A Devastating Celebration of Death: Planned Parenthood Turns 100

White crosses - anti abortion protest

On Sunday, October 16, Planned Parenthood celebrated its centennial anniversary. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading abortion provider, performing over 320,000 abortions in 2014.[1] Planned Parenthood claims “to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services.”[2] In reality, the intentional killing of so many little ones can hardly be called “health care.”

Since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, nearly 60 million abortions have been legally performed in the United States.[3] Stop. Think about that number, nearly 60 million lives. From a biblical perspective, every one of those numbers represents a person, a person with a soul who has been created in God’s very image.

The 2016 Democratic Party platform wholeheartedly supports abortion. In fact, the party has added language that calls for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents direct federal funding of abortion in most cases.[4] In other words, the Democratic Party seeks to force American taxpayers to fund abortion directly. In an interview, CBS’s John Dickerson asked Secretary Clinton if she supported “a federal limit on abortion at any stage of pregnancy.”[5] Secretary Clinton answered that she did not favor the federal limitation of abortion at any stage of pregnancy. She replied, “… this gets back to whether you respect a woman’s right to choose or not.”[6] Obviously, this means that Secretary Clinton supports killing a baby all the way to moments before the baby’s birth.

As Planned Parenthood celebrates 100 years of operation and millions of deaths, as believers we should grieve. Is our country not unlike the peoples surrounding the nation of Israel in the Old Testament who sacrificed babies in pagan worship? We may be much more sophisticated in our killing, but our country can hardly be called less barbaric. Proverbs 14:34 reminds us that “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” Let’s pray for our country. Pray for repentance and change. Pray for revival in our churches and a great awakening in our nation. Millions of more lives are at stake.

In closing, the words of one pastor echo loudly, “Oh the irony of Planned Parenthood celebrating a birthday…”[7]

[1] David Crary, “Planned Parenthood Celebrates Centennial as Its Foes Bristle,” Associated Press, October 15, 2016, accessed October 18, 2016, http://www.apnewsarchive.com/2016/Planned-Parenthood-s-100th-anniversary-celebrations-this-weekend-come-with-a-sense-of-relief/id-3d213c2cf9f7408e84064d5aa6dd400a.

[2] “Mission,” Planned Parenthood, accessed October 18, 2016, https://www.plannedparenthood.org/about-us/who-we-are/mission.

[3] Steven Ertelt, “58,586,256 Abortions in America Since Roe v. Wade in 1973,” LifeNews.com, January 14, 2016, accessed October 18, 2016, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/.

[4] Bradford Richardson, “Democrats’ Platform at Convention Backs Abortion Funds,” The Washington Times, July 11, 2016, accessed October 18, 2016, http://go.shr.lc/2dLJtLN.

 [5] “Face the Nation Transcripts September 20: Clinton and Paul,” CBS News, September 20, 2015, accessed October 18, 2016, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/face-the-nation-transcripts-september-20-clinton-and-paul/.

 [6] “Face the Nation Transcripts September 20,” CBS News, September 20, 2015.

[7] J. R. Vassar, Twitter post, October 17, 2016 (6:46 a.m.), accessed October 18, 2016, https://twitter.com/jrvassar.

Busyness, Apathy, and Indifference: A Call to Actually Care

Woman holding her face in her hands

On Sunday, we began a new series called Rebuild, a study through the book of Nehemiah. In the opening verses of the first chapter of Nehemiah, we saw the heart of a man who cared deeply for others. His example is challenging for us.

Nehemiah had a prominent position in the Persian government. He had a life of luxury and privilege. In fact, he was miles and miles away from Jerusalem and the Jewish exiles who had returned to Judah. But Nehemiah was interested in what was going on with his people, the Jews in Jerusalem. When a group from Judah came to visit, Nehemiah asked how the Jews were doing. He cared.

When he heard the report that the city was in shambles and the people were in trouble, Nehemiah wept. He prayed. He fasted. He was devastated over the condition of the Jews and Jerusalem. He had a broken heart.

In today’s fast-paced world, we’re tempted to ignore the needs of others. After all, we’re planning our activities, trips, and hobbies. We’ve got this to do and that to do. We just don’t have time to care. Not only that, we face a constant barrage of bad news from all over the world. Often, we grow apathetic and numb to the needs of others. Is this the way we are meant to live as believers?

Nehemiah’s concern for others speaks to twenty-first-century Christians in a powerful way. We are called to be a people who care. When people are hurting, it should matter to us, especially when fellow brothers and sisters in the family of God are struggling (Galatians 6:10). Of course, none of us can fix the problems of the entire world, but we can certainly help people within our circle of relationships and within our faith family.

If we’re going to care and get involved when others are facing difficulty, we will likely have to give some things up. We’ll probably have to lay aside some of the things that we enjoy or that take a lot of our time. Once again, Nehemiah’s example challenges us. He was willing to leave the comfort and luxury of a Persian palace for a difficult and dangerous mission. What about you? Will your life be about building your kingdom or about a driving concern for the good of others?

Let’s ask God to break our hearts over the pain in the lives of people. Let’s ask Him to help us care, to help us focus not on the furtherance of our own kingdom but of the Kingdom that endures.