Not Ceremonial

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.  If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin.  Whoever hates me hates my Father as well.  If I had not done among them the works no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. As it is, they have seen, and yet they have hated both me and my Father.  But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’

  • John 15:18-25

The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him.  I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name.  If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek.

  • Leviticus 20:1-5

This may be crossing a line or two or three, but I am going there.  I haven’t read others going in this direction, but I don’t read everything.

In the news, the argument today is “Pro Choice” or “Pro Life”, but what caused the woman in this argument to become pregnant?  When that is a “choice,” did the woman choose to ignore the possibility of becoming pregnant?  Why is abstinence a word that cannot be spoken today?  I have heard of people being called onto the carpet for bringing up abstinence.

Now there are those occasions when a woman gets pregnant and she was not consulted in the “choice.”  My mother had the two children that she wanted, and she had planned to have, and my father wanted more, and I came into the world, nine years after my brother.  If my mother had the “choice” and she had not been taught the Christian viewpoint, I might not be writing this.  I might not be alive.

But these choices are not just “choices.”  There is another life at stake.  If you are sensitive, you might wish to skip the next paragraph.  My wife came home late one day from work in the surgical wing of a local hospital.  And she was in tears.  The story she told was graphic, thus the warning, and I do not leave anything out.

She told me that she was asked to stay over, being the surgical tech on call for that evening, a normal occurrence.  A doctor had scheduled a lower abdominal procedure on a female patient.  My wife’s job in the preparation phase was to sterilize everything or ensure everything had been sterilized that the doctor would be needing.  She would lay out all this instruments in the order that she anticipated that he would need them.  To do her job, she needed more information than simply, a surgery on a young woman below the beltline.  The doctor explained that it was a simple cleaning of something causing a problem in the reproductive area.  That was vague but it gave her the information she needed to prepare the right instruments that the doctor would need, but she had heard of this doctor’s reputation.  She asked, “Is this an abortion?  You know they are illegal.  (in the mid-70s)”  He became offended that she would suggest it.  As the surgery progressed, they had made the incision and the doctor cut something from the wound, unobserved by the others in the room.  When he lifted it to place it in the biological waste container, my wife saw a perfectly formed arm with an elbow and a hand and five tiny fingers.  She gasped, but it was not allowed for her to leave the doctor’s side.  Yet, when the next body part was removed, perfectly formed, she ran from the room.  The circulating nurse jumped in to take her place.

Julie, at Cookie Crumbs to Live by, wrote a few weeks ago about how there were videos on-line showing girls giggling as they went in for abortion procedures.  Were they giggling afterwards?

I have heard interviews with people who came to Christ after having an abortion.  The pain and emptiness in the aftermath of the abortion overwhelmed them.  Their guilt regarding taking a life was too much to bear, but Jesus cleansed their souls.  There was still that part of their history that they would have difficulty in dealing with, but they were forgiven, having accepted Jesus into their hearts.

The Scripture above is matter-of-fact and has a lethal result.  You sacrifice your child to Molek and you die.  Moreover, God turns His back on you.  What is different in sacrificing a child to Molek and having an abortion?  I see two differences, probably much more in careful consideration.  One, we do not use the name “Molek.”  Has Molek changed his name to “Pro-Choice”?  You obtain the same result.

The other difference is that there is no ceremony.

But does a lack of ceremony change this from idol worship to simply having a medical procedure, allowed by the laws of the land?  I look at some of the religious ceremonies today, and they are often so different from the same ceremonies of my youth.  It seems ‘ceremony’ is a four-letter word these days.  Some of these mocking ceremonies seem to thumb their nose at the old Biblical traditions.

So there.  I have crossed those lines.  We are guilty of many sins.  Our sins are washed away by God when we are saved, but the memories linger, a hole in our hearts that only God can fill.  We could be guilty of idol worship by simply thinking that we are hot stuff ourselves, worshipping our opinion of ourselves instead of worshipping God.  We do not have to perform a ceremony to sacrifice to Molek for us to be guilty.  Sin was probably involved in creating life in the womb, if the eventual life in the womb was unwanted, but premarital sex seems to be a given these days.  Note that I said probably, there could be exceptions.  Charles Swindoll wrote in his mid-90s devotional that he was appalled that 12-13-year-old children were becoming sexually active.  I have read some reports that the average age of initial sexual activity is in that range today, less than 25 years later.  From an occasional occurrence to the norm.

We need to return, if it even possible, to an age where the norm is celibacy until married, and then having wanted children.  Is it too late?

And again, like yesterday’s post, we have a Supreme Court decision that bowed to social pressure caused by radical extremists.  What next?

Tomorrow, I will talk about recent news from PETA, and my idea of how we got to that point.  Some may think tomorrow’s post comic relief compared to this post and yesterday’s post, but when one small concept gets twisted by secular norms, it leads us down a rabbit trail of no return, unless we turn to Jesus.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Thank you for “crossing the line”. I’ve never had an abortion but have lost four babies-I went through the guilts over that-and it wasn’t even my choice to lose those babies. I can’t imagine what happens to women after they have an abortion- spiritually.
    Thank God for His mercy -His forgiveness when He fills our empty hearts!

    “ Why is abstinence a word that cannot be spoken today?” Because then the flesh could not be fed?? 🤷‍♀️💔

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    • Thank you for your comments. My younger daughter-in-law lost one child and that was traumatic for the entire family. But even when you chose to lose the baby, God can forgive and He has forgiven. You will one day reunite with those you have lost. That, in itself, is a lot to thank God for.

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  2. I’m glad you crossed the line Mark— it’s a line of truth— albeit an ugly painful truth that not many people care to acknowledge. God sees and knows all truth, no matter how hard we try to hide them— well stayed my friend!

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