Thing is, we're not at the beginning of anything since "The American Holocaust" of unwanted babies has been going on for decades now.
Because I'm culpable if I remain silent while this goes on in our country today even as I type this...
If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times -- the Gospel guarantees that there is grace, forgiveness, healing, mercy, and restoration through Jesus Christ available to those women and men who are broken, distraught, and repentant over their sin of abortion. However, today I want to take a few moments to talk to you about those who are no longer living and who will never take a single breath or have a voice of their own.
An acquaintance of mine commented today, "I talk to everyone I know about #PPSellsBabyParts, but it goes nowhere. People are just too wrapped up in themselves to care. I post the articles. I tell people personally. I tell them what's going on. The MSM doesn't report it so it's not public discourse. They think I'm exaggerating or something. They don't hear it anywhere else and they sure aren't going to look into it for themselves. It's easier and more comfortable to remain ignorant. Confronting evil requires courage and self sacrifice, which is in short supply today." Sad, but so true I'm afraid. The general consensus I've encountered (even from Christians!) is one of "Oh, another abortion story, huh? Oh well, so what? What can you do? This is nothing new."
Really? Is that true? See, that acquaintance of mine made these comments in response to the latest Planned Parenthood video that was just released. I'm not ashamed to admit that I just don't have the heart or the stomach to watch it. As Derek Rishmawy said, "Somebody tell me after that 7th video that Planned Parenthood isn't worth at least investigating. Someone nitpick about 'edited' videos."
Exactly. If you've been an abortion advocate and pro-choice and still are to this day, then I would love to know why you haven't changed your position throughout these past several weeks, and particularly after this latest video in which a baby's face is literally ripped off so that the "doctor" can harvest its brain for profit. As Lisa Cooper put it, "If I kill a pregnant woman, it would be Double Homicide, but taking an intact infant with a beating heart and cutting his face open is okay?"
Apparently, there's gruesome, heartbreaking images of the baby lying there afterward with its arms and legs still moving around, and I'm told by PP supporters that I'm supposed to be "ok" with this since "babies can't feel pain at that age" and "those harvested organs will help someone else live one day" huh? Gimme a break! Folks, there are still 6 videos left to be released, which means we probably haven't even seen the worst of it yet! Sadly, only a dozen states are now investigating whether to defund Planned Parenthood as a result of the undercover videos. Only twelve.
Is it "cool" with you that a "doctor" rips open a live baby's face so he can preserve the brain and sell it? Is this the kind of "choice" and "right" we must preserve and protect for women as a free and civilized nation? Matt Walsh is right: "If we can't protect our children, we are a worthless, cowardly country and I really don't care what happens with immigration or the economy." Precisely.
That was my rant from my soapbox on Facebook a few minutes ago.
Thankfully, Pastor Scott Murray issued a comforting response to all of this.
Satan rebelled against his Creator in the first and worst overreach in history. According to Martin Luther, Satan attacked God’s plan to save the world through the weakness of the incarnation, suffering and death of His Son. After all, Lucifer reasoned, who better than he, who was the light bearer, to bring the light into the world? God didn’t see it that way. To us, it seems the height of madness to rebel against the Almighty God, to attack the unassailable and to hurl yourself against a mighty fortress. Yet, this has been the M.O. of Satan and his minions since the fall of our first parents in paradise.
Blinded by their rage and spite, the enemies of God continue to launch attacks on His ways and kingdom. The Planned Parenthood videos, made public over the last few weeks, expose an organization so filled with hatred for life that it has overreached, perhaps fatally. To haggle like a street vendor over the sale of the organs of infants whose heads have been crushed to kill them displays a callous disregard for God’s law. To exclaim over those pitiable remains, “Oh, another little boy!” is to indict yourself as a child killer; they know it’s more than random cells. There is a carelessness that reminds of the minutes of the Wannsee Conference at which the Nazis planned the “Final Solution” over an elegant lunch. An excellent white wine lubricates plans for mass murder like nothing else. The American people may have heard enough, more than enough.
If these enemies of life had not been so callously careless in their haggling over body parts and graphic descriptions of what they are doing when they dismember innocent children, they might still be running their profitable charnel houses with tax payer funding and still no one would have noticed. I, for one, believe that they may be the architects of their own downfall in yet another frightening overreach of wickedness. Despite our revulsion at these horrifying revelations, there is much to be confident about. God is still our mighty fortress. Christ is the Light of the world. And Satan is still overreaching. But don’t worry. God always wins.
The Rev. Dr. Scott R. Murray is pastor of Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, and fourth vice president of the LCMS.
In a Lutheran layman's terms, "the Planned Parenthood videos, made public over the last few weeks, expose an organization so filled with hatred for life that it has overreached, perhaps fatally."
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