Last week I was reading an article about a miraculous healing hug. It was big news. So big, in fact, that Life Magazine carried it. In 1995, twin girls were born 12 weeks premature. One of them was in distress, so the nurse placed her with her twin and immediately the distressed twin recovered. What a wonderful story.
However, as I read this I couldn’t help but think about another recent article. This one, however, focused on death instead of life. It is the story of the latest push to kill our children in the womb, right up until the day of their birth.
All this on the heels of yet another article – one pointing out how black pastor laid their hands on Hillary Clinton, decreeing and declaring God’s favor upon her. Yet she had her senior adviser out in the field, vehemently protesting a bill in Oklahoma that would protect the unborn human being. As the article points out, abortion is the number one killer of black babies.
With all this swimming in my head, the Lord reminded me of exiled Israel and the fallen Roman Empire.
In Ancient Rome, the birthrate of native Roman citizens was down, and immorality was so rampant, that Caesar decreed people had to marry and produce offspring in order to perpetuate the Roman population.
In Israel, they riled God to jealousy by worshipping Molek. How was Molek worshipped, you ask? By burning their babies alive on his altar!
Now, we might think this barbaric, but aren’t we doing the same thing, and worse, when we sacrifice our children on the altar of ‘self’ and ‘choice’?
On the one hand we have these 12 week preemies alive and well outside the womb. On the other hand we have over 1.3 billion children from that same generation killed by their own mothers – all for the sake of ‘self’.
God judged Israel because He entrusted them with His words of life.
Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach… No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it…See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction…This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live – Deut 30:11, 14-15, 19
How much more will we, followers of Yeshua, be judged when faced with His words, “I have come that they may have life”? (John 10:10)
Now before we get to thinking, “I don’t have to worry, I’m not pro-choice” we must understand that as a community, it is our responsibility to protect the life of the unborn.
The Lord said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him. I myself will set my face against him and will cut him off from his people; for by sacrificing his children to Molek, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the members of the community close their eyes when that man sacrifices one of his children to Molek and if they fail to put him to death, I myself will set my face against him and his family and will cut them off from their people together with all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molek. – Leviticus 20:1-5
He also speaks to the community who allow this to go on, that they might as well not bother to call out to him, because He won’t hear them.
and when offering your gifts, you make your children pass through the fire and defile yourselves with all your idols — to this day. So, am I supposed to allow you to consult me, house of Isra’el? As I live,’ says Adonai Elohim, ‘I swear that I won’t have you consult me – Ezekiel 20:31
We in America, as followers of Yeshua, really need to think long and hard about who we support for President. The moral compass of our country has run amok. While one person may not be able to make a huge difference, the combined effort of many can.
In the end, when we stand before our Maker, what will matter most? Our economy? Securing our borders? Making America great again? Or the value we did – or did not – place on human life?