I’m grieving the horror of what’s been in the news about abortion. What can we to do to stop this?
A: “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall our help come? Our help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow our foot to slip; He who keeps us will not slumber.” Psalm 121:1-3, NASB.
I too sat in disbelief as I listened to sustained applause from the New York Senate floor on January 22nd. Government officials had just passed what they called “protections for a woman’s right to an abortion,” when in fact they legislated the slaughter of human beings. Inside or outside their mother’s womb, a baby now has no value and no advocate in the state of New York. As predicted by the shocked opposition, other states are now following suit to adopt this demonic legislation. Pundits say these heinous rulings are a type of pre-emptive strike designed to complicate and barricade the anticipated actions of President Trump, if and when he is able to appoint more Supreme Court judges. Lord willing, our president will be used by God as an instrument to stop the bloodbath in any way possible.
The good news first: the Lord is soundly and forever on the side of the sanctity-of-life (because “thou shalt not murder” is one of his Ten Commandments.) While God has many complex qualities and thinks differently than the average Christian in the pew ... he has more grace, for instance ... God cannot and will not violate what he has already decreed. “Be fruitful and multiply,” he said to the human beings he made (Genesis 1:28.) God did not say, “Be fruitful when it’s convenient. And you have my blessing to kill it when it’s not.” It’s safe to say, then, that God will never be on the side of the abortions; their medical teams; loud and proud participants; legislators and deceived voters. He is, however, on the side of the victims; their repentant, grieving mothers and everyone who works to save the millions who have no voice.
The bad news: Biblical accounts warn us of the consequences incurred when cities and nations mock God’s plans, let alone destroy what he creates in his own image. A human being is made in God’s image and planned by God. He or she is then conceived with a destiny built right in to that life -- to thrive as God would have it, or not. Either way, lives inside the womb are God’s planned people and his business. To reach a murdering hand into that realm is treading on holy ground, to say the least. And now this ... to murder a child who survives that murdering hand in the womb ... to kill it boldly in the daylight, is obscenely wicked.
I’m thinking about a story of two cities whose evil became so commonplace and so unchecked, they were wiped off the map in one night. The prophet Jeremiah gives us some insight: “They commit adultery and walk in lies; they also strengthen the hands of evildoers so that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like Sodom to Me; and her inhabitants like Gomorrah.” Jeremiah 23:14. Interestingly enough, the famous destructions of Sodom and Gomorrah were not only about unchecked sexual appetites. We see in the verses above that the lies and deceptions were key components as well. Like saying, for example, “abortion is a woman’s right to choose” instead of the truth: “abortion is murder.” Like saying, “we’re protecting women’s rights” instead of the truth: “we don’t protect the child she creates with her freedoms.”
My heart is broken, like yours. Frankly, I never thought I’d live to see the day when evil brazenly ran the streets of America quite like this. I fear we’ve turned a corner. America’s moral landscape and sense of decency is in flames. It’s up to us to be praying, petitioning the Lord for mercy and taking action in any way we can. We must stop circling our wagons inside our comfortable church communities while chatting in politically-correct sound bites in support of a live-and-let-live mentality toward the sinner next door. Because embryos, babies and infants are piling up on humanist altars in heaps now. Our future is being murdered. It’s up to us to pray down the next wave of God, vote pro-life and do what we can to support the organizations, individuals and programs out there fighting this fight. Now is the time.
-- Adrienne Greene pastors a Christian church in West Harrison, IN. Do you have a question or comment for Pastor Adrienne? Please send your inquiries to: email@example.com or write to P.O. Box 214, Harrison, OH 45030.
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