THE WAY WE MADE IT
Do you love it?
(Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in �Brown Shoes Don�t Make It�)
It is a large part of my ministry to remind people of the unpleasant facts of the world we have created. At a recent bicycle-related fund-raiser here in Portland, I stood beside the route where 60,000+ bicyclists pedaled holding my 4�X5� photo of an aborted baby. One of the more common replies was, �Thanks for ruining my day� as if it was all about their day. My comment was, �That�s the world we made.�
Lest anyone be left with the impression that Christian audiences are any less self-centered, let me testify immediately that they are at least as bad.
Yes, I am a one-note Samba. I can�t seem to get away from talking about that one subject for very long. Sorry if you are tired of hearing about it.
Well, actually, I�m not sorry.
We need good, stiff � and constant � reminders of the one evil that will undermine any other efforts to save this nation � the innocent blood shed in abortion. There is one victim who has little representation � the baby.
There are a lot of things for us to write about: Iraq, the subversion of the U.S. Constitution, Iraq, taxes, Iraq, police powers being abused, Iraq, the Leftward direction of the Republican Party, Iraq, schools brainwashing our children, Iraq, and on and on.
All of these things are important. However, let us remember how and why we ever had any semblance of a liberty-generating, Constitutional government in the first place: God blessed us with it.
Does anyone out there think that we will ever return to anything resembling that without a renewal of that blessing?
Does anyone think that we will ever get a renewal of that blessing while we are murdering His children, created in His image, on our own back porch?
I hate to say it but is seems that even those of us longing for that blessing have left off speaking out for the voiceless. (Proverbs 31: 8-9) In all of our getting justice for ourselves, we have left off getting justice for the babies.
I�m sure all of us think �pro-life� (How I have come to detest that term!), but how often do we act pro-life?
The reason I am not sorry for bringing this up again is that we especially need to be reminded � and I�m just enough of a jerk to remind us. When I have taken my sign to Christian events, the common response is for people to look at the picture in the same way as one would look at a photo of a forest scene or a cityscape � that is, yawn and pass by. Others mirror the bicyclists.
Some say, �But we�re pro-life. You�re preaching to the choir�
So how come we never hear any of this �choir� singing outside the abortuary? (Wouldn�t that blow their minds?)
�Not everybody is called to that ministry,� they say.
Really? Is it possible that only the three or four of us are � out of hundreds of thousands of Christians in greater Portland?
A 98-year-old man, Doc Hite, is out at Lovejoy abortuary six days a week. He wonders where all the retirees are � who have plenty of time on their hands.
So has God only called three � four � five?
Hear the Word:
Numbers 35:33-34, �So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are: for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it. Defile not therefore the land which ye shall inhabit, wherein I dwell: for I the LORD dwell among the children of Israel.�
Proverbs 6:16-17, �These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him . . . hands that shed innocent blood . . .�
Proverbs 24:10-12, �If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
There is nothing that defiles a land like innocent blood. God hates it and the hands that shed it. And God holds the people accountable who do not act to stop it. He judges them according to their works, not their sentiments.
We can howl all day long about the abuses of the Constitution now being perpetrated by various government agencies (I do!), and about the undermining of marriage (I do!), and all the other issues of the day, but until we are willing to do something about the innocent blood that is soaked into the American soil, God cannot bless us with any kind of social renewal. That blood stands in His way as much as it did in Isaiah�s day when the prophet walked into the Temple and said to �God�s people,� �Who invited you to trample My courts? Your sacrifices stink! Your hands are full of blood!� (Isaiah 1)
I don�t think God will require that we succeed at outlawing abortion before He steps in. He has always been merciful and gracious to, as with the prodigal son, run toward His people if they begin to make the effort to come to Him.
16 Wash you, make you clean;
put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do
So when will you be at the clinic?
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Paul deParrie is a 17-year veteran of anti-abortion street activism, a preacher, and a social critic. He is the author of "Dark Cures: Have Doctors Lost Their Ethics" (Huntington House) available at NewsWithViews Online Store Front. deParrie may be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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