Reflections from the Heart of Allan Redenius
On October 4, 1997, I attended the Promise Keepers event in Washington, D.C., Stand in the Gap. As our entourage approached the National Mall, it was my intention to elbow my way forward to stand at the foot of the stage in front of the Capitol Building. Well, my intentions were dashed when I arrived. Not only could I not get near the stage, but I had to retreat to the Washington Monument, over a mile away. There were a million men there!
Today as I ponder that retreat, I wonder if it was to teach me a lesson. Remember, I wanted to be up front. Could it be that around the throne of Christ, there are so many aborted babies, that you nor I may not even get close to the throne?
Usually, these reflections are lighthearted with a divine message. This one isn’t so lighthearted, but there is a divine message. Here it is. From Psalm 139:13, “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Then we hear Jeremiah’s call in Jeremiah 1:4-5. “The word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart…”
Now if God, “…knit us together in our mother’s womb..” and if the word of the Lord says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…” how can someone say a fetus has not life? Actually, the word “fetus” makes it too impersonal. “It” is a baby.
But some would say, “A woman has the right to choose.” Yes, she should have a choice. But the choice lay before conception, not after. They could abstain or use birth control. Failing those choices, the next choice is to give the baby up for adoption.
If there is no life before birth, then why do so many mothers who have endured a miscarriage, grieve the loss of their child? If there is no life before birth, then why do so many women who choose abortion suffer from Post Abortion Stress Syndrome? If there is no life, there should be no grief….but there is.
Maybe if one baby is saved by me taking a stand, then I’ll boldly stand in that gap.
God’s blessings and love to you all,
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Allan Redenius is the Pastor of First Covenant Church in Fort Dodge, Iowa. This blog reflects his love for Our Lord Jesus Christ, his whimsical sense of humor and his approach to life.