Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves

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Title: Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves

Text: Proverbs 31:8

Date: January 20th, 2008

This past week I sent an article into the Jamestown Post-Journal newspaper. Here’s what I wrote: “35th Anniversary of Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade abortion decision — January 22, 2008 marks the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and presents us with a time of reflection upon this tragic event. Multiple millions of perfectly formed pre-borns have died as a result. Only in heaven will these persons ever be known. Meanwhile, back on earth, we must grapple with the collective guilt of deaths, and ask, “How could this happen here, in America, land of the free?” It seems that we are a land of the free ONLY FOR THOSE WHO CAN VOICE THEIR WILL. As long as pre-borns are not given the same rights other living persons have in our land, our claim that America is a land of the free is a farce, an illusion, a myth. Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Martin Luther King once said in his famous, “I have a dream” speech that he dreamed of a day in America when persons would be judged not on the basis of the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. I too have a dream, that one day in America all persons would be valued for their intrinsic worth and not by their developmental stage of life. We must not give up the struggle to end the insanity of abortion.” I don’t know if they are going to print it or not because I seem to be persona non grata at the newspaper because of past articles I submitted that they refused to print concerning the demonic spiritistic practices of the town of Lily Dale and other things. But I really do hope they print my article on abortion because it’s something that needs to be brought before people time and time again. Why? Because the longer something is allowed to stand the more normal and natural it seems to be. The longer the laws of our land allow for abortion, as long as our nation tolerates it, the more normal it appears, the more natural it seems, until pretty soon it is thought to be perfectly alright to kill preborn babies. Are we at that point yet in America? We are close, but fortunately not yet, because there is still resistance to abortion among millions and millions of Americans. We’ve got to do everything in our power to encourage that resistance until the day arrives when an outright ban on abortion can happen. So today I’d like to talk about our responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves. Or, in other words, our responsibility to speak out against abortion. Do you speak up against abortion? Do you voice your decent towards the present legal tolerance of abortion? You should and so should I. Let’s hear what the God of the Bible has to say about speaking out against evils like abortion. Proverbs 31:8 (read). Let me say three things.

First, speak up. Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Our country was started, the American Revolution was started, if you remember history, when Britain began passing tax laws for the American colonies without any Americans being represented in Parliament. The phrase, “No taxation without representation,” came from this situation. Americans didn’t have a voice over matters that effected them; that wasn’t fair. So they protested and revolted, and well, you know the rest. Well, today, we have a whole class of persons without representation in America still, even after over 200 years – the unborn. They don’t have any voice because they are too young, too small to voice their own concerns in society. So what that means is that we who are able to speak must speak on their behalf. We must represent them before the world in society. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,” the Bible says. What does it mean to speak up for the unborn? To begin with, don’t remain silent. Lots of Christians are against abortion but you wouldn’t know it because they never comment on it, never mention it in conversation or speech. Even most Christian leaders, pastors, even well-known leaders don’t say much about abortion; they are silent. But that’s not right, we must speak up for those who cannot speak. So the first thing to do is begin to talk about abortion with other people – how wrong it is. Don’t be afraid, don’t be intimidated. Yes, it’s controversial. Yes, it may cause offense and disagreement. But we can’t remain silent or else people will think that we are ok with the way things are now, with abortion available. We aren’t ok with it. We want it changed. We want laws in place that prevent abortion. We want these preborn babies saved. Next, don’t speak too softly when you do speak, speak strongly and with conviction. Some Christian leaders upset me because when they do speak they speak so softly that nobody really can hear what they are saying. Billy Graham upsets me because he’s the most famous and well-known Christian and he’s interviewed on tv all the time, yet he never says anything clear and bold against abortion. He’s either silent or weak on speaking up for the unborn. We need to speak up and speak clearly and loud enough to be heard. Also, we need to speak with conviction, with feeling and passion. If you don’t know the horrors of abortion, then get informed. Learn about how awful it is. Then you’ll have conviction when you speak against abortion. It’s an emotional topic because the thought of women visiting a doctor for the purpose of killing her baby, the thought of a doctor whose supposed to bring health bringing death by reaching in and killing that baby in the womb – that gets me upset. It should get you upset too. So speak up and speak up emotionally, with conviction, and say, “This is wrong and it needs to be stopped.”

Second, speak up for those who can’t speak. Proverbs 31:8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Now we are all tempted to stick to ourselves and defend our own rights but less inclined to stand up for the rights of others simply because we figure that everyone is responsible for taking care of their own business. And that’s normally the case. For example, if one of you gets overcharged on your telephone bill, we normally don’t go marching down to city hall in protest, we simply let you take care of it yourself by calling the company and getting things straightened out. But sometimes that normal procedure doesn’t work, sometimes we have to intervene on behalf of others because they can’t take care of themselves. And that is the case with the preborn babies who are being aborted. Millions of abortions take place every year in the United States. Who will defend the rights of the unborn? The little preborn, developing babies in the womb can’t defend themselves against the doctor’s knife or the suction vacuum of the abortion clinic, so we who are able to speak up on their behalf must do so. We have to be like the good Samaritan who went out of his way to first care about the broken person laying on the side of the road, and then second, to help the helpless person. Well, we’ve got to do the same for the unborn. We’ve got to care about their precious little lives and then we’ve got to take action and do something to help them survive, stay alive. If we don’t speak up and take action, then our apathy will be interpreted as that we just don’t care. Our government leaders will figure that there isn’t any strong feelings against abortion and so they’ll take no action to pass any abortion laws to stop it. I’m reminded of an ancient Old Testament passage that teaches that the father, the man of the house, has the right to over-rule a business transaction that his wife or daughter make, if he thinks it’s not a good deal. For example, if the man’s wife goes to town and agrees to buy food from a certain grocer every month in exchange she gets a discount when she shops there. But then, come to find out, the food isn’t very good and the deal isn’t a good deal. According to the Old Testament custom, the man as head of the house, can go to the grocer and cancel the agreement his wife made. In other words, over—rule it or veto it. That’s perfectly legal. But if the man, the head of the house does nothing, then the agreement stands. It’s taken as a tacit acceptance or agreement by the man that his wife’s actions were ok with him. Now if he doesn’t do anything, it’s taken as ok. He may not think it’s ok, but if he doesn’t object, it’s taken as acceptance. Well, if we don’t object and speak out against abortion, it’s taken by society that we accept it. We may not, but if we don’t object or speak against it, society will figure we’ve got no problem with it. Our apathy makes a statement. So we must speak out in objection. We must. Have you been silent on abortion? If so, it’s time to object.

Third, keep speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves. Proverbs 31;8, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” It’s not enough to speak out against abortion once or twice and then that’s it. No. We have to keep on speaking up and out against abortion because, again, if we stop talking about it and speaking out against it, people will think that we’ve come to accept it. And we’ve got to keep voting against it when election time comes. We’ve got to keep talking about it and speaking out against it and also voting against it – and voting against any political leader who is for abortion. One of the worst things you can do is vote for a political candidate who is in favor of abortion. Why would we ever want to do that? That just encourages society to continue keeping abortion legal. No. We’ve got to vote down and vote out political leaders who are for abortion. We’ve got to vote for political leaders who are against abortion. We need leaders in our state and nation who will do whatever they can to oppose abortion, to vote for laws that ban abortion, and if possible, vote for a constitutional amendment to permanently ban abortion in all 50 states, except in those rare emergency cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Now sometimes you have to really listen to these political leaders because many of them are really good at talking out of both side of their mouth on the issue of abortion. For example, you might hear somebody like Hilary Clinton say, “I’m in favor or reducing the number of abortions in New York state.” And you might think, “Wow, it must be that Hilary is against abortions, maybe I’ll vote for her now.” Be careful, watch it. She never said she’s against abortion, in fact, she’s strongly for abortion. She believes abortions should continue to be legal. She says that she’ll do her best to reduce the number of abortions in New York. Yes, that’s true, she wants schools to distribute condoms in the classrooms so that young girls don’t get pregnant and thus need to have an abortion. Some forms of birth control, not all, but some forms of birth control are really a type of abortion, for example, RU482. So be careful. Make sure the politician you vote for really is against abortion and isn’t trying to fool you to get your vote. Never, ever vote for an abortion candidate. Why do the devil’s work for him? Let the devil do his own work; don’t you help him. We need to be about doing the Lord’s work, and part of that work is to do what Proverbs 31:8 says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Let’s pray.

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2 Responses to “Speak up for those who cannot speak up for themselves”

  1. Johnd114 Says:

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  2. Kay Moseley Says:

    Thank you for enlighten me on this verse.

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