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Am I As Stubborn As A Mule?

stubborn mule 1All of us have heard the phrase, “stubborn as a mule.” This term was probably coined by frustrated farmers after they observed how difficult it was to get their donkeys to pull their assigned loads in the field…although a case could be made that the phrase was thought up as an observation made by frustrated spouses about their significant others.  (I say that because I know what my wife’s answer to the above question would be!)  Regardless, I think there’s a lesson we can learn about our relationship with Christ when we examine exactly why a mule is stubborn.

The reason a mule balks at pulling a load is not because he doesn’t hear the command “giddy up.” Rather, he would simply not hear it. He has more than enough strength and ability to pull that load, but he would rather graze in the green grass of the pasture or bask in the noonday sun than work for his owner. Our human minds are several levels above that of a mule, but we sometimes manifest the same characteristics. How many times have we heard a clear command from God as revealed in his Word, but we, like the mule, try to evade obedience because the biblical command does not coincide with our mind’s individual prejudices and desires?

stubborn mule 2When I was a child, I was reluctant to hear my mother’s call because I knew that if I listened and obeyed her it would result in some unpleasant chore that would encroach upon my playtime. That’s why I chose not to see my dirty hands and ignore her command to wash them, because I would have rather been eating. This kind of evasive thinking is found in the minds of mules and children, but it should never be found in the thinking of mature, responsible adults (1 Cor. 13:11).

Yet, while the eternal destiny of souls are at stake, there are professed Christians who exhibit indifference and intolerance toward the true teachings of God as revealed in the totality of the Bible. They do so because such teachings are contrary to their personal desires or disrupt their convenient, worldly way of life. Jesus talked about such people when he quoted Isaiah by saying, “Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says, ‘You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive. For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them’” (Matt. 13:14-15).

baptismWhat a pity it is for people who could (and should) know God’s truth which is his Word (John 17:17), but reject it because it does not suit their evil lifestyles or tastes. For example, God commanded that men have faith (John 3:16; Rom. 10:9-10), repent of their sins (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19), and be baptized – literally in the Greek, immersed – in water in order to obtain salvation and forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:16; 1 Pet. 3:21; Acts 2:38), and to be put into Christ and his body, the church of Christ, by the Holy Spirit through baptism (1 Cor. 12:13; Rom. 6:3-4; Gal. 3:26-27; cf. Eph. 1:22-23). How sad it is for such commands to be rejected simply because it violates the wishes of family (Matt. 10:34-37) or the traditions and doctrine of religious groups (Matt. 15:1-9) who are seeking after the god of convenience rather than the God which demands obedience (1 Sam. 15:22; Acts 5:29; Heb. 5:8-9).

drinking and drivingOther examples could be given.  The news media continually both reports and in many cases sadly supports those in our country and elsewhere who selfishly and stubbornly promote the sinful cause of homosexual “marriage” and the murder of innocent children through abortion, despite what God wishes (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Prov. 6:16-19).  Spring Break is here and summer is not far away, and many people are choosing to stubbornly flaunt their bodies through immodest apparel and actions, fornication, and the partaking of alcohol and other hallucinogens regardless of the will of their Creator in such matters (1 Tim. 2:9-10; Gal. 5:19-21; 1 Thess. 5:6-8).

married couple fightingCloser to home, let’s examine ourselves and our own attitudes (2 Cor. 13:5).  Does our stubbornness keep us from treating others as we would be treated (Matt. 7:12)?  Husbands and wives, are we so determined to have our own way that we end up treating our spouses in ways contrary to the will of the One who united us in marriage (Eph. 5:22- 33; 1 Cor. 7:1-5; 1 Pet. 3:1-7; cf. Matt. 19:1-9)?  Children, you know as well as I that the primary reason you disobey your parents and thus disobey God is due to stubbornness (Eph. 6:1-3).  Parents, is your adamant refusal to put the spiritual raising of your children before unneeded work, TV time,  your golf game and favorite book due to stubbornness (Eph. 6:4; Deut. 6:6-9)?  Brother and sister in Christ, does your constant criticism and backbiting against the bishops of your local congregation come from being stubbornly adamant to have your own way above all (Heb. 13:17)?

Let’s ask ourselves whether we have the mind of a mule or the mind of Christ. Read God’s will below, and think about it…

So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

— Philippians 2:1-8

 

For You Formed My Inward Parts…

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!

Psalm 139:13-17 – Scripture of the Weekend (January 25-26, 2014)

Not long ago, I found out I was going to be a daddy…again!  So today’s scripture has a special meaning for me.  A few days ago, Beth and I went to get the first ultrasound, and got our first look at the child God gave to us.  The jawbone was already formed, and we could see the outline of the head, torso, and feet.  Even now, we could see the evidence of Jehovah’s handiwork inside of Beth’s womb.  When I stop to think about our baby’s inward parts being formed and knitted together by the Lord even as I am typing this, I am filled with awe and gratitude.  There are times when I see my two-year-old daughter smile and laugh and watch with amazement as she continues to grow (too fast!) from that little baby we saw in another ultrasound picture not long ago, to a newborn infant I got to hold in my hands for the first time on a Saturday night in late September of 2011, to the toddler with unlimited energy of today, to the beautiful young woman of tomorrow if her Creator is willing…and I am filled with wonder at the awesomeness, beauty, and power of God’s creation.

How can anyone see their child and still deny the existence of God?  How can anyone hold their child and think that God is not love?  How can anyone use the technology of today to actually see a baby being formed by Yahweh inside of a woman and then decide to murder the work of God’s hands while it is still in the womb?  I cannot understand that.

All I know is that our Lord and Savior has blessed my wife and me with two wonderful children.  Neither of us deserve his kindness, which makes us that much more grateful.  I thank my God with all of my heart for his kindness which he has shown towards me, and ask for his help to make me into the Christian man, husband, and father which I need to be in order to properly teach and guide the children whom he has entrusted to me to grow up to be faithful servants of his kingdom.

God Hates Abortion

(Warning:  This article will contain descriptions and pictures of aborted infants which are quite gruesome.  Please do not read this article if you are easily offended or physically sickened by unedited pictures of violence done to human beings, or while in the presence of small children or those who have weak physical constitutions.)

When the American Medical Association was formed in 1847, abortion was commonly practicedHowever, the efforts of the AMA joined with anti-obscenity crusaders and (ironically) feminists would make abortion illegal in this country by 1900.  This would change in 1973 and then again in 1976 when the Supreme Court ruled that abortions done by licensed physicians were constitutional and could be performed in minors without the knowledge or consent of their parents and on mothers without the knowledge or consent of the father.  Thus, abortions are currently legal and widely practiced in this country…and our God is very angry about it.

A human being eight weeks after conception

Why do I say that?  God is our Creator.  He formed us while we were in the womb (Ps. 139:13-16; Job 31:15).  He did not “knit” together a mere chemical activity, cellular growth, or other vague force like pro-abortionists claim the fetus to be.  The Hebrew for the “unformed substance” in Ps. 139:16 that God saw has to do with the embryonic state, the first eight weeks after conception.  So long before even the mother can feel life in her womb, God knows…and cares.  He formed us in the womb, human beings in his own image.  Jehovah was and is personally involved in our development while we were inside our mothers, so do you think he is pleased when we go out of our way to destroy the work that he made and cares for?

Exodus 21:22-25 gives us the answer to that question.  God decreed that if a man harmed a pregnant woman who later gave birth and it was proven that any harm came to that unborn child due to the man harming her, then that man would pay back wound for wound that was inflicted upon the unborn child.  And if the unborn child had died while in the womb and was delivered as a stillborn, then that man would pay with his life!  “Life for life…”  How could God say that if life doesn’t begin until birth like abortion proponents claim?  You see, there is life in the womb, before birth…and so any taking of that life is an abomination before God.  Babies, both while in the womb (Rom. 9:10-13) and after birth (Ezek. 18:1-20), are innocent…and God hates hands “which shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:17).

So what is happening in our nation today – the mass killing of innocent life which takes place through abortion – is an irreverent assault on the unique work that God performs.  It is an abomination to him, something that he hates not only because it destroys the work of his hands and the life that he gives, but also because of how it destroys that life.

Brian Peterson and Amy Grossberg
Melissa Drexler

Do we look at this atrocity in the same way?  It’s something to think about.  We react with horror and disgust when we read about parents like Brian Peterson and Amy Grossberg who gave birth to an infant at a hotel only to then kill the baby by shaking it and bashing its head in and stuffing the corpse in a nearby garbage can, or Melissa Drexler who gave birth in a bathroom at her high school prom only to then suffocate her son and stuff his body in the bathroom trash can before going out to the dance floor…but where is our horror and disgust for what happens when a baby is aborted?

 

9-week human baby after being killed through abortion

Forgive my sarcasm, but what if Brian, Amy, and Melissa had realized what proponents of abortion are saying, that there are other “more civilized” ways to get rid of a baby?!  If they had only possessed the “dignity” to have their babies “professionally” killed, they could have avoided arrest and bad publicity!  When Amy and Melissa had first learned they were pregnant, they could have hired a “doctor” to employ a vacuum tube with a sharp blade attached to it, and he could have sucked the child from the womb, dicing it up into several pieces.  Or, in their seventh and twelfth week of pregnancy, a “doctor” could have entered their wombs with a loop-shaped steel knife and sliced the placenta from the walls of the uterus and cut the baby’s tiny body into pieces.

Baby after being killed via saline abortion

Or, between the twelfth and eighteenth weeks of pregnancy, they could have had a “doctor” take an instrument very similar to sharp-toothed pliers and dismember the baby part by part until all parts were removed from their wombs.  Brian, Amy, and Melissa could have also chosen in the sixteenth week of pregnancy to hire a “doctor” to insert a long needle through the mothers’ abdomens into the babies’ sacs and inject a solution of concentrated salt.  The babies would have breathed in the salt and been poisoned by it, and the corrosive effect of the salt would have burned off the outer layer of their skin.  An hour after those injections, their babies would have been dead, they would have then delivered dead children about a day later, and it would have been the “doctor” rather than the parents who would have thrown the corpse into a trash can.

You know, it wasn’t that long ago that Amy and Melissa could even have had a partial-birth abortion, and that with the approval of the president of the United States!  In March of 1996, Congress gave final approval to a bill to ban partial-birth abortions, except when necessary to save the mother’s life.  However, President Clinton vetoed the bill, thus allowing partial-birth abortions to continue to be performed without restriction!  Thankfully, Congress was able to pass the bill banning this heinous act in 2003, and President Bush signed it into law.  But before then, Amy and Melissa could have killed their baby via partial-birth abortion with the permission of the President and Supreme Court, and thus avoid the indictment of murder!  A partial-birth abortion would have been their ticket to freedom from the baby and freedom from legal action!

A partial-birth abortion procedure

Here’s how it happens.  A “doctor” – while watching the infant’s heartbeat which is clearly registering on the monitor– actually delivers the baby’s body and arms, everything but his little head.  Then, while the baby’s feet are still kicking, the “doctor” jams scissors into the baby’s skull.  He then opens the scissors to enlarge the hole in the baby’s head.  Of course, the impact of the scissors causes the baby’s arms to jerk out in a flinching, startled reaction, like a baby does when he thinks he might fall.  However, the pain wouldn’t last too long, because the doctor would then stick a high-powered suction tube into the baby’s head and suck the baby’s brains out!  The limp and lifeless body of that body would then be disposed of, leaving the parents free to leave the hospital and pursue their hopes and dreams!

Do you see the inconsistency here?  Why are these people found guilty of crimes for killing their babies in gruesome ways outside of the womb…but not if they had hired “doctors” to do pretty much the same thing to those same babies a few months earlier while inside the womb?  Where’s the consistency?  Where’s the outrage?  (Is. 5:20)

The Holocaust

Reader, are you outraged by what you just read and saw?  Are you sickened?  Are you unhappy that you just read of and saw such terrible things?  If you are unhappy for reading about them, I am sorry…but I made the decision to write so plainly about what happens in abortion procedures and show the gruesome results because there are too many of us, especially those in their 30’s and 40’s like me and the younger generation of teens and 20’s, who have not truly been told about what happens to a baby when it is aborted.  If we are told, it is usually in a way that is extremely edited for content in order not to disgust.  While this is understandable, what happens as a result is that too many of us look at the abortions of today in the same way that we look at the Holocaust of the Jews in the previous century…as a mildly unpleasant historical fact that we are far removed from.  That needs to change if abortion is to stop in this country and in the world.  We must hate abortion just as God hates it, and for the same reasons.

As a father, it sickens me just to consider the thought of someone harming my little girl. May we all have the same disgust and horror to the crimes committed against children who are still in the womb!

What can also help us hate the terrible deed of abortion like God hates it is when we understand why it is happening.  James gives us one reason when he said, “You desire and do not have, so you murder…” (James 4:2).  What do the parents of aborted babies desire that would lead them to murder their children?  More financial security?  More leisure?  More education?  More unrestrained sexual activity?  More career options?  Avoiding a child who may be handicapped?  Less hassle for the next 18-25 years?  All of us desire things and have goals…but may we work hard to never be so self-absorbed and covetous that we miss out on – or even purposefully kill – the most important things in life!  (Heb. 13:5)  When we love the world rather than God, we follow Satan rather than resisting him (Eph. 2:1-3; James 4:7).  So let us work to have a heart that is deeply submitted to God, that reverences his word and work above all worldly self-enhancement (James 4:6).  This will help us to look at things differently, react differently, want different things, and hate different things…the same things God wants and hates (Rom. 12:1-2).

God hates abortion, and so must we.  We must not hate those who practice it, nor treat them in sinful ways (Rom. 12:17-18)…but we must hate the terrible deed itself, and do our best to not support in any way those who would practice or condone it (Rom. 1:32).