During our study of Proverbs 1:8-19 the other night, we were considering various applications of the text in our modern context. As you read through the text below, think about how applicable it is to abortion. The shedding of blood described here is coldly calculated.
 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction,
and forsake not your mother’s teaching,
 for they are a graceful garland for your head
and pendants for your neck.
 My son, if sinners entice you,
do not consent.
 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood;
let us ambush the innocent without reason;
 like Sheol let us swallow them alive,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
 we shall find all precious goods,
we shall fill our houses with plunder;
 throw in your lot among us;
we will all have one purse”—
 my son, do not walk in the way with them;
hold back your foot from their paths,
 for their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed blood.
 For in vain is a net spread
in the sight of any bird,
 but these men lie in wait for their own blood;
they set an ambush for their own lives.
 Such are the ways of everyone who is greedy for unjust gain;
it takes away the life of its possessors (ESV).
This quotation was brought to my attention a few weeks ago by Pastor Steve Jeffrey in London, England. It is taken from an essay written by David Field in 2007, which can be found here. The perspectives that Mr. Field encourages us to maintain are an important reminder of what ought to be the disposition of faith.
“Evangelical defeatism is a failure of Biblical perspective. After all, the risen Lord Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and has been made head over all things for the Church; he is the ruler of the kings of the earth and he is currently putting his enemies beneath his feet; he has presumably asked the Father for the nations as his inheritance and the ends of the earth as his possession – and so he will receive them. All nations will bow to Jesus and all kings will serve him and his kingdom will grow to become the largest plant in the garden with the nation-birds finding rest in its branches. His kingdom is the stone which crushed the kingdoms of men in Daniel 2 and which is growing to become a mountain-empire which fills the whole earth. He is the firstborn from among the dead and therefore it is right that in all things he has the first place. He has been highly exalted and not only will every knee bow to him but every knee should bow to him.
“Evangelical defeatism is a failure of historical perspective. After all, the statistics are out there. It took 1400 years for 1% of the world’s population to become Christians and then another 360 years for that to double to 2%. Another 170 years saw that grow from 2% to 4% and then, between 1960 and 1990 the proportion of the world’s population made up of Bible-believing Christians rose from 4% to 8%. Now, in 2007, one third of the world’s population confesses that Jesus is Lord and 11% of the world’s population are “evangelical” Christians. The evangelical church is growing twice as fast as Islam and three times as fast as the world’s population. South America is turning Protestant faster than Continental Europe did in the sixteenth century. South Koreans reckon that they can evangelize the whole of North Korea within five years once that country opens up. And then there’s the Chinese church consisting of tens of millions of Christians who have learned to pray, who have confidence in Scripture, who know about spiritual warfare, have been schooled in suffering and are qualified to rule. One day in the next century that Church – tens of millions of Christians trained to die – will be released into global mission and our prayers for the fall of Islam will be answered.”
“The Church is the nursery of the Kingdom, and the principles we learn in the Church are to be carried forth in the transformation of family, state, and other institutions.” – James B. Jordan.