Today marked the commemoration of 40 years of legalized abortion in America. It is unfortunate that the events of this week even had to take place. This is a truly sad commentary on a nation that is willing to kill more than 55 million of her children. On the sidewalk, in front of the Supreme Court this afternoon, The International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church with Archbishop Craig Bates and Fr. Terry Gensemer of CEC for Life led us in a litany for the pre-born. This was a beautiful service that committed, to God, all of precious babies who have died in this last year at the hands of abortionists across the land. It was an opportunity for us to seek God’s forgiveness for the sins of our Nation and to thank Him and praise Him for his mercy and grace.
We shared the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court today with a pro-choice group of about 50-75 people who shouted and chanted “abortion on demand without apology,” “a fetus is not a baby,” and “women are not incubators.” In the midst of their chants were those who cheered and laughed, shouted and screamed as if they were at a sporting event. I felt very sad for that group of individuals – how can you cheer on death and be so jubilant about the fact that someone can legally kill another individual, an individual who has no means of fighting for their own life. I prayed that someone from that group would see the light of Christ in us, that God would breakthrough to one person’s heart.
I was so blessed by the many young adults that I saw in the crowd today. Their enthusiasm and their passion for life is truly infectious. Their energy level is high and nothing will stop these young people. This is the survivor generation – the generation born after 1973 – the generation that will be instrumental in bringing an end to abortion in America!
As we have crossed over from 2012 into 2013 I’m taking some time to reflect on events of this past year in light of the circumstances we are about to find ourselves in across this nation. As the media tells us in this 11th hour that we are indeed about to go over the “fiscal cliff”, even if for only one day, I have to wonder how we got here. While great minds in Washington try to solve enormous problems of trillion dollar deficits, raising taxes or not raising taxes, and cutting spending our nation continues to suffer. We hope and pray that someone somewhere comes up with the solution to solve these problems; we hope that suddenly there will be a creative solution that no one has yet thought of, but sadly that will not be the case.
Why is that? Why can’t someone come up with the creative solution that will make everyone happy and solve this great looming crisis? Well, the truth is that no matter what great plan is conceived it will not work if it is not God ordained. We pray for God to bless our nation, but can He really do that? We are a nation that has seen fit to murder more than 55 million of her children. America has become the valley of slaughter as mentioned in Jeremiah chapter 7 (see Jeremiah 7:30-34). This passage in Jeremiah says that because the people of Judah allowed their children to pass through the fire and be burned, something the Lord DID NOT command, Jerusalem will become a desolate place. American has allowed her children to pass through the fires of burning saline abortions and worse for the past forty years. That essentially amounts to entire generation of children that have been lost and we wonder why the nation is in such bad shape. The Lord says He will bring an end to joy and gladness in the city because of this behavior.
The thing that everyone is so focused on right now is the financial side of this cliff, but the cliff truly has many sides. Some will go over the cliff and others will get caught in the landslide at the bottom. In just this past year we seemed to have had one tragedy after another related to the violent use of guns. Seriously troubled individuals are moved by evil to kill many innocent and unsuspecting people and no one is off limits, not even small children. Crazy weather continues plague the nation and cause devastation and loss that is unimaginable and there is more fear about the world ending and the destruction of global warming than ever before. Man just continues to respond to these tragic events with more calls for gun control and laws to create a greener more sustainable environments. Honestly, I think that we have just continued shaking our fists at God and saying we don’t need You! We can take care of this all by ourselves, go away! The government is working on becoming more and more involved in our individual lives by mandating the kind of health care that is offered, by trying to create greener safer environments through energy legislation, and creating a false sense of security for its citizens through the promise of more gun control. These government solutions will never be the answers we so desperately need. Our answer is found only in God. If we do not turn our hearts back to God and stop apologizing for our Judeo/Christian heritage, we will end up desolate just as Jerusalem did in Jeremiah’s day.
Where do we begin? We start by ending the slaughter of the innocent. On January 25, 2013, the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade will be marked by the march in Washington, DC. Over the years great progress has been made in slowing down the advances of Planned Parenthood and others whose sole purpose is promoting abortion. Ministries such as 40 Days for Life have seen great successes, not only in women who change their minds about having an abortion, but also in seeing abortion clinics close down. Abby Johnson’s ministry (And Then There Were None) has seen 40 clinic workers leave the industry in its first year of operation (2012). These are great victories but there is so much more work to be done. There is always hope though – we have not become completely desolate yet. God says His mercies are new every morning, His compassion does not fail, and above all, He is faithful. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him and who seek Him (Lamentations 3:22-25). Please join me in 2013 as I purpose to seek the Lord more earnestly and pray more faithfully for those in the seats of power. It is only in Him that our nation will be saved.