It’s been a crazy emotional week on so many levels. There’s been a multitude of reminders of how messed up our world is and how desperately we need a Sovereign move of God. This week, we recognize the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on January 22, 1973. The stats tell it all:
- There will be 1.2 million abortions performed this year=1/4 babies
- Close to 3000 abortions just today
- Among teenage girls, 73% of pregnancies end up in abortions
- 55 million innocent children have been murdered since 1973
When I say murdered, I mean brutally whether it’s being cut to pieces with forceps limb by limb, sucked out by force with a vacuum, burned with saline, or through the use of lethal drugs.
The Bible is full of instances where mass murders of children took place. The Ammonites were known for offering their children up to the god Moloch. When Moses and Jesus were born, thousands upon thousands of children were ordered put to death. I know, I know, there are those in government, science, etc. who believe the fetus only becomes viable when able to survive outside of the womb without artificial aid. Someone needs to alert the NICU department at Carle Hospital in Urbana about that. They’re wasting time with all those premature children hooked up to machines.
This is the anniversary of legalized murder, defining infanticide as a fundamental Constitutional Right. It’s interesting how we value and devalue life. It’s illegal to put deceased pets in dumpsters but all over America, dumpsters are filled with destroyed fetuses. In Maryland, a man was given a severe sentence for wounding an American eagle. And a man in Van Nuys was charged with a double homicide for killing his pregnant girlfriend, why not simply one? But we know that every life, every child is so valuable and precious to God.
Each child is a creation of God. “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous…You watched me as I was being formed…in the dark of the womb” (Psalms 139:14-15). “Acknowledge that the LORD is God! He made us, and we are His.” (Psalm 100:3). At the moment of conception the organism is not just a zygote, but a living soul with 46 chromosomes and full genetic material. By the 4th week the heart beats 150-170 times per minute. At 2 months, the fingers and toes are formed and all the organs are in operation. Weeks 8-9 weeks there is full functionality of the brain and central nervous system. The fetus is already a complex organism of 900 muscles, 206 bones, and 5 senses.
Each Child Bears the Image of God. “So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself.” (Genesis 1:27). The doctrine or concept of imago Dei refers to God’s self-expression through humankind; and to God’s love for humankind. Human beings are patterned after the Creator. This is where they receive their inherent value independent of their utility or function. If we are to love God, then we must love other humans whom God has created.
Each Child Matters to God. “whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye” (Zech 2:8). Christ suffered and died for each of His precious creations. When a parent loses child, there is incredible, profound grieving, almost unbearable. Let’s imagine the broken heart of the Creator, Our heavenly father when one is murdered let alone millions.
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world.” (Jeremiah 1:5). The word “know” in Hebrew is yada which means to know by experience and perception. Our Creator is well acquainted with each one of us. The Apostle Paul said that “we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10). One of my former interns, T.C. Moore, when his mom found out she was pregnant with him wanted to have an abortion but had a powerful encounter with God and decided to keep him. Years later, he has received his master’s degree from Gordon Conwell Theologial Seminary and is planting a church in Boston. This is in addition to the people he has touched and reached since he began to follow Christ in 1999.
Sometimes I wonder about the works of art never created, the musical masterpieces never composed, the books never written, the inventions never produced, the ideas never conceived, the creativity never harnessed, the cures never discovered… I think of the baby never held, who never took the first step, never had a first day of school, never learned how to drive, never went to prom, never graduated from high school, never struggled through college…
“A cry of anguish is heard in Ramah — weeping and mourning unrestrained. Rachel weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted — for they are dead” (Matthew 2:18).
Lord, would you have mercy on the children and have mercy on our nation.