Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Of Life and Light

Some years ago, there was a news story about Melissa Drexler, a girl who gave birth in the bathroom stall while at her senior prom. She then choked her newborn baby boy to death before throwing him away in the trash and returning to the dance floor. I can't imagine a more despicable crime, a more helpless victim, or a more coldblooded killer. For this murder, Drexler received a sentence of 15 years in prison and was paroled after just three.

But I think America owes her an apology. We've legalized the murder of children—as long as they're still in the womb. We've said it's her body, and therefore her choice. And we've championed these "empowered" women who throw away motherhood so they can keep on dancing (at least metaphorically speaking). The only difference between Drexler's actions that prom night and the tens of millions of abortions that have taken place in the United States since 1973 is that Drexler delivered her child before she carried out the death sentence she had preordained for her son.

The recent undercover videos of Planned Parenthood executives discussing the dismemberment and sale of baby parts in recent weeks has me thinking that, again, we've just found a new disgusting yet natural outcome of Roe v. Wade. And Planned Parenthood really isn't to blame.

The Supreme Court decreed from on high that a baby growing in her mother's womb has no rights, no protections, and no expectation of quarter. So why not sell the unborn child's parts like cuts of meat over a butcher counter? Why not haggle for the best price like a used car salesman? And why not figure out a way to squeeze the most government funding and profit out of the endeavor?

Of course, I'm being facetious. Abortion is both diabolical and disgusting, no matter how folks on the left try to sanitize it with spin. Drexler should have received a penalty appropriate for her crime. Planned Parenthood should be defunded, shut down, and investigated—and in a more just world, its leadership and medical staff tried for murder.

In Ephesians, Paul writes, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them ... Everything exposed by light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light" (5:11, 13 NIV). Abortion is the ultimate deed of darkness. The procedure is performed behind closed doors. The child's life is snuffed out while still unseen in her mother's womb. The visit to the clinic is often done in secret. Even the Supreme Court's justification for abortion comes from a so-called constitutional right to privacy. Darkness, darkness, and more darkness.

But then God began to shine a light. In the late 1970s, sonograms became commonplace in the U.S., and for the first time, a mother and father could see their beautiful child growing, hear her strong heart beating, and take home a picture of their baby—months before their due date. With more technology came more light, and the miracle of life inside the womb became more spellbinding.

And in recent weeks, the light of hidden-camera revelations from the mouths of Planned Parenthood executives have made the darkness of abortion that much more visible. Abortion needs to stop—not only because it's an evil and despicable act, but because I'm afraid for the soul of our nation and the judgment of God if we, having been given so much light, choose to trudge back into the darkness.

We have a choice: We can either choose light or choose darkness.

If we choose to remain in the light, we must put an end to the murder of unborn children—either through a constitutional amendment, a new Supreme Court decision, or by electing brave men and women to the legislative and executive branches of government who will stand for life and set aside Roe v. Wade.

But if we choose to scuttle back into the night, will there be anything we consider too evil for our society? Any deed so dark that it can no longer be permitted? I'm afraid of what we'll become.

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