let’s see that they get there: it’s bad enough when we just sit back and wait for things to do (like “hard things”), rather than seek them. When you’ve got big ideas, like I’ve got, we can’t be satisfied to let one day slip by because there’s relatively little apparent things to do. Those days, for me, turn into weeks…which will eventually become months… if we’re not careful, years. But, it just as bad or worse when the opportunity to do “something” comes our way and we let it slip by.
One such opportunity would be working on the “Mississippi Personhood Amendment.” we’ve been given a chance to take a huge step towards ending abortion in MS. And plenty of opportunities to work on it, too.
After reading the Secretary of State’s booklet Constitutional Initiative in Mississippi: A Citizen’s Guide, it looks as though there will be a lot of administrative and organization type things that young people can help with. And of course, there’s the signature gathering. That looks good on several levels: it’s an opportunity for evangelism, talking to people you meet with. The issue is one that’s sure to spark discussion for a lot of people. Of course, if your like me, your people skills will have to be brushed up, but that needs doing anyway. Secondly, we’ll get the chance to do lots of travel, and meet tons of new like-minded people. Thirdly, it gives the opportunity to interact and fellowship with Brothers and Sisters who are working with you.
But none of these reasons are that great. I talked with a friend about it, and we agreed that everyone who works on this needs to check their motive. None of the above will work. It can’t be because we hate abortion. It’s wrong, but we can’t try and put it down for the wrong reasons. We need to resist the overwhelming temptation to do just to spite abortionists. Take that apart, and it ends up being rooted in hate. And I have a feeling that God will not bless our souls when we are fuelled by such an attitude toward others. And finally, we shouldn’t try to be fuelled by our love of children. That’s good, but not good enough.
The only reason we should be doing this is: We want to glorify God, and He said “Thou shalt not kill.” we want to draw closer to Him. That’s all. We should pray through every step that God would purify our motives. That through this, we would remember the Words which should, shape every work we’re given to do:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Of course, no one going to do this perfectly. Nothing we do is done from a perfect heart. That’s why we need to always return to the cross. Even as I wrote this, I couldn’t help wondering whether or not my motives for working on this Amendment were write. And they weren’t. Which is beautiful in that it continually causes us to look to the One who is sufficient. I felt an earnest need to pray, and I found a sweetness in going to Christ amidst a day that had begun to look like a dry desert.
We’re killing tomorrow’s kids. We’re tomorrow’s adults. Whether it passes or not, let us pray that God would use this amendment to shape our lives for the future that He holds in store.
I’ll try and put up more details about the amendment later. Really, a better and more reliable source of Info could be found here.
Here’s what was done in Colorado: