To the Editor:
Kudos to Pastor Richard Sterling for correctly assessing the pitiful condition of our churches in his letter to the editor entitled, "The Church Must Wake Up."
Our country has been so blessed because it was founded on Judeo-Christian principles including the God-given right to life clearly stated in both the scriptures and in our Declaration of Independence.
Since abortion denies the unborn this basic right, its eradication should be a top priority of every church. Instead, the churches hide behind their claim that abortion is political and has allowed it to go on unhindered up to the moment of birth, and now even progressing to infanticide and euthanasia.
In EZK.3:18, Christians are commanded to "warn the wicked and dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, ... or be held accountable for his blood."
Instead, more than 150 religious leaders from Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian and the United Church of Christ denominations signed a letter declaring their support for abortion on demand and urged the pro-life governor of Tennessee to keep abortions legal and easily accessible.
Our religious beliefs determine our political affiliation and since abortion on demand is an official plank in the Democratic Party platform while the protection of all human life is in the Republican's, being a Christian Democrat appears to be an oxymoron.
Christian citizens should not only be informed voters but are responsible for putting the candidates most in line with their beliefs in office. (Prov.29:2) "When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan."
Christians are further charged with praying for their leaders. (I Tim. 2:2) "I urge that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for ... all those in authority over you."
One would have to wonder how our county, with over 100 churches, elected three pro-abortion Democratic state legislators, Sen. Andrzejczak and Assemblymen Milam and Land, who have just recently voted for the assisted suicide bill permitting legalized euthanasia as well as the continued funding of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America.
Our two federal senators, Menendez and Booker, along with 42 of their Democratic colleagues even went on the record for infanticide by voting against the bill which would protect babies born alive after surviving an abortion. The Republican senators unanimously voted in favor of the bill protecting the sanctity of life.
In all of the major elections, voter guides were provided for our area churches, but obviously few ever put them to use.
As the church has reneged on its duties and has chosen to conform to the culture rather than change it, it is little wonder that church attendance is drastically declining, young people have lost interest in today's hypocritical church, and the liberal left is winning its war against Christianity.
There are many ways that Cape May County Christians can get involved in ending the scourge of abortion: Hope Pregnancy Center, CMC Right to Life, Christ Child Society, Knights of Columbus, the CMC Life Chain, 40 days for Life and the churches have been made aware of all of them.
I would have to go even further than Pastor Sterling's assessment and say that the church is not just asleep, but is in a coma and in desperate need of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and revival to spread across our land if we hope to regain our Judeo-Christian roots and eradicate the atrocity of abortion in our land.
(Isaiah 59:19) "...When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him."