My oldest son, Colton, is attending Minnesota State University in Mankato, pursuing sports management, communication, and coaching. He currently aspires to one day be in sports broadcasting and coaching.
So I just preached my heart out about the sanctity of human life and abortion this morning for about forty minutes. I arrived home at about 1pm, and my son Ezra greeted me with about a 15 second interchange that got to the heart of "choice":
"Dad, I have a question about the sermon."
"Ok, so, if a girl chooses to do 'that thing' in order to have a baby, then doesn't she choose to maybe have a baby?"
"Yes, she does."
"Ok, so if she doesn't want to have a baby, instead of choosing to have an abortion, shouldn't she just choose not to do 'that thing'?!"
"Why, yes...I can't argue with that!"
Please understand, I know the issue is very complex, but it is also as simple as my ten year-old son is able to put together.
Each school day morning, Susan and I awake to read the Bible and pray with Isabella before she heads off to school. This morning's Psalm was a profound and comforting reminder of God's love for us in relation to the rest of our day.
But I call to God,
and Yahweh will save me.
Evening and morning and at noon
I utter my complaint and moan,
and he hears my voice.
He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage...
Cast your burden on Yahweh,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
(Psalm 22:16-18a, 22, English Standard Version)
Yesterday in the sermon, I mentioned that one way we could pursue ethnic harmony would be to spend part of this Martin Luther King, Jr. day attending the new movie, Selma. Just this morning, Pastor John Piper published some thoughts on the movie, and more importantly, the historical event it recollects:
The recent movie Selma tells the story of the civil rights efforts to gain the right of unencumbered voting for Blacks in Alabama. As the movie begins, the raw juxtaposition of Martin Luther King’s receiving the Nobel Peace Prize and the deaths of four black girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church of Birmingham, Alabama sets the stage for the battle between King’s philosophy of non-violence, and the brutal response of Sheriff James Clark. The movie covers the Selma events of February–March, 1965.
One of the reasons that the events of Selma are worthy of special attention is that they give insight into how local events became a national crisis, involving the President of the United States and the emergence of the Federal Voting Rights Act, signed into law by Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965.
Why does this story matter today?
Pastor John then provides six answers to his question.
This story is recent.
The story illuminates structural racism.
The story is honest about King’s moral failures.
The story displays the power of non-violent resistance to injustice.
The movie lets these religious roots shine through.
The story stirs up dreams of a life that counts.
I recommend reading his thoughts on these six points, and going to the movie today.