The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad $372 Investment
No, not 100 shares of some speculative no-name foreign company, and not a short squeeze of an illiquid high-flier. Let's talk about picking up the cost of something that could haunt you or someone you really care about for the rest of your lives ... and then continuing to affect others over time, much like a stone splash creating a ripple in a pool of still water. Can any $357 investment really be that bad?
Thirty-seven years ago today (January 23, 1973) the U.S. Supreme Court released two decisions known as Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton, which collectively legalized abortions within the United States. Since that time, approximately 48 million abortions have been performed in these 50 states. The average cost of an abortion? $372.
The seeds of the culture of death were sown centuries ago, when sin entered the world through Adam and Eve's disobedience before God - an event tragically crowned by Cain's murder of his brother Able. The passage of time has not abated sin's deadly effects.
A culture that denies and defies God and that views His Word as a dated collection of legends with little authority is a culture shredded by violence and sensuality. While the society in which we live tilts toward a perspective that regards humans as enhanced primates, we have a God who tells us clearly in His Word that we are made in His image. Likening God to a potter, a vocation that was common in those days, the prophet Isaiah wrote, "We are the work of His hands" (Isaiah 64:8). Human life loses its value when life is not viewed as a gift from God, when we fail to recognize that humans are created in the image of God, and when we forget that mankind is different in kind and type than every creature in the animal kingdom. Abortion is not a modern invention. This God-dishonoring cruelty was practiced in pagain civilizations, such as the Roman Empire and ancient Greece. While the spread of Christianity someone blunted this depraved practice by proclaiming an elevated view of human life, we still contend with the procedure that takes an innocent life to satisfy the needs of another, much older life. Those enlightened by the truth of the Gospel should view the taking of innocent life, including the pre-born, much differently than those who remain in darkness. The blood of literally millions of unborn chi8ldren cries out to us from the ground, their lives taken, most likely because they were viewed as too expensive or too intrusive. These children had no spokesman or advocate, but were viewed as expendable. If those of use who recognize God as the author of life are silent, then the ones who are increasingly threatened in a culture of death have little hope.
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How You and I Can Respond: PRAY -- Pray for the woman and girls who are considering abortion. Pray that they will choose life, even amid difficult circumstances. Pray for the millions of women and men who are living with the trauma of having chosen abortion in the past. Pray that they would know that God is able and willing to forgive them. Pray for the staff of pregnancy care centers as they minister to those who are pregnant and frightened or experiencing post-abortion trauma. ACTION -- Read what the Bible says about human life. Contact a pregnancy resource center to determine how you can assist their ministry. Opportunities range from answering the telephone to mentoring an expectant mother. Contact your elected representatives and ask them to vote for life at every opportunity. Educate and encourage your communities in the ways that can stand up for the rights of the unborn, the disabled and the elderly. UNDERSTAND -- God considers every human, born or pre-born, as a precious gift from Him (Psalms 127:3-4). We must value them in the same way God does. HOW CAN YOU KNOW JESUS CHRIST? Realize you are not in control of your future. Admit that you are a sinner. (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23). Understand that God loves us, even in our sinful state (Romans 5:8). God desires that we turn away from our sin (Mark 1:15). Believe that Jesus is Lord (Romans 19:9-10, 13) by trusting in Jesus to be faithful in fulfilling His promises. Eternal life is a gift; we cannot earn it (Ephesians 2:8-9). Know that once you trust in Jesus, nothing can break your relationship with Him (John 10:28-29).