Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Go ahead. You can shout. Scream until your lungs give out. But it won't work, because it is not the silence that is your problem. It is the whisper.
The case against abortion is becoming more solid. The videos are piling up. It is clear that abortionists are not only killing babies, they are harvesting their organs and selling them, padding their bottom line.
And that means you have been dead wrong about abortion.
If you have been privately scandalized by the fleecing of the unborn but have not spoken publicly, or even failed to share your views and convictions with your close friends, then these videos leave you without defense. You should have been speaking out long ago. You should have stood up for the defenseless. You should have shown compassion for hurting and confused mothers. And shouting now will not silence the whisper.
If you have supported abortion rights, if you have been proudly pro-choice, then shame on you. These videos eviscerate your position. "Pro-choice" is, beyond any doubt, an immoral, irrational stance. And shouting will not save you from the whisper.
If you have had an abortion, I am sorry. I am sorry that there was no father there to offer his life and love for you to make the life of your child lighter to bear. I am sorry that there were not enough clinics, churches, and living rooms for you to go to when you were in crisis.
Most of all, I am sorry to have to say what I am about to, because although I have never had an abortion, I have done terrible things to people I am supposed to love, and someone had to call me to see it. I know what that feels like. I know the guilt and shame and anger and embarrassment and denial. I don't want to say this, but it is true, and I am bound to the truth.
You murdered your baby.
You did. You have a million excuses. The defenses are all well rehearsed. But all the shouting you do about your abortion will not stop the whisper.
The whisper is not God talking, but it is a voice that God put in your heart. It is your conscience, that part of your soul that tells you whether you have done right or wrong. And it whispers to your inner being day and night the truth of what you have done.
You should have spoken up louder, sooner. You should have known better than supporting and defending a culture of death. You should have protected your baby.
God planted that whisper in your heart to call you back. He gave you a conscience to give you pause before doing evil, to grate against your sin, and to show you your desperate need for something (Someone!) else.
You see, God too has a Son. He came as a baby, a tiny heartbeat in His mother's womb. And His unwed mother carried Him to term only to watch the boy she birthed carry His own death sentence upon His back to the crown of a hill where He would shed every last drop of His blood so that you could be forgiven for your abortion, your hurtful support, your silence.
Only the blood of Jesus can soothe your guilt, shame, anger, embarrassment, and denial. Only the clarion call of the Gospel will calm the constant resonance of the whisper.
Jesus has so much mercy, so much compassion, to offer you. Please don't ignore that whispering voice in your soul. Don't shout yourself deaf to its pleadings. Turn to the one Man who will not only silence it, but turn it around. Jesus can make your conscience, not defiant, but confident before God.
"I come, O Savior, to Thy table, for weak and weary is my soul; Thou, Bread of Life, alone art able to satisfy and make me whole." "Who can condemn me now? For surely Te Lord is nigh, who justifies. No hell I fear, and thus securely with Jesus I to heaven rise."*
I would that this could be yours. It is there for you in Jesus Christ. Right here, right now He calls and forgives even you--even me.
* Quoted from "I Come, O Savior, to Thy Table" and "Thy Body, Given for Me, O Savior", hymn numbers 618 & 619 in Lutheran Service Book