Our church, as well as many others across the country, have begun taking the initiative to address our civil magistrates on the gospel and the Scripture's condemnation of abortion. You can search YouTube for +"city council" +abortion to view instances. This is one responsible effort to be salt and light to our communities.
What a blatant, disgusting affront to God. An ostentatious man-centered ritual bringing attention away from Christ's work while utterly ignoring how Jesus instructed us to remember His death in Luke 22. Sad.
It's fine to proclaim democracy and freedom - I occasionally preach against abortion outside Planned Parenthood - but in doing so, it is done subordinate to and in the context of the gospel, the person and work of Christ, of faith and repentance. The persecution Jesus is speaking about is that which is "on my account" (Matt. 5)
Heartbeat bills sound good, but there is often a serious flaw: *who* is detecting the heartbeat and *how* is the heartbeat to be detected? A helpful article here: https://www.faithwire.com/2019/02/18/why-pro-life-christians-should-be-against-heartbeat-bills/
‚ÄúAccording to Scripture, God has created the ‚Äėuniverse.‚Äô God has created time and space. God has created all the ‚Äėfacts‚Äô of science. God has created the human mind. In this human mind God has laid the laws of thought according to which it is to operate. In the facts of science God has laid the laws of being according to which they function. In other words, the impress of God‚Äôs plan is upon His whole creation." -- Cornelius Van Til
Your ultimate reference point for judging truth will determine your worldview regarding science and ethics. The Bible presents the objective, rational worldview of the omniscient, omnipotent Creator that can adequately explain experience. Anything else is ultimately predicating "Chance", and is subjective relying on the experience and judgment of fallen men who are desperately fleeing from God and actively suppressing the truth (Romans 1:21). Cornelius Van Til said all facts are interpreted facts.
Another recent contributor to the decline of abortions is EndAbortionNow.com. While much of the pro-life movement puts the gospel in a subordinate position, they promote the gospel as the primary instrument against abortion, going to the abortion mills and preaching the gospel without threats or intimidation while offering medical, adoptive and financial resources as an alternative to mothers in crisis. Many babies have been saved in the U.S. and it's spreading into Canada, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand as well!
I don't regularly drink coffee, but while acknowledging the biochemistry involved, and how it affects the systems of individuals differently, we should avoid blaming it for sinful reactions to the way it (or anything else) makes us feel. That's a 'heart' problem of a different kind.
This reaffirms the Holy Spirit's wisdom through Paul's admonition on female influence and authority: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor." (1 Tim. 2:12-14 ESV)
While such interference by the state may indeed be inappropriate, I believe it is unwise for men to hold onto leadership in advanced age without having a younger successor being prepared to take over. The personality cult has infected and ruined many churches when the prominent pastor finally retires or leaves.