It hasn't happened yet, so our prayers can still make a difference.
What is this stand against abortion that Georgia is taking? It's called the "Heartbeat Bill" and makes abortion illegal once a fetal heartbeat is detected, or at 8 weeks of pregnancy. The new law would take effect January 1, 2020. Other states have also brought forth bills that will protect innocent life from death where it should be safest: in his or her mother's womb. Mothers have looked to abortion as birth control, after a life has already been formed in her womb. If you play out the logic, it truly is murder because a life that would have been born and grown up into a child or an adult has been intentionally stopped short. The sanctity of life is something to value and cherish, and is not a commodity.
We all have as a moral, basic, human responsibility and duty to protect life, at whatever stage it is, including elderly and handicapped people. I would extend that to take our responsibility even to animals, as responsible stewards of what God has placed under man. Plant life is also a duty to work the ground and take care of our planet. But like it or not, the top of this chain is human beings because that is how God designed it. And we don't have the luxury of being irresponsible, because it's up to us to protect life and the well being of others. Criminals take what is not theirs. Life does not belong to us, but to God, even our own lives.
This is what God thinks about shedding innocent blood:
Proverbs 6:16-19: "These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
I made a choice recently. I moved here from Connecticut and found a job, but it was a difficult one. The hours and the job were a struggle for me. I had a wonderful boss who found another job within the company, but it would be working at a casino. I would not be an employee of the casino, but would have to have a badge that would identify me with them. I also considered my reputation as I drove into this establishment. My job was to work in the health clinic, so I was not doing anything wrong. People everywhere need healthcare, and the casino was good to their employees to provide a clinic for them. But my conscience was not clear. I am a Christian, and I felt like my being there showed a conflict of interest with my values, like I was endorsing the things that go on in a casino. It could tarnish my reputation as a Christian writer, and I couldn't take that chance. I am against gambling, and of course that is a gambling establishment. One could try to justify it, but for my conscience, I could not do it. It was a difficult decision as the time was coming close to us starting, but as soon as I found out I would have to wear a casino badge, the decision became clear to me. I had to turn it down. I had to disappoint those who were counting on me. But the strong feeling in my heart that it was the right thing to do won out, and I decided to stay in my current position until God brought something else my way that would better meet the needs of my family.
So what happened? My boss was understanding, she called me the next day to reassure me that everything was fine on her end and asked if we were OK, which we were, and she reminded me of something she learned recently: just because an opportunity comes doesn't mean we are meant to take it. We still have to pray for God's will and follow His lead in all our decisions. A coworker took the job, and this was something that met her needs well. I pursued other external opportunities, but nothing else worked out, so I remained faithful where God had placed me. Then an opportunity came that is even better than I could have dreamed within my same company. The timing was now right for a change, and it did not cost me money or compromise my conscience. The hours worked out even better, and all in all, the pay worked out in my favor as well. I was patient and God blessed. He is real, He is alive, and He will work in our lives when we allow Him to.
Matthew 6:33: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
So it comes down to this, dear friend, dear Georgia, dear movie producer:
Joshua 24:15: "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD."