I listened to Casting Crown’s While You Were Sleeping many times this Christmas season. Each time, I was moved. Each time, I found myself silently (or not so silently sometimes) saying, “Amen.”
Listen for yourself.
I was particularly moved by “As we’re sung to sleep by philosophies that save the trees and kill the children…”
Fast forward to today. I was browsing blog posts from my Homeschool Buzz widget and ran across Redbud Lane’s blog. In her side bar I saw this:
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Did you read that number? Did you really think about what that number represents? Seven and a half MILLION babies. People. God’s people. His babies have been murdered.
Think about this…
We had raccoons infesting our barn when we first moved to our farm. They were creating a mess and destroying hay, feed and structures. We had to secretly catch and kill these destructive creatures because it was illegal to kill raccoons at the time. They weren’t “in season”. We could have gotten in big trouble. I guess we still could now that I’m mentioning it.
Deer are all over the place on our farm (and the roads that we travel daily.) Did you know you can get in BIG trouble – fines, removal of personal property, and possible jail time – for killing a deer out of season?
Did you know you can face the same consequences for fishing without a paid license?
Did you know you can go to federal prison for killing an eagle or taking one of its eggs?
I’m almost done, but there’s one more real example I have to give. I used to work with a Teen MOPS group. It’s purpose was not to support teenage pregnancy, but to teach teenage moms how to raise a child, to teach them how to *not* get pregnant again, to encourage them to see God’s will for themselves and their child and to hopefully lead them to Him through our teaching and example.
We fed these girls and their children before each meeting. Many of them weren’t getting very wholesome meals because, like most teenagers, they thought McDonalds offered all the food groups in a healthy way. The local churches would each sponsor one meal a year for our meetings. I went to my very own church one month asking the ladies to come up with something really great for these families to enjoy for the next meeting. All I recieved were rolled eyes and accusations that I was supporting teenage pregnancy.
Hear that. In my own church (and I venture to say many others that were approached) the main thought wasn’t turned toward uplifting these teens for taking the high road and not aborting their babies. It wasn’t on loving these girls who made mistakes and are now trying to be better moms. It wasn’t on asking, “What else can I do to help these girls learn to follow my Jesus and raise their children to follow Him, too?”
The main thought was something that a Pharisee might have had. “You want ME to support THEM? Cindy, what kind of so-called ministry are you part of?”
I don’t mention that story for any other reason than to point out more of the obvious. Our priorities in this world, in our country, and even in our churches are not in the right place. Casting Crowns’ song asks, “America, will we go down in history as a nation with no room for its King?” I ask, “Christians, are we doing all we can to make room for Him – in our own hearts and in our nation?”
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.” Psalm 139:13-16
“Wisdom calls aloud in the street, she raises her voice in the public squares; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out, in the gateway of the cities she gives her speech: ‘How long will you simple ones love your simple ways? How long will mockers delight in mockery and fools hate knowledge? If you would have responded to my rebuke, I would have poured out my heart to you and made my thoughts known to you. But since you rejected me when I called and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you - when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”‘ Proverbs 1:20-33