Know what’s more important than the Abortion Debate?
The Monday, June 27, 2016, Supreme Court ruling related to abortion clinics, reminds us that there is something at stake that is much bigger than just the abortion issue. We are often faced with important ethical choices that can dramatically affect the rest of our lives.
Are you aware of the four classic, foundational truths that have for centuries helped many people make emotionally satisfying, biblically sound, and spiritually healthy decisions regarding seriously difficult moral dilemmas in their lives.
If you are trying right now to make an important moral decision or help someone else, I hope these four great pillars of the Christian faith will help guide you into making the best possible choice for you and your family.
- You were created. You are not an accident of nature. You are part of God’s creation. Your creator is real and personal and has a purpose for your life. No matter what you are facing, your loving Creator-God gave you life and is able to handle anything. He created everything and said, “It is good.”
- 2. You will experience evil. You live in a world where bad things happen to good and bad people. Seldom do we fully understand why we go through hard times. The main question is not why has this happened. The most important question for you is who will you follow when difficult decisions come. Your best choice is to follow your Heavenly Father, who loves you no matter what, who is able to handle anything, who is aware of every detail in your past and knows your future, and who is always with you and will never leave you. Put your faith in Him and you can overcome any challenge.
- You have a free will. You were created by God with a conscience, through which God guides you. Your conscience gives you the ability to make free, unselfish and responsible decisions or to make selfish and irresponsible decisions. Your Heavenly Father will not force you to follow his will for you. You can’t always control what happens to you, but you can choose how you will respond. Use your free-will to respond in a way that will please your Heavenly Father because he knows what’s best for you and will help you.
- You have a personal God. God not only created you, cares about you, desires a personal relationship with you, but he loves you so much that he suffered and died on a cross for you. The best way to get close to your personal God and make sure you are doing what’s best for your life is to study the life and words of Jesus, God’s son. Follow Jesus’ example, spend time pouring your heart out to God and listen to his gentle voice in your conscience, and seek advice from mature, Godly people whom you respect.
Before you decide ask yourself this critical question, “Am I seeking daily to find and follow the will of the Creator and Caretaker of this world and the next? His son, Jesus, made it clear.
“First and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also.” Matthew 6:33 AMP
Is the decision you are seeking to make in line with these words of Jesus?
If you want to learn more about how to decide what’s moral or immoral and what’s right or wrong for any situation, check out Chapter 9 in my book Healthy Faith: A Strategic Lifestyle Plan to Transform Your Head, Heart, and Hands. The chapter is entitled How do you KNOW the laws of right and wrong?