I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live. (Deut.30:19)
Our nation has seen its share of triumphs as well as tragedies. There have been battles won and lost, both at home and abroad. There have been heinous crimes that have accounted for thousands upon thousands of unspeakable atrocities. Some of these seem to resonate longer and louder than others. Certainly our nation remembers December 7, 1941 as a “day that will live in infamy.” September 11, 2001 will forever be etched in the memories of those who witnessed the cowardly murder of thousands of innocents. How many remember January 22, 1973 as one of our nation’s darker moments? We have passed the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, a monumental decision by the Supreme Court of the United States that legalized abortion. Since that somber decree, over 55 million innocent lives have been slaughtered, and their blood cries out from the ground as a testimony to just how far we have ventured from God in this country. How many shed tears over these defenseless ones who have been butchered in the name of a woman’s right to choose? How many parades have been held in honor of these who have fallen by the death instruments of those who have given an oath to protect the sanctity of life? Almost imperceptibly the death toll rises with each passing day. The silent screams of millions of babies aborted and discarded as nothing more than globs of tissue fall upon deaf ears. But God hears! You see, Jehovah is the giver of life (Gen.2:7). Jesus is the prince of life (Acts 3:15). God is the God of the living, not of the dead (Matt.22:32). The culture of death in which we live is not of God, but of the Devil. He is a murderer from the beginning (John 8:44). That so many are enamored with death and the macabre is a reminder of the influence that Satan has had in our society. Until the death of Jesus upon the cross, our Adversary’s greatest weapon was the fear of death (Heb.2:14-15). It is sad, indeed, that many choose to give Satan that power over them! When a culture celebrates death under the guise of mercy (euthanasia) or progress (abortion), it clearly demonstrates that we have decided to make our stand with the Devil. God has placed before us life and death, blessing and cursing. He calls upon us to choose life (Deut.30:19). In so doing, we choose to stand with God, the author and sustainer of life. The Almighty despises hands that shed innocent blood (Prov.6:17). How much more innocent can an infant in the womb be? What some declare as a right, God calls murder. I have heard some wonder aloud why God hasn’t allowed us to find the cure for cancer, or AIDS, or other such diseases. Might it be that God placed that knowledge within one of these little ones that our nation has savagely butchered? God wants us to choose life. He wants us to have life in His Son (1 John 5:11). He wants us to live eternally with Him (John 3:16). Life, not death; blessing, not cursing: which will you choose?
“Merciful God, we recognize you as the source of all life and the creator of every human life. We know all life is precious because it comes from you. We beg your forgiveness for the way our nation has failed to uphold the sanctity of life and for the innocent blood that has been shed. Help us to choose life and to choose you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”