The Scriptures assured those who follow Christ that a day would come where men would not endure sound doctrine; a time when truth would be rejected in favor of a lie and men would seek darkness rather than light. We are certainly seeing such a day as the lies of the enemy are being exalted as the truth of a new and more “enlightened” day.
Recently, the State of Vermont, like so many other states around the nation enacted legislation that effectively took away any and all restrictions on abortion. The worship of the god of death has reared its ugly head as the spirit of idolatry sweeps across a nation that once reverenced life and honored the principles of righteousness rooted in the Bible.
The bill in question, H.57 has passed and is now in the hands of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee, a remarkably ironic place for a bill that condemns innocent children to death for any reason, at any time. The hearings at the State House in Montpelier was well attended and contentious as Vermonters gathered from all over the State to comment in support or opposition to the bill. Many opponents of the murder of innocent children traveled to Montpelier to stand in defense of life.
They spoke passionately and eloquently against such horrendous legislation. Their pleas, however, fell upon deaf ears as like so many other states across America, our Vermont lawmakers are unable to see the wicked cruelty they espouse. All of this information is well known. What is not well known is that a week before the State House hearings a man of God stood before the State Legislators and presented an eloquent defense of life.
According to Truenorth Reports.com, Rev. Rosaire Bisson, assistant pastor at the Christ Community Alliance Church in Barre, was suspended for one year from giving devotions before the Vermont Senate for the offense of speaking in defense of the unborn.
Both the Vermont House and Senate hear a brief 1-to-3 minute devotion on most days. The speakers are typically, but not exclusively, local religious leaders of all faiths. They are instructed to avoid any controversial or political issues. Such a restriction of course, prevents the Church from having any meaningful voice in the legislative process. The practice of inviting religious leaders to bring a devotion before the State House and Senate, but forbidding them to speak on matters of importance makes a mockery of the entire process. As Christians, especially those of us who are called to represent the voice of God to men, we are bound to speak on matters of moral and ethical importance. The matter of abortion is moral and ethical shame upon the nation, and upon our state of Vermont.
I not only wanted to encourage us to thank God for Pastor Rosaire Bisson’s courage as he did not waste the three minutes allotted him as he spoke so eloquently in defense of life, I also wanted you to read his words so that they might not be buried in State documents. I have reprinted his devotion here for you to read
“The Preciousness of Life”
In the Declaration of Independence, it states in the second paragraph, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
There is a reason that among those unalienable rights listed that life is first, for without life, it is impossible to enjoy these other rights. Indeed, the Equality and Human Rights Commission also states in Article 2, “Everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law.”
In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, recognized by Christians, Jews and Muslims, we see clearly that God considers man unique among His creation. In chapter one and verse 26, we read, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image.’” Also we see, that unlike the rest of His creation that came about as God spoke, He took special attention in creation of man. In chapter two and verse 7 it says, “the Lord formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
A staple of our news media has been their reporting of the rescuing of an individual. Recently, in a joint House and Senate resolution, Sgt. La Rose was honored for the saving of a woman. In a recent incident in West Virginia, untold numbers of people spent over a million dollars to bring out of an abandoned coal mine, three people. We spend millions over decades to find a cure from cancer. And an important part of our law enforcement’s mission is the maintenance of safety on our highways, to protect life and limb.
We have rightly criticized nations who have historically disregarded life. The Romans as they abandoned their infants and were entertained by gladiatorial fights. Genghis Khan, as he killed 35 million Chinese, so that his sheep had more area to graze. And in the last century with Hitler and Stalin, as they killed millions for racial reasons or because they were considered feeble.
Because we in America have valued life so greatly, we have been distinguished around the world. Key purposes of government include the protection, promotion and provision of human life, especially its most vulnerable.
An eloquent defense of life for sure by Pastor Bisson. As I read the article outlining the reasons for suspending Pastor Bisson, I thought of the wicked men of the Sanhedrin as the Deacon, Stephen stood before them giving a defense of his faith. “Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ‘ground their teeth at him.’” (Acts 7:54)
Recently, I was quoted in an article written by Marlene Bagnull of the Colorado Christian Writers Conference: “Writers have always been among the most feared by despots and dictators. Truth tellers have been imprisoned and executed, their writings banned and burned, their character brought into question by allegation and accusation. The written word is among the most powerful weapons of history. . . . ” Pastor Bisson is a truth teller, and in the culture in which we now live – truth tellers must be silenced.
Certainly, the good Pastor from Barre was not imprisoned or executed, but it begs the question: How long will good men be endured before the efforts to silence their voice with more strident measures? I think it may not be as far in the future as we would hope. Yet, we must not allow our voice to be silenced. The church of the Living God must remain resolute and courageous in the face of growing opposition to the hearing of the voice of God. Well done, Pastor, well done.
To the legislators of the State of Vermont I would say: Do not close your ears to the warnings of Godly men for they not only speak in defense of innocent life, but in defense of your life as well; for surely and without question, the God of Heaven who sits on the Throne of the universe will exact His vengeance against all who run to shed innocent blood. It may be sooner than you expect. As the apostle Peter declared to the men of Jerusalem in Acts chapter 2, you must repent of your evil and turn from you wickedness lest you incur His wrath…..you must save yourselves from this crooked generation.”