The Most Important Issue

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On January 22, 1973, two decisions were made by the Supreme Court that forever changed this nation. The fight to reverse these decisions and restore the Sanctity of Human Life in America has been long and hard, raging on for 41 years.

Now, however, in the face of a crumbling economy, insurmountable debt, the loss of freedom, threats of terrorism, scandals and betrayal of the American people, it seems that the fight to end abortion has been forgotten. Many believe that we should be focused on these more pressing issues before we lose our country forever. Thus, the fight to end abortion is left to various pro-life organizations, while other issues remain at the forefront of political debate.

It is understandable to think this way. The situation in America is, after all, quite frightening to thosetwins-1024x639
of us that are paying attention. And when we are frightened, we begin to scramble for answers. However, very often we find ourselves attempting to correct the symptoms rather than finding a cure for the disease.

Before delving into this subject, however, I believe that it is imperative that we return to our roots and rediscover why we are pro-life in the first place. I encourage you to read my defense of the pro-life position in my blog, “Why I Am Pro-Life.”

Once we have determined that we are pro-life and/or why we are pro-life, the question that looms is, “Why not push this issue to the back burner for now, while we focus on the more urgent matters of keeping our nation free?”

I sympathize, believe me. I am terrified by the prospect of losing more and more of our freedoms, while sinking rapidly back into the tyranny that so many fought and died to escape over two centuries ago and I, honestly, cannot fathom how to reverse the devastating damage that has been done to our country in recent years.

But, like all Christians should, when I don’t have the answers, I turn to the One who does. Wise Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and I believe that he was right. The problems that we are facing today are not unknown to mankind, for you see, any nation that turns its collective back on God will face the consequences.

The Kingdom of Judah knew this better than most. They had been spared God’s judgment under King Hezekiah because of his willingness to repent and return to God. However, upon his death, Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, took the throne. Consider this passage, from 2 Chronicles 33, concerning Manasseh’s reign. (Emphasis added.)

He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight, following the detestable practices of the pagan nations that the Lord had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites. He rebuilt the pagan shrines his father, Hezekiah, had broken down. He constructed altars for the images of Baal and set up Asherah poles. He also bowed before all the powers of the heavens and worshiped them. He built pagan altars in the Temple of the Lord, the place where the Lord had said, “My name will remain in Jerusalem forever.” He built these altars for all the powers of the heavens in both courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. Manasseh also sacrificed his own sons in the fire in the valley of Ben-Hinnom. He practiced sorcery, divination, and witchcraft, and he consulted with  mediums and psychics. He did much that was evil in the Lord’s sight, arousing his anger. Manasseh even took a carved idol he had made and set it up in God’s Temple, the very place where God had told David and his son Solomon: “My name will be honored forever in this Temple and in Jerusalem—the city I have chosen from among all the tribes of Israel. If the Israelites will be careful to obey my commands—all the laws, decrees, and regulations given through Moses—I will not send them into exile from this land that I set aside for your ancestors.” But Manasseh led the people of Judah and Jerusalem to do even more evil than the pagan nations that the Lord had destroyed when the people of Israel entered the land.

To sum up, Manasseh turned his back on God. He engaged in idol worship, witchcraft, sorcery and divination, he built altars to idols in the Temple and he led the people in sacrificing their children to the pagan idol, Molech. (This idol had a fire in it’s belly and the people would roll their babies down the arms of the statue into the fire.)

2 Kings 24 is clear that these were the reasons for the destruction and captivity of Judah.

In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his vassal for three years. Then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done, and also because of the innocent blood that he had shed; for he had filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, which the Lord would not pardon.

I contend that America, founded as a Christian nation, has followed the example of Judah and that the situation in which we now find ourselves is the direct result of turning our backs on God. While America had already been sliding down a slippery slope for decades or longer, some decisions were made between 1957 and 1973 that solidified our departure from God’s ways and, unfortunately, God’s people have done very little to correct any of them.

In 1957, those who had been campaigning for a more secular nation seized on the fear created by Sputnik 2-Chronicles-7-14rand began introducing the then and still unproven theory of Evolution into our public schools. In 1962, a Supreme Court decision removed prayer from schools and in 1963, they banned daily Bible readings and all other religious activity from the public schools. Finally, came the 2 decisions (Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton) that legalized abortion on demand in the United States of America and 56.6 million lives have been lost as a result.

This is why we cannot push this issue to the back burner. Every problem that we are currently facing in America is a direct result on turning our backs on God. We have turned from God in so many ways in this country, but none surpasses the mass killing of babies in their mothers’ wombs. Yet, somehow, God has been gracious in withholding His full judgment. While He has sent many warnings, we, like Judah and Manasseh, have refused to repent and return to His ways.

We cannot give up. We cannot stop fighting. We cannot become so politically correct that we refuse to call abortion what it is. There are many things that can be done to, but they all begin with simply taking a stand and speaking up. Work to persuade friends and family who are pro-abortion. Don’t shy away from debate on the subject, but don’t be belligerent. Speak with wisdom and present intelligent arguments. Get educated! Get involved with a pro-life organization. Support pro-life candidates and get involved at the grass-roots level. Go to caucuses, county and state assemblies. Get people saved and teach them what the Bible says about life.

Remember, it took nearly 100 years to end slavery in this country. It has been 41 years, but we must press forward and continue to work peacefully toward ending abortion in our nation, because as long as America continues the slaughter of the unborn, everything else that we do to defend our Constitution and our freedom will be in vain.

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