Please express your concerns about a deeply troubling proposal pending in the Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
HB 40 is a pro-abortion bill that would authorize the use of tax dollars to pay for abortions in Illinois through Medicaid and state government health care insurance plans. It is sponsored by State Representative Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago). This bill would reverse the current law which bans taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid.
In 1977, when the ban on taxpayer funding of abortion under Medicaid passed into law, there were over 12,700 abortions paid for under Public Aid's Medicaid program with taxpayer dollars. When the ban went into full affect after a June 1980 U.S. Supreme Court decision specifically upholding the Illinois Law, 22 abortions were paid for in 1981 with taxpayer dollars.
Since the Illinois ban on taxpayer funded abortions under the Public Aid Code was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in June 1980, at least 10,000 babies in Illinois were saved each year through 2014.
“I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of those about me, seemed insufficient for the day.”
This quote by Abraham Lincoln prompts the question, “Have I been driven to my knees as the issues of our time come crashing in on our nation while the moral and military landscape of the world is changing?” Where else can I go?
John 6 tells us that many of those who were following Jesus turned away from Him. Looking at the Apostles He then asked, “Will you also go away?” Peter responded “To whom else can we go? You have the words of life” (John 6:67-68).
While Jehoshaphat was king of Judah his kingdom was being threatened. I’m sure his military advisors suggested that he increase his weapons, ammunition, and his army. But King Jehoshaphat “feared God, and set himself to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3).”
Pastor, have you been driven to your knees, because your wisdom, preaching, and leadership are insufficient? I would suggest that we boldly preach the Word, but that we do so in humility on our knees before God.
Why not turn some of our Bible studies, small groups, Sunday schools, and even worship hours into times of falling on our knees before God “with overwhelming conviction that we have nowhere else to go”?
Because of God’s response to the prayers of Abraham Lincoln, the Apostle Peter and King Jehoshaphat, the Union was preserved, the apostles turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6), and the nation of Judah won the battle (2 Chronicles 20:22-24).
King Jehoshaphat prayed “We have no might against this great company that comes against us; neither know we what to do: But our eyes are upon You” (2 Chronicles 20:12).
1 Chronicles 10:14-15 says, “The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jehoshaphat…and he said…the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
Again, I ask, “Have we been driven to our knees before God?”