Joseph Herrin (11-15-2013)
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This post is not written as a diatribe against America’s current President. Rather, it is written as a judgment of the American public who twice elected him to office. Americans of varied political backgrounds, of both sexes, of all races, and a great many who profess to be Christian, voted for this man. Some complain that it was African Americans who put him in office. According to the most recent census figures, 12.2% of America’s population are African American. Yet in 2008 Obama garnered 52.9% of the popular vote of all Americans, and in 2012 he won with 51.1%.
The apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy wrote the following:
I Timothy 5:22
Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thus share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
Paul was warning the youthful Timothy to be careful in endorsing any man. Though the context of Paul’s words refers to matters within the church, the principle applies more widely. We share in the responsibility for the sins of those whom we endorse. To cast a vote for a person is to endorse them. To vote a person into office is to place in their hands power and authority. This power and authority can be used for good, or it can be used for great evil.
As a senator in Illinois, one of the few votes Obama actually cast was to kill a bill that would have required that life-saving medical care be given to babies that were born alive after a failed abortion attempt. By casting this vote, Obama demonstrated that not only does he approve of the murder of babies within their mother’s womb, but he supports infanticide. This places him in the same company as past rulers who have approved the slaughter of infants, including Pharaoh and King Herod.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah, and the other was named Puah; and he said, "When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live."
When the midwives did not perform Pharaoh’s commandment because they feared Yahweh, Pharaoh gave an additional order.
Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, "Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive."
Similarly, in the period following the birth of Christ, Herod ordered the slaughter of the innocents as he sought to destroy the Son of God.
Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its environs, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the magi. Then that which was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled, saying, "A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children; And she refused to be comforted, because they were no more."
America’s sin is far greater than the transgression of these rulers because the people of America are active participants in the slaughter of their babies. America has voted for men and women who have upheld free access to abortions. They are not coerced to go to clinics to have their children slaughtered, but seek them out voluntarily. They even manifest a willingness to pay for this “service.”
Appallingly, there has been a campaign launched recently called “1 in 3.” This is a reference to the number of women in America who at some point in their lives will have an abortion. The “1 in 3" campaign’s focus is to change the public’s perception of women who have had abortions. Their theme is “Abortion Without Apology!”
The “1 in 3" campaign have planned 100 events in 32 states where women will share how having an abortion was a good thing, improving the quality of their lives, while positing that it was also a good choice for the child they murdered. The website for “1 in 3" lists testimonies of dozens of women who have had abortions. These testimonies have been made into a book which is available on the website. Following is one testimony that is typical of what one will find.
I was 22, had just finished college and was dating a guy who already had three kids by three other women. He was not allowed contact with any of these women or their children. He drank a lot, did a lot of drugs, and was largely unemployable. (I’m a smart girl and have never understood why I chose him as a partner in the first place.) There was nothing beneficial about my relationship with him, so I severed ties easily and moved away. Then, I learned that I was pregnant. It was five days before Christmas, I was visiting my family and preparing to leave the US for several months. There was no way I was willing to stay connected to this person for the rest of my life, or bring one more child into the world without a loving, present father. I didn’t love the guy, so how could I commit to raising a child with him?! Raising a child on my own was out of the question at that point in my life. Making the choice to have an abortion is one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I have never second-guessed it for a moment. I am proud of myself for having taken control of my own life, for having made a strong and difficult decision without regret, and for having set my life on a course of confidence, independence and clarity.
Before the eyes of God, can this woman truly justify an “abortion without apology”? She was college educated and surely knew the consequences of having promiscuous, unprotected sexual intercourse. She entered into a sexual relationship with a man who had already gotten three other women pregnant. He was known to this woman to be such a threat to these women and their children that he was banned from having any contact with them. This 22 year old woman was aware that the man was a heavy drinker, a frequent user of illegal drugs, and could not hold down a job. Nevertheless, she chose to engage in a pattern of sexual intercourse with an immoral, reprobate man. When it quite naturally followed that she became pregnant she continued to think only about herself and chose to destroy the life growing within her. Astonishingly, this woman speaks of her actions in the most glowing terms, describing her pride “for having taken control of my own life, for having made a strong and difficult decision without regret, and for having set my life on a course of confidence, independence and clarity.”
I can imagine a similar letter written by a pedophile who covers up his sexual abuse by strangling and burying the body of his victim in some remote location. The “1 in 3" campaign asks men and women to sign a pledge to end the stigma of abortion. The pledge reads as follows:
I pledge to speak out against the shaming of women who have had an abortion. I will help build a culture of empathy, justice, and support for access to abortion care and for the 1 in 3 women who will have an abortion in her lifetime. The silence and stigma end here.
The Bible speaks of women who not only engage in sexual immorality, but who are brazen in their lack of remorse and guilt.
And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious; Her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him, and with a brazen face she says to him: "I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows. Therefore I have come out to meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you. I have spread my couch with coverings, with colored linens of Egypt. I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses.”
The Scripture above describes a woman who is an adulteress, acting as a harlot. Yet this woman declares that she has made peace offerings and paid her vows to God. With these words she implies that she has peace with God, having no cause of shame. Such a woman manifests intentional self-deception. She can pretend that her life and actions are acceptable before God, but Yahweh will not be mocked. Solomon ends this passage with the following words.
Her house is the way to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death.
On the “1 in 3" website is the following graphic.
The Brazen Woman
The brazen woman says, “I will fornicate and commit adultery whenever I choose. I will engage in unprotected sex when I do not intend to nourish, care for, love, or raise the child that results from my behavior. I will kill the child in the womb if I become pregnant, and I will apologize to no one for doing so!”
People of God, the judgment of Yahweh cannot tarry long when a people flaunt their transgressions openly and embrace an attitude of rebellion toward all that is holy and righteous. A people that will murder their children without compunction cannot long escape the wrath of a righteous and holy Creator. The blood of 50-60 million babies cries out from the ground of America. Yet those who commit unrighteousness, and those who applaud them, add to their abominations by raising their fist before God and saying, “We will not repent, or express any shame for our actions!”
How does this issue relate to the election of Barack Obama? Women in both elections disproportionately voted for Obama. In 2012 68% of single women voted for Obama. This is the demographic group most likely to engage in promiscuous sex and to have abortions. Even as Obama has been unapologetic in his promotion of gross immorality, acting as a champion of homosexual behavior and pushing to alter the definition of marriage to include same sex partners, there is a noticeable change in the attitude of women who are becoming increasingly brazen and unapologetic for the immoral lifestyles they have embraced.
America is sinking fast into the darkness of unrestrained immorality. Earlier today I came across a new government sponsored ad campaign that is promoting the benefits of Obamacare to college age Americans. The ad campaign endorses a hard-partying and sexually immoral lifestyle.
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The poster above states:
Hey Girl, You’re excited about easy access to birth control and I’m excited about getting to know you. She got insurance. Now you can too. Thanks Obamacare!
The above ad links the ability to participate in irresponsible drinking to obamacare. The next advertisement is the most immorally blatant of all.
The caption states:
Let’s Get Physical
OMG, he’s hot! Let’s hope he’s as easy to get as this birth control. My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him between the covers. I got insurance. Thanks Obamacare!
The government of America is actively promoting unrestrained immorality. The destruction of families, the devaluation of life, the denigration of purity, and scorning of righteousness are being zealously pursued. America is a nation that is accelerating into depravity, and the consequences of this slide cannot be avoided.
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.
America has become an object of disgrace. Her reputation is in great reproach among the nations. Her abandonment of all that is decent and upright has sealed her fate. Judgment will not tarry.
Though it is a lengthy passage, I encourage you to read the words Yahweh spoke to Israel, warning them of what would happen if they forsook righteousness and justice and gave themselves to the pursuit of evil. As you read, consider how many of these curses have already struck America, yet she has not repented. Yahweh has given the nation time to repent, and she has shown that she will not do so. She has hardened herself as a rebellious youth. She has spoken impudence.
If you are among those who sigh and groan over what you see occurring all around, it is a time to make Yahweh your hiding place. America’s pride has become insufferable. Her rebellion against God cries out for judgment.
"But it shall come about, if you will not obey Yahweh your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
Yahweh will send upon you curses, confusion, and rebuke, in all you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken Me. Yahweh will make the pestilence cling to you until He has consumed you from the land, where you are entering to possess it. Yahweh will smite you with consumption and with fever and with inflammation and with fiery heat and with the sword and with blight and with mildew, and they shall pursue you until you perish. And the heaven which is over your head shall be bronze, and the earth which is under you, iron. Yahweh will make the rain of your land powder and dust; from heaven it shall come down on you until you are destroyed. Yahweh will cause you to be defeated before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, but you shall flee seven ways before them, and you shall be an example of terror to all the kingdoms of the earth. And your carcasses shall be food to all birds of the sky and to the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away.
Yahweh will smite you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors and with the scab and with the itch, from which you cannot be healed. Yahweh will smite you with madness and with blindness and with bewilderment of heart; and you shall grope at noon, as the blind man gropes in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways; but you shall only be oppressed and robbed continually, with none to save you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall violate her; you shall build a house, but you shall not live in it; you shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not use its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat of it; your donkey shall be torn away from you, and shall not be restored to you; your sheep shall be given to your enemies, and you shall have none to save you. Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes shall look on and yearn for them continually; but there shall be nothing you can do. A people whom you do not know shall eat up the produce of your ground and all your labors, and you shall never be anything but oppressed and crushed continually. And you shall be driven mad by the sight of what you see. Yahweh will strike you on the knees and legs with sore boils, from which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head. Yahweh will bring you and your king, whom you shall set over you, to a nation which neither you nor your fathers have known, and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone. And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a taunt among all the people where Yahweh will drive you.
You shall bring out much seed to the field but you shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant and cultivate vineyards, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall devour them. You shall have olive trees throughout your territory but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. You shall have sons and daughters but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity. The cricket shall possess all your trees and the produce of your ground. The alien who is among you shall rise above you higher and higher, but you shall go down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, but you shall not lend to him; he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail. So all these curses shall come on you and pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you would not obey Yahweh your God by keeping His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you. And they shall become a sign and a wonder on you and your descendants forever. Because you did not serve Yahweh your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things; therefore you shall serve your enemies whom Yahweh shall send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.
Yahweh will bring a nation against you from afar, from the end of the earth, as the eagle swoops down, a nation whose language you shall not understand, a nation of fierce countenance who shall have no respect for the old, nor show favor to the young. Moreover, it shall eat the offspring of your herd and the produce of your ground until you are destroyed, who also leaves you no grain, new wine, or oil, nor the increase of your herd or the young of your flock until they have caused you to perish. And it shall besiege you in all your towns until your high and fortified walls in which you trusted come down throughout your land, and it shall besiege you in all your towns throughout your land which Yahweh your God has given you. Then you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters whom Yahweh your God has given you, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy shall oppress you. The man who is refined and very delicate among you shall be hostile toward his brother and toward the wife he cherishes and toward the rest of his children who remain, so that he will not give even one of them any of the flesh of his children which he shall eat, since he has nothing else left, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy shall oppress you in all your towns. The refined and delicate woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground for delicateness and refinement, shall be hostile toward the husband she cherishes and toward her son and daughter, and toward her afterbirth which issues from between her legs and toward her children whom she bears; for she shall eat them secretly for lack of anything else, during the siege and the distress by which your enemy shall oppress you in your towns.
If you are not careful to observe all the words of this law which are written in this book, to fear this honored and awesome name, Yahweh your God, then Yahweh will bring extraordinary plagues on you and your descendants, even severe and lasting plagues, and miserable and chronic sicknesses. And He will bring back on you all the diseases of Egypt of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Also every sickness and every plague which, not written in the book of this law, Yahweh will bring on you until you are destroyed. Then you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude, because you did not obey Yahweh your God. And it shall come about that as Yahweh delighted over you to prosper you, and multiply you, so Yahweh will delight over you to make you perish and destroy you; and you shall be torn from the land where you are entering to possess it. Moreover, Yahweh will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, wood and stone, which you or your fathers have not known. And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there Yahweh will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul. So your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall be in dread night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, 'Would that it were evening!' And at evening you shall say, 'Would that it were morning!' because of the dread of your heart which you dread, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see. And Yahweh will bring you back to Egypt in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, 'You will never see it again!' And there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer."
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