My heart became hot within me. As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: "O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am!"

22 January 2008

35 years

Today is the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Approximately 1.37 million children are killed each year in America, sacrificed at the altars of privacy and convenience. This is not a political issue. This is not just a drum for Republicans to beat. This is a matter of religion and the holiness of God.

Here is George Grant's
short reflection.

Justin Taylor shares a rightly
disturbing video.

Some thoughts, if I may. It would be good for each of us, personally, and each church to spend time in prayer this week. This prayer should include praise to God, who is the giver of life; it should include repentance for our nation's many sins; it should include a prayer for deliverance; it should also include a call for our Priest-King to go to war for the cause of truth and meekness and right (Psalm 45:4).

Lest we sink into despair, consider during your prayers Jeramiah 31:38-40 -
Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when the city shall be rebuilt for the LORD from the tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. And the measuring line shall go out farther, straight to the hill Gareb, and shall then turn to Goah. The whole valley of the dead bodies and the ashes, and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be sacred to the LORD. It shall not be uprooted or overthrown anymore forever.

The context is the truly astounding promise of the new covenant (see v. 33 - I will be their God and they shall be my people). In that context, God promises the expansion of His children's territory, despite the current state of His people in Babylonian exile. This rebuilding and expansion will include the tower gates and the corner gates. But it's more than just the city - God promises to send His measuring line to the hill Gareb and Goah, covering the valley of dead bodies and ashes.

We don't know the details about Gareb and Goah, but we do know this: the valley of dead bodies and ashes was where the Israelites killed their children, sacrificing them to Molech and other pagan gods. What a horrible thing to even consider. But note what God promises: not only will He reclaim the ground where they sacrificed their children, but it will be a place "sacred to the Lord."

This is the greatness of the new covenant - not only does God save us from sins, but He goes right to the place of our greatest sins and makes it His greatest glory. Those who are sinfully angry glorify God when He makes them gentle and peaceful. Those who are full of lust God glorifies by making them pure in heart and body. And so we can rightly pray that God would go to the source of our nation's greatest sins, till up the ground, plant a new garden and make it sacred to the Lord. In other words, don't just pray that God would help us stop killing our babies, but that He would make us a people who love life, who love children. Pray that our greatest sins would become the place of His greatest glory. This is how He promised to work in the new covenant.

6 comments:

Kurt said...

Made no mistake about, abortion is indeed a political issue, and one that needs to be changed peaceably through Christian leadership in the political process.

Just as American Christians couldn't end slavery peaceably in the United States almost 150 years ago, resulting in some 600,000 men, women, and children killed; likewise God can bring his wrath to bear once again on our country if we don’t move to eliminate this evil through the free civil society God has given us. Even while America failed to heed the unrelenting efforts of the likes of John Quincy Adams, who died on the floor of the House of Representatives pleading the case for the end of slavery, a cause which his father John Adams and the other Founding Fathers bequeathed to the next generation, England did heed statesman and saint William Wilberforce’s call to end slavery, which they did so peaceably without violence or war throughout the British Empire.

What was the difference? Saints and sinners, led by a Godly man, working tirelessly together to convince and persuade the people as to the evil that the slave trade produced.

Will American saints and sinners heed the call today to work side by side restoring the rule of law of our Constitution, through which our God has graciously blessed this land? If we are ready and willing, through prayer, right thinking, and hard work, then there is only one person to support in the current presidential race.

This is a man who has been a beacon of hope for 20 years in the House of Representative, a modern day John Quincy Adams, often alone in standing up for truth and rule of law. This person is the presidential candidate that Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. "Jane Roe” of Roe vs. Wade has endorsed for the presidency and the one best enabled to help end the abortion holocaust.

For further evidence of the character and the voting positions of this man, click here to see why he is the best choice and deserves our support.

Gabe said...

Woo, go Ron Paul.

Jared, It's hard to figure out how to email you. Maybe you should add contact info to your blogger profile. Also, do you mind if I link to you?

Jared said...

Hi Gabe,

Um, I can't really figure out how to add an email link yet...but I'll keep trying.

Anyway, my preferred email is jared@immanuelrpc.com

Jared said...

Oh, and sure, it's fine to link to me.

Jared said...

All right, you should be able to see my email if you click on my profile.

Gabe said...

thanks.