Lottie Moon is the Southern Baptist missionary whose life inspired the mission’s offering named after her. She spent 40 years of her life as a missionary in China with the Foreign Mission Board (now the International Mission Board, IMB). She was cultured, brilliant, and godly. She mastered Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Italian, French, and Spanish in college.

Before going overseas, she was engaged to be married to Crawford Toy who had also committed to be a missionary. The marriage never happened because of “religious differences.” Toy studied theology in Germany in the late 1800s under theological liberals and adopted a higher critical approach to Scripture. Eventually, Toy denied the authority of Scripture, and died a Unitarian.

On the other hand, Lottie Moon believed God’s Word to be both true and authoritative. Her belief in God’s Word grounded her understanding of Christian mission. Her words to the Foreign Mission journal appropriately challenge us:

The needs of these people press upon my soul, and I cannot be silent. It is grievous to think of these human souls going down to death without even one opportunity of hearing the name of Jesus. People talk vaguely about the heathen, picturing them as scarcely human, or at best, ignorant barbarians. If they could live among them as I do, they would find in the men much to respect and admire; in the women and girls they would see many sweet and loving traits of character. They would feel, pressing upon their heart and conscience, the duty of giving the gospel to them. It does seem strange that when men and women can be found willing to risk life—or, at least, health and strength—in order that these people may hear the gospel, that Christians withhold the means to send them. Once more I urge upon the consciences of my Christian brethren and sisters the claims of these people among whom I dwell.

Lottie Moon

These words were uttered by a 4’ 3” giant of Baptist mission history. She gave her life to the Chinese people in the work of world missions. She died at 72 years old weighing only about 50 pounds at the time of her death. She had given all her food away to starving children. She knew, believed, and gave her life to share the good news. 

You can find out more about Lottie Moon from the International Mission Board (IMB). Her life and mission work is recorded here.

The year end Christmas offering was named after Lottie Moon by the Women’s Missionary Union in 1918. Since the inception of that offering more than $5 billion have raised for the ongoing work of international missions. You can read more about the IMB and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering here.

Wilkesboro Baptist has a budgeted amount that we give to the IMB annually, and we also participate in the Lottie Moon Christmas offering each year. Wilkesboro Baptist Church has been blessed. As of the writing of this post, we’ve already exceeded our budgeted requirements for 2021. Thank you for your generous giving.

As a reflection of our gratitude and an offering of thanks to the Lord, would you consider a special year end gift to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering? If you are not part of WBC, you can give directly to the IMB through the links above. If you are a part of WBC, you can designate your special offering through your giving at WBC. Whatever you give through this offering will go to support and send missionaries to the nations.

Our mission at WBC is to lead our neighbors and the nations to follow Jesus. Would you pray about what God might have you give to this special offering for Christmas 2021?

Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. Just a cursory glance at the news today will bring you to any number of articles about the case. Here’s an article from Baptist Press that details what is going on today. And here is an excellent article by Nathan Finn for the Biblical Recorder on a Christian response about being pro-life.

My devotional reading today included Micah 6. In that powerful little prophetic book is one of the clearest expectations from God to his people. This verse provides some principles for thinking, praying, and acting in response to the many issues surrounding the case before the Supreme Court today.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

The Lord requires that we do justice. To do justice means that we treat people fairly and that we work to protect and defend those without the power to defend themselves. Biblical justice applies to abortion. I believe there are only two logical times when it could be argued that life occurs: at conception or at birth. Any other time is logically inconsistent. Because conception is a gift from the Lord (see Psalm 139:13), I believe that life occurs at conception. If so, Christians with a biblical worldview must conclude that taking the life of a baby in the womb is murder and breaks God’s commandment in Exodus 20:13. Thus, to do justice for the unborn is to provide protections for them using the law. It is right that followers of Jesus should pray that the Supreme Court would recognize the Roe v. Wade ruling as unconstitutional. It is right that we should take action pursuing justice for the defenseless.

The Lord requires that we love kindness. Kindness in Micah 6:8 is the Hebrew word hesed. It is a word full of meaning that reflects loyalty, kindness, and goodness. God’s people are to be good to others and faithful and loyal in our interactions with them. In some ways, this indicates the tone and attitude we should have. It is right and just that we should pray fervently and even seek passionately justice for the unborn. And yet our pursuit of righteous action should be governed by an attitude of loving-kindness. We can be right without be mad about being right. As God’s people we will interact with people on different sides of the political aisle. We will interact with mothers who have had abortions. We will have the opportunity to take the orphan and unexpected children into our homes. As fervently as we pray for and seek justice, we must also adopt an attitude of mercy and compassion for those who are broken and sinful. Our model here is Christ whose lovingkindness led him to the cross to experience justice on our behalf and to treat us with lovingkindness even in our sinful condition.

The Lord requires that we walk humbly with him. The more we see God and know God through his self-revelation in the Bible, the more we should be humble before him. He is great, glorious, and majestic. And even the lives we have and the opportunities we get to serve him are not about us. Our actions that seek justice and our attitudes that exhibit lovingkindness must flow from a relationship where we are walking humbly with the Lord.

So here are some ways we can apply Micah 6:8 to being pro-life:

  • Pray for the Supreme Court as they hear the oral arguments and rule on them in the coming year. Pray that the justices will act with biblical justice.
  • Be active in pursuing justice for the defenseless and broken by supporting a crisis pregnancy center or participating in a right to life campaign. Wilkes county commissioners recently adopted a resolution to be a county that will pursue legal means to end abortion.
  • Consider fostering or adoption. Being pro-life means that we should seek justice for the unborn as well as homes for the orphan and those in the foster care system.
  • Commit to being Christ-like in your attitude and demeanor. This issue is a hotly debated political topic. The rhetoric can be full of angst and anger. Let us be right not only in our position, but also our demeanor toward those with whom we may disagree.

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