This past week marked a sobering milestone. For forty years it has been legal to abort babies in our nation. As he’s done for years, my awesome pastor (who also happens to be my husband) brought a thought provoking message reminding our church body of God’s heart for the unborn and His disposition toward nations who disregard the helpless:
“They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons; they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus they became unclean by their acts, and played the whore in their deeds. Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people, and he abhorred his heritage;” (Psalm 106:37–40)
Over lunch that same day, I listened as two precious young women in their twenties shared their thoughts on this issue. Both have a passion for Christ, both have traveled to other countries for short-term mission service, both have grown up in conservative, Evangelical churches, but both told us that while growing up in church, they’d never heard a message on abortion. I was stunned and saddened.
Why? How can we be silent on this issue? How can we (as believers) ignore this clarion call:
“Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back. If you say, ‘See, we did not know this,’ Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts?” (Proverbs 24:11–12)
Over lunch, the young women voiced their appreciation to my husband for bringing the message. One said she guessed they thought abortion was something that was settled and hadn’t really thought of needing to speak out against it publicly. They both said most of their friends wouldn’t agree with abortion, but would also say that we shouldn’t tell others what they should or shouldn’t do.
I agree with that, I’m not telling others what they should or shouldn’t do . . . but God has already told us, and I think I have a responsibility to warn others about what He says about the matter. I have a responsibility to do what I can to promote a culture of life.
These young women joined us, and a group from our church, as we took to the streets to participate in the annual Right to Life March. These young women, one will soon be a new mom, the other is finishing her Physical Therapy degree, had never heard of the pro-life march. They’ve grown up in conservative, doctrinally solid, good churches . . . but as far as they knew, the abortion issue had never been mentioned from those pulpits.
I am concerned that the Church at large may have given up hope and slipped into a silent retreat when it comes to taking a stand for the unborn.
I am burdened for this next generation to recognize that this is a worthy cause to battle for. There are millions of unborn children that our nation has put to death. It is incredible to me to realize I live in a nation that now views this as normal. Those who are under forty may think this is just the way it is, has always been . . . but abortion is not normal. It is barbaric.
The Church must not silently retreat on this issue. God’s agenda is life.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
My prayer is for God to awaken this next generation to the horror of this barbaric slaughter and give them courage to shout from the mountaintops (or share with a friend over a cup of Joe) the truth that killing babies is NOT normal and God will hold our nation accountable for this hideous evil.