Good! It IS outrageous!
But is your reaction partly fueled by the fact that Planned Parenthood is funded by your tax dollars and you have financial and economic concerns? In two weeks, after you’ve vented on Facebook, and told everyone how outrageous this is, what will you have changed in your life to reflect your outrage?
Will you begin to publicly speak out against the unborn Holocaust?
Will you visit clinics and call out to women with the Gospel and offers of assistance?
Or will you pour out all your outrage upon your keyboard or smart phone and then go back to blissful ignorance, in your comfortable living room, ensconced in your leisure and your hobbies, and safe in your religious bunker, behind the walls of the religious edifice you irreverently and incorrectly call “a church”?
Will you repent from your apathy and call your brothers and sisters to do the same?
Will you repent of your age-ism?
Let me explain what I mean by “age-ism” here. It is the same flawed thinking that leads to
- committing in-vitro fertilization
- turning a blind eye to IVF’s practice
- accepting IVF in your family or congregation
- thinking that while abortion is bad, partial-birth abortion is REALLY bad
- supporting bills that say it’s OK to murder babies that are less than __ weeks old but not OK if the baby is old enough
As racism is prejudicial discrimination against human beings created in the image of God due to their ethnicity, and/or the color of their skin, so age-ism is prejudicial discrimination against human beings created in the image of God due to their age and size. Age-ism is expressed in many different ways, and believe me, I’m not claiming to be perfect in this regard! But let us all walk in repentance of our errors once light from the Word of God is shone on them.
In-vitro fertilization supplies the embryonic stem cell research establishment, not with human body parts, but with live human beings to be treated as lab rats. While we are all slacktivistically clicking to Share the latest outrageous action on Planned Murderhood’s part, we are missing it along with virtually all our conservative pastors, conservative politicians, and conservative media personalities. That is what happens when moral outrage becomes a hobby, not righteous anger, loving what God loves and hating what God hates. We can applaud the latest governor or Senator vowing to “investigate PP”. What’s he going to find that’s more gruesome than murdering little children? If that man had the true fear of God in him, he’d use all the power of his office to end murder in his jurisdiction, not just end Planned Parenthood’s failure to murder according the pro-life regulations in place.
You see, Planned Murderhood is not the problem. Focusing on defunding or abolishing Planned Murderhood is the equivalent of cramming Kleenex in your nostrils to stop your nosebleed while you are dying from leukemia. It’s the proverbial band-aid applied atop the lethal illness. Neither is getting 0bama out of office, even through impeachment, or even imprisoning him (or handing him over to justified execution at the hands of the government whose laws he has so willfully violated again and again) (and make no mistake, if our government loved the law of God, that’s precisely what they’d do), or removing most or all of the members of SCOTUS from the bench.
The problem is that the professing churches of the United States of America, the professing, visible people of God, have lost their saltiness and their brightness. Instead of taking up our crosses to put our fleshly lusts and priorities to death, we have redefined what Jesus wants and neglected weightier matters of the law – justice and mercy – in favor of all sorts of pursuits of Christian liberty and the leisure that our comfortable bourgeois American lifestyle affords us. And there are lots of other pursuits of “Christian liberty” than just smoking pipes, brewing and drinking craft beers, and ensconcing ourselves deep in superhero movies.
Being moved to action or compassion by the knowledge that the parts of murdered babies are being sold on the black market or seeking to fight child sacrifice by exposing the fact that professional murderers are immoral in other ways is just plain silly. That is, it is silly if you are at the same time supporting or ignoring laws that protect the right to murder babies so long as they are not 20 weeks old or the children of wicked men.
Stop fighting abortion for any other reason than that it is murder. And stop not fighting abortion. It is child sacrifice. As RC Sproul Jr says, it is impossible to overreact to this gross injustice, this amazing violation of the love of neighbor and of the image of God in human beings.
Wake up! Obeying God’s commands to love Him and your neighbor IS the main thing! Take this opportunity these undercover reporters handed you to repent and go in the power of the Holy Spirit to be salty and bright in this culture of death. Yes, read your books and your Bible, and then DO WHAT THEY SAY.
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. –James 1:22-25
If you are slack in the day of distress, your strength is limited.
Deliver those who are being taken away to death, and those who are staggering to slaughter, Oh hold them back.
If you say, “See, we did not know this,” does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?
Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
[Contributed by Alan Maricle]
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