Tuesday, May 8, 2012

We Had Better Be Right: The dehumanization of peoples

I wanted to write another post in my series on the Proverbs 31 Single, but it seems that God has placed something else entirely on my heart for this morning.

LA Times

ABC News

NineMSN

China Daily Europe

Allegedly, there have been reports of the smuggling of China-made "health pills" into South Korea which contain the powdered remains of human fetuses. China reports that no such pills have been found in China, but of course we must remain highly skeptical of both sides.

What I want to discuss is not whether these reports are factual or not. I want to discuss the dehumanization of people groups and how that leads to an increase in human rights violations against those people. Because if fetuses are human, and we have declared that they are not, then what we have committed against these humans is the equivalent of torture and execution without fair trial. And we should all be held morally responsible.

Perhaps that's why we don't want to admit that a fetus is a human being--because then we have to admit our own culpability; we have to admit our part in the worst genocide this world has ever seen. And we don't want to.

BUT... think... if we're going to live this way, we had BETTER BE RIGHT... because IF WE ARE WRONG... and fetuses are actually babies that we're killing by the millions... well, we all know what that means. That makes us murderers and enablers. And those that enable the slaughter of babies by saying and doing nothing are every bit as culpable as those who are cutting up their poor defenceless bodies.

Think about it...

How were Jews and other undesirable people groups treated under Hitler? ... like cattle.

How were Africans treated under the American slave trade? ... like cattle.

How are unborn children treated today? ...

We had better be right...

For if history proves that an unborn child is just as much a human as a child after birth--just as history proved that a Jew is a person and an African is a person--then we are all guilty of the worst slaughter of the innocents since the reign of King Herod.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Proverbs 31 Single? - Part IV: Provide for His Body

This is the fourth post in a series on being a Proverbs 31 single. Read the other posts by clicking their respective links: Part I, Part II, and Part III.

We have been learning what it means to be a Proverbs 31 single--that is, what it means to us as single people to see ourselves as the Bride of Christ, even though we are at the moment unmarried. Today we'll look at verse 14 and 15 of Proverbs 31.

Part IV: Provide for His Body

She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
- Proverbs 31:14-15, NKJV

Look at the picture of this industrious woman! She brings food from afar--meaning that she travels long distances to obtain it. She rises while it is still night--so in the wee hours of the morning, she is up and at work for her household. She provides for her whole house--even her maidservants--presumably, before herself. This is a busy woman, constantly labouring for others. Does she even have time to give a thought to herself? It doesn't look like it! She's too busy caring for others! We learn several things from her:

1. Christian, will you go to great lengths for the Body of Christ?

How far will we travel to help a brother or sister in need? How much will we sacrifice for them? How often do we forget about ourselves because we're too busy thinking of how we can serve others within the Body?

2. Christian, will you rise while it is yet night?

Will you get up in the small hours of the morning and pray for the brethren, in order to secure the blessings of Heaven on their behalf? Understand that I am preaching to myself as much as to you, but as I discover the importance of prayer, I want to admonish the Christians I know to pray! We have such a blessing in prayer! It is how we secure grace and mercy in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16) and we are promised that if we ask anything in the name of Christ, He will do so that the Father may be glorified in the Son (John 14:13). Ask! Seek! Knock! (Matthew 7:7)

3. Christian, how are you providing for the Body of Christ?

What are we doing to meet the needs of the brethren? Remember that Christ said, "If you do it to the least of these, My brethren, you have done it to Me" (Matthew 25:40). How are we providing for the hungry? the thirsty? the poor? the naked? the stranger? the sick? the imprisoned?