Live or Die-chotomy

Oct 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Spotlight, Sunday Sermon
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‘”No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Therefore, I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”‘ (Matthew 6:24-27, NIV)

‘”What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”‘ (Mark 8:36-38, NIV)

‘”Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”‘ (John 5:24-27, NIV)

The Exceptional Excellence

On October 6, 2011, as I sat at my Mac computer and reflected upon the news reports of the death of the computer-wiz and Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs, I heard the recounting of the story of his amazing life journey in a monologue by Greg Gutfeld of “The Five” on Fox News Channel (http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-five/index.html#/v/1204813271001/imagine-a-world-without-steve-jobs/?playlist_id=1040983441001.) In an unusually tasteful presentation (by Gutfeld), I learned that Steve Jobs had been an unwanted pregnancy. Had it not been for the choice of his birth-mother to give him up for adoption (instead of opting for an abortion) I might not be presenting this article at all. Arguably the world would have been a poorer place for all the advances in technology he created. Yet for all the accolades Steve Jobs received here on earth in living and passing, it begs the question of where he has passed on to with any certainty. So, to end further speculation I shall suffice to say the matter has been referred to a higher authority. May he rest in peace and may God have mercy on his soul.

In the general worldview, the measure of Mr. Jobs’ life has been judged as valuable. In other words, because he did some or many things in a great way, he passed the proverbial “smell test” and clearly qualified as a life worth being—which raises the question of all the undesirable beings who have lived to become a drain and negative influence on the rest of us—some may ask why weren’t they discarded through abortion? Yet in the absence of certainty, why favor inconvenience or expedience over the gift of life? Who knows for sure? Who ultimately has the absolute right to play God (other than God) and deny a person the right of person-hood before they are permitted the opportunity to live and freely exercise that right?

Perhaps from a secular viewpoint this exceptional excellence might deserve a pass where the issue of abortion is concerned—except for the fact that Mr. Jobs’ birth-mother had no idea he was “THE STEVE JOBS.” No one knew, except God, what human spark of potential had been unlocked in that womb. In truth, his birth-mom was just another pregnant woman faced with a critical and life-changing decision, and she chose adoption instead of seeking an abortionist. The rest is now history and we are better served by it. We shall never know what potential for greatness has been swept away (and under the rug) in this erroneous experiment, this Live or Die-chotomy, this senseless Civil War of the Womb—where each pregnant mother fights to the death over a daughter or son; where the unborn child always loses; where the matter of motherhood is severed surgically by a physician—where there are casualties and body counts in the millions.

For my part, I sometimes wonder what the child I paid to have aborted might have become had I not agreed to the choice of convenience. He or she would have been about 32 years old today, God willing. But I (and the birth mother) exercised free will, excluded God’s will from the decision, and made a dreadful choice over the life of another human being yet to be. Though I have confessed this sin before God, I have never made such a public confession until now. It is a shameful regret that haunts me still. I only hope others may take heed and learn from my terrible mistake.

There is still hope for the human race, however, even with a sinner like me still marring the landscape. There is a God who still loves you and me in spite of the terrible decisions and willful transgressions we carry out. The LORD is the author of life and the after-life. Without Him, there is no life. I cannot imagine living without Him nor would I ever wish to try.

I am grateful to God for the full measure of His forgiveness, His exceptional excellence sent here to dwell among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth, as the atoning sacrifice for sinful mankind. For through His devotion and love for all sinners, God reconciled Himself to us through the life, death, burial and resurrection of his exceptional excellence. And a choice has been given to all in this Live or Die-chotomy world in which we find ourselves. Though I was dead in my sin, I heard God’s call and was raised to life with Jesus.

When the only alternative is death, the reasoned choice should be life. Choose wisely.

(copyright 2011, Gregory Allen Doyle)

 

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