Friday, March 23, 2012
Business As Usual - Day 31 of 40 Days For Life
You cannot extend to a woman the right to kill her unborn child without at the same time denying her child the right to live. Every abortion kills an unborn human being.
This is the moral quandary faced by those who claim to oppose abortion but insist a woman has the right to "choose" an abortion. Believe it or not I have had pastors attempt to defend that position. It is both morally untenable and defies reason.
Any doubt that deception is endemic to the issue of abortion?
"...your father the devil...is a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him." (John 8:44)
The Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic in Pembroke Pines kills children on Friday afternoons. Knowing that, I always regret seeing young women going into the clinic accompanied by an older woman or a young man. Not a good sign. What is worse is seeing the men drive up, pick up a young woman as soon as they exit the front door of the clinic.
It's routine business at the PP abortuary in Pembroke Pines. Today a Dunbar armored truck (a competitor to the legendary Brinks) drove up and a uniformed guard entered the PP clinic and returned momentarily with something under his arm. Killing unborn babies is a big money maker for PP. According to their own figures they performed 329,445 abortion procedures in 2010 that produced an estimated income of $148,579,695,and that’s a conservative estimate. That would fill a whole convoy of Dunbar armored trucks.
What is routine, or business as usual for PP, is paralleled by the routine the American public has settled into in regards to the shed blood of over 3,300 unborn each day. As Michael Spielman, founder of www.abort73.com has written,
“The domestication of abortion has made it tragically commonplace, so much so that we seem to have lost our ability to be outraged by it. How is it that even we who oppose abortion are not more overwhelmed by the fact that it is legal, in the United State of America, to tear apart the tiny bodies of helpless unborn children?”
That is a question every American should ponder.
I wonder what it will take to awaken the pro-life Church into a response as routine as the business as usual killing of the unborn at the abortion clinic down the street.
Just as I have been preaching for years now that abortion is first and foremost a spiritual issue (as opposed to political and therefore off limits in the pulpit), I am equally convinced that the failure of the Church to respond to the abortion crisis is a spiritual issue.
James said as much,
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
(James 1;27 NIV)
The application of this truth to the distressed parties of an abortion is striking. A child put to death by his/her parents is orphaned. A mother abandoned by the father of her unborn, or manipulated and coerced into the murder of her own child, has in one sense been widowed.
And the influence of the world in James equation is noteworthy. Conformity to the world has always been a liability in understanding both what God values and what He expects from us. (Romans 12:2) When the love for the world has been purged from the Church, perhaps then, care for the unborn at risk of abortion and the post-abortive victims of abortion, will become business as usual for the Church. For their sake and ours, I hope so.