Wednesday is for Prayer
My mind and heart are so agitated over the Planned Parenthood illegal, deceptive, and disgusting practice of selling fetal body parts. I’m crushed. It is so blatantly evil it is hard to comprehend. It sounds like Nazi Germany. And all these educated, well dressed, smiling white women defending the practice sound like jaded, desensitized Gestapo insiders.
It calls for action.
But it calls for something else.
It calls for repentance. It calls for mourning.
And there are things it doesn’t call for.
It doesn’t call for finger pointing at our politicians, or at liberals, or at Planned Parenthood. At least not first or immediately.
Again, it calls for repentance and mourning on the part of Christians and the Church.
The Church needs to repent. The Church needs to mourn. The people of God in every denomination need to repent and mourn for having failed to evangelize the culture and show the light of Christ in such a way that these horrors could even be considered. For 42 years our flag (“home of the free and land of the brave?”) has flown over a nation that has presided over the murder of 58,000,000 defenseless children.
- On our watch abortion became the law of the land
- On our watch abortion mills popped up in every state of the union.
- On our watch baby parts, (baby legs and arms and livers!) have been sold as part of Planned Parenthood’s “revenue stream diversification.”
- On our watch marriage has been debased.
- On our watch divorce has become common place.
- On our watch marriage has been redefined.
- On our watch church attendance is at 100 year lows.
If we were to give a minute’s silence for each of the babies aborted in our country, under our flag, over the last 42 years, the 310,000,000 people of America would have to be silent for 110 years! Think about that!
Let our churches call for days of national mourning for the gross desensitization of our collective consciousness. This scandal is descending into the deepest darkness.
In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy of many in the ‘pro-life’ movement:
“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”
I agree with her. We have proclaimed against abortion. We have started pregnancy counseling centers. We have advocated for adoption. All of this is good but none of it is enough.
I am researching now, and praying, and thinking about what I can do, about what our church family can do to stimulate a call to national repentance and mourning within the Church of America. And I am praying with Habbakuk the prophet, “Oh God, in wrath, remember mercy.” (Hab. 3:2)
G.K. Chesterton spoke prophetically of our time when he spoke in his: “For under the smooth legal surface of our society there are already moving very lawless things we are always near the breaking-point when we care only for what is legal and nothing for what is lawful unless we have a moral principle about such delicate matters as marriage and murder, the whole world will become a welter of exceptions with no rules.”
Pray for me. I need the wisdom of God.