Proverbs 24:11-12, NLT
Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
save them as they stagger to their death.
Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
This is a rewrite of an article by James T. Draper, Jr. His comments in detail can be found in chapter one of a MESSAGE FOR THE JOURNEY, a book published by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
I have been avidly pro-life from the moment I came to understand the process and nature of abortion. Unfortunately, though I was of age, I did not know what the word meant in 1973. My education came after 1979. Abortion has been legal for 41 years and even today with all the new information on babies in the womb, I see no end in sight. The liberals are adamant about their perceived right for a woman to give consent for her baby to be terminated. I know that no such right exists.
A holocaust is a massive and brutal destruction of human life. Unfortunately, as history verifies, babies have been the victims more than any segment of society. We all remember Pharaoh law regarding the male Hebrew children. I was shocked to learn that many ancient cultures practiced infanticide. In the Roman Empire, it was common for parents to carry unwanted children to the city dump and leave them. The babies would die of exposure or become a meal for wild animals. In both Roman and Spartan culture, parents were selective about which babies they kept. They would not keep any baby that was deformed or deemed unfit. Many babies were abandon to exposure simply because they were girls. In Pharaoh’s and Herod’s case, it happened to be boys.
When we think of modern holocaust, we think first of Hitler because that is how we have been conditioned but he is one of many. Stalin murdered more Jews than Hitler but it is politically incorrect to speak evil of communism. Mao Tse-Tung murdered millions and so did Saddam Hussein. The Kurdish people would have been annihilated had not the U.S. invaded Iraq. The Kurds live in Northern Iraq. Though they are nominal Muslims, they are friendly to the U.S. and Israel which sets them apart from the Arab world. They of course do not consider themselves Arabs. They do have the ability to rule themselves and should be given Nationhood which the experts say will never happen because the Arab nations are opposed to the Kurds having their own homeland. An estimated 170 million [most of them Christians] died during the last century and most of that number was due to communism. Islam is running a close second. Since January 1 of this year, Muslims have killed over 200 Christians in the Borno State of Nigeria. They are burning entire villages and taking the land. Over 10,000 Nigerians have been displaced because their homes were burned by Muslim terrorist.
The above deaths are talked about some although you will not see these things reported in the lame stream media; all the while, the leading cause of death in the U.S. is not from disease or accident but from abortion. Abortion claims the lives of 4,100 innocent babies per day in the U.S. alone. Every minute, three precious infants are executed violently. Abortion is not a disease or an accident or a medical problem: it is pre-meditated murder. Where do we get the authority to take a human life? Dr. Draper suggest three areas:  Human Reasoning  Ecclesiastical Fiat or  Divine Revelation. As Christians we rely on divine revelation and the bible. Secular humanist operate from reason and reject the bible as the word of God. Secular humanist today insist that collective human reasoning provides an adequate consensus for “morality.” Interesting to note that Hitler and the Nazis used the same logic. Hitler did not break the laws. He did have them changed to his satisfaction. The most consistent protest of the Nazis tried at Nuremberg was “We were only carrying out orders and it was the law.” Despots and tyrants always twist the laws to justify their crimes.
Psalms 94:20-21, NCV
Crooked leaders cannot be your friends. They use the law to cause suffering. They join forces against people who do right and sentence to death the innocent.
The greatest deception has to do with the victims. Who suffers from Abortion?
The first victim is the UNBORN BABY
You alone created my inner being.
You knitted me together inside my mother.
14 I will give thanks to you
because I have been so amazingly and miraculously made.
Your works are miraculous, and my soul is fully aware of this.
15 My bones were not hidden from you
when I was being made in secret,
when I was being skillfully woven in an underground workshop.
16 Your eyes saw me when I was only a fetus.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book
before one of them had taken place.
17 How precious are your thoughts concerning me, O God!
How vast in number they are!
18 If I try to count them,
there would be more of them than there are grains of sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you.
The New Testament was written primarily in Greek which is a more precise language than English. The most common word for child in the Greek is teknon [used 99 times]. A second word for child is paidon, meaning small child. However there is an interesting word found 8 times in the N.T. which throws a lot of light on the what the bible teaches about infants. It is the Greek word brephos. Note their usage:
“As the time was drawing near to fulfill the promise that God had made to Abraham, the people flourished and multiplied in Egypt until a different king who did not know Joseph ruled over Egypt. He dealt deceitfully with our race and oppressed our ancestors by making them leave their infants [brephos] outside, so they wouldn’t survive.
Some people were even bringing infants [brephos] to Him so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children [paidon] come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child [paidon] will never enter it.”
This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby [brephos] wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby [brephos] leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby [brephos] leaped for joy inside me!
I chose you before I formed you in the womb;
I set you apart before you were born.
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
The bible makes it abundantly clear that the unborn are persons just like you and I. It is the highest form of insanity to deny personhood to the unborn.
At conception, the new life is composed of hundreds of cells and has developed a protective hormone to prevent the mother’s body from rejecting it as a foreign tissue.
- At 7 days the new life has developed it own blood cells; the placenta is a part of the new life and not of the mother.
- At 19 days the heart begins to beat. [amazing]
- At 20 days, the foundation of the entire nervous system has been laid out. [Wow]
- At 24 days the heart has regular beats and pulsations.
- At 30 days there is a regular blood flow within the vascular system.
- At 35 days the eyes begin to develop and 40 pairs of muscles are present.
- At 40 days the heart energy out put is 20% of an adult.
- At 42 days brain waves are detectable.
- At 49 days the skeletal system is developed.
- At 50 days all internal organs and external structures are identifiable.
- At 56 days all organs are functioning.
- At the 9-10 weeks the teeth and fingernails begin to form.
- At the 11-12 weeks the baby can grasp objects placed in his/her hand, can have hiccups, urinates, and recoils at pain.
- At 13 weeks the baby’s sex is identifiable.
- At 16-20 weeks the baby hears external voices, sleeps and dreams.
- At 21 weeks the baby can survive outside the womb. [Remember this article is 7 years old]
The process of abortion is not a simple medical procedure; it is brutal and invasive. The head is usually crushed and the body torn into fragments so it can be sucked out by a tiny vacuum. The saline abortion is just as barbaric. The saline solution is injected into the protective compartment in which the baby lives. It burns the skin of the baby and poisons the infant at the same time. There is no term too offensive to describe this violent procedure. In truth, abortion is more violent than the most brutal murder committed on the street. Attorney Mark Belz argues this very point:
- The victim is the most innocent member of our society.
- The victim is helpless, cannot defend him/herself.
- The order to kill comes from the biological mother.
- It is a calculated, premeditated, intentional act.
- The person doing the killing gets paid just like a hit man.
The Second Victim is the Parents, Presumably the Mother
We know the father shares the responsibility and in some cases he may be the one who pressured the mother into the abortion. However, in our present culture, it is the woman’s decision and the man cannot legally stop her and neither can grandparents. Abortions not only take the lives of the innocent, they destroy marriages and people. The number one problem with abortion [second to the baby] is guilt. Sometimes it is 15-20 years before the emotional melt down but it is coming in one form or the other. Most women will not talk about past abortions but every now and then, women speak out and tell us about their experience. One mother wrote Dr. Draper, “I was 16 when I had my abortion. I really didn’t want the abortion but felt like I had no choice. As I lay in the clinic, I could hear my baby being sucked from my body. Immediately I felt a sense of loss and I cried. I started having terrible nightmares every night. I was obsessed with doubts and questions: What would my baby have looked like? Was the baby a boy or girl?” She had the abortion in 1975 which means she is probably a baby boomer. She said, “I came to realize that an abortion does not just kill the baby, it kills a part of you. Had I not come to know Jesus as my Savior, I don’t know what I would have done. I don’t think I would have made it.”
In my early days as a pro-lifer I was an advocate for the baby; it was 12-15 years later that I began to realize the untold damage it does to women. I have also met grieving fathers who lamented the death of their sons or daughters. I had one man tell me that he thought about his child every day and was anxious to get to know him or her in heaven. I have come to understand that although I abhor abortion, it is not an unpardonable sin. I know some sweet women who made the mistake. Every honest woman that I have met who would talk about the subject said that there was tremendous grief and guilt; much more than they imagined possible. I have also come to realize that to some extent, we are all guilty which I am about to address in length.
The Third Victim is the Conscience of the Nation [Culture]
This is the subtle thing about sin, it is so deceiving. We live in a nation of idiots. These folks support abortion on demand and are fully convinced that abortion bears no consequences. We are a nation of fools.
What Harry Blackman and a misguided not so supreme court did was legalize the murder of the innocent unborn. Most Americans were in the dark at the time. Very few people knew what was going on. Our Catholic friends were fighting this battle alone. By and large, the Protestant world was in the dark. The liberals knew that what they were doing was unethical but they pushed their agenda even though it meant misrepresenting the truth which they don’t have a problem doing. Sarah Weddington, the lawyer for Jane Roe was informed by Norma McCorvey [Jane Roe] that she had lied about being raped. Weddington told her to keep her mouth shut that the truth had nothing to do with this case. Now there is so much more knowledge with ultrasound and modern technology that practically every American knows that what the liberals call a fetus is actually a baby. We have transgressed a fundamental principle that God holds dear, THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE. We have not only offended God, we have seared our conscience to the point that we are becoming insensitive to any transgression. There is no way you could have gotten same-sex marriage to fly in 1973 but Obama pulled it off before the last election. My son came to me as soon as Obama went public with his support of gay marriage. He said, “Daddy, he has messed up this time, this will do him in. He will lose the support the African American Christian family.” I prayed that my son was right and he usually is in matters of politics but not this time.
One of the big arguments put up by the liberals, including Foy Valentine [past president of the SBC Christian Life Commission], was that we don’t take proper care of the children we have. We need to exert our effort in raising the quality of life for the children already born. Now 800,000 children per year disappear and much of this is proliferated by pornography which is supported by the left. Child abuse has not gone down, it is on the increase. A little girl was abducted yesterday [Feb. 17, 2014]in broad open daylight and they found her body today. Things are not better folks, they are deteriorating before our very eyes.
From time to time I bump into one of these bleeding hearts who say, “Abortion is legal, it is the law of the land, deal with it.” This is where liberals underestimate the resolve of the church. We have no intention of living by this malicious and cruel law. Let me remind you that the Nazis legalized everything they did. They passed over 400 laws and decrees against Jews alone. They made exterminated Jews legal just like we have made exterminated babies legal. There is not one bit of difference between what they did and what we are doing. I am not a Hank Williams, Jr. fan per say but this is exactly what made his treatment by T.V. networks so hypocritical. He was simply pointing out that we are doing some of the same things Hitler did.
How did the Nazis pull it off? How can you make a law and enforce it when it calls for the extermination of an entire race?
- First, Hitler changed the definitions and the language. He was a master at propaganda. Does anyone come to mind? Does a political party come to mind like the Democrats who sense they may be in trouble so they make “Minimum Wage” the new debate. The democrats are for higher wages making them look good and positive, but in reality raising the minimum wage will hurt the economy and cripple many small business. It is estimated that over 500,000 jobs will be lost. What gives the democrats an overwhelming advantage is that they have the support of the media. They and the media are propaganda artist and the American people are ignorant and gullible.
- Secondly, Hitler changed the laws. He redefined “Personhood” and Jews were excluded. Does that sound familiar? The unborn are not persons, just globs of tissue.
- Thirdly, Hitler had the brass and resolved to enforce the bad laws. What did Hitler promise? A better society. Liberals don’t read history evidently because Hitler did not make good on his promise. We were told in 1973 that abortion would up our quality of life.
Any sane person who is willing to look at facts can see that abortion has not made us better. Child abuse has not gone down, it has gone up. Overnight, abortion became abortion on demand but that is not what they presented plus it is a multi-billion dollar industry. Should we profit over the killing of the unborn? What has happened to our conscience? As a society, we have seen our morals decline at a rapid rate since 1973 and where is it going to stop. AMERICA’S ONLY HOPE IS JESUS. Dr. James Draper said, “A part from genuine repentance, America has no hope.”
I think he is right. I know he is right. I think God is already judging us for our sins. I think He is using Obama to do it. You think things are bad now, you haven’t seen anything yet. Two years into Obama-don’t-care and you are going to hear some howling. There is going to be some moaning and groaning. We are going to want to go back but it’s going to be too late. I think the mid-term elections are our last hope.