January 25, 2014
Pastor Tim Throckmorton
As is true with many things in life as we are tempted over time to get used to the unimaginable. I heard Chuck Colson years ago describe it as desensitization. Meaning that when we find ourselves surrounded with an issue or practice long enough and over time we simply get used to it. He described the assignation squad that Adolph Hitler had trained to go into surrounding countries and murder key leaders so that the Nazi war machine could easily overthrow their enemies. They were simple men, bakers, plumbers and salesman who were trained to kill. Whenever a new recruit would join the squad they were amazed at the nonchalant attitude their senior members had regarding the taking of life. Horrible to consider but the fact was they had just gotten so used to murder that it as an everyday thing for them. Regular people who had been surrounded by death until life meant nothing anymore.
A few years ago I received a rather unexpected call from a very expectant Father. Bill called one morning to tell me that Karen was in labor. Now Bill & Karen are mom and dad to a precious family in the church I was pastoring. Five great boys were already a part of their brood, which was soon to turn to an even half dozen. Due to a few complications Karen was taken to Riverside hospital in Columbus and in a matter of days Lucas Tyler Boggs arrived on the scene a bit underweight and premature but healthy in all regards. Since then he has grown into a fine young man. That day however Terri and I were able to spend some time with the new parents, not new at parenting understand, but with their new addition. When we walked into the NICU, which was that day wall to wall with precious cargo. We were then introduced to the newest member of our congregation, Lucas. Gazing upon this beautiful gift of God I was reminded once again of Gods word… “He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?”… “For I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him”… “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;”…….. “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” Kind of blows the “a fetus is not a real person” argument right out the window eh? The abortion issue in our country has never been off the table but I am afraid we have gotten so used to hearing about “Roe v Wade” and “Sanctity of Life” that they pass our way without us remembering the magnitude of the issue. I can assure you that it’s still important to God!
My good friend former Congressman Bob McEwen reminds us that our founders found these truths to be self evident, and as he likes to say, that means that, any idiot ought to understand this! “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness” Did you catch the order in which these rights were listed? Life then liberty is the order they are in. “Freedom doesn’t mean much if you are dead!” Based on accumulative data from the two primary sources of U.S. abortion statistics (Centers for Disease Control and Alan Guttmacher Institute), it’s estimated that around one million abortions take place annually and more than 50 million abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973. Two-thirds of all abortions are among never-married women. Fifty-two percent of U.S. women having abortions are younger than 25 years old. It is difficult to know precisely how many partial-birth abortions are performed each year, as state reporting requirements for abortion vary.
Dr. Lawrence White, author of “The Sin of Silence” writes, “We live in a society where passions are rider less horses, uncontrolled and uncontrollable, in which there is a desolation of decency. In which love has become a jungle emotion, lust exalted to lordship, sin elevated to sovereignty, Satan adored as a saint, and man magnified above his maker. Americans have come to dwell in an Alice in Wonderland world of fantasy and self-delusion. Everything has been turned upside down and inside out in our America. Right is wrong, and wrong is right, good is bad, and bad is good, normal is abnormal, and abnormal is normal, true is false, and false is true. We are fast degenerating into a decadent culture obsessed with selfishness and sin, death and destruction.” Well thanks to baby Luke I am challenged to speak up again and again if need be. Abortion in any form is not part of God’s plan…. It’s just wrong and I’ll not allow myself to get used to it. We can’t afford to let that happen. Thanks baby Luke!
Tim Throckmorton is pastor at the Crossroads Chruch in Circleville, Ohio.