With each new video of the Planned Parenthood atrocities, though I find myself stricken speechless, I thank God that I have a greater sense of the tremendous guilt that rests on this country. The blood guilt stretches from sea to shining sea. And I wonder about all those millions of individuals who are living under this load of personal guilt. You know, they are everywhere. “Another boy” (you know, the one on the petri dish) has a mother somewhere, and God knows her name. And she is guilty. And that little dismembered child has a father as well. And God knows his name and will hold him accountable.
You can’t have millions upon millions of abortions without there being millions upon millions of the guilty. And I wonder if that might be one of the reasons (maybe) that so many Christians haven’t yet spoken up. Is it because they have had some share in this sometime, some way? Maybe you are one of those. Maybe you have had an abortion. Or two. Maybe you encouraged a friend or a sister or a daughter to abort their child. Maybe you even paid the bill, made the appointment, promised not to tell.
Each time we see more of the carnage on the videos, the more real the pain is for all of us. And let me tell you, that is a good sign. If you feel sick, that means you are well. If it doesn’t make you ill, then you are sick indeed, and unforgiven sin is a deadly sickness. Just because something is legal, does not mean it is right or good or lawful. And your conscience can’t be soothed when you tell yourself you didn’t break the law. Abortion breaks God’s law, and that is where the guilt comes from.
Hardness of heart has brought this insensibility about. And we know that for the millions of women who have had abortions, in spite of the hardness, there is a deep sadness, whether they acknowledge it or not. For the Christians who have sought and received forgiveness, they can still feel the pain of regret and misery, particularly now with the “war-torn” little bodies exposed.
But for you who have been forgiven, remember that you really are forgiven. God doesn’t dab around the edges with forgiveness. He heals the entire wound. Jesus never healed anyone halfway. Each was made whole. For some of you who have sought His forgiveness and received it, this might be the time to tell your story. Many are doing this now, and God is using the story of their sin and His forgiveness. He turns ashes into beauty, and He is the only One who can. Sharing your story may be part of your own healing, and it may be the beginning of the healing for someone else. The Gospel is the only thing that can ever put the guilty heart right.
The wonderful thing about these videos is how God has used it to turn over a very big rock, and we have seen all the creepy things that were thriving under there all these years. We need to put them to death. Abortion needs to die. And even if our government doesn’t change any laws, God can change hearts, millions of hearts, so that abortion clinics die from lack of business.
If ever there was a clear opportunity to talk about forgiveness, now is the time. Jesus died for sinners. Bad sinners. He offers the only way of restoration. Man is terribly broken, but God has provided a means of restoration through Christ, who died and bled, was buried and rose from the grave. Our country is deep in the grave, and it needs a resurrection. Christians: speak up and speak out. Tell the good news, even if it means telling your own story of death first. But tell it as forgiven, new people, born again out of death into life. Tell it as a victory because it is.