Matthew 6:9-13 - After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom
come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
The Sermon for this week is: How
Would Jesus Vote? Matters of Life and Death - Exodus 20:13 - Thou
shalt not murder
This sermon will probably make a few people upset but that in itself makes
me sad as I wonder why? How can anyone profess with their mouth that they are Christian then use their votes to support sinful
activities. This week’s sermon covers what is tantamount to legalized murder through Abortion. To make it worse the
government supports the idea that all citizens should be forced to pay for someone that they don’t even know to have
one because they could not control their own lust. In addition the government wants religious organizations to pay for abortions
or lose their taxation status. The purpose of the tax status is because most religious organizations spend more than 80% of
their income supporting the homeless, food closets, soup kitchens, and evangelical work around the world. By forcing these
organizations to pay taxes it will mean that those donations given by the Christian bodies will also not be tax deductable
– eventually the Church will close its door and Satan will have won another battle.
The following material for this sermon is drawn from How Would Jesus Vote?: a Christian Perspective
on the Issues by D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe (Colorado Springs, CO: WaterBrook Press, 2008). 2 Galaxie Software.
(2002; 2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press
“Stop! In the name of Christ, stop!”
Eighty thousand people watched as a man jumped over the railing, ran onto the field, held up his
hands, and shouted, “Stop! In the name of Christ, stop!”
He ran in between two combatants, two gladiators who were fighting to the death, and he begged
them to stop.
Who was this man? His name was Telemachus.
Telemachus was a monk who lived in a cloistered monastery somewhere in Eastern Europe in the late
4th century. He felt God say to him, “Go to Rome.” And so he put his possessions in a bag and set off for Rome. When he arrived in the city on January 1, 404, people were thronging in the streets.
He asked what all the excitement was about, and was told that this was the day that the gladiators would be fighting to the
death in the Roman Coliseum.
He thought to himself, “Four centuries after Christ and they are still killing each other,
for enjoyment?” He ran to the Coliseum, and as he arrived, he heard the gladiators say, “Hail to Caesar! We die
for Caesar!” He thought, “This isn’t right.” That’s when he jumped over the railing and went out into the middle of the field, got between two
gladiators, held up his hands, and shouted, “Stop! In the name of Christ, stop!”
How did the crowd respond? The crowd protested and began to shout, “Run him through! Run
him through!” A gladiator came over and hit Telemachus in the stomach with the back of his sword. It sent him sprawling
in the sand.
Telemachus got up and stood between the gladiators again, and shouted, “Stop! In the name of Christ,
stop!” But the crowd chanted louder and louder, ‘Run him through! Run him through! Run him through!” One
gladiator came over and thrust his sword through the little monk’s stomach and he fell into the sand, which began to
turn crimson with his blood.
One last time he gasped out, “Stop! In the name of Christ, stop!” A hush came over the 80,000
people in the Coliseum. Then, a man stood up and left. Then another. And another. And within minutes all 80,000 people walked
out of the Coliseum. It was the last known gladiatorial contest in the Roman Empire. Three days later, the Roman Emperor Honorius
declared Telemachus a martyr, and officially ended all gladiatorial contests.
Can one person make a difference? Telemachus was appalled by what he saw in the Roman Coliseum. He could
not believe that four centuries after Christ people were still killing each other for pleasure.
In the 21st century we find the gladiatorial contests crude and barbaric. And yet, we have our own modern
crude and barbaric killing for pleasure “abortion”. Although there are some medically necessary abortions
- such as when the life of the mother is at stake - the facts are that the vast majority of abortions are for the pleasure
of the individuals who do not want that child.
As we continue on “How Would Jesus Vote?” I want to examine “Matters of Life and Death.”
What does the Bible have to say about matters of life and death? Let us look at a foundational text, Exodus 20:13. This is
the sixth of Ten Commandments
“Thou shall not murder.” (Exodus 20:13)
Ever since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 abortion has been a hot political issue in this country.
It has not gotten much attention in this upcoming election as it has in previous years due to the war and the economy, and
yet, it is still an extremely important issue. The reason abortion is still an important issue is because the moral contrasts
are so clear and the stakes so high.
However, abortion is not the only issue that deals with matters of life and death, but it is the best
known issue. Other issues include euthanasia, stem-cell research, and suicide. Because the theological issues regarding life
and death are so similar with all these issues it is prudent that all be examined, however due to time constraints in this
sermon we can only briefly examine the other topics and in order to spend time on abortion.
So, let us then examine how Jesus would vote on matters of life and death. Let me use the following outline
to guide us:
1. What does the Bible say about life and death?
2. What does the Bible say about euthanasia?
3. What does the Bible say about stem-cell research?
4. What does the Bible say about suicide?
5. What does the Bible say about abortion?
I. What Does the Bible Say about Life and Death?
The predominant view in our culture is that unborn children
are simply masses of tissue. However, the biblical view is that God has formed a person from the moment of conception. This
is how King David put it in - Psalm 139:13-14 - For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's
womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
Because of modern science we know that a male sperm and a female egg come together to form a new person.
That single cell doubles, and then doubles again, and again, until the human body eventually has trillions and trillions of
Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box, once said that if we were to compile all the
information found in the very simplest cell of the human body into books the size of the Encyclopedia Britannica,
the information contained in that single cell would comprise approximately 30 volumes!
We are truly fearfully and wonderfully made! hen Jeremiah
received his call from God to be a prophet, God told Jeremiah that he knew him before he was even born. Jeremiah said of God
in Jeremiah 1:4-5 - Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;
and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet
unto the nations.
An unborn baby is a person,
a human being made in the image of God. We read about a remarkable incident about an unborn baby in Luke 1:39-41 - And
Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias,
and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb;
and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: - Masses of tissue do not leap for joy in the womb.
It is clear from these texts that God has a high view of the life that he has created. From the moment
of conception there is a person whom God knows, and who can even leap in the womb. Regarding the destruction of human life
God has clearly said in Exodus 20:13, the sixth of the Ten Commandments, “Thou
shalt not murder.” Some Bible translations, such as the King James Version and the American Standard Version,
say, “Thou shalt not kill,” but that is not a good translation. The Bible does not forbid killing. For example,
God sanctions war (Deuteronomy 1:30; 2 Samuel 22:35) and commands capital punishment (Numbers 35:16-21, 30-33). God even provides
a refuge for the accidental death of another person (Joshua 20:1-6).
What God is opposed to, however, is the deliberate or unwarranted destruction of life. God is opposed
to murder. And that is why the Original Hebrew correctly translated shows Exodus 20:13 as, “Thou shalt not murder.” The Westminster Shorter Catechism
asks in Question 67, “Which is the sixth commandment?” And the answer given is, “The sixth commandment
is, Thou shall not kill.” As I have already noted, the sixth commandment really says, “Thou shalt not murder,” and not, “You shall not kill.”
Thus “What is required in the sixth commandment?” The answer is,
“The sixth commandment requires all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life, and the life of others.”
“What is forbidden in the sixth commandment?”
The answer is, “The sixth commandment forbids the taking of one’s own life or the life of others unjustly, or
doing anything that leads to suicide or murder.” And so it is clear from the Bible that God forbids the unjust or unwarranted
taking of human life. In fact, God wants life preserved from the moment of conception.
II. What Does the Bible Say about Euthanasia?
Euthanasia is defined as “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick
or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.” We live
in a “throw away” society. Things break, and we throw it away. Things don’t work as they used to, and we
throw it away. Unfortunately, that attitude is creeping in regarding older people and disabled people. They are no longer
“productive” citizens, and so there are those who want to “throw them away.”
Some of you may remember Dr. Jack Kevorkian (a.k.a. “Dr. Death”). He claims to have assisted
130 patients die via euthanasia in the 1990s. He eventually served 8 years in prison, from 1999 to 2007, for second-degree
The Bible is clear that we have no warrant for taking life. We must do all in our power to preserve it.
However, there are times when a person cannot be helped (such as when there is no brain activity) and it is appropriate in
such circumstances to remove a person from life-support.
III. What Does the Bible Say about Stem-cell Research?
Usually stem-cell research refers to embryonic-stem-cell re-search conducted on the cells of human
embryos. This means that babies that are aborted are used in this research. Because of the practice of abortion, the Bible
does not support embryonic-stem-cell research. Supporters of embryonic research say that such research is needed in order
to find cures for diseases. It is my understanding that to date not one single cure has been produced as a result of embryonic-stem-cell
On the other hand, adult-stem-cell research, which raises no ethical issues, has yielded
profitable results. Noted scientist Michael Fumento observed, “Adult stem cells cure and treat more than 70 diseases
and are involved in almost 1,300 human clinical trials.” So, let research be done with adult-stem-cells but not with
embryonic-stem-cells because they are obtained from abortions.
IV. What Does the Bible Say about Suicide?
The Bible records five suicides: Samson (Judges 16:29-30), Saul and his armor-bearer (1 Samuel 31:4-5),
Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), Zimri (1 Kings 16:18), and Judas (Matthew 27:5). Since suicide is the murder of oneself, it is
not justified. It is therefore clearly prohibited by the sixth commandment (“Thou
shalt not murder,” Exodus 20:13).
II. What Does the Bible Say about Abortion?
So, with that as a general
principal about life and death, what does the Bible say about abortion? In the debate about abortion, there are some who cite
Exodus 21:22-25 as proof that taking the life of an unborn baby is not the same as taking the life of a human being who has
been born. However what is really said in Exodus 21:22-25 - If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that
her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according
as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if
any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand
for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe
However, as Kennedy and Newcombe point out in their book titled How Would Jesus Vote?, “the
Bible draws a huge distinction between the deliberate and accidental taking of life. In this particular case,
justice demands a life (the adult who accidentally caused the injury) for a life (the unborn child). This passage says nothing
about the deliberate destruction of the unborn.” There is simply
no passage or text in the Bible that would support abortion at all. Abortion is the deliberate taking of life, for enjoyment.
Oh, not the enjoyment of the abortion, but the enjoyment of life unhindered by a child.
There is, however, one instance in which abortion is permitted. And that is when the life of the mother
is at stake. In those extremely rare instances when the lives of both the mother and the unborn baby are threatened and only
one of them can be saved, then it is appropriate to save the life of the mother. But even in that instance, it is still essentially
a choice for life - the life of the mother. It is better to save one life than to lose two lives.
pro-choice people argue that this is a common occurrence. The fact is that “less than 1% of all abortions are performed
to save the mother’s life.” In fact, while he was Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. C. Everett Koop stated
publicly that in his thirty-eight years as a pediatric surgeon, “he was never aware of a single situation in which a
preborn child’s life had to be taken in order to save the life of the mother.” He said that the use of this argument
to justify abortion in general was a “smoke screen.”