(NOTE: This is an article that I submitted to the Linn County News as one of my Seeking Higher Ground columns. It should appear in either this week's or next week's edition. )
Imagine if something horrible happened to the United States and scores of people perished. In fact, imagine that 20 percent of our population was killed by some catastrophe. Would there be sadness? Would there be mourning? What if the catastrophe was a planned act of violence against our citizens? Would there be outrage? What if the act was committed only against children….and even then only against the smallest, most defenseless children? Would you be appalled? Would you be appalled enough to fight to see the wrong made right? Imagine….on second thought, stop imagining. You don’t have to imagine…because it’s not imaginary. It’s real. It’s abortion. And it’s tragic beyond words.
January 22nd, marked the 34th anniversary of the deplorable Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Since that time, over 47 million babies have been legally killed in America. That would be roughly 1/5 or our entire national population wiped out. The shameless politicizing of this national tragedy is an embarrassment to our country’s morals. Gutless politicians, eager to please a radical feminist agenda, frequently spout off pious sound bites about defending a “women’s right to choose.” It would be so heroic and noble, if politicians were defending a woman’s right to choose anything other than murdering her own child. If you decide to bury your head in the sand and call it “choice” go ahead….I choose to call abortion what it is. All too often, we like to hide our ugly sins behind pretty words. But the fact is, abortion kills babies. Don’t call it “choice.” Call it “tragedy.”
In the Bible, the Psalmist wrote these words to God, “For You formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalms 139:13-14 (NASB) How tragic and sad, that while God is creating that life in the womb, a man’s cold, sharp needle sometimes ends it. How heinous it is that this happens purposely, and with the full blessing of American law. That needs to change.
Pray that the dark stain on America’s soul known as abortion would come to an end. Be courageous and speak out for those who can’t speak out for themselves. Refuse to tolerate the lunacy coming from “pro-choice” politicians and demand them to defend our nation’s helpless children. If they refuse, then help them find a new occupation. Every American, regardless of their political affiliation should oppose abortion. There’s simply no excuse for defending it. If you’re currently on the wrong side of this issue….change sides. If you’ve had an abortion in the past, remember that God stands ready to forgive. If you ever face an “un-wanted pregnancy” remember that there are plenty of other options besides abortion. America needs to come together on this issue. We can debate lesser issues, but when a baby’s life is at stake we should all stand united. How many more millions will die before we see a change? Pray and act. Oppose abortion. And pray that God might see fit to forgive our nation for the vile sin of legalized infanticide.
For more facts on abortion go to the National Right to Life website at www.nrlc.org.