Friday, October 30, 2020

Murders That Won’t Go Viral: The Quiet Injustice Too Few Protest

Murders That Won’t Go Viral

Our society forgets about aborted babies. We Christians cannot forget them too.

It is all too easy to forget about aborted babies. It is all too easy to forget faces we never see and little ones we never hold. We don’t witness viral videos of preborn babies being killed as they squirm helpless. We don’t see little caskets lined up for their little bodies.

Their deaths are hidden, and their deaths are often forgotten.

Over the last several months of COVID-19, we have remembered the oldest among us, but have we forgotten about the youngest among us? As we remember perceived police brutality against black people, have we forgotten Planned Parenthood’s brutality against (black) babies?

Speak for Those Who Can’t

Even as politicians attempt to protect vulnerable people from the coronavirus, they label abortion against vulnerable preborn babies an essential service. And even as Black Lives Matter and other social justice groups protest, and riots break out, against perceived police brutality against black Americans, many also defend abortion against (black) babies.

Preborn babies cannot socially distance themselves from Planned Parenthood. They cannot beg parents and abortionists to stop killing them — they can’t speak yet. And they cannot march for their lives — they can’t walk yet.

Preborn babies need me and you to speak for them. They need me and you to march for them. They need us to remember them. But how many of us, who know these children to be precious in the sight of God, have forgotten about them?

Commit to Life

Aborted babies are not just victims of Planned Parenthood; they are also victims of our priorities. Are many of us bothered enough that we live in a culture that celebrates the mass murder of preborn babies? Abortion is the greatest systemic injustice in the world today, but its victims are the most forgotten members in the world today.

Many of us, understandably, remember the names of unarmed black people who died after encounters with police officers this year — especially George Floyd. But how many times have we really stopped to consider that it’s illegal to murder George Floyd, but it’s legal to murder preborn George Floyds. And it happens over 800,000 times a year in the United States.

Since George Floyd’s death 169 days ago, over 400,000 babies have died by abortion. Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, almost 60 million babies have been aborted in America. That is the equivalent of the population of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, and Arkansas — combined.

The most pervasive and horrific systemic injustice in our culture shouldn’t receive the least attention. We Christians should be more committed to saving babies than Planned Parenthood is to killing them.

Rescue Children Taken for Death

Have you considered the means of execution for these babies recently? Abortion crushes the baby’s head. It rips them apart, limb by limb. And this unthinkable horror happens nearly a million times a year in America alone. What are we doing about it?

Our God says,

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work? (Proverbs 24:11–12)

Thousands of preborn babies are taken away to death every day. What are we doing to protect babies from being taken to the slaughter? What are we doing to remember the forgotten? What should we do about it?

Don’t Forget the Forgotten

We should pray for vulnerable preborn babies and their parents. We should pray for abortionists and abortion advocates — we should pray that God would compel them to repent and relent of their sins. We should pray that God would raise up more men and women with a deep hatred for abortion and a deeper love for babies, men and women who will commit their lives to establishing justice for preborn babies (Amos 5:15).

And remember, as we ask God to raise up more pro-life advocates, we might be praying for ourselves. Consider committing yourself to pro-life advocacy. The pro-life movement desperately needs more Christians — preborn babies desperately need more Christians speaking for them. Consider becoming a full-time pro-life advocate, or consider becoming a volunteer at a pro-life organization.

Now, not many of us are in a position to commit to working or volunteering at a pro-life organization full-time. If possible, we should consider financially supporting pro-life advocates. Preborn babies need pro-life advocates, and pro-life advocates need financial support.

God doesn’t forget about preborn babies, and as his people we cannot forget about them either.



from Desiring God http://rss.desiringgod.org/link/10732/14014254/murders-that-wont-go-viral
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