In America, we live among the wealthiest of people. We are advanced in education, economics, research and medicine. We consider ourselves the most powerful and protected people in the world. Our economy is booming, information is flying, and opportunity abounds.
We consider ourselves the most religious and the most generous of all people. We have the most stable government in the world, yet we find ourselves in a national crisis. As Americans, we have lost our moral compass and we are facing a national crisis today. Many years ago, a court determined the value and the sacredness of life. It was determined then that the sacredness of a women’s choice is more valuable than the sacredness of the life she carries.
Then traditional wisdom at the time was the court decision would lesson the stress caused by abortion. Traditional wisdom was dead wrong. It has been the most divisive issue in American history. Today we are here, lamenting and grieving the decision that has caused the death of 36 million of the unborn. The issue now is one of sacredness of the truth; the issue then and now is the sacredness of life.
I hate to say it but in my opinion the battle is not getting better, it is getting bitterer. Hate continues to grow. License for hate continues to be given and the walls continue to go up. Today, the charge of intolerance is a very powerful weapon in the war of values. It takes very little to substantiate and carries a heavy emotional weight. Today, personal conviction is damned if it confronts a personal choice.
The battle is not getting better, its getting bitterer – and that’s not good. I would like to take a familiar story from the Old Testament, I would like to look at the story of the battle of Jericho found in Joshua chapter 6 in our Bible and Jesus’ Bible. Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with it’s king and it’s fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days.
Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have all the people give a loud shout: then the wall of the city will collapse and the people will go up, every man straight in.” Joshua 6:2-5 The sixth chapter of Joshua continued to unfold and Joshua did as he was told by the angel of the Lord and they rallied the troops of Israel, not to fight but to march. In the center of the possession was the Ark of the Covenant. In the battle of Jericho the people were confronted with impossible odds; a fortified city, not one person was permitted to go in or out, no way to penetrate the city and no way humanly possible to achieve victory.
Yet notice that the Lord reassured Joshua that the battle of Jericho was God’s battle not the Hebrews, that they would win, that God would give the right results, that winning the battle was God’s responsibility not the peoples, that the people were not responsible for the outcome but they were responsible to follow God’s clear plan. And what did they do? They walked around and around and the walls fell down! Complete victory! Why? Because the people followed God’s lead. Because the people realized that the victory was not their responsibility but God’s. Because the people kept the Lord central to their approach, (the ark was in the middle, it was the focus,) because the people never quit, because the people obeyed. The great lesson and plan of Jericho unfolds before us in the bible.
There is not one child whose life is taken that our Heavenly Father is not aware of. And He knows and He is working. It is not our job to twist His arm to rush His plan or to hurry His timetable.? Our responsibility is to be faithful in following the Lord’s lead, not to be discouraged and not to allow what we cannot do to prevent us from doing what we can do. The battle over abortion will not get easier. The battle is going to become fiercer.
Our convictions are going to become more and more the “intolerance that cannot be tolerated.” I have no idea what privilege we will have to stand for the sanctity of life and the gospel of Jesus Christ. But we must never quit following our Lord’s lead, never quit and do not be discouraged. The battle is His and we are privileged to be a part of the process privileged.