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Sermon 7/24/05 – The Unborn
Psalm 82:3-4

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The Unborn

Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4)

The “Nazis” (the political power in Germany during World War II) killed a lot of people.  They did it by simply enacting new laws and then defending the idea in the courts that “Aryans” (Germans) were somehow “superior,” and others had less right to live than they did.  Some, they said, had no right to live at all.  Their edicts were directed against people who included: those of Jewish descent, those who were darker-skinned than Germans, the Slavic people and the disabled.  They killed and experimented on human beings without mercy, feeling justified because the law told them they could.

150 or so years ago, in the part of the United States of America called the “South,” it was considered reasonable from an economic perspective, for one group of humans to own another.  There were “free men” and there were slaves, and the law dictated which group was which.  The “owner” of men, women and children could force “their” blacks to work unreasonable hours, never giving them rest if they so desired.  They could hurt them, even kill them if they wanted, and they felt justified because the law said they could.

Several decades ago, the idea of killing an unborn child was shocking, but for over 60% of the world’s population it is now “legal” to do so.  Laws have been passed saying that an unborn child is a “fetus,” not a person; a lump of “tissue” that can be removed like a cyst.  The unborn child is legally not human and can be killed because the law says it’s OK.

The Nazis said Jews were not truly “human.”  White Southerners said black people were not fully “human.” Today’s laws say that if you have not left the womb, you are not yet “human.”  One of our greatest failures is that we do not learn from the past.  Slavery is still common in the world – it always has been.  The practice enslaves the hearts of all concerned and yet it is still done.  In many parts of the world, women are virtually the slaves of their husbands.  There are always groups that think they are more special than others, and they show their pride by enslaving or killing the innocent.

It’s important to note that the laws we pass often grow into monsters that destroy us.  There were many in the United States “South” who did not keep slaves and did not care about slavery.  But they did not act, and the resulting Civil War destroyed them, killing thousands of young men.  Many Germans were concerned about the Nazis, but did not vote against them when they could. Germany was ruined and their young men were killed.

You can read about Martin Niemöller (1892-1984) on a number of websites.  He was a pastor in a comfortable Berlin Suburb.  Initially supporting Hitler, he became disillusioned and was arrested by the Gestapo in 1937 for opposing Hitler and the Nazis.  Incarcerated in concentration camps, he later berated himself for not truly making a difference.  He said this: “In Germany they came first for the Communists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me – and by that time no one was left to speak up.

It’s important to learn from the experience of Martin Niemöller.  He didn’t object at first because he wasn’t initially a target and “his kind of people” weren’t either.  By the time he objected, it was too little, too late.  You should note that the killing of innocent children, an act we call “abortion,” opens the door.  We have been killing the young for quite a while, and the next logical step is to kill the elderly, on the ground that “they’re suffering anyway.”  And note that all of us are getting older by the minute.  You could be next.

We have been told that abortion is done for “humanitarian” reasons, and we ARE touched by the vulnerability of women.  Someone who is pregnant because of a rape, now faces the further horror of having the rapist’s child.  Having deformed children is hard for anyone, and it is true that such children will have a difficult life.  We are informed that abortion is a deterrent to over-population, but God is left out of the equation.  We are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) for God’s purposes, which are higher than ours.

God has a way of bringing wonderful people into the world through circumstances that we find “difficult.”  Some years ago, a professor in a medical school posed this ethical problem to his students: “Here's the family history,” he said. “The father has syphilis. The mother has TB. They already have had four children. The first is blind. The second died. The third is deaf. The fourth has TB. Now the mother is pregnant again. The parents come to you for advice. They are willing to have an abortion, if you decide they should. What do you say?” The professor asked them to break into small groups for “consultation.” All the groups came back to report that they would recommend abortion. “Congratulations,” the professor said, “You just took the life of Beethoven!”

Depending on which website you believe, there are 50 million or so abortions in the world each year.  1% of the mothers are victims of incest or rape, 1% had fetal abnormalities, and 4% represented a danger to the mother; 50% aborted the child to avoid being a single mother, 66% aborted for economic reasons and an astonishing 75% simply felt the child “would interfere with their lives” (“Sanctity of Life” by Swindoll).  It’s greater than 100% because many had more than one reason for terminating the life of their unborn child.

What should we do?  First and foremost, we should pray.  We’re all sinners and only the Lord can remove sin from a person, a land.  God not only loves the child, He loves the parents, the doctors; you and me.  Jesus Christ died for us ALL.  In addition to prayer, whenever possible, legally, ethically and as gently as possible, do what you can to remove this sin from our midst.  God will love you for it.  Remember these words: “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked” (Psalm 82:3-4).  Help a child and God will help – you.

Father, we pray for the innocent, the children of this world.  Protect them from harm and deliver them safely to those who will love them.  Let abortion be removed from our country, our world.  Help our little ones and show us what to do.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Ron Beckham, Pastor
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