Friday, August 21, 2015

Another Holocaust

     Three years after WW II ended in 1945, I was born.  It was the same day that Israel was declared a State following the terrifying years when over 6 million Jews, Christians and Gypsies were killed at the hands of the Nazi regime.  The Holocaust was a devastating reminder of the evil that lies in the heart of man.
     Not only did I hear about World War II from my parents, but I watched the show by Walter Cronkite "The 20th Century" which used actual footage from WW II.  Then, there was "Look" and "Life" Magazines which were popular in our household.  These publications were famous for their
photographs of events, people and places.  One issue focused on the pictures and stories that came from the death camps.  I remember thinking, "How could people do this to their fellow man?"  Hearing and reading stories about Dr. Josef Mengele and his cruel experimentation on living individuals without benefit of anesthesia made my heart ache. Then, just when we think that man has gotten better and beyond such atrocities, the videos of Planned Parenthood started to come out.
     Little by little, the darkness was uncovered as discussions of selling body parts of aborted babies was discussed over salad and drinks.  In the most recent video, a well-developed baby boy was displayed.  While his heart was still beating, his brain was removed to send to a lab for research.  They cut through this child's face.  How could this not be like the Holocaust and the atrocities of WW II?  What had this baby done to be deprived of life?  Was his life expendable.....just so much tissue to be disposed of?  If you had seen his face before they cut him up to sell him, your heart would break.
     God's Word speaks of the priceless gift of human life.  Psalm 127:3 reads:  "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward."  It is true that a woman may become pregnant when it isn't the most convenient time, or find out that the child she carries will be born with special needs, but does that mean we have the right to end their life?
     Psalm 139: 13-16 tells us:  "For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul know it very well.  My name was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them."  It is God who has knit the person together.  How than can we rip a body apart that was fearfully and wonderfully made as though it was just a disposable rag?  Is this any different than the ancient barbaric acts of the worship of Molech?    "Plutarch wrote in De Superstitione 171:
... but with full knowledge and understanding they themselves offered up their own children, and those who had no children would buy little ones from poor people and cut their throats as if they were so many lambs or young birds; meanwhile the mother stood by without a tear or moan; but should she utter a single moan or let fall a single tear, she had to forfeit the money, and her child was sacrificed nevertheless; and the whole area before the statue was filled with a loud noise of flutes and drums took the cries of wailing should not reach the ears of the people."  Gruesome picture isn't it?
     There are so many other options out there besides destroying human life.  First and foremost, we have excellent birth control available today. Secondly, if a person does get pregnant, babies can be given up for adoption.  Many families would love to welcome a child into their home.  The point is there are alternatives.
Children are a gift from God
     From before the foundation of the world, God planned our lives (Jeremiah 29:11).  If He planned them, He can sustain them.  Therefore, let us put away the barbaric act of destroying human life.  If we can honestly look into the face of an aborted child and not want to stem the tide that has cost nearly 57 million lives of children created in the image of God, then we are no better than those who worshipped at the altar of Molech.  May God forgive our nation and the Lord heal our land.  Selah!

P.S.  I would be remiss in not mentioning that there are those who have been scared by abortion in the past but who have sought the Lord's forgiveness and healing.  He promised that when we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Therefore, rest in the assurance of His love and pardon.

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