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Where are the tormented souls?

We all know that there is sin in our country. Sinners sin and that is just a fact of life. Yet I think we often take the sin around us for granted and that is what I want to discuss.

I get many letters from people who say things like; if there is a God and He is loving and merciful then why is there so much evil in the world? I have addressed that issue before, but this time I want to look at it from a different angle. What is our response as Christians?

We have blatant homosexuality in our society. We allow them into our public schools to indoctrinate our children. Many churches have even opened their doors to homosexuals holding places of leadership in their denominations. Public officials are afraid to speak out and condemn this sin. We shake our heads but keep quiet for fear of being labeled intolerant.

In 1973, Roe vs Wade made the taking of an innocent life lawful. Since that time there have been over 44 million abortions. It is now the most common surgical procedure in America. There are 3,200 babies per day murdered in their mother's wombs. Some are only in their mother's wombs by the slightest of legal margins. The baby is delivered feet first and the doctor keeps the head from being delivered so that he can legally kill the child. The doctor takes a pair of scissors and punctures the babies head just below the skull and makes an opening so that a suction device can be inserted to suck the living human being's brain out while they are still alive. Of course the procedure kills the child. We call this choice.

There are 750,000 abortions per year performed on women who use the title "Christian." Yet our churches soft pedal the message because they want to be 'sensitive' on the issue. Christian politicians refuse to speak out because they are worried about the next election.

I am not trying to pick on women, in fact I will say that there are always two victims in every abortion. The mother and the child. Women have been sold the bill of goods that abortion is a choice, that it allows them to have control over their own bodies, but these are just lies. There is no freedom in abortion, only bondage to sin, shame and regret.

No, this devotional is not about pointing the finger at those who have abortions, it is about looking at our hands and seeing the innocent blood on them. Does that sound too strong? Is it the Christian community's fault that there are 3,200 abortions per day? I think the answer is yes.

What have we done lately to stop it? I am not talking about radical activism, I am talking about preaching the word of God and showing compassion and interest in people before they fall victim to abortion. Where are the churches who are willing to stand up and tell women that if they are pregnant and need help that the church will help them? Not only financially but with adoption options and emotional support?

(James 2:14-17 NIV) [14] What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? [15] Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. [16] If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? [17] In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

What good is it if we condemn the act of abortion but do nothing to help those who feel that it is their only choice?

But even this is not really what I want to look at. I want to examine how we feel about abortion. Can we look at those numbers; 3,200 abortions performed each day in America, and just shake our head and go about our business? Have we walled ourselves off from the issue? Have we placed it in a nice sterile box in our minds? Or do we truly think about what that number means?

Let me ask you, if you turned on the national news this evening and heard about a madman who took a gun and walked into a grade school and shot and killed 3,200 children today, what would your reaction be? Would you feel compelled to pray? Would you shed a tear at the thought of the loss of life? Would you think of how God must have felt about the murders? Would you sleep peacefully or would you be upset enough to have trouble sleeping?

There are 3,200 children murdered every day, day after day! Does it draw you to your knees? Does it make you sick to your stomach? Does it make you sleep fitfully? Do you ever wonder how God must feel about those murders? Do you ever well up with tears over this horrible abomination taking place in our civilized country?

If this loss of life in the name of freedom does not bother you, then you better get out your Bible and start reading it. God places much value on the reaction of His people to the sin around them.

(Ezekiel 9:3-6 NIV) [3] Now the glory of the God of Israel went up from above the cherubim, where it had been, and moved to the threshold of the temple. Then the LORD called to the man clothed in linen who had the writing kit at his side [4] and said to him, "Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it."
[5] As I listened, he said to the others, "Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. [6] Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary." So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.

The only people spared by God were those who grieved over the sin occurring all around them. God has no time for people who claim to love Him and yet don't mind the sin of others. Notice that those marked were not those who stood outside of the temple with picket signs, nor those who took matters into their own hands, it was those who grieved and lamented over the sin.

We see the same thing in the description of Lot:

(2 Peter 2:6-8 NIV) [6] if he condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah by burning them to ashes, and made them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; [7] and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man, who was distressed by the filthy lives of lawless men [8] (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard)-

Lot is described as being tormented in his righteous soul by the lawless deeds he saw and heard. Are we tormented by the what we see and hear? Many people look down on Lot and think he was not much of a believer, after all look where he lived. Well, look at where we live! God calls Lot righteous and says that he was tormented by the acts he saw and heard about.

God knows our heart. He knows what we are tormented over and what does not bother us. I think that most all Christians would be tormented in their righteous souls if they had to watch an abortion or even deal with the mothers who have gone through it, but it is too easy for us to just ignore the fact that it is happening around us daily. We aren't committing it, and therefore we just look the other way. We are like Pilate who washed his hands of the blood of Jesus. We think we have washed our hands of the blood of those innocent babies, but their blood cries out to God daily as condemnation for our nation.

Again I am not advocating activism as most people think of it, but I am saying that it is time for us as Christians to shed some tears, to be nauseated and sickened by what is happening. It is time to stand up and be seen and heard. God is looking for people who will stand in the gap between Him and our nation.

(Ezekiel 22:30 NIV) I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.

Will He find anyone in our country willing to build up the wall and stand in the gap before Him? Are we willing to pray and be bothered by the victims of this sin? Are we willing to support people who condemn this abomination and reject people who claim it is a legitimate choice? Are we willing to be called intolerant by the people who are intolerant of God's laws?

Are we willing to reach out to those who don't know God's love and show them by our deeds that He not only loves them but loves their unborn child? Are we willing to be inconvenienced to help someone, to save a life? Are we willing to research and find out what pharmaceutical companies buy aborted baby parts for research and development of their products and quit using them and let them know why? Are we willing to change doctors if we find out that our beloved doctor performs abortions? Are we willing to pray and pray and pray some more?

The answers to those questions depend on how much our souls are tormented by the thought of those 3,200 babies being killed every day.

If you would like more information on aborted babies being sold please read these articles:

The big business of baby-part sales
Fetal profits promoting partial-birth abortions?
Fight raging over baby part sales
20-week-old fetal tissue put in lab mice

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