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When Will Our Nation Awaken to Such a Great Sin?

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

I almost didn’t write anything this year – but I couldn’t let this week go by without raising our awareness of the worst sin of our nation in my humble opinion. Thirty-eight years ago – January 22nd – the Supreme Court of our nation passed a decision mandating abortion on demand, effectively overriding the abortion laws of all 50 states.  Soon after that several mainline denominations created the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) – an organization that proposed to represent the religious community and supported abortion.

Although women with an unwanted pregnancy (there is no such thing as an unwanted child) are often in tragic circumstances – I cannot understand for the life of me why any church would support the killing of unborn babies.  I could see churches trying to help prevent unwanted pregnancies.  I could see churches helping to pay for maternity care for those who could not afford it.  I could understand churches working with schools and communities to help with pregnancy prevention. But short of the mother’s life being in danger – life versus life – I cannot understand any church supporting abortion on demand – which current law allows and current health care even provides funds to carry out.

I’m not sure we even grasp the size of our sin?  One group estimates that by 2009 – nearly 50 million babies had been aborted since 1973.  Current statistics set the number at over 52,000,000.  This is not right my friends.  The Mississippi Baptist Convention tried to find a way to drive this number home and created a visual reminder of the 50 million babies aborted by 2009.  The picture included to the left is of a Memorial to the Missing – being filled with 50 million pennies.  It brings tears to my eyes to think f this great sin hanging over the nation – and with many churches in support.

Another way of thinking about such a large number of aborted babies is to add up all the people in the following states: Kentucky, Oregon, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Iowa, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, West Virginia, Nebraska, Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Montana, Delaware, South Dakota, Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont, & Wyoming.  The populations of these 25 states equals about 50 million.  We have allowed the total population of 25 states to be killed – lawfully – in our nation – since 1973.  Do we understand what we are doing?

Here are some other numbers to think about.  I know these items have little to do with abortion – yet we often think of them as tragedies – and they are – yet many in our government and in our society do not see the tragic killing of so many babies. Number of American battle deaths in all U.S. wars since 1776: 658,000. Number of Americans of all ages who start smoking every day — 3,000. Percentage of smokers who will die prematurely 50-70 years later: 30%. Percentage of babies killed by abortion this year: 23.1%.

My prayer is that we will come to our senses and awaken spiritually and morally.  My prayer is that we will teach our boys to respect women – we will teach our girls to love their bodies – and that we all will respect life and stop killing our babies.  These little – innocent children – they need someone to help them.

The United Methodist Church says it supports abortion in situations such as rape – incest – and the life of the mother. Even in these situations we are killing innocent babies – but some estimate that this is the case in only about 5-7% of all abortions performed.  Yet these are the cases people will bring up to argue for abortion – when in reality – most abortions are used as a method of birth-control – a way of removing an inconvenience.  The United Methodist Church does not support abortion for selective breeding (as in China) – or as a form of birth control. Often persons have multiple abortions – we must find a way to help them avoid unwanted pregnancies without killing babies.  When will the reality of what we are doing as a nation sink into our minds and hearts.  I know some will talk about the backroom abortions with coat-hangers and that too is a tragic situation – but is killing a baby the best we can do my friends?

Can we call on the moral fiber of our nation to come up with a better solution?  Can the church standup and say enough is enough – we will be a people who will stand up for those who cannot standup for themselves – mothers with unwanted pregnancies and their unborn children?  Why are we a people who will do everything to save the life of a child that is born at say 24 weeks but will also abort/kill a child at the same time frame and call it a choice?  It makes so little sense to me my friends.

Matthew 25:40 – “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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January 25, 2011 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor | , , , ,


  1. Faith Lewis left this comment and link on my FaceBook page:

    I don’t know if you know of the great tragedy in Phili regarding this – I will send you a link – but please be prepared for a horrible, haunting account.



    Comment by raymcdonald | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  2. United Methodist position on abortion as of 2004 – trying to find a link for 2008 Book of Discipline – http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?mid=1732


    Comment by raymcdonald | January 25, 2011 | Reply

  3. Hey Ray, I’m a UM pastor in Illinois. I came across this post and greatly appreciate your thoughts and writing on this.


    Comment by Jason Woolever | February 10, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Jason – it is a tough issue – glad you appreciated the post.


      Comment by raymcdonald | February 10, 2011 | Reply

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