Larry Deeds

I would hope that all members of the faith community would make it a priority to be well informed on national and international events. We are called to be in the world and to be salt and light. We cannot do that if we have no idea what’s going on.

Being up on current events takes effort. We cannot simply believe everything we read, see on television or the internet. Regardless of how you see yourself politically, there really is a lot of fake news out there. Journalistic integrity is, at least in my opinion, at an all-time low. So, we must know our sources and fact check what we hear. In the last week or two, there have been a couple of really important issues making the news. One is good and one is not so good.

Alabama and Georgia (and other states such as Mississippi, Ohio and Kentucky) are currently passing legislation to curtail abortion.

We must pray for these and other states and knowing that this legislation may make it to the United States Supreme Court. We must pray that this current trend will be the end of Roe v. Wade.

In South Carolina, the “fetal heartbeat” bill, that makes illegal the killing of the unborn child after the heartbeat is detectable, passed the House by a vote of 64-22 and is now in the Senate. This bill is currently in the Senate Committee on Medical Affairs. Be assured of one thing: the pro-abortion forces will not take this lying down.

“The infant would be delivered; the infant would be kept comfortable; the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and family desire, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said in an interview about his state’s bill.

An Alabama state representative said, “Some kids are unwanted, so you kill them now or you kill them later.” And I saw a sign at a protest that advocated “Safe Legal Abortions.” Safe for whom? In every abortion there is one death and several injuries, some which may last a lifetime.

People picket the capital punishment of a cold-blooded killer (and yes, we must take seriously any death.) We fight for animal rights, and I am an animal lover. But our precious children are worth so much more. The term pro-choice is just that; and the choice is between a dead baby and a live baby.

I cannot believe that any rational, thinking person would be in favor of abortion, of killing an innocent, unborn child. But it’s going on around the world and we as members of the body of Christ must pray and act.

The other piece of legislation we must be aware of recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is a favored bill of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. This is H.R. 5, Equality Act. This bill adds “sexual orientation and gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The bill redefines “sex” in federal laws to “include subjectivity such as sex stereotypes, sexual identity and gender identity.”

This would bring the force of the federal government against people who believe the Biblical and scientific truth that humans come in two types: male and female. The bill labels Christian beliefs about marriage, sexuality and family as “discriminatory” and has no religious exemption. In fact, it states that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act may not be used as a defense for so-called violations.

Contact U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and tell them to vote against this bill. Write the White House and encourage the president to veto the bill should it land on his desk.

I don’t know any true Christ-followers who are antagonistic against those who choose the homosexual lifestyle or are phobic about it.

We all understand that we have our own sins and problems, and we must each deal with the consequences of our choices, positive and negative, and we each will stand before God to give account for ourselves, not for anyone else.

And church leaders will also stand before God for the direction their church takes in relation to the clear teachings of God’s word.

But we also must be clear that it is not my opinion, or your opinion that matters. In the areas of sexuality, marriage and family, as in all things, it is God who makes the rules and He has said time and again what He thinks about such things.

Our freedom of religion is the first right guaranteed in our Constitution, and that was not accidental. All other rights of humanity stem from this first right, and God is the one who created us and declared us equal. The government has no right to set limits on the honest keeping of our faith.

When a government controls the limits of our faith, it is therefore controlling all other aspects of our lives, as former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said.

So, let’s be good Christians, good members of the faith community, good citizens. Let’s stay informed, let’s vote, let’s contact our elected officials, let’s love as Christ loved without approving of sin and let’s pray, pray and pray some more.

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