This is not an easy subject to talk about. In fact, nobody really wants to discuss it. Yes, we hear titbits about it in the news media at times. Even our leaders find it “politically incorrect” to really debate. And, you know, many of the clergy today find it “too sensitive” to address.
This is because, it’s a nasty piece of business; it’s one, however, that affects the very heart and core of who and what we are, and it’s something we’re going to be held accountable for.
Hello and welcome to MessageWeek – sharing those words of hope that we all need to hear.
What we’re talking about are the millions and millions of ordinary people like you and me who have been exterminated in recent decades – not to speak of the potential doctors, lawyers, athletes, scientists, artists and musicians who may have been among them – people who never really got a chance at life. Let me explain.
I know how protective we are of our children: for example, paedophiles are adequately dealt with by our criminal justice systems, let alone the adverse media coverage it creates. We’re rightly incensed when we hear of Islamic clerics deluding their youth into becoming suicide bombers. And we’re equally horrified when archeologists find the mummified remains of a fourteen year old Inca girl apparently killed in a ritual sacrifice on a mountain top.
But, did you know that our society today is just as culpable? We call it… abortion, terminating the lives of those who are most vulnerable, those who should instead be the recipients of our greatest care, love and protection. Unfortunately, our society hides behind fallacious legal interpretations and arguments by lawyers and ethicists as to what determines human “life”.
Our school textbooks endorse labels them such as embryos and fetuses – when they should be called for who they are: babies, our own sons and daughters.
Is not this the evolutionary model applied in the worst sense of the phrase: “the survival of the fittest”?
You see, for many years now we’ve taught our children that there is no creator, that there is no God. We’ve proffered them instead the evolutionary model, which is a lying delusion that hides our real identity as the very children of God. We did not just evolve into existence. That’s a lie, a big furphy!
We are created, instead, in God’s image and likeness – to be His children forever. That’s the indisputable truth. It’s not a relative truth. It’s not folklore – God is, and we had better listen to Him.
But, if you take God out of our lives and out of the picture, how easy it is to carelessly believe that those infants are dispensable – and in the worst kind of way.
I’m glad God that is good, and His judgements just, because if, according to the scriptures, we’re going to be held accountable for “every idle word” that we may speak, what’s then the judgement going to be for what we’ve done to millions of our murdered children?
Are we not collectively guilty of the most grievous of crimes? Is there any hope? Is there anything we can still do? Yes, there is.
Turn and repent, says God. He says: “Turn from our sinful ways”, else, in the words of the prophets, utter destruction awaits.
History is a good precedent for the consequences we might expect, when “wickedness” reaches a saturation point that no-one can ignore. Whenever a civilisation’s morals decline, its demise isn’t far off. It’s happened time and time again.
Thankfully, for the sake of those who are faithful to Him, God does intervene. It happened in the days of Noah, and again in the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, where God’s judgement was given to a violent and wicked generation.
Jesus told his disciples that the time prior to His return would not be unlike “the days of Noah” – where after 120 years of warning and witness, and no one listened, God finally passed sentence.
The good news is that God alone has the power over life and death. We don’t. Those children were never ours to begin with, they were simply on loan. Thankfully, Jesus says that one day all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out – to stand and tp live again. He can say that on full authority because he paid a terrible price in His own life to account for our sins, our “debts”.
There is a day of resurrection, and there is a day of reckoning. There is hope, hope in turning around, in confessing our sin, individually and collectively.
Can I ask: Are we up to the task?
For the MessageWeek team, I’m John Klassek.
Remember, there is no shame in turning around, no dishonour in repenting. We can’t bring back those children, but we can turn back to God – and find forgiveness, healing and hope.