Scripture: Matthew 7: 13-21 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Devotional: Today we find ourselves with a President and a Congress that would rather see the government shut down than to stop the flow of money going to organizations that murder unborn children and assist and cover up child sex offenders and traffickers. While we fight over whether tax dollars will go to abortion centers or pregnancy help centers, who is going reach these young girls before they find themselves in the position of having to choose between killing their child, or becoming an unwed mother, dependent on others to provide for her and her child?
Yes, we need to stop funding Planned Parenthood; yes, we need to help these young pregnant women. But…simply taking away the funding for abortion won’t stop these unwed pregnancies. We must teach young females and males their self worth and self dignity. They must be taught the sanctity of life from an early age if we are to expect them to value life in adulthood. That is the lesson that should start even before the reach school age. We must teach them that poverty does not create immorality and crime. Immorality and crime creates poverty. We must teach them how to overcome immorality and crime in order to overcome poverty.
We must give them a reason to wait until they are ready to be fathers and mothers before engaging in sexual activity that will only end in dependency, disappointment, and destruction. We must give them a foundation on which to build their lives. Jesus saith unto him, I am theway, thetruth, andthelife: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6).
It is not enough to snatch young women from abortion centers and take them to pregnancy help centers. Yes, we must do that for those caught in the clutches of an evil so vile that it would destroy the life of their unborn child and perhaps even their own life. But, then what?
Our failure began long before the time when this young woman found herself at Satan’s door of choice. It began in the home with parents that failed to protect and teach her that she was valued, it began with the church that was silent on the issue of pre-marital sex and abortion, it began with a government that forbid any mention of God or prayer in our public schools. Today we find our selves in a nation that has legalized the killing of unborn children and provides millions of dollars every year to give young girls that free choice at the expense of tax payers.
How many young women return again and again to abortion centers or pregnancy help centers, and welfare lines to collect dependent children benefits, only to return to the circumstance that created the crisis in the first place? They don’t know any other way.
By teaching young people that they do not need to have boundaries, and there will always be unlimited welfare benefits to bail them out of their crisis, we have created generations of young people who must constantly make life decisions from a position of crisis.
We have allowed our government to take God and prayer out of our schools. There are those that would eliminate any mention of God or prayer in the public arena.
For children that are being taught sexual perversion beginning in kindergarten, and are bombarded by “free sexual education” with no boundaries, abortion and other life threatening life styles will be the expected outcome.
Choosing between the lesser of two evils is not the best that we can do for our children. If we fail to point them to Christ, we have failed them and their children after them!
If those are the only two options we can offer this generation, we have failed as Christians, as parents, and as a government.
If we want them to choose life, we must teach them about the One who gives us life. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. When obedience to the word of Christ is our first choice Life will naturally follow.
Prayer:Father in the precious name of Jesus we pray that you would open our eyes and lead us on paths of righteousness. Grant us the life that comes from obedience to your word. Amen.
Copyright 3/22/2011 ARM