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The vote on Amendment 1 is simply an occasion, an opportunity on a grand scale, to show the world who our trust is in.
I want to convince as many pastors and saints as I can in the waning days of the vote Yes on Amendment 1 campaign that what we have is a tremendous opportunity.
It is a Great Commission Moment.
At this point, at least 13 states have court mandates that have greatly expanded, or as in Tennessee, guaranteed a fundamental right to abortion. Chains of lawsuits posed by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU have built a foundation of case law that allows our fundamental right to privacy, guaranteed by the 9th amendment to the US Constitution and all of the state constitutions, to be wrongly construed to mean there is a fundamental right to abortion.
Tennessee is more lax in its legal stand on abortion than any other state in the Southeast, and as a result, women come to Tennessee to have abortions on demand, with no waiting period, no guarantee of a doctor consultation for informed consent, and no guarantee of life-saving measures should her procedure go badly. There isn’t even a guarantee that the facility performing the abortion is clean. There is no law that requires these facilities to submit to inspection and licensing.
I was reading Acts chapter 1 and had a revelation as I got to verse 8, which reads like this in the KJV:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The eyes of the nation are on Tennessee. The outcome of the vote on Amendment 1 will be felt in our state (“Jerusalem”), across our region (“Judaea”), throughout our nation (“Samaria”), and all over the world.
The vote on Amendment 1 is simply an occasion, an opportunity on a grand scale, to show the world who our trust is in: Almighty God, who directs men and women of faith and conscience, to do what is in the best interest of their state, based on the morality of God’s word and the compassion of His church.
This is not a political move to allow our government more intrusion into people’s lives, like the opposition to this amendment is claiming. It is an affirmation of trust in, and a grant of freedom to, the people of Tennessee to make their own decisions, free from undue and unreasonable interference by the court or outside abortion interests.
The call to action is this- pray and intercede, speak and persuade, and cast your vote Yes on Life, Yes on Amendement 1. It is a matter of spreading hope to a lost and dying world that needs the opportunity to turn their lives over to our loving Saviour.