Friday, May 04, 2007

You shall not murder: Dt 5:17

"You shall not murder." (Deuteronomy 5:17)
Every human being has a fundamental right to life. Life is a free gift from God, given by God for a duration that He alone chooses. All life is precious and no man has the right to take the life of another. So serious was the offense of murder that God declared that the judgment against such a crime should be capital punishment. "If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death at the evidence of witnesses, but no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness." (Numbers 35:30)

It is a fundamental role and responsibility of government to protect life and to secure the right to life for each of its citizens. Government is called to bring to bear all its authority and power for the defense of life. This defense is not only in the prosecution of those who commit murders but also in the establishment of laws aimed at protecting innocent life. This is why the issue of abortion is such a critical issue in my country. in 1973 the Supreme Court of the United Stated ruled that women had a constitutional right to have an abortion. In making such a ruling, our government advocated its divine call to defend life, even unborn life. Since 1973, millions of preborn babies have been murdered in their mother's womb and our government's only response has been to celebrate a woman's right to do so. Our disregard for preborn life has grieved deeply the heart of God and, unless our country changes, God will not leave us unpunished. Our government must reclaim its divine right to defend life and must exert its full weight of authority to protect preborn life. This is an issue God cares greatly about and one our government can no longer choose to ignore.

David Robison

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