Peggy and I are headed to Oklahoma. We made it to Phoenix yesterday! My brother flew out and is driving a big SUV. We’ve got the dogs in there as well as some of our stuff. Today we’ll drive to Albuquerque. There will be no Acceleration Radio tonight! LOL!
Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6: 10)
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
(1 Kings 18: 41-45)
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 1-8)
So, it’s come to this at last; the moment everyone said would never come when the ruling on Roe v. Wade came down in 1973. In case you’ve been off the planet (physical or mentally) during the very anniversary week of the Roe decision, the state legislature in New York passed a bill permitting abortion at all stages of pregnancy, up to the moment of birth. This was signed into law amid much fanfare by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who also urged lawmakers to further cement the state law into place by a constitutional amendment permitting abortion practices.
After 45 years of legalized abortions under Roe (and the loss of numbers the equivalent of entire nations), there is finally something of a reaction among people who think abortion to be wrong, aside from the usual laments of how terrible it all is. A bookstore in Syracuse, NY, upon the bill being signed into law, closed its doors for one day rather than pay state sales takes to “a tyrannical government that murders babies.” The store is open again, collecting sales taxes “under duress;” sadly, this is the only such case we know of in the state of New York where anyone took such a stand. (And I would not be at all surprised if abortion advocates and the general, brown-shirted mob mentality in growing numbers on the political left now target that bookstore and its owners for harassment and other such tactics in an effort to drive it out of business.) People who never spoke up much on this topic before are speaking up now, appalled at the devaluing of human life enshrined in this law.
Beyond this, however, the usual responses are being deployed against this form of government-approved abominations to the Lord; op-eds on the internet and in newspapers (at least those that even bother nowadays to let opposing voices be heard), calls for marches and, of course, petitions. (Oh, don’t forget posting another “meme” to Facebook – that’ll show ‘em!) And, once we give the appearance of doing our duty and making another sincere (if ineffectual) attempt to rescue those being led away to death (Proverbs 24: 11), we’ll go back to our everyday lives: Enjoying our favorite entertainments, buying stuff that maybe we need and maybe we don’t, getting excited about the upcoming Super Bowl or some other sporting event, and shrugging our shoulders when nothing happens until we raise another brief, half-hearted outcry as the next such action comes along… right on time, like the proverbial trains under Italian fascist dictator Mussolini.
Or… have you finally had enough?
Before you answer that question, consider the following:
†Me, too! This law was passed in New York State. How long do you think it will be before other states – notably, California and, surprisingly, Virginia – follow suit? Or that the new radicals in the Democratic Party that are part of the freshman class in Congress begin work to inflict this on the nation as a whole?
†Petitions and marches. Honestly, these tactics don’t mean spit anymore. If people ignore the Word of the Lord, how receptive do you think they will be to the voices of thousands upon thousands of their neighbors?
†Educating and argument. People make brilliant arguments for the unborn and against the wicked laws that would lead them to the slaughter all the time, only to find that we no longer argue with people, we argue at them. In this era where outrage appears to be the only legitimate response for any situation, debate and argument is no longer judged by the validity of the points made, but by the intensity of the emotional display; in short, whoever throws the best temper-tantrum wins. Evil tends to be stubborn; it does not give up easily and, these days, is usually not the first to “blink.”
†Life and health of the mother. The usual reason given by abortion advocates for keeping the practice legal. Yet medical science is making this argument moot, as physicians become increasingly able to preserve the lives of both. Also consider: In the 46 years since Roe, there have been an estimated 60,000,000 abortions performed, a number that is likely a conservative estimate. Do the math; the average works out to a little more than 1.3 million abortions per year. Meanwhile, deaths due to cancer in the U.S. last year were placed at 609,640, while deaths from heart disease were estimated at 630,000. So at least a roughly equal number – perhaps more – have died from abortion in America than from heart disease and cancer combined.
- If any one single disease produced such a mortality rate, people would break the clouds with cries for something to be done about it. It must be acknowledged, once and for all, that the vast majority of abortions in this country are performed for birth control. Add to this the fact that many advocates are now dropping this pretense and openly calling for unrestrained abortion at any time for any reason – the very provisions of the New York law – and you see how flimsy the idea has become.
Life and health, part 2. Please note the idea that “health,” both physical and mental, is now stressed in the arguments for the law. Just as people wishing to challenge existing laws to pave the way for something with a more progressive flavor go “judge-shopping” to find one more in keeping with their philosophy, it won’t take long to find a physician willing to stretch medical definitions and on a diagnosis solely to facilitate an abortion. (Recall the gruesome case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell of Philadelphia.)
Overturn Roe. Too many people think this the “holy grail” of the pro-life movement, that if the