Published January 19, 2016

Paul's Epistle
"Loving Life or Loving Death"

This Friday, January 22nd, will mark 43 years since the disastrous 1973 Roe V. Wade decision by which the U. S. Supreme Court opened the doors to abortion on demand in the USA.

Since that fateful decision, an estimated 58 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. Can you even imagine 58 million? That is almost the total current populations of our two largest states, California and Texas, combined! That's 58 million Americans who could be growing up, many raising their own children by now, and contributing to American society — and, potentially — serving God in amazing ways we will never see.

Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest and most successful abortion mill, just last year slaughtered some 323,999 pre-born babies at their 661 locations, something about which they are very proud.

We recoil in disgust at historic and even biblical accounts of heathen sacrificing babies to false gods. But 93 percent of women who have had abortions cited "social reasons" for getting an abortion. Same thing. Their "god" is their social life.

Do you realize that, according to PP's own report, they last year received $553,700,000 in taxpayer funding? Yes, you and I have been forced, without our consent, to pay for the murder of innocent children. There is no pleasant way to say that. (And PP just endorsed and pledged about $20 million — any tax dollars in that? — to an outspoken pro-abortion candidate for president. You know who.)

But knowing about this butchery and doing something about it are two very different things.

The question that has always bothered me about this is: Why do Christians seem so silent on this life-and-death issue? Why isn't there more righteous outrage? Why aren't Christians working hard, in all the peaceful and potentially productive ways available to us, to put an end to this ungodly scourge? "Thou shalt not kill!" How vague is that? The blood of millions of children is, as a society, on our hands.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people."

American Pastors Network president Sam Rohrer says, "The fact is, we can no longer ignore abortion in our churches. Many may be struggling with the scars of abortion in their own lives, and looking to the church for help, healing and restoration. Additionally, we must equip our people to stand up for the sanctity of life in their own communities, states and across the nation."

I never want to write about abortion without making this very important point: Although government and society at large offer abortion on demand, God offers forgiveness upon request to repentant sinners. Yes, abortion is sin, but God is in the business of forgiving sin. If your life has been touched by abortion, you need to remember that God can forgive. Regrets may linger, "what-if" thoughts will always be there, but the deed itself and the burden of that sin can be forgiven. Christians should, as Rohrer said, lovingly offer help, healing and restoration.

In fact, many churches did observe last Sunday as "Sanctity of Human Life Sunday," a time to celebrate God's gift of life, commemorate the lives of those killed during abortion and to commit ourselves to protecting life. President Ronald Reagan began the practice which was followed thereafter by every Republican president. No Democrat president has endorsed the observance, certainly not the current one.

Is there any issue that more clearly illustrates the atheist vs. Christian, liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican divide? Maybe it's just because it's an election year, but I am continually amazed at how liberals completely distort this very fundamental issue.

Recently, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, Debbie Wasserman, opined that young women today "don't love abortion" as much as they should.

But during last week's Republican presidential debate, Gov. Mike Huckabee said, "At the end of every political speech, most of us say, ‘God bless America.' But how can He do that when we continue to slaughter 4,000 babies a day?"

What a stark contrast. And, in fact, God's word has something to say about both of those positions. Proverbs 8:35 says, "For whoever finds me finds life..." Life! Life now, life eternal. God is definitely "pro-life!" He created it, you know.

But the very next verse provides the contrast: "All those who hate Me love death." Loving abortion, as Ms. Wasserman reportedly called it, is loving death. And those who love death, hate God. Unfortunately, perhaps explains a lot.

Based on God's word, how much more clear could this possibly be?

- Paul

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