Tomorrow is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision, 7 to 2, in favor of murdering the unborn of our country. The logic was that it was the right of the woman to terminate her pregnancy throughout the entire nine months. That means that up until the actual moment of birth the doctor can kill the child. Notice I refer to the “child” because that is what it is. It is not an embryo; it is a child, a person. It was a person at the moment of conception and remains one until its life is ended, whether it is nine months later or 95 years later. Besides the 50 million plus lives lost to this tragic practice, I have a couple of problems with the “celebration” of this anniversary.
First, we look upon it as just another day, and “oh, by the way, the Supreme Court passed on Roe v. Wade today.” Abortion has become such a normal and natural event in our society that it almost doesn’t rate a footnote at the bottom of the news broadcast. Sad doesn’t even come close to expressing this tragic apathy. The fact that the most defenseless of our population have no protection is gut wrenching. The general acceptance by the American people has turned the concept of abortion into just another life choice.
The second concern I have is that our churches have, for the most part, faded into the background on the issue of abortion. Where are the cries and lamentations from the pulpit about this most un-Christian of actions? Have our houses of worship become so afraid of the IRS that they will bury their beliefs to prevent scrutiny from the Revenue Gestapo? The issue of abortion is only one of a myriad of issues from which the church has run.
Another area the church has sidetracked is that of homosexuality. I understand this one as easily as the abortion issue. Pastors across Christendom have absolutely no excuse to duck this one. Just a cursory scan brings up four prominent passages in the Old Testament and five in the New Testament. If you care to look them up they are:
2 Samuel 1:26
1 Kings 14:24
Romans 1:25 – 27
1 Corinthians 6:9
1 Timothy 1:9 – 10
Our country was founded on the principles found in our Lord’s book. The church was the moral compass and that is where our leaders got their direction. Even Thomas Jefferson, who was only a marginal believer, recognized the importance of Christian teaching and education. This has been lost over the past 200 years. I believe that it is time for the church to stop bowing to Satan’s minion’s and stand up for our Lord’s Word. What happened to the time when a legislator or member of Congress or the president was held accountable for his actions?
Did you know that for at least a couple of decades after the Capital was built regular church services were held in the Rotunda? Several of our first presidents attended services there every Sunday. However, today, our nation’s leaders look upon the church as a hindrance to thought as opposed to a moral compass. Sadly, our pastors foster that mindset by staying in the background and “not making waves.” Where is the courage of their convictions? Where is their faith in our Lord Jesus Christ?
When the apostle Paul was urged by his followers not to go to Jerusalem because of the prophesy that he would be taken prisoner by the Jews who were offended by his teaching, he went anyway. Paul knew that his life was in danger but his faith was in Christ. Paul had been told by Christ that he must go. There was no question in Paul’s mind as to what he should do. Where is that conviction today? Sadly, I fear that it is lacking.
As always, your thoughts and comments are welcome.