Slavery, Love, and the Garden of Eden–Genesis 2:8-9

Slavery Love Garden of Eden

(From the Archives…)

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:8-9

The Garden

A little trivia to start: The Bible tells us that the land in which God’s garden is located is called Eden, however we are never actually given the name of the garden itself, only the name of the land in which it is located. But one thing’s for sure, the word Eden means delightful, and we do know from the Bible that without a doubt, whatever the name of the garden, God’s garden was a delightful place to live.

Notice that in the middle of His garden God puts both the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “Why?” You may be asking. “Why include the forbidden tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, in the middle of the delightful garden? Why ruin a perfect place with a forbidden tree?” The answer is that God desired a meaningful relationship with Adam and Eve, and a meaningful relationship requires a choice.

Marriage and Slavery

Hadijatou Mani is a 24 year old woman from the Sahel region of Nigeria, on the Southern fringe of the Sahara. Hadijatou’s story is the story of someone who wasn’t given a choice. When she was just 12 years old she was sold to a man named Souleymane Naroua. When she was just 13 she was raped by her master and forced to bear his children. Continue reading

Opening the Casket on Abortion by Scott Klusendorf

Opening the Casket on Abortion by Scott Klusendorf — Posted on Justin Taylor’s blog, Between Two Worlds.

This is a powerful blog post written by Scott Klusendorf. It’s about Emmett Till, a 14 year old African American youth from Chicago. While visiting Money, Mississippi, Emmett made the mistake of flirting with a young woman who was white and married. The year was 1955, and it didn’t take long for some locals to take matters into their own hands. At 2 AM the next morning they pulled Emmett from the house he was staying and killed him. They also beat his face beyond recognition. (Read Klusendorf’s article here)

Emmett was shipped back to his mother in a coffin. What happened next turned out to be a big part of the beginning of the civil rights movement. Emmett’s mother, Mamie Till, insisted on an open casket funeral service.

After telling Emmett’s story, the author of this blog post, Scott Klusendorf, goes on to say, we, as Christians, need to open the casket on abortion.

What happened to Emmett Till wasn’t right. It was dark. It was horrible. Emmett didn’t break any laws. And at 14, Emmett had very limited capability to defend himself, or to run, or even to gather friends and family to help him.

Unborn children don’t have limited capability to do such things — they have no capability. They have no means of defending themselves. They have no voice to cry out with for help. And they’re completely innocent.

I’m with Klusendorf. It’s time to take the casket off of abortion.

We need to share the visual devastation of abortion in a way that transcends the Christian world view.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.”

Proverbs 31:8

 

Opening the Casket on Abortion by Scott Klusendorf.