaction and friendship with brothers and sisters, young people who are
not married are labeled as "single" and urged to be their own person, and get out there
alone and unprotected in apartments and college dorms.
There is a generation gap in our culture. Psalm 78 presents a beautiful picture where
the older generation is intimately involved with the younger generations, but in our society
of age segregation, the older generation does not understand (or want to understand) the
younger generation, and vice versa. Teen rebellion is considered the norm, and children and young people
are discouraged from having close friendships with their parents and their elders.
Such a young person is written of in Proverbs 2:17 - "Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of
her Creator." That sounds bad enough, but it sounds even worse when we hear the warning in
the next verse: "For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead." (Proverbs
Ignoring the values of previous generations, we raise up new generations who have no concept
of purity or Biblical family life. Our schools and our media push for promiscuity, and is
it any wonder that pre-marital sex is rampant?
"It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you..." (1
What can such promiscuity lead to except for single parenting? Whether single parenting
comes about because of babies born to people who never got married, or because of marriages
falling apart after young people form habits prior to marriage of non-commitment and being
intimate with one person after another, either way we have a huge epidemic of single moms
and single dads. The Bible extols marriage, reading, "Let thy fountain be blessed, and
rejoice in the wife of thy youth." (Proverbs 5:18) In our society though, people are
actually discouraged from getting married, encouraged to have sex outside of marriage, and
encouraged to back out on and dissolve marriages that have taken place.
There is one other thing that our society of rampant promiscuity can lead to besides single
parenting, and that is none other than abortion. Remember the grave warning in
Proverbs 2:18 - "Her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead." See, this is
what we need to realize: THE PROBLEM DOES NOT START WITH ABORTION. Abortion, the killing of
our sons and daughters, is the climax of the problems that stem from a culture that abandons
Biblical Family. We are raising up a generation that thinks primarily of self. We are raising
up a generation that has no regard for preceding generations. We are raising up a generation that
has no regard for commitment, purity, or marriage. Why then should this generation have any
regard for the sanctity of life? We have broken down the Biblical foundations of life's value. We have taught
our children that life is merely about gratifying self's passions and desires and individualistic
goals. Why would a generation thus conditioned have any value for the life of future
generations? "Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters... and shed innocent blood,
even the blood of their sons and of their daughters.... and the land was polluted with
blood." (Psalm 106:38) This is a very accurate description of our society. And a very
appropriate warning for our nation is found in Deuteronomy 27:25 - "Cursed be he that
taketh reward to slay an innocent person."
Is abortion a problem? Most certainly, yes. Is abortion THE problem? No. We can spend
all day trying to knock the sword out of the enemy's hand, but if we don't go further than
that and address the root problem, we will merely find ourselves exhausted, making no
progress. It is the mission of
Love The Unborn Babies to encourage a return to Biblical family life and values and an
understanding of and appreciation for the sanctity and value of life at every stage. Won't
you stand with us?
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