Sometimes we need to just leave things alone.
A federal judge in Brooklyn, N.Y, ruled last week that the morning-after birth control pill, a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, should be made available to girls of any age without a prescription. This overturned a 2011 decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Seblius to require a prescription for girls under 17.
It’ll be interesting to see if the U.S. Justice Department will appeal the ruling. But, even if they do and win, the fact remains that this drug, known as Plan B, is nothing more than another form of abortion. And, it has further fueled the cultural fires of division in this country that have raged for decades now.
Ever since Roe v. Wade in 1973, our nation has been divided over when life begins. Conservatives (like me) believe it begins at conception, while liberals declare it begins when the child (which they call a zygote, embryo or fetus during the pregnancy) is born.
Regardless, the judge’s ruling is just another example of what happens when a nation strays away from God and chooses to sing "I Did It My Way." And, we should not be surprised when our nation or any nation begins incurring the wrath and judgment of God as a result (Psalm 9:17; Romans 1:17-32).
Dear Reader, the Bible declares that God has a Plan for our lives before the world, universe, galaxies, etc., were ever formed (Jeremiah 29:11). And, it’s a Perfect Plan. But, He also gave us a free will to choose — and, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, when we choose our own plan (Plan B), we should not be surprised at what we get.
Contrary to popular, politically-correct beliefs, America was started as a Christian nation. The early Pilgrims who crossed over the Atlantic came here did to escape religious persecution; however, their earliest documents show that they also considered themselves missionaries of Jesus Christ to the New World.
Likewise, the first universities, like Harvard and Princeton, were Christian schools whose purpose was the training of students for ministry. You’d never know that now — for they began choosing their own Plan B and are now known as among the most liberal learning institutions in the whole world.
Oh how far we’ve strayed from God and our historical, Biblical roots!
Even in our churches, in an attempt to attract larger crowds and build bigger buildings, the Gospel has been watered down now. Seldom, if ever, in mega-churches (and even smaller churches) do you hear messages anymore on sin, the need for repentance, hell, etc. The sermons more resemble self-help, mass counseling principles on how to be "healthy, wealthy and happy" than they do true, Holy Ghost-anointed messages that call for living lives of holiness.
And, then we wonder why our buildings are filled, but our souls are poverty-stricken.
If there was ever a time we need to get back to Plan A (God’s Plan) it’s now. If there was ever a time to "humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s Face and turn from our wicked ways" (II Chronicles 7:14a) it’s now.
Only then will He "hear our prayer, forgive our sins and heal our land" (v.14b). Only then.
Here’s praying we’ll hear and heed God’s Call to repentance. It happened in the First Great Awakening in the 1700s. It happened on Fulton Street in New York in 1857. And, it can happen again in our nation IF we’ll simply return to Almighty God and surrender our lives to Him.
Truly, the hour is late — but not too late. Join me now in praying for a national revival, for the time is coming when God will say "Enough!" and we’ll wish we had. God bless you.
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