A Chance for a Nation at the Brink of Destruction

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.

Psalms 139:13-14, ESV

The LORD sent Babylonian, Aramean, Moabite and Ammonite raiders against him to destroy Judah, in accordance with the word of the LORD proclaimed by his servants the prophets.

Surely these things happened to Judah according to the LORD’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive.

II Kings 24:2-4, NIV

 

This week in America we got the good news: The Supreme Court is leaning towards striking down the law that forced the states to perform abortions, whether they wanted to or not. Now, I know it's not the same as completely removing the cloak of legality to this heinous sin, but it is a step in the right direction. The closest that I can compare it to is the outset of our nation when our original states did not have to go along with the sin of slavery if they did not want to. Eventually slavery was outlawed in every state, and I can only pray that the same will be done for abortion.

 

Many, however, are not rejoicing at this news. Many like the idea of being able to legally terminate a life. One popular personality indicated that this was a decision that was between she and her children. Our President indicated that only individuals had the right to decide whether to take an unborn child's life or not, and that the courts should stay out of it. He said we were given that right as children of God.

 

So why am I pleased that this wicked law may be going away? It's partly because of the first verse that is listed above: We are fearfully and wonderfully made! It is God who forms us and it is God who knits us together in our mother's womb. To say that God then gives us the right to kill that forming baby is insanity. To say that the decision to terminate a child's life is between the mother and the child is perverse. It would be like any other murderer saying that they shouldn't be judged since their crime was between them and their victim.

 

Please don't misunderstand the extent of this decision, should the supreme court have the courage to go through with it. It will not eliminate legalized abortion in our country. But it will allow people in individual states to determine whether their state will continue the mass murder of the most innocent in our society. It will allow a person to decide whether or not they can live in a state that does sanction infanticide.

 

By giving us this chance and by placing this decision back under our control, I believe it gives us the opportunity to help pull a nation back from the brink of this mindless destruction that we have been involved with for so long. For, as we read in the second passage above, there does indeed come a time when God will no longer forgive a nation when they are involved in the continual and wanton practice of the shedding of innocent blood.

 

Our nation, whether we like to acknowledge it or not, has become filled with every sort of wickedness imaginable. Isn't it nice, for a change, to see an opportunity to repent of our national disgrace and begin once again to protect the lives of the most innocent among us. I pray that we will repent of this evil that we have so long been involved with. Maybe this decision will allow those who wish to return to God, to have an opportunity to do so.

 

One last thought, that occurs to me now. Isn't it good, at Mother's Day, to have a hope that our unborn children be kept a little safer from those who wish to destroy them!