Coach Dave Daubenmire
January 17, 2013
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.” Genesis 3:16.
“Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.” 1 Timothy 2:15.
Some of you reading this will not be able to understand it. That’s okay. I am going to write it anyway.
May those who have ears to hear, hear.
America’s female population is in mourning. I saw it again this past week as we were doing Pro-life ministry in Mississippi.
It is in the shopping malls and the schoolhouses. You will see it at the local gym and at your favorite grocery store. It hovers over our universities and our beauty shops. It haunts the halls of our homes and of our churches.
The twin demons of Grief and Sorrow attach to America’s women like icicles poke from a poorly-sealed spouting. They are a constant reminder of a seeping wound dripping out of the soul.
But the wound will not heal. It is the result of a self-inflicted broken heart with a never ending ache. Invisible, but omnipresent… dull but debilitating…covered-over but open.
America’s women are submerged in sorrow.
wife and I have two beautiful daughters. We have done our best to train
them in the fear and admonition of the Lord. They were stellar college
softball players, accomplished college graduates, top-shelf beauty queens,
followers of Jesus. I am a blessed man.
But in this world where everything good is under attack, training children is a crap-shoot. The cry of the culture “I gotta do what is best for me” is the siren-song that gnaws away at the foundation of their Christian upbringing. Parenthood is the ultimate sacrifice...the giving of one’s life to another.
Abby, the oldest of our daughter’s, experienced the joy of child-bearing when she and her husband blessed us with our first grandchild a little over two years ago. My heart burst with joy when I over-heard her telling a friend “It is the greatest thing I have ever done!”
many of our daughters’ friends are trapped by the lie that a woman’s
life can only be fulfilled by a successful career. They put off child-bearing,
themselves financially so that a “quiver-full” is out of
the realm of possibility, and spend their lives in pursuit of all of
the “stuff” the culture tells them they must have.
Motherhood is Abby’s career. It is the greatest vocation a woman could ever aspire to.
The Bible is true. Children are a heritage of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward. All of our lives are filled with joy because of her little Reese. Life is always a good choice.
But many of America’s women have chosen death. They have been lied to. They listened to the hum of the humanistic culture and its promise of self satisfaction. They bought into the promise of college, career, and the collection of conveniences it provides.
Liberation has become lamentation as the realization of their folly comes home to roost.
Nearly 60 million women have chosen to abort the greatest thing that they would ever do.
America is awash in sorrow.
Let me try and explain my point.
In Genesis 3:16 Jehovah explains to Eve that the process of pregnancy would be one of great sorrow. Morning sickness, weight gain, physical discomfort and depression are often the result of being pregnant; a manifestation of a series of sorrows. But at the moment a woman gives birth a great sense of joy floods her heart flushing all memories of the pain and suffering the previous nine months had presented.
The very essence of the woman had been saved in childbearing. What a joyful experience this transference of new life is!
But those who chose to abort the pre-born life are trapped in sorrows. It is not that they have never been pregnant…even they know that they have…but the deliverance that comes at the birth of a child never has a chance to cleanse their pain.
They are still a mother…but the mother of a dead, never-born baby. If, as modern feminism would declare, pregnancy is a disease, then childbearing is the cure. Child-killing does not cure the sickness.
From the day she foolishly ends the life of her child, sorrow takes up a permanent residence in the heart of the post-abortive woman. The baby is buried in the bottom of her bosom.
So they take drugs or alcohol or perhaps become a workaholic in the search of a balm. But nothing will alleviate the ache. They turn to infidelity, serial marriage, pro-abortion activism because misery loves company. Even though many go on to the parenting of other children they never forget the empty chair at the dinner table…
The sorrow is ever present and shame on the church for not dealing with the hurt.
Most pastors will not speak about the pain of abortion. They speak about it much the same as the do about war…as something that happens in far-off places…unaware of the infanticide sitting in their own pews…grievous with guilt. Statistics set the ratio at 1 out of 2 women. Half the church.
Jesus is the balm that pastors are afraid to apply. A Devil’s Brew of pride and shame prevents the wounded-woman from crying out for deliverance from the torment. So they suffer in silence…submerged in sorrow.
Abortion is horrific. How does a woman admit to such a ghastly sin? What will others think? What kind of woman kills her own child? The pews are full of women who have never confessed, repented, and received the freedom of forgiveness.
There is nothing as powerful as a personal testimony from one who has overcome. Testimonies are used to inspire and encourage others. Jesus delivered me from drugs. Jesus delivered me from alcohol. Jesus delivered me from pornography. We use them all of the time in the church.
Jesus delivered me from the guilt of abortion! Rare is the church in which those words are uttered. Even rarer is the pastor with the courage to set them free. Guilt is the real war on women.
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“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” -Rev. 12:11.
Abortion is murder. Strong words…but true. When the church helps women drag those skeletons out of the closet a wave of grace and forgiveness will flood this land. Confession and repentance are strong medicine. Covering the cancer will not bring healing. Christ can’t forgive what you will not confess. God knows. He is waiting to forgive. Mercy follows judgment.
Until we do, American women will remain submerged in sorrow…sick over the loss of motherhood. Forty years is long enough. Let the women go.
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