Victory: God’s Battles Fought God’s Way
 
Victory: God’s Battles Fought God’s Way
Written By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   01.20.18

If you are involved in the pro-life battle, you are most likely already on fire over the barbarity of abortion.  The natural response of any compassionate heart to the destruction of these little ones is rage, and anything less seems criminal.  All we need to know is that these innocent ones are precious to Him to steel our resolve!  However, as in any “war,” one’s strategy is critical to success, and the Word of God reminds us that our first responsibility is to wage this war with His methods and means.  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” Isaiah 55:8 and “human anger does not produce the righteousness of God,” James 1:20.

It is frustrating to see this battle rage on not just for years, but decades, and at times one’s natural inclination is to despair.  However, in God’s sovereignty many of earth’s evils will be finally and fully adjudicated only in eternity.  We should neither expect final justice here nor become weary of the fight.  Success has clearly not come quickly, so we must be in for the long haul, and improper methods or motives may lead to weariness.  We will not be judged for the apparent success of God’s enemies, but for our own faithfulness to the particular assignments we are each given by the Lord.

One side bar in all the cultural mess that is 2018 America is the manifold grace of God.  While it is manifestly clear that God must bring judgment upon this nation and the world for the atrocity that is abortion, yet here we sit, over 40 years after the abominable Roe-v-Wade still existing as a nation, and even prospering!  God’s grace is beyond words, and is a reminder that “the goodness of God leads one to repentance,” or at least should!

I don’t believe there is really anything new to be said about this war we fight, but, I would like to remind Believers that it is incumbent upon us to look on these things through God’s eyes as much as He has shown us.  We must unwaveringly trust Him to one-day set all things right; Justice will be done in His way and in His time.  We must seek His will for our personal involvement in the battle, and serve faithfully without regard to our apparent success or failures.  We must always, regardless of the barbarity or offensiveness of the opposition, do what is right: that which honors and pleases God.  We should remind ourselves of the blinding nature of sin and understand that many cannot see or grasp the enormity of this sin.  Christ noted such in His dying prayer, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

Therefore, let us pray as Paul challenged his young aid, Timothy to pray, that “God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth,” II Tim. 2:25.  If we are honest we know that many of us came late to this particular battle, and should be patient with others’ tardiness to the fray, or simple apathy.  And, let us “pray without ceasing!”

All this being said, we have no guarantee of God’s continued mercy toward this Nation with its state-approved slaughter of the innocent.  The Word of God is clear: He claims all children as His own, and, according to Exodus 22:22 has a special wrath toward those who afflict, oppress and slaughter them.  Therefore, more than ever we must call America to its collective knees in repentance, and warn them to not be deceived by the false prophets who cry “peace and safety,” or “health and wealth” while innocent blood is wantonly shed. We are told that “the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” James 5:16. If we do not soon let go of our hunger for “the good life” and seek instead His glory, we will certainly deserve any judgment He deems appropriate.

Rev. Thorin Anderson
Rev. Thorin Anderson is a member of the Advisory Council to Illinois Family Institute and the pastor of Parkwood Baptist Church on the south side of Chicago.  Pastor Anderson has faithfully pastored at Parkwood Baptist Church since September 8, 2000. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Central Seminary.  He and his wife Toni have 7 children. Pastor Anderson is also the President of Men for Christ, an association that organizes annual weekend men’s rallies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois on a rotating basis. For more information on these events, please visit MenforChristRally.org....
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