Summary: Joshua said "Choose you this whom you will serve.." Choice is a necessary we must CHOOSE God’s will & souls over self.
“I’M PRO CHOICE!”
LWC, June 14, 2009 AM
We’ve seen the “PRO-CHOICE” movement run from one end to the other in our society! We have seen politicians win & lose on the issue. We’ve seen presidential elections turn on a dime when it came to “PRO-CHOICE” Without a doubt it is a hot button in the Christian community and in the world!
I’ve heard it said that you “CAN’T” be a Christian and be “PRO-CHOICE!” I’ve heard it said that being a Christian means “NOT” being “PRO-CHOICE!” I’ve heard it said that being a Christian means being ”PRO-LIFE!” I agree with that! But this morning, I’m going to shake some of you out of your COMFORT ZONES & tell you I BELIEVE YOU CAN BE “PRO-CHOICE” & BE A CHRISTIAN!
I had one of our young couples in my office recently. They have a little boy, who came with them, who has special needs. While in my office the little boy had seizure after seizure. I think how easy it could have been, in the climate of our society, to have aborted that little boy!
I watched as they “BOTH” loved & carefully held that precious little boy & understood him in ways I could not! I was moved & impressed with a young couple who recently gave their hearts to the Lord show such “GODLY ATTRIBUTES” whereas parts of our society would have welcomed & understood a “CHOICE TO ABORT” saying IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE. BUT, OH MY FRIENDS NOT IN THE EYES OF GOD!
THAT PRECIOUS LITTLE BOY WAS DIED FOR BY THE “KING OF KINGS” & THE “LORD OF LORDS!” SOMEBODY MADE A “CHOICE” FOR HIM! & NOT ONLY JESUS BUT HIS MOTHER AS WELL!
“HE HAS VALUE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD & IN THE WORLD!” FOLK, THE “WRONG CHOICE” WOULD HAVE BEEN THE EASY WAY OUT OF AN UNCOMFORTABLE SITUATION BUT THOSE YOUNG PARENTS TOOK A “PRO-CHOICE” STANCE & “CHOOSE LIFE” RATHER THAN "SELF!" SELF WOULD HAVE BEEN THE EASY WAY OUT! I’M TALKING ABOUT "PRO-CHOICE" FOR THE “RIGHT CHOICE” THIS MORNING!
EVERY SINGLE PERSON ON THIS PLANET, EVERY SINGLE PERSON YOU WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH TODAY AT LUNCH HAD SOMEONE MAKE A “PRO-CHOICE” STAND FOR THEM! A “CHOICE” TO DIE FOR THEM! AND THEY’RE WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO TELL THEM THEY’RE LOVED, NOT ONLY BY JESUS BUT BY YOU!
WILL YOU MAKE THAT “CHOICE” FOR THEM?
FOLK, WE HAVE TO MAKE A “CHOICE!” WE HAVE TO BECOME “PRO-CHOICE” WE HAVE TO “CHOOSE LIFE” RATHER THAN “SELF!”
YOU ASK WHAT DO I MEAN? I MEAN “JESUS CHOOSE LIFE” RATHER THAN “SELF!” IN BEING “PRO-CHOICE” & “CHOOSING LIFE” HE DIED TO “SELF” SO THAT YOU COULD HAVE “LIFE!” WE SHOULD DO THE SAME FOR OTHERS!
I MEAN THAT “WE” HAVE TO “CHOOSE LIFE” FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO LIFE! WE HAVE TO “CHOOSE” TO DO THAT “RIGHT THING” RATHER THAN THE “EASY THING!” THE “EASY THING” SAYING “I CARE” WITH NO ACTION!
President John F. Kennedy spoke some great words in 1962 when he said...
“WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON, NOT BECAUSE
IT EASY BUT BECAUSE IT IS HARD!”
CHURCHES DON’T GROW BECAUSE IT’S EASY!
SOULS AREN’T WON BECAUSE IT’S EASY!
"CHURCHES GROW & SOULS ARE SAVED" BECAUSE IT’S THE “RIGHT THING” TO DO, IT’S THE “DIFFICULT” THING TO DO, IT’S “PRO-CHOICE” THAT BRINGS “GROWTH!”
IT’S “PRO-CHOICE” TO WIN SOULS, UTILIZE TOOLS, TOUCH THE LOST, “CONNECT” WITH THE HURTING, SHARE JESUS WITH THEM IN ANY WAY OR FASHION WE CAN!
WE NEED A BURDEN FOR THE LOST, FOR THE HURTING, FOR THE DYING, FOR THE SINNER, FOR THE PROSTITUTE, FOR THE SMELLY, DIRTY & FILTHY, TO HELP THEM CLEAN UP, TO LEAD THEM TO THE ALTAR, TO PRAY WITH & LEAD THEM TO JESUS!
SO MUCH OF WHAT WE DO IN CHRISTIANITY IS TO ASSUAGE OUR GUILT TO MAKE US FEEL GOOD ABOUT OURSELVES, BUT LITTLE IS ACCOMPLISHED!
WE NEED MORE OF A “BURDEN” FOR SOULS!
I NEED MORE OF A “BURDEN” FOR SOULS!
I MENTIONED A FEW MOMENTS AGO THAT I’VE DECIDED I’M “PRO-LIFE & PRO-CHOICE!” YOU MAY THINK HOW CAN YOU DO THAT & BE CHRISTIAN, HOW CAN YOU DO THAT & BE A PASTOR! OH, FOLK I’M FINDING IT VERY EASY TO DO BOTH!
IN FACT I WOULD SAY HOW CAN YOU BE A CHRISTIAN AND NOT BE "PROC-CHOICE & PRO-LIFE?"
UNDERSTAND, I’M NOT “PRO-CHOICE” IN THE WAY SOME MAY THINK & I AM “PRO-LIFE” IN THE WAY YOU THINK, BUT EVEN IN BEING “PRO-LIFE” THERE IS MORE THAN YOU MAY THINK!
In Joshua 24:15 we read the immortal words of a man on his death bed to his nation when he says to them with SUCH CONVICTION IN HIS HEART, WORDS & MOUTH AS HE SPEAKS...
“...CHOOSE YOU THIS DAY WHOM YOU WILL SERVE...BUT