(The following is a letter I sent to Governor Eric Holcomb. My children also put together some cards thanking him for his service and asking him to fight for the preborn. I thought it would be good to share this online so that other pastors and fathers may be encouraged to do likewise.)
Office of the Governor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2797
Dear Governor Holcomb,
The Apostle Paul wrote to one of his disciples, Timothy, that he should be in prayer for the leaders God had placed over him saying “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity (1 Timothy 2:1-2).” Like Timothy, all Christians since have recognized the important duty of praying for those in authority with the goal of being able to live with all godliness and dignity. How does this goal and the duty to prayer for civil authorities work together? The Bible tells us that God has appointed civil authority for the purpose of punishing evil. When evil is punished, the good are able to thrive. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 13, “For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.” When civil leaders punish evil, this brings blessing on those under their care by enabling the godly to live their lives in tranquility and with dignity, having the comfort that their persons, property, and liberty will not be molested because good rulers will punish those who would seek to do so. This is in accordance with Proverbs 29:2 which says, “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.”
Governor Holcomb, my name is Pastor Joseph Spurgeon, and I am writing to let you know that you are being prayed for. My congregation lifts up your name often in prayer both in our public gathering and in our homes. We pray that God will give you good health in both body and mind. We pray that God will bless you with the wisdom that begins with the reverence of God. It is our prayer that God would bless you and your family with safety and prosperity. We have asked the Father above to grant that you would know the depth of your sin, come to hate it, and to trust in the amazing forgiveness found in Jesus Christ. It is our desire that God would grant you a deep abiding faith in Christ and in his word so that you would govern for his glory and by his truths found in scripture. We pray that you would not rely on your own understanding but upon his law. We have asked the Lord to grant you to be a godly and righteous authority, punishing evil and protecting our liberties given to us by God.
I also wanted to write to you as a minister of God and instruct you from the word of God regarding an issue which must have your attention. The Holy and Glorious God has decreed that we shall not murder. He hates the hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17). Near the beginning of human history, God instituted civil government to punish murder. In Genesis 9:6-7, God spoke to Noah saying, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.” To commit murder is to commit a crime against God because humans are created in his image. Murder is both an assault on a human being and on the image of God in which they are made. It is such a serious crime that God says that those who murder are themselves to be killed. Life is so valuable that to take it unjustly, means that one forfeits their own life. Theologians have long seen in this passage the establishment of civil government. The highest and most sacred duty of civil government is to punish those who unjustly take human life. Also, notice how in conjunction with this decree that God commands man to be fruitful and multiply. We could summarize the passage this way “Don’t murder but instead have children. Don’t take life, give life.”
Governor, as you know, murder is a sad reality in our day. The civil government routinely must deal with this crime. And yet there is a category of murder that is not only not punished but rather is sanctioned, licensed, and protected by our civil government. The State of Indiana, betraying its sacred trust to punish evil and protect the good, has unlawfully licensed the unjust and unholy slaughter of preborn children. In our state, there are 7,000 to 9,000 children who are murdered each year with no hope of civil justice. In the word and law of God, God’s people are told that the shedding of innocent blood taints the land of those who permit it to occur. Numbers 35:33 says, “You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.”
I know that we take pride in being a “pro-life” state. We have passed hard regulations on abortion. We have made sure, for example, that murdered children are to be buried. But at the end of the day, our civil government is still regulating murder, burying the victims of that murder, and letting the murderers walk around freely with the financial benefits of their deed. For all of our pro-life pride, children are being slaughtered. Even in the midst of pandemic fear and shutdown orders which you have given, the Indiana state government under your authority has continued to license the murder of children.
Dear Governor, as a father of children, I plead with you to consider the plight of these children and to act to protect them now. If other states can ignore the federal government’s decrees on marijuana, you can ignore the unjust, ungodly, and tyrannical decrees of a Supreme Court imposing murder on our land. Revoke the licenses, shut down the abortion clinics, and arrest those who murder children.
Dear Governor, I proclaim to you from the word of God that He hears the cries of those children who have been slaughtered under your watch and God will bring judgement on our land. One does not have to look further then this year to see what God is able to do. You have been placed in office, not primarily by votes of your constituents or by your own political prowess, but by God almighty. We will all one day have to stand before God and give an account of what we have done in this life. We will all answer for how we took care of the responsibilities God has given us. It is my prayer that you will hear from God on that day, “well done my good and faithful servant.” Please take up the cause of the preborn and make it your highest priority to see that their murder is no longer legally sanctioned in Indiana. If you will do so, all Christian men and women will stand with you. More importantly the Lord God will establish you.
Finally, we will continue to pray for you and for the state of Indiana. Some of my children have written cards for you. I hope they are an encouragement to you. We know that your job is often stressful, weary, and done without much gratitude from those you are leading. We thank you for your work and hope that this letter will be used to strengthen you. May God grant you peace in Christ, give you wisdom to rule, and fill you with his Holy Spirit so that you may boldly honor him as his servant. “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)
Your servant in Christ Jesus,
Pastor of Sovereign King Church