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.
Has God given us an opportunity to “turn from our wicked ways and seek Him?” With the Republicans now the majority in the Senate and increasing their majority in the House of Representatives, hope of real change has risen in some of our hearts. The reality of political renewal has occurred to a degree, but for lasting change there must be a spiritual renewal. This will only happen if we, the occupants of the pulpits of America, cry with a loud voice for holiness and humility.
This is not the time for pride and arrogance on our part, but it is the time for “bold humility.” I know those two words seem to stand in contrast to one another, but the reality is that authentic humility comes through the willingness to look at ourselves through the lens of Scripture which tells us that there are none good. We are all in desperate need of God’s grace. Will we boldly come to His throne and bow before Him, asking that our sins be forgiven, turn from our wicked ways and seek His face? I believe that is “bold humility” and it will result in a spiritual awakening that will sweep our nation.
Join me as I begin to prepare for Thanksgiving to get our hearts and sermons ready to share with our people the opportunity God has given His Church to turn to Him in repentance and faith.
May “We the people” be the ones who fulfil the promise of God, when He said “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles7:14)