UNIFYING OHIO'S PRO-LIFE FORCES TO POSSESS OUR PROMISED LAND
By Dr. Patrick Jonston
February 18, 2012
“These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us…” (I Cor.10:11).
Not long after King Saul was made king of Israel, the Jews were divided before the Philistine army. They were disarmed and hiding in caves and thickets in the face of the overwhelming invading force. Many of the Jews had betrayed their own people and joined the forces of the Philistines, considering that “the lesser of two evils” when facing defeat and captivity at the hands of the Philistines. King Saul lacked the courage to trust God’s promises and take their Promised Land. To make matters worse, on the eve of the conflict, King Saul sinned against God, and the prophet Samuel prophesied that his kingdom would be torn from him. Who wouldn’t be discouraged in such horrible circumstances on the eve of a battle that, by all natural means, would certainly have ended in the slaughter of God’s people?
But faith arose in the heart of Jonathan, the son of Saul.
“Come,” Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, “let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few…. the Lord hath delivered them into the hand of Israel” (I Sam.14:6, 12).
After Jonathan’s miraculous victory over a small force of twenty Philistines, God showed up in a supernatural way: an earthquake drove fear into the Philistine camp, causing them to begin to fight each other. Encouraged, the scattered and frightened Jews united for one of the greatest victories of all time!
Our faith puts God on the spot. Jonathan knew that God seeks to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. Jonathan knew that God promised just one Jew could put a thousand Philistines to flight, and two ten thousand. He knew that it was God’s will that they conquer their Promised Land, and only their unbelief hindered it. His act of faith moved God to do a miracle and give them victory over incredible odds.
There has been much rumbling and division recently in the camps of Ohio pro-lifers. As director of Personhood Ohio and the Assn. of Pro-Life Physicians, the media has asked me about it incessantly. Pro-life Ohioans do not all agree on whether abortion in justified in cases of rape or incest, or for maternal health. We do not agree on whether those are tolerable compromises. We do not agree on tactics and strategy, whether we should simply try to regulate abortion or ban it now. We do not agree on whether hormonal contraception is ethical. We do not agree on whether we should submit unto the immoral and unlawful dictates of the judiciary, or defy them and give justice to all innocent children in state law.
However, we agree that life begins at the beginning of our biological development, or fertilization. We agree that every single child is created in the image of God, and should be protected. We agree that it is our moral duty to love “the least of these” as we love ourselves. We agree that the government shall not deprive anyone of life or liberty without a trial by jury. We agree that the Supreme Court should reverse Roe v. Wade and let the states criminalize the killing of innocent children. We agree that it is God’s will to possess our Promised Land of “liberty and justice for all,” for “it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these children should perish” (Matt.18:14). We can agree to pray and believe for God’s will be done in Ohio, and we can have confidence that we will have it (I John 3:22 & 5:14-15; Mk.11:24).
The Ohio Personhood Amendment is the epitome of everything upon which Ohio’s pro-life forces agree. It is compatible with God’s will and the teachings of the Bible, for it protects every innocent Ohioan as we would want to be protected. It forces Ohio’s leaders to obey their moral and constitutional duty to protect every person in their jurisdiction (Rom.13:3-4; Art. 1 Stn. 1 of Ohio Constitution; Art. 9 and 10 of the Bill of Rights.) It challenges the federal courts to reverse ungodly precedent, and sets the stage for God’s amazing miracle.
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Will you help us gather signatures to put the Ohio Personhood Amendment before the Ohio voters on Election Day 2012? Let’s make Ohio the first state in the nation to protect every preborn child through love and through law. It’s unbelief that keeps us wandering in the wilderness like Israel, but “faith is the victory that overcomes the world.” Forty years in the wilderness has been long enough. By the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade in 2012, we can cross the Jordan River together and truly have “liberty and justice for all.”
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