“For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)
Instead of elevating an aberrant lifestyle choice to the level of a civil rights issue on Martin Luther King’s birthday, I would have much preferred that the President of the United States take a stand for the sanctity of life — ALL life. But politics is about votes not right or wrong. The oath of office was administered with the President’s hand resting on a Bible — a Bible that clearly says homosexuality is a sin and a Bible that clearly teaches that ALL life from conception until natural death is to be protected. Politics is never going to save this nation from the judgment of God.
On September 11, 2001 over 4,000 people were killed. They were future leaders of this nation — doctors who could have saved many. They were scientists who may have found the cure for cancer. They were evangelists who may have led thousands of people to the Lord. Their families and friends loved them. On September 11, 2001, evil people killed over 4,000 of our citizens without cause or provocation.
But here is another fact that you may or may not have known. On September 12, 2001, another 4,000 people were killed in this nation. It happened again on September 13th and 14th and 15th. Every day in America, 4,000 people are killed. These are unborn babies.
On September 11, 2001 terrorists killed nearly 4000 people and the outcry for justice was great — and rightly so. But I’m angered today that 4000 unborn babies are being killed EVERY DAY, and I see no weeping, no anger, no outcry for justice. I don’t even hear it mentioned by the very politicians who should be protecting them.
40 years ago today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that unborn babies were not worthy of protection and since then over 55 million babies have been murdered in their mother’s womb. On January 22, 1973, nine men became legislators, not interpreters of the law. On that day, they made it legal in the United States of America for babies to be killed.
My friends, the abortion issue is NOT about economics. It is NOT about politics. I deeply regret that abortion has been so politicized. Abortion IS a moral and spiritual issue. Before this day is over, you will probably hear somebody say, “You can’t legislate morality.” May I simply say that is the most stupid statement I’ve every heard? Most of what we legislate is morality. When you make a law against theft — that’s morality. When you make a law against the abuse of children — that’s morality. When you make a law forbidding the murder of others — that’s morality. And when you make a law allowing the murder of little unborn babies — that’s morality.
What is the problem in America today? It is simply this…human life has very little value in our culture. For years, our children have been taught that human beings are nothing more than highly organized slime. Human beings are cosmic accidents. We have failed in teaching our children that the Bible clearly says that human beings have intrinsic dignity because we are created in the image of God. Too many people believe there is no Creator — no moral lawgiver and thus humans have no sacred value.
The “Endangered Species Act” is a law passed by the Congress and signed by the President of the United Sates. It protects 3 amphibians, 56 birds, 7 clams, 2 crustaceans, 29 fish, 8 mammals, 21 reptiles, 2 snails and 42 plants — AND their unborn offspring. But not one unborn baby is protected! We will impose a fine on you is you kill baby kittens or baby rabbits but not one single fine has been issued for killing a baby before he or she was born. May God have mercy on our souls!
Our verse today teaches us that human life begins at conception. The nervous system of an unborn baby is in place by the 20th day. At 42 days, the skeletal system is complete and reflexes are present. The brain and the boy system are present at 8 weeks. At 9 weeks, a baby squints, swallows, moves its tongue and makes a fist. All body systems function by the 12th week inside the mother’s body. A baby inside a mother’s womb is a human being!
Think about the problem you have today if you have what is called the “pro-choice” position. Number one, you have to deal with the problem of murder. If you are pro-choice or if you support pro-choice candidates, you must deal with the problem of the sixth commandment — “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). Proverbs 6:17 says, “God hates hands that shed innocent blood.” If an unborn child is a human being, then to drown that child int he mother’s womb or to suck that child from the mother’s womb is to commit murder. You can use all the high-sounding words and arguments you want to use for it, but whether you use a shotgun or an abortionists’ needle — it’s still murder.
Today on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, what do Christians need to do? We need to teach our children the value of every human life — from conception to natural death. We need to support counseling and adoption agencies. We must reach out to unwed mothers and provide support and love for them. We need to expand day-care services and job training opportunities. We must publicize and praise abortion alternatives like adoption.
Most of all, we need to pray that God will send revival to this nation and that our leaders — both Democrats and Republicans will stand for life! We are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. Let’s stand for those who are unable to stand for themselves.
May God have mercy on us for the way we have treated the most vulnerable among us.