For “Scripture Sunday”:
To Kill a People, Abortion and the Soul of America
“All kinds of legal protections are in place for birds, mice, turtles and the like, complete with stiff fines and significant prison time for harming their eggs or young.”
“Recent actions by state legislators to allow the murder of full-term children forces every one of us to consider how far we have come in the culture war and where it is taking the nation.
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“For men will be lovers of themselves . . . unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal . . .”
Lately I’ve begun to think America has crossed a line, a point of no return, and awaits the judgment of God for the horrendous national sin of legalized abortion. More than 60 million legal abortions have been performed in America since the Supreme Court legalized abortion with its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. Since this ruling, which in effect legalized the procedure in all 50 states, it has become the most divisive social issue of this generation.
Politicians seeking high office stand a precarious chance of being elected if they advocate an anti-abortion stand. Every nominee to the United States Supreme Court must avow sup-port of a woman’s right to abortion, assuring all that he or she would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade, or face outrageous and horrendous opposition. In the meantime, clinics perform thousands of abortions each day, and a generation of children are unborn, their lives and tiny bodies ripped from their mother’s womb.
What makes me think it’s too late?
In the pages of Beyond Today we’ve covered abortion a number of times, citing scriptures showing that a life in the womb of a mother is considered by God to be human and that to take that life is murder. We’ve also done Beyond Today television programs on this subject. We have raised our voice when the annual March for Life rally takes place in Washington, D.C., on the anniversary of this horrible Supreme Court ruling. (Search for “abortion” on our website at ucg.org to learn much more.)
The Supreme Court decision on abortion is an affront to God’s sovereignty over human life. He is the Creator and Giver of life. He tells mankind, “You shall not murder.” The Bible shows that the unborn within their mother’s wombs are individual, living human beings (Exodus 21:22-23; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:39-45). God views the killing of innocent children as evil and an abomination (2 Kings 16:3; 2 Kings 21:2-6; Jeremiah 32:35)—depraved actions that are utterly reprehensible and deserving of death (Leviticus 20:2-3). The invasion of the mother’s womb to remove a developing human life violates a space created by God to nurture life until it is fully brought forth in birth. Make no mistake: The Supreme Court’s ruling has transgressed the eternal spiritual law of God.
It’s bad enough that more than 60 million legal abortions have been performed since 1973. It’s made worse by the fact that it has gone on so long in plain sight of all Americans that it has become an accepted part of our culture—a culture rightly called by others a culture of death and a “silent holocaust.” We go about our lives giving in to the “established law” thinking, as we are told, that it is a “woman’s right” and that nothing can be done to reverse the carnage.
Perhaps nothing can be done through the nation’s legal system to turn back this great evil. Marches, protests and lobbying have changed nothing. A few months ago a news report mentioned that in one recent year, abortions did go down slightly in America. For that I am glad. I pray abortion will suddenly end through our selfish, hedonistic culture turning around to acknowledge God in a true change of heart. But, hope as I might, I do not see that happening.
New York law crosses a deadly new line
In January, the New York State legislature passed what is called the “Reproductive Health Act,” which legalizes the unthinkable. To a cheering crowd of politicians, Governor Mario Cuomo signed this macabre law that allows medical personnel (no doctor required) to kill a fully formed child up to the moment of birth if needed to protect the “mother’s health”—a loophole that, when construed as including mental and emotional health, is large enough to allow abortion for practically any reason at any time.
The bill also removed all criminal penalties—meaning if a child escapes the forceps, the vacuum, and the potassium cyanide often administered for abortion and is born live, even at full term, its life can be terminated without any criminal charge. To celebrate this law, the governor ordered the Freedom Tower in Manhattan to be lit pink—signifying a “victory” for women’s rights. It should have been illuminated in blood red for the unspeakably horrible law that it is.
Not to be outdone, the Virginia statehouse a few days later saw similar legislation introduced. As it was being debated, the supposedly moderate Governor Ralph Northam, an obstetrician, went on radio to describe what the law meant:
“When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way,” Northam said. “And it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities, there may be a fetus that’s non-viable. So, in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So, I think this was really blown out of proportion.”
Did you catch what he really said? A baby could be born alive, then “kept comfortable” while the mother and physicians decided whether it would live or die. And the newborn could then be executed with no legal consequences for its murder.
The Virginia bill would have allowed such procedures to be done in unlicensed clinics with the consent of only one physician—and as late as the end of the third trimester of pregnancy. This bill was killed in committee, but damage was already done. The brazen raw desire of abortion rights activists has been laid bare. The brutal evil will of governors, state legislators and activists who, in the name of “women’s reproductive health” and “women’s rights,” are willing to kill fully formed, live-born children is an unspeakable horror.
More to come
Vermont passed a law very similar to the proposed Virginia law. Other states will enact similar legislation. It’s said that Rhode Island Democrats will go even further with a law proposing to allow abortions up to the end of pregnancy for any “health” reason, including “age, economic, social and emotional factors,” these advocates describing all protections for unborn babies as “insidiously restrictive, harmful and patriarchal reproductive laws.”
Some conservative states like Mississippi and Kentucky have passed their own laws prohibiting the procedures allowed now by New York law. These laws have been challenged in courts and blocked for the short term. Again, as happened with Roe v. Wade, the issue will likely be determined by judges rather than legislators.
The revulsion many citizens feel at the passage of these laws seems to have created something of a backlash against these extreme acts. But it will probably be for only a short time. It’s highly unlikely that we will see legal abortions eliminated in the nation.
We have reached a point in America where it seems all restraint has been cast off regarding this issue. Gone is the restraint cautioned not that long ago by former President Bill Clinton, who said abortion should be “rare, legal and safe.”
While that statement in no way agrees with what God says about killing the unborn, in the current climate it sounds moderate— and that is the problem. The nation has become drunk on this discussion to the point that it has lost all moral and spiritual mooring. Those who want to protect life at any stage of development are not heard or not strong enough to make a difference. No leader in politics, education or religion is strong enough to lead a repentance to God and an embrace of the sanctity of life as defined by God in His Word, the Bible.
All kinds of legal protections are in place for birds, mice, turtles and the like, complete with stiff fines and significant prison time for harming their eggs or young. But protections for innocent unborn human beings are rapidly disappearing. Thousands upon thousands of unborn infants are killed by lethal injections every year, but they draw nowhere near the protests or media coverage given to one murderer executed by lethal injection for his despicable crimes. In any sane world this would rightly be viewed as in sanity!
America and much of the world has reached a moral collapse at a level from which they seem unlikely and unwilling to return. It’s painful to write these words. But this issue of abortion has become the defining issue of our age, and God will call the nation to account for what it has done.
The raw brutality of these recently passed laws, and the ever-escalating toll of young lives literally poisoned and ripped apart, should stun all who value human life and decency. That a people would put forward legislation allowing the ending of a life just minutes after leaving its mother’s womb reveals a stark level of brutality and inhumanity that’s now entered our culture—courtesy of those we’ve chosen as our leaders!
The Bible contains a graphic description of what our world today has become: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, with-out self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).
Notice the word brutal used here . I think that expresses the attitude behind the current wave of abortion legislation.” Continued at: https://www.ucg.org/beyond-today/beyond-today-magazine/to-kill-a-people-abortion-and-the-soul-of-america
Because there was no church last Saturday, 11th, I went to the Neighborhood Watch meeting, and was given the name of a mechanic who lives in this subdivision. He came by and found out what was wrong with my little station wagon, (The Puddle Jumper). I should have had him look at my van, because it was making strange noises.
On Sunday, 12th, because I might have a new contract on the houses, Zack and I moved all my tools out of the mini-house closet where we had kept them for easy access, and brought them back over here to put away in their places in the workshop.
That afternoon, there was water dripping on my kitchen counter. Zack only works in the mornings, so I went up into the attic to see what was going on. The drain on the water heater was leaking, and something had stopped up the water heater pan’s drain to the outside, so it was dripping in my kitchen. I put a little bucket on the counter, and hoped it would be OK till morning. Zack and I fixed it the next day by tightening the drain, and blowing compressed air with my compressor into the pan’s drain hose that goes to the back of the house. Must have been a dirt dobber.
Wednesday and Thursday Zack didn’t show up, so Chris came over and we went up into the attic of the mini-house where the storm damage is, and we managed to put a better patch on the roof through an access hole above it.
On Thursday, when I was on my way to get a fasting blood test in Conroe, my van broke down on the freeway. I managed to get it to safety with no power for the steering or brakes. I could see that the belt had come off. So I called a wrecker, Chris, Hans and the mechanic. Hans was at a doctor in Conroe, so I asked him to call me before he went back to our town. Chris said she would come at get me if needed. The mechanic said he would to come to Conroe and fix the belt. So I canceled the wrecker.
But when the mechanic arrived he said that the water pump had gone out, that is what had made the belt come off, and so I had to call a wrecker again, and have it towed home. The mechanic has had it since last Thursday, and I still haven’t got it back, (it is now Monday). Then on Friday, poor Chris had to take me to the chiropractor, (yes, I finally got a referral), and then to the doctor for my annual, with two trips to Social Security in between. Leon took me to get the water pump, so thankfully, I’ve had a lot of help.
Hans took me to church, and stayed for the service which he enjoyed. The Bible readings were Exo. 16:11-17:16, Isa. 45:20-25, John 6:30-51 and all of Matt. 17, and the Teaching or Message was about The Glory of God in Heaven and Earth. The Pastor’s wife and I had frozen what we had made for the previous week when the weather was too bad to have the service. She had made a roast, and I had made a chicken and lentils dish, so we had them that day.