Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Silent Holocaust

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:13-16

Today commemorates the 36th anniversary of the beginning of the greatest holocaust in world history. It is a holocaust that has seen the systematic destruction of approximately 50 million innocent human beings. It is a holocaust that has possibly engaged over 80 million people in the role of being an active participant in murder. It is a holocaust that has been endorsed by over 150 million people as a great freedom. It is a holocaust that has left another 150 million people in relative apathy. It is a holocaust that most of us never see, but that we are all affected by. The greatest holocaust in world history is a silent holocaust. It is abortion.

It was January 22, 1973, when the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade took place. On that day, America entered an era of barbarism and murder unknown in human history. It was a day that confirmed we do not need to fear the barbarians on the outside of the gates nearly as greatly as we must fear the barbarians inside the gates. It was the beginning of a war on the innocent unborn that has claimed over 50 million civilian casualties. It is a war on women and children led by politicians and judges. It is a war that lurks in the background of our daily American life. It is a war that daily kills the most innocent among us, while we remain relatively emotionally detached and unaffected.

With the legal approval of abortion, the landscape for world war has changed. The most dangerous place in the world is not a Muslim nation, or the frontlines of the war in Iraq, or North Korea, or the most dangerous inner city. The most dangerous place in the world is the womb of a woman. The war is no longer over territory, or oil, or religion. The war is now over making life more convenient. The war is no longer fought by soldiers, but by doctors, nurses, politicians and judges. Those who were at one time sworn to uphold life are now in the primary role of taking it.

So, what do we do about it? How do we stop this murderous reign? Is it even possible to bring an end to this silent holocaust? These are all questions that must be answered. We can bring an end to legal abortion in America. We should bring an end to legal abortion in America. It is our responsibility as Christians to enter this war as the protectors of the unborn. The Bible is clear that these unborn children are fully human. The Bible is also clear that murder is evil. There is no neutral ground in this war. We either stand and fight on behalf of the unborn, or we become complicit in their murder (Isaiah 1:17, Jeremiah 5:28-29).

Our fight for the unborn must include: prayer, education, care for orphans and women who have been abandoned in pregnancy, and participating in the political process. We need to pray for the women who are pregnant, confused, and desperate for help. These women are also victims of our culture of death and quick fixes. They are being lied to about the reality of abortion. We must pray for them. We must pray for those in the medical profession to have the boldness to come out against this barbaric procedure. We must pray for God to change the hearts of those in political office and in the courts. We must pray for those organizations, like Right to Life and Crisis Pregnancy Centers, who are fighting for the unborn. We must begin to educate young and old people alike to the reality of abortion. We must show the gruesome nature of abortion. We must bring forward the testimonies of the women who have been personally hurt by the procedure that they were led to believe would help them. We must help fund those groups that are putting out information on abortion.

The biological evidence is on our side. We can now see more in the womb than ever before! We must get this video evidence out. On this note, I have attached a link to a video on abortion. It is very graphic, but I urge you to watch it. You will not be able to remain silent anymore. I want to caution those women who have had abortions to think long and hard before choosing to watch this. It may be best for you to abstain from watching it. Here is the link.

We must participate in caring for the orphans and those women who have been abandoned in pregnancy. We can help with this through participation in the ministry of the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center. We can participate in sidewalk counseling (this is the ministry of talking with women who are going to Planned Parenthood to seek an abortion) in front of the Bakersfield Planned Parenthood. We can participate in adopting children that have been orphaned. It is our responsibility and privilege to care for the weak (James 1:29). We must participate in the political process to bring an end to abortion.

When you fight against abortion you will be called a single-issue voter. You will be called a religious nut. You will be accused of oppressing the rights of women. None of this matters when it comes to fighting against the murder of millions of babies! You can engage in the political process by helping groups like Kern County Right to Life or the Bakersfield Pregnancy Center. You can participate by refusing to support or vote for a politician who is pro-choice.

I often hear the objection that one issue is not enough to decide who to vote for. I agree with this logic. However, one issue is enough to decide whom not to vote for. In other words, I may not vote for you because you are pro-life, but I will definitely vote against you if you are pro-choice. How can we possibly vote for a man or woman who agrees with everything we hold to, but who wants to uphold a law that declares war on the unborn? I will not cast a vote for those who think it should be legal to kill innocent babies! If I am marginalized politically, so be it. If we stand and fight on this, I believe those in favor of abortion will be marginalized politically. It is our compromise and apathy on this issue that has brought us to this point. We cannot afford this course of action any longer. We have only been in this fight for 36 years. It may seem like a long time, but men fought for an end to slavery far longer. Those who stood for abolition were marginalized for many years. Eventually, their prayers were answered and their tireless efforts paid off. Oh, that the Lord will raise us up in this battle and we will see an end to this silent American holocaust. Oh, that God’s church will wake from its slumber and allow this holocaust to remain silent

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