I am going to do something here that I don’t normally do. I am going to urge you to become very, very aware of an atrocity not being covered by news media outlets. It concerns a man named Kermit Gosnell who until recently was an abortion doctor. He is currently standing trial in Philadelphia, PA charged with the murder of seven babies and one woman who died during one of his “procedures.” I am going to very bluntly tell you, he should be charged with more counts of murder than merely those mentioned. I know what some of you are thinking, “I don’t watch the news or listen to it. It is too depressing.” I understand. Others will be thinking, “Abortion is disturbing and sickening.” You are correct. It is murder. In fact, right now as I type I am physically shaking and sick. But, the reality that this is sickening and offensive does not mean that Christians should seek to be ignorant of its occurrence. God’s people need to cry out to Him to halt this (and all) wickedness.
I have included links to articles discussing this case and what is involved. I have attempted to choose a Christian site which does not include graphic images. If you choose to research on your own, or follow links to others sites you will likely find graphic images. So, be careful. I have forewarned you.
The Old Testament speaks of the pagan nations causing their children to “pass through fire” as an offering to their false gods (i.e. demons). They burned their children alive, thinking that they could earn the favor of the false gods, to ensure a good harvest and a trouble free life. We are informed that this very practice of the pagans to burn their children alive was detestable to God, provoked Him to anger, and was one of the many reasons He was just to destroy them (2 Kings 16:3; 17:15-17, 30-31; 21:6, 9; 23:10; Deut. 9:4-5). If this was not enough, God’s own people began to do the same thing (Jer. 19:5). “They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Hinnom in order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought” (Jer. 7:31). The Israelite murder of their own children was one of the many reasons God judged them, destroyed their city and temple, and sent them away as prisoners of war to Assyria and Babylon (Jer. 32:25-35).
The Israelites knew from their own law that God viewed human life as precious, even prior to birth (Exod. 21:22-25). We will look more closely at the Exodus 21:22-25 passage in the coming weeks. The societal debate over when human life begins is totally irrelevant. It does not matter when we think that life begins! It matters when God says that life begins! The only place that we learn what God says about the matter is in His Word.
I will leave you with these thoughts to consider and to pray about. What do we do as believers in the mean time? We should pray for God’s will to be done in the case of this man on trial for murder. Pray for him to be convicted of his sin, to repent, and to trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. Pray for the jury and the judge involved in the case, to do what God desires, even in-spite of themselves. Pray for God to end this evil known as abortion. Pray for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Pray for Jesus Christ to return to make all things right. Pray for each other as believers and those around the world to boldly proclaim the gospel to the lost. Only the gospel of Jesus Christ can change the hearts of sinful man.