For God so loved the world…….
As I get older, I find myself more and more troubled about the abortion situation in this country (and the world for that matter). I was born in 1945, and I suppose I never heard the word abortion until I was well into high school. Never gave it much thought at all, until one or two girls mysteriously disappeared for a few days from school, and then showed back up, like maybe they had been sick or something, with the flu, or a cold. Then the rumors would start circulating. “So and so went off and had an abortion”. Still didn’t really register by the time I graduated from high school back in 1963. So they went off, and got un-pregnant. Big deal. I never really stopped to consider exactly what that encompassed. Never in a million years did I think that a child had been murdered. But that’s exactly what had happened. Not a mass of tissue, or a clump of cells. A living, moving, feeling child….. with a beating heart, a brain experiencing stimuli, a real human being, only 3 inches long.
Then only 10 years later, in 1973, the 9 men sitting on the Supreme Court of the United States, ruled in “Roe vs. Wade” that abortion would henceforth be legal. The decision, although stirring great controversy, was hailed by the “feminist” movement as a victory for women everywhere. They had argued that they had every right to make decisions (along with their doctors) concerning their own health & bodies. I don’t think anyone really brought up the words “baby murder” at the time. The country just seemed to shrug it off and go about their business. Sure, some Church leaders spoke out about it, but within a few years, and after a few unsuccessful tries to overturn it in the Supreme Court, it mostly faded away.
But then, as time went by, a few Christian groups began to speak out again. Some organizations were tracking the numbers of abortion statistics, as they began to grow. Some pro-life groups began publishing more truthful information about the procedures being used by the abortion clinics, about how the fetuses were actually “terminated”. The pro-choice groups fought back hard with the usual liberal ploy of calling the pro-lifers “liars”, and disguising the true statistics about what was going on.
Although Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 by the infamous Margaret Sanger (look her up on Google, and read about the pure evil nature of the woman, and what she REALLY wanted to accomplish), they only began doing abortions a couple of years after Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, allowing abortion on demand. But they have grown over 40 years to become a true empire of child murder, and not only child murder, but murder for taxpayer money, and as most recently revealed by the series of 12 undercover videos by David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress, murder to supply the illegal sale of fetal tissue and body parts to research facilities. These videos are shocking, quite disturbing and frankly gruesome at times, but they need to be seen to advance the cause of stopping this madness of killing unborn children. Here is a YouTube link to see summaries of these revelations of a company (PP) clearly out of control:
I know many of you won’t want to watch these, but if you want to help end abortion, you MUST watch them, to educate yourself as to what’s going on in these places. These are lengthy, but I suggest you watch at least the last 5 or 6 videos to get the true picture of evil that Planned Parenthood represents, as led by their CEO, and Queen of Pre-meditated Child Murder, Cecile Richards.
So, are you beginning to see just why I am so troubled in my golden years, as this National Sin continues rampant across our country and its people? How did I go so long without finally realizing that this is without question the most disgraceful thing that has ever occurred in America? That we have not only lost our way, but we are on an express elevator to Hell?
Let me try to explain. I was born into the Episcopal Church, in Greenwood, MS. I was baptized by old Bishop Duncan Gray in 1946. In 1957 I was confirmed by his son, Bishop Duncan Gray Jr., I went to Sunday School all during grammar school and Jr. High. I served as an acolyte during high school (carried the cross during the choir processional…. sometimes wearing sunglasses). I was not particularly devout, but I considered myself a Christian. After the Navy and college at Ole Miss, and marriage, my wife and I came back to this same church. Attended for maybe 30 more years. Our three kids were christened and confirmed there as well. Then one day I looked around my life, and I noticed the Episcopal Church had walked off and left me. I felt abandoned. Mostly by the National Church, not the local congregation. So we drifted away, feeling empty.
Read what a recent Episcopal priest wrote about one reason for his departure from the church: “Its stand as an advocate of abortion on demand. Perhaps no single issue reveals the hearts and beliefs of men and women today than their stand on partial birth abortion. I have difficulty differentiating from the Presiding Bishop’s endorsement of partial birth abortion and the picture of a priest standing before an altar driving a dagger into a newborn baby, sacrificing it to the goddess of radical feminism. That we–including myself–weren’t much more outraged by this, shows to me that we have become so accustomed to tolerating abominations in our church that we are all in spiritual danger”. I couldn’t have stated it as well as he, but I understand his feelings. I should add that the Episcopal Church is clearly not alone in its adventure into liberalism, and its seeming abandonment of the Word of God. The priest I cited above had a laundry list of 8 or 10 reasons he was bailing out, I just listed the bullet point on abortion.
Fast forward to about 3 years ago, we discovered the Westminster Presbyterian Church, a PCA church…… full of wonderful people, and a wonderful young pastor, and the Word of God. Now, let me say here, that I experienced the Word of God at the Episcopal Church. Every Sunday, when they read the Collect, the Epistle and the Gospel, I got a little taste. And when we read the general confession, we asked for forgiveness “for the things we have done, and the things we have NOT done”. Other than that, that pretty much sums up the Word of God in my former Church education. But the General Confession must have made an impression on me, because this whole time I have been at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, I have felt something growing inside me. Something powerful, and awesome.
I think it is mostly the Love of God, and a Love FOR God. It has certainly set me to thinking about many things, especially abortion. I know that it is dreadfully wrong, of course, but I am wondering why more churches and preachers are not more vocal about the evil it represents. I think maybe because there are many victims of abortion, and not just the innocent children, God has them in His arms. I mean the mothers, and the doctors, and the other clinic workers, and even Cecile Richards, and the politicians and judges who do nothing. Don’t they know that Jesus is coming back one day, most likely carrying that “terrible swift sword”, and I have a feeling He’s not going to be happy.
So what do we do about this abortion dilemma? We have started a dialogue, and that’s good. Many good people are talking about it, working to change hearts, but we have SO MUCH MORE TO DO.
Consider these facts about the abortion problem…. As of today, the “abortion stats” clock shows that since Roe v. Wade in 1973, 58.9 million living human babies have been MURDERED by abortionists (just in the United States – that’s MORE than 20% of the current US population). By the end of next year, 2017, that number will exceed the total of ALL people killed, soldiers AND civilians, worldwide in World War 2 (estimated to be 60 million). Think about that for a moment. Pray about it. We ALL bear some responsibility and ownership in this tragedy, for our silence. It is time to speak out loudly, and stop this INSANITY !
I really think that the vast majority of Americans have truly no idea of the breadth and scope of abortion in this country. Most probably know it exists, and it kills a lot of unborn babies, and that’s pretty much the extent of their understanding. And that they don’t think about it very much at all. We HAVE to change that. We have to find our voices, and speak for those who cannot speak. We must ask Jesus for OUR forgiveness, for those sins of omission, for the times we have thought but failed to speak. (Remember the General Confession I mentioned earlier)? And having done that, then we must pray for those who have had abortions, and those who helped perform them. And then when we do speak out, we must inform those who will listen about the true size and gravity of the problem. And the KEY to it, I think, is to envelope that dialogue with LOVE. It’s easy for the two sides to call each other stupid idiots, liars, misinformed. We’ve been doing that for the past 20 or 30 years, and look where its gotten us…. nowhere.
The old saying, “you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar” really works. Yep. Let’s talk a little softer, with more compassion. Listen as much as we shout. Try to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Represent HIM, as we do His work. And REACH OUT to those who are carrying a LOAD of GUILT, and let them know that there is forgiveness through Christ. That no matter how great the guilt or sin, Jesus has already forgiven us on the Cross. All one has to do is confess his or her sin, and repent, to receive His grace.
There have been many successes in this battle, and there can be many more if we work with kindness and love. I hope I have enough years left to see Roe v. Wade, not only struck down, but at the request of a vast majority of us. Opinion is shifting, but still against those who believe in life:
As the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision passes, the public remains opposed to completely overturning the historic ruling on abortion. More than six-in-ten (63%) say they would NOT like to see the court completely overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, which established a woman’s constitutional right to abortion at least in the first three months of pregnancy. Only about three-in-ten (29%) would like to see the ruling overturned. These opinions are little changed from surveys conducted 10 and 20 years ago.
The rest is up to us. We can do this, but only through the Love of Christ. Please join me, and help spread the news. Please send the link for this post to your friends… even if they are pro choice. Hearts can be changed, but we will need millions more voices. PLEASE !
One last thing before I close. Here is a picture of a “model” of a 12 week fetus. (I have one of an actual 12 week old fetus, but it is too heartbreaking to include here. The model is anatomically correct in every way in representing a 12 week (1st trimester) fetus in the womb. This is the age where the usual surgical abortion procedure uses forceps to grasp the limbs of the baby and pull them apart from the torso, then, crush the torso, and finally the head. WHILE THE CHILD IS ALIVE. The child feels excruciating pain during this procedure, until it dies from the cumulative trauma. Think about this. This is what is going on in the clinics of Planned Parenthood, and others across America. And at Planned Parenthood the parts collected are sold illegally to various research organizations. This is real, This is abortion today. Over 3000 every single day…. 1.06 million every year. And God is watching every one of them, and every one of us. I know that I don’t want to have to answer the question, “What were you thinking? Why didn’t you speak out”?
I URGE you to read the story of Abby Johnson, a young student at Texas A & M, who had two abortions, then married and was recruited to work at Planned Parenthood. She worked her way up to Director of the Clinic, until one day she was asked to assist the doctor with an abortion, and her whole life was changed. She went from the “dark side” into the light. Her book is “unPLANNED”, and it is truly a story of hope for the future lives of these innocent children.
Oh, and if you were wondering about my title way up at the top of this piece? That’s our ONLY solution to this problem (and a few hundred others). But let’s start with this one. I think it would please Him the most, if we can just get enough folks working on it, in His name!
Thanks for reading
— JOE SEAWRIGHT