I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to address what happened at the Democrats National Convention. As Christians we should not get carried away with politics. That is, I don’t think preaching that we should support one candidate over another. Our time together is about glorying the King of Kings. However, when NARAL president, Ilyse Hogue got on stage and proudly proclaimed that she had an abortion and crowd erupted with applause, it is something that I ultimately cannot ignore. It stirred up something in me that cannot be quieted.
I am reminded of Habakkuk’s words, “O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted (Hab 1:2-4).” Justice is being converted in our country. Justice is being mocked in our country. And those that should be crying foul. Those who are being elected and appointed into office to be God’s sword against injustice are desperately failing. (And it doesn’t matter which party holds office, abortion has been the law of the land when republicans held the white house and the congress.)
Justice has become so perverted that our political leaders no longer feel shame about using the term abortion. Until this past convention, the DNC typically referred to the right to have an abortion as women’s rights or “pro-choice.” Apparently, they no longer fear the backlash of the negative stigmatism that the term abortion carries (which is the aborting of a human life).
Justice has become so perverted that we are cheering the death of so many. Since Roe V Wade has become law (the latest statistic I could find was release in 2013) 58,586,256 children have died via an abortion. I want you to read that number again. According to the latest estimates, there are 3,107,126 people living in Iowa. In California there are 38,802,500 residents. If we were to take all the states surrounding Iowa we would have less than 31,000,000. You could wipe out the entire populations of Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota and you still would not amass the number of children who have died in the name of women’s rights. That is terrifying. If Red Dawn were to actually happen and the middle of the US was attacked and the entire population of 6 states was eliminated you would see an uproar in our nation. You would see the people pleading with the President to take action. You would likely here the President address the United Nations in hopes that this crime against humanity would be stopped. And yet, for many in our nation rather than crying out about this atrocity they are rejoicing.
Justice has become so perverted that even those that stand against abortion will turn a blind eye to the injustice. I have heard people tell me that though they don’t agree with abortion that they couldn’t vote for a person that doesn’t support their stances on taxes. I recall vividly the first time someone told me that. How can you stand morally against abortion but turn a blind eye to it if it means you have more money in your bank account at the end of the year? Didn’t Solomon warn about such behavior when he wrote, “If they say, "Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood; let us ambush the innocent without reason; like Sheol let us swallow them alive, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with plunder (Prov. 1:11-13).” While I understand that this is not specifically about abortion, I believe it addresses the issue. Justice can be perverted by those that know its wrong because they benefit financially.
So, in this midst of all this injustice, what are we supposed to do? I think we need to have the attitude of Habakkuk. If you are familiar with Habakkuk that is a frightening thought. Habakkuk did not just point out injustice. His book is a record of a conversation he had with God. His cry about injustice was not to get Israel to change. It was to get God to do something about it. He was asking God how long can justice go perverted without God doing something about it. If we want to see this nation change we are going to need God to do his work. Now, I would rather see God’s grace and mercy shine forth in our nation. I would rather see it repent and turn to God for healing. However, I like Habakkuk want justice, however God seems best to send it. “I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation (Hab 3:16-18).” -WTK
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The Celebration of Murder
Volume 7 Issue 31