If not, then here it is for a point of reference before we continue moving forward today...
That was the video of Planned Parenthood's Senior Director For Medical Services caught on camera selling body parts of aborted fetuses (complete with an online Order Form!). Also, she describes how she intentionally skirts the Federal Partial-Birth Abortion Law!
My dear friends, these are serious crimes making her a criminal, and yet, the public outcry is less than what we've seen and heard in response to the "Same Sex Marriage" and Confederate Flag controversies.
It's horrific, sickening, and dare I say downright demonic too! Reminds me of Isaiah 5:20 that says, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
This is a particularly powerful observation someone made on Twitter about this tragic story that I thought I'd share here...
If a fetus is valuable enough to harvest, she's valuable enough to protect. #PPSellsBabyParts— Razor (@hale_razor) July 14, 2015
Here's an appropriate hashtag after making a point like that: #Checkmate
Now, consider that Planned Parenthood receives over $540.6 million each year from taxpayers for government health services -- that's nearly $550 million with an "M" per year, folks!!! It's nothing but government sanctioned murder funded with the taxpayer's money. Plain and simple.
For more complete context, you can view the nearly three hours of footage here or read the 60-page transcript.
Yes, I'm well aware of the accusations that this was a cleverly edited and marketed attack on Planned Parenthood by one pro-lifer in particular (think of it as being "Fahrenheit 9/11" Michael Moore-esque), but even if that's truly the case, then how does that do anything at all to excuse and justify THE COMMON PRACTICE of trafficking human baby body parts for money? Gimme a break!
In "Planned Parenthood And The Atrocity Of Corpse-Selling" by Russell Moore, the President of the Ethics And Religious Liberty Commission of The Southern Baptist Convention, issued a public statement with this powerful portion...
The church of Jesus Christ should recommit ourselves to speaking out for human dignity. What we see in this instance is what has always been true of Planned Parenthood: Mammon worship in collision with the image of God, and the image is sacrificed on the altar of profiteering. This does not go unnoticed to God. He has said, “Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and the writers who keep writing oppression, to turn aside the needy from justice, and to rob the poor of my people of their right, that widows may be their spoil, and that they may make the fatherless their prey” (Isaiah 10:1-2).
The children torn apart in abortion facilities have no names, but God knows their names. They have no resting places but Jesus grants them rest. If we are called into the kingdom of a just Messiah, one who welcomes children, we should stand up and speak up for the vulnerable ones He loves. These children may be just another line item in the abortion industry’s profit ledger, but they share the humanity of our Lord Jesus -- and we must plead for justice for them.
It is time for the reborn to stand up for the unborn.
He's absolutely right.
An equally powerful response was released by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)...
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, We logged on to the Internet and Facebook yesterday only to be hit with a sickening story: undercover video footage seemingly implicating Planned Parenthood in the sale of the body parts of aborted children.
In the video, Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discusses how she adjusts abortion procedures to procure certain parts of a child’s body, even as she notes that “we’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver.”
Listen long enough, if you can handle it, and you’ll hear her suggest that such items could eventually be listed on a Planned Parenthood “menu” for affiliate organizations to purchase for a price.
Later in the day, Planned Parenthood released a “nothing to see here” kind of statement, asserting that the discussion was merely one revolving around a patient’s right to donate tissue, as with any medical procedure. But why does Nucatola then mention the costs of body parts (“Thirty to one hundred dollars,” she says)?
Lord, have mercy.
If what Nucatola says is, in fact, the truth, we as Christians cannot allow this story to go untold or be buried by the media. We simply cannot remain silent while the reprehensible act of killing a child in the womb is made even worse by selling portions of that child’s dismembered body simply because there is a market for them.
Speaking up about the shameful act of killing children -- as well as harvesting their body parts -- may be uncomfortable. We may lose friends and create awkward tension at work. Our professors may mock us, and our family may roll their eyes at us. If that is the case, so be it. Because as Lutherans, as Christians, we are for life, no matter the cost.
As Lutherans, we confess that every life has value, that it has worth, that it matters … from the moment of conception until natural death occurs. We confess that what Nucatola calls “17-weekers” are actually children -- with beating hearts and little moving fingers and toes.
We confess that even the tiniest of humans are just that -- regardless of what scientific term the culture uses to make them seem like something less. We confess that they are created in the image and likeness of our Lord Himself. And we confess that because of Him, their hearts and lungs and livers matter, no matter how small they might be.
We also admit our own failings in this regard. Where we have failed to speak and act for life, we repent. Where we have not cared for mothers in crisis-pregnancy situations, we ask for forgiveness. Where we have thought more of ourselves than giving to an organization that can assist those moms and babies, we are sorry. Where we have been apathetic to this pandemic of death, we grieve.
But we are not without hope, because our Lord is for life too.
He is so pro-life, in fact, that He has given His own life for us, even as He has laid it down for these tiniest of children. Where their short lives are taken, He offers up His willingly. Where their little bodies are sold, He gives His freely to us at His holy table for the forgiveness of our sins.
Today let us confess life with renewed vigor -- to our friends over supper, through letters to the editor of our local paper, by writing our congressmen, in tweets and emails to Planned Parenthood, on our Facebook pages.
Let us pray that our Lord would bring an end to abortion altogether and that He would stop the horrible sale of infant bodies.
And let us pray that He would forgive us, renew us and bolster us to make a good confession in season and out of season: one that is always, no matter what, for life.
Rev. Bart Day, Executive Director
Life and Health Ministries
LCMS Office of National Mission
So how do we respond as Christians?
How should we Lutherans respond to evil like this?
Rev. Eric J. Brown has some good, Biblical thoughts in his "How To Fight Evil" piece, which was a direct response to this video.
In short, he reminds us that God's grace is certainly available to the Abortionist, the Planned Parenthood Employee, and the Woman Who Has Had An Abortion.
Of course, however, if neither person repents of their sin, then we need to remember that judgment and revenge of any kind does not belong to any of us.
Leviticus 19:18 (ESV) You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.
Deuteronomy 32:35 (ESV) It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.
Deuteronomy 32:41 (ESV) if I sharpen my flashing sword and my hand takes hold on judgment, I will take vengeance on my adversaries and will repay those who hate me.
Romans 12:19 (ESV) Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.
Hebrews 10:30 (ESV) For we know him who said, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge his people."
Even so, as we have tried demonstrating already, silence from us is not an option.
This isn't the first time we've covered this topic here and it definitely won't be the last I'm sure.
Like I said, we cannot -- we must not -- remain silent when it comes to speaking up and speaking out against the horror (sin) of abortion.
I've said it before and I'll say it again (a reference to a quote I once saw): "I refuse to concede intellectual and scientific superiority to the faction which claims to know how the universe began, but cannot tell me when life begins in the womb."
It's a great quote, but it doesn't even mention morality.
Pastor Matt Richard is another man of faith who has written several excellent commentaries on this subject from a moral and thoroughly Christian perspective. They can and should be used as valuable resources to help you in your conversations with others.
I hope that was helpful.
To sum it all up for us, we're not the first generation (or the last) to deal with this.
There are certainly more examples of the church’s consistent teaching of the sinfulness of abortion. These are simply given in order that it would be clear that the church has never wavered on this teaching. These are given in order that we might be unwavering in our defense of the lives of unborn children.
And so, to those who have been fighting the good fight. To those who have been courageous in the defense of the unborn. Straighten your spines! Know that you are standing in a very long line of brothers and sisters in Christ who have fought the same fight! Continue to be the voice for those who have none of their own. You are doing the right thing. You are being faithful to Christ in your endeavor. You are loving your unborn neighbor as Christ has first loved you.
*- Pastor Adam Lehman from "Abortion: The Ancient/Modern Issue"
In a Lutheran layman's terms, "as Lutherans, as Christians, we are for life, no matter the cost."
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