One child born to drug-addicted parents is one too many. One child placed in the foster care system is one too many. One child lost to drug addiction is one too many. One child lost to suicide is one too many. One child killed in a drunk-driving accident is one too many. One child that is emotionally, physically, or sexually abused by an adult is one too many. One unborn child that is murdered in the womb is one too many. While the child did not choose the circumstances that began or ended its life, but we do know that one child born or lost to these circumstances is one life too many. Sadly, only one of those statements has polarized and divided a nation that was once founded upon the basic principle that all are entitled to life.
Do you find it hard to grasp some numbers? I do. For example, 63 million. That is a number hard for me to grasp! That is the total population for Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana combined. In fact, 63 million is over 19% of the current population of the United States. According to recent data from the Nation Right to Life Council, that is the total number of children who have lost their lives to abortion over the span of 50 years. Unfortunately, I was not surprised by the reaction to the recent Supreme Court ruling, on June 24th, 2022, in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, which ultimately overturned the precedent established in the Roe v. Wade case from 1973. For 50 years, the United States government permitted the mass murder of unborn children resulting in a number that was equivalent to the total population of the southern United States. In one day, this grossly immoral scourge upon our land was overturned with one decision. This day was a wonderful day for the sanctity of life! However, the decision was immediately met with fierce opposition by abortion proponents and women’s rights groups. An otherwise joyous day was overshadowed by the cries of those who support the shedding of innocent blood, a sin which began in our past and continues to sway public opinion even today.
What’s the point? Though many flames have been fanned since January 22nd, 1973, we must never let the sin of abortion, in our past, become normalized and accepted. Since the beginning of known time, children were made to pass through the fires of Molech, (Deuteronomy 12:31), or sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated because of their blood, (Psalm 106:37-38). As we reflect upon the mass murder of children, whether it was supported by past kingdoms or by our government, we must be willing to utilize the weapon that God has given us and speak up for innocent life! As I hold my newborn son in my hands, I cannot possibly fathom the extenuating circumstances that could cause someone to justify murdering an innocent creation of God. But I do know, in the future, it is imperative that we preach TWO truths:
- We must preach against the injustice that has been committed against the defenseless and the unborn, and never be willing to compromise the sanctity of innocent life.
- We must preach a place of forgiveness and mercy for those who have participated in or supported the murder of the unborn. There is always room for forgiveness at the cross, if you are willing to sacrifice the sins of your past.
Yes, the number 63 million is a number too large to grasp. However, in the end, we must realize that one innocent and defenseless life that is murdered in the womb is one life too many.