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HUMANITY'S ULTRASOUND

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INTRODUCTION:

OPENING STORY: BEGIN ON A NOTE OF GRACE: JESUS AND THE WOMAN CAUGHT IN ADULTERY. CONCLUDE THIS STORY BY REVEALING WHO THE MAN WAS- JESUS AND HIS WORDS FOUND IN . POINT: THIS MORNING WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A VERY DELICATE SUBJECT, A SUBJECT IN WHICH ONE OUT OF EVERY FOUR UNMARRIED WOMEN HAVE HAD ONE- AN ABORTION. AND IF YOU FEEL ANY CONDEMNATION, LOOK AT ME, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT’S NOT FROM ME OR JESUS. IT’S FROM THE ENEMY. ALL OF YOUR SINS ARE PAID FOR. CHRIST HAS DIED FOR YOU AND YOU ARE COVERED!
CULTURAL CONTEXT: ABORTION FACTS:
SINCE 1973, OVER 60 MILLION REPORTED ABORTIONS HAVE OCCURRED IN THE UNITED STATES. TO PUT THAT IN PERSPECTIVE, THE COUNTRY OF ITALY IS JUST UNDER 60 MILLION. SO THAT’S LIKE DROPPING A NUCLEAR BOMB AND WIPING OUT ALL OF ITALY.
NEARY ONE IN FOUR UNMARRIED WOMEN HAVE HAD ABORTIONS
ONLY 1.5% OF ABORTIONS ARE FOR RAPE OR INCEST.
2019 NYC LAW THAT ALLOWS FOR FULL FULL TERM ABORTIONS
POINT: I BELIEVE THAT THE CAUSE OF FIGHTING FOR THE UNBORN IS THE MODERN DAY ABOLITION FIGHT…IT IS THE FIGHT OF OUR TIMES! IT IS A FIGHT THAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD BE ON BOARD WITH. THIS IS NOT ABOUT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT AGENDA. I REJECT THESE BINARIES, YOU KNOW THE ONE’S THAT SAY REPUBLICANS CARE ABOUT LIFE IN THE WOMB BUT NOT OUTSIDE THE WOMB, OR THAT DEMOCRATS CARE ABOUT LIFE OUTSIDE THE WOMB BUT NOT IN THE WOMB. I BELIEVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN MEANS I FIGHT JUST AS HARD FOR LIFE INSIDE THE WOMB AS I SHOULD FIGHT FOR LIFE IN THE WOMB.
A DESPERATE FIGHT: OUR FIGHT IS A DESPERATE FIGHT, HOWEVER. AS THE VOICES IN OUR SOCIETY ARE GETTING LOUDER FOR A WOMAN’S RIGHT TO CHOOSE, AND THEIR HEELS ARE DIGGING IN EVEN MORE IN THEIR STANCE. IN HIS BOOK, “A DEFENSE OF ABORTION,” SECULAR CRITIC DAVID BOONIN WRITES THESE CHILLING WORDS, “On my desk in my office where most of this book [A Defense of Abortion] was written and revised, there are several pictures of my son, Eli. In one, he is gleefully dancing on the sand along the Gulf of Mexico, the cool ocean breeze wreaking havoc with his wispy hair. In a second, he is tentatively seated in the grass in his grandparents backyard, still working to master the feat of sitting up on his own. In a third, he is only a few weeks old, clinging firmly to the arms that are holding him and still wearing the tiny hat for preserving body heat that he wore home from the hospital…In the top drawer of my desk, I keep another picture of Eli. This picture was taken…24 weeks before he was born. The sonogram image is murky, but it reveals clearly enough of a small head tilted back slightly, and an arm raised up and bent, with the hand pointing back toward the face and the thumb extended out toward the mouth. There is no doubt in my mind that this picture, too, shows the same little boy at a very early stage in his physical development. And there is no question that the position I defend in this book entails that it would have been morally permissible to end his life at this point”- David Boonin, A Defense of Abortion.
POINT: DAVID THERE’S ANOTHER BOOK THAT GIVES A MUCH DIFFERENT PICTURE TO YOUR SON ELI THAN WHAT YOU HAVE PAINTED. IT’S CALLED THE BIBLE. I WANT US TO GO HERE. I’M NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT AGENDA. NEED I REMIND US THE BIBLE WAS WRITTEN WAY BEFORE SUCH PARTIES WERE EVEN THOUGHT OF. MY AIM THIS MORNING IS NOT TO GET DOWN INTO THE CULTURE WARS. I HAVE ONE AIM- TO DRAW YOU INTO THE HEART OF GOD AND SHOW YOU WHY LOVERS OF JESUS SHOULD FIGHT FOR THE UNBORN! AND THERE’S THREE REASONS: WE INTUITIVELY KNOW ABORTION IS WRONG. WE ARE INTRICATELY MADE BY GOD. WE ARE IMAGE BEARERS OF GOD.

WE INTUITIVELY KNOW ABORTION IS WRONG- :14B

HISTORICAL CONTEXT/EXPLANATION: , A PSALM WRITTEN BY DAVID, IS ALL ABOUT THE EVERYWHERE PRESENT, ALL POWERFUL GOD. HE BEGINS BY TALKING ABOUT THE OMNIPRESENCE OF GOD- LOOK AT VERSES 7-12. HOW IS GOD EVERYWHERE PRESENT IN OUR LIVES? HE’S BOTH IN TIME AND ABOVE TIME.
THREE BOATS ON A WINDY RIVER WHILE GOD IS ON THE MOUNTAINTOP SEEING IT ALL. THIS IS HOW HE IS IN OUR LIVES. HE SEES OUR FUTURE, PRESENT AND PAST ALL AT ONCE. AND THAT PAST GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO WHEN WE WERE IN OUR MOTHER’S WOMBS. AND DAVID STEPS BACK, AND TAKES IN ALL OF THIS AND SAYS IN VERSE 6…I’M TRULY OVERWHELMED BY THIS.
POINT: WHEN WE LET IT SINK IN THAT GOD IS EVERYWHERE PRESENT IN OUR LIVES, AND IS AT WORK IN OUR LIVES THIS WILL BLOW OUR MINDS! IT WILL OVERWHELM US. NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE OR WHERE YOU ARE, GOD IS PRESENT AND ACTIVE THROUGH HIS COMMON GRACE IN YOUR LIFE RIGHT NOW! A LITTLE GOSPEL HERE, BRYAN!
EXPLANATION: DAVID SPENDS 13-18 REFLECTING ON THE OMNIPOTENCE OF GOD AT WORK IN THE WOMB, AND IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS, HE SAYS IN VERSE 14, MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL. WHY SHOULD WE FIGHT FOR THE UNBORN? BECAUSE NO MATTER WHERE YOU MAYBE YOU INTUITIVELY KNOW ABORTION IS WRONG.
APPLICATION: THERE ARE PLENTY OF THINGS WE INTUITIVELY KNOW IN OUR SOULS THAT’S WRONG. AND ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WORKS ITSELF OUT IS WE KEEP IT A SECRET OR TRY TO. THIS GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO ADAM AND EVE WHO SOUGHT TO HIDE IN THE GARDEN WHEN THEY DID WRONG. THAT’S WHAT WE DO. WE KNOW STEALING IS WRONG. WHEN OUR CHILDREN TOOK SOMETHING THEY DID IT IN SECRET. WE KNOW ADULTERY IS WRONG. THAT’S WHY PEOPLE TRY TO DO IT IN SECRET. AND ONE OF THE WAYS WE KNOW ABORTION IS WRONG IS WE KEEP IT A SECRET. I’VE HAD ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE ASK ME TO PRAY WITH THEM BECAUSE THEY WERE GOING IN TO HAVE A BREAST REMOVED, A LUMP TAKEN OUT, A BLEMISH BURNED OFF. BUT I HAVE NEVER SAT IN A SMALL GROUP OR HAD A PERSON SAY TO ME, PRAY FOR ME, I’M GOING IN THIS WEEK FOR AN ABORTION. NOW THINK WITH ME FOR A MINUTE WHY THAT IS? WHY THE SECRECY? DAVID ANSWERS IT FOR US. IN REFLECTING ON GOD’S ACTIVITY IN THE WOMB, AND LIFE IN THE WOMB HE SAYS, MY SOUL KNOWS IT VERY WELL. YOU KNOW IN THE DEEPEST PARTS OF WHO YOU ARE THAT’S WRONG. YOUR MIND MAY SAY IT’S OKAY, BUT YOUR SOUL KNOWS.
WHY SHOULD WE FIGHT FOR THE UNBORN, BECAUSE OUR SOULS KNOW THAT’S LIFE.

WE HAVE BEEN MADE INTRICATELY BY GOD-

EXPLANATION: OFFERS SOME OF THE STRONGEST DEFENSE FOR LIFE IN THE WOMB BECAUSE IT SHOWS GOD ACTIVELY AT WORK. LOOK AT VERSES 13-15…SEE SUCH WORDS AND PHRASES AS FORMED, KNITTED ME TOGETHER, FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE AND MY FAVORITE- INTRICATELY WOVEN. THE PHRASE MEANS WEAVER AND REMINDS ME OF A RECENT TRIP TO TURKEY AND WE SAW THEIR FAMOUS RUGS. ONE IN PARTICULAR I WAS TOLD IT TOOK TWO WEAVERS WORKING SIDE BY SIDE EIGHT HOURS A DAY FOR TWO YEARS TO MAKE. THE SHEER BEAUTY OF IT ALL…INTRICATELY WOVEN. NOW MULTIPLY THIS TIMES INFINITY AND THAT’S THE KIND OF WORK GOD PUT INTO YOU AND THE LIVES YOU’VE CARRIED IN YOUR WOMBS!
STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT/BRIEF? A GOD THAT IS AT WORK.
POINT: OWNERSHIP. IF THIS IS TRUE, AND IT IS, THEN IT MEANS THAT GOD IS THE OWNER AND HAS THE FINAL SAY ON LIFE IN THE WOMB (AND OUTSIDE THE WOMB). WHICH MEANS, FATHERS AND MOTHERS ARE NOT FREE TO DO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO WITH LIFE IN THE WOMB. JEAN-PAUL SARTRE SAID IT THIS WAY IN HIS BOOK, ‘BEING AND NOTHINGNESS,’ “If there’s a God we can’t be free. But if there is a God who sees everything then we’re dehumanized. And if there’s a God who controls everything, that’s unconscionable. If we’re free then there’s no God. And if there’s a God then we’re not free”- Being and Nothingness. SEE WHAT HE’S SAYING? IF THE PSALMIST IS RIGHT AND GOD IS THE ONE WHO HAS MADE THIS LIFE, THEN WE ARE NOT FREE TO DO WHAT WE WANT WITH IT AND ABORT IT.
POLAROID ILLUSTRATION: IMAGINE WE ARE BACK IN A PRE CELL PHONE DIGITAL CAMERA ERA, AND ALL WE HAVE ARE POLAROIDS, REMEMBER THOSE? YOU’RE IN SOUTH AMERICA, IN THE JUNGLE, AND OFF IN THE DISTANCE YOU SEE A RARE JAGUAR COME OUT OF THE JUNGLE AND YOU TAKE THE PICTURE AND THE JAGUAR GOES BACK INTO THE JUNGLE. IT’S A RARE, ONCE IN A LIFETIME SHOT. SO YOU’RE WAITING FOR THE PICTURE TO DEVELOP IN YOUR HANDS, AND JUST THEN YOUR FRIEND SNATCHES IT OUT OF YOUR HAND AND RIPS IT UP. WHAT ARE YOU FEELING? ANGER! AND YOU ARE LIKE WHAT IN THE WORLD. AND HE SAYS, WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL, IT WAS JUST A BROWN BLURRY MESS. AND YOU’RE LIKE YEH, BUT THIS THING WAS GOING TO TURN INTO A MASTERPIECE OF A RARE PHOTO GIVEN TIME. YOUR FRIEND HAD NO RIGHT TO DO THAT, BECAUSE YOU TOOK THE PICTURE, YOU WERE THE OWNER.
APPLICATION: AND EACH CHILD IN THE WOMB IS A RARE MASTERPIECE, INTRICATELY MADE BY GOD, SO RARE IT’S AN ORIGINAL. AND ABORTION IS SNATCHING IT OUT OF THE HANDS OF GOD AND DESTROYING IT. GOD IS AT WORK, AND HE CALLS THE SHOTS.
WHY SHOULD WE FIGHT FOR THE UNBRON, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN MADE INTRICATELY BY GOD.

WE ARE IMAGE BEARERS- GENESIS 2:26-27

EXPLANATION: FINALLY, WE SHOULD FIGHT FOR THE UNBORN BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN MADE FOR A PURPOSE- TO BEAR HIS IMAGE. CREATION ACCOUNT. GOD DOES SOMETHING TO HUMANS HE DOESN’T DO TO ANY OTHER THING- NOT TO PLANTS OR ANIMALS OR STARS…GENESIS 2:26-27. WE ARE MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE, WHAT THEOLOGIANS CALL THE IMAGO DEI. IN OTHER WORDS, THERE’S JUST SOMETHING DIFFERENT SPECIAL AND HIGHER ABOUT HUMANITY THAN ANY OTHER LIVING THING. POINTS TO THIS…LOOK AT IT WITH ME.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANIMALS AND HUMANS: NOW I KNOW IN THE BAY THIS IS A TOUCH SUBJECT, AND I WILL GET EMAILS BUT LET ME DIVE IN. ANIMALS ARE NOT ON PAR WITH HUMANS. ANIMALS DON’T THINK ABOUT ETERNITY. ANIMALS DON’T FEEL SHAME…THEY FEEL FEAR. ANIMALS ACT OFF OF IMPULSE. IF THEY FEEL IT THEY DO IT. PROBABLY THE CLEAREST EXAMPLE I CAN GIVE YOU OF THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANIMALS AND HUMANS IS MICHAEL VICK.
VICK ILLUSTRATION: WHY DID WE GET SO MAD AT HIM, WHEN EVERY DAY ANIMALS IN THE WILD TEAR EACH OTHER A PART, BUT WE’RE NOT SENDING THEM TO JAIL FOR CRUELTY? ANSWER: BECAUSE WE HOLD VICK TO A HIGHER STANDARD AND SAY HE SHOULD KNOW BETTER. BUT WHY DO WE HOLD HIM TO A HIGHER STANDARD? BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD.
POINT: THAT LIFE THAT IS GROWING IN YOUR WOMB BEARS THE FINGERPRINTS OF GOD, AND THEREFORE IT HAS A PURPOSE ON ITS LIFE. . THERE’S A PURPOSE.
GIANNA JESSEN STORY: HER MOTHER TRIED TO ABORT HER. HER BODY WAS COVERED IN A BURNING SALINE SOLUTION MEANT TO KILL HER. MIRACULOUSLY SHE SURVIVED, BUT THE LINGERING EFFECTS GAVE HER CEREBRAL PALSEY, HER “GIFT” AS SHE CALLS IT. SHE ENTERED THE FOSTER CARE SERVICE…ULTIMATELY BECAME AN ADVOCATE FOR PROTECTING LIFE IN THE WOMB WHERE SHE IS AN ADVOCATE SPEAKER HAVING COME BEFORE PRESIDENTS AND PRIME MINISTERS. HER LIFE IS A STUNNING REMINDER THAT LIFE IS IN THE WOMB AND SHE IS REFLECTING THE IMAGE OF GOD BY LIVING OUT HER PURPOSE. TO DEVELOP THIS, GO HERE: http://giannajessen.com/
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