Skip to comments.Forty Years in the Wilderness
Posted on 01/22/2013 9:03:08 AM PST by Kaslin
Abraham Lincoln, deeply troubled by four years of Civil War bloodletting, gave a great second inaugural address in 1865. By then Lincoln saw slavery as a terrible stench in Gods nostrils, so he mused about why God was taking so long to blow it away with His mighty breath.
Lincolns words: If God wills that [the war] continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsmans 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said, the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
For years, as many on the pro-life side have said down the drain, Ive been the optimist, pointing to babies saved and saying the glass is one-fourth full. This year, I was feeling pessimistic: While pro-life sentiment is growing, the death toll has lurked in the 1.1-1.6 million range ever since the 1970s. Sure, the recently achieved lower number is better than the higher one, yet how could we go on a million-corpse victory march?
Early this month, though, I read Times take on the abortion war. Time has been consistently pro-abortion through all of Roe v. Wades 40 yearsbut now its pessimistic: Abortion-rights activists are unequivocally losing. Part of the reason is that the public is siding more and more with their opponents. Staff writer Kate Pickert noted that only two of five Americans call themselves pro-choice, in part because of ultrasound and other scientific advances that have allowed many people to see that the 8-week-olds commonly aborted have a human shape.
Time stopped there, but 40 years ago some folks thought unborn children were like Lego blocks, and nowdoes anyone not know that the human shape signifies a human being? Does anyone not see the coarsening of America over the past four decades? Is it not strange that our tears rightly flow when a Connecticut school murderer kills 20 children, yet we go about our business while abortionists each year legally murder a number at least 50,000 times larger?
No one can hide from the truth that we kill human beings. Early on, Christians spoke of the physical consequences of abortion but also the spiritual consequences to those who defended it. So did Ken Kesey, the 1960s psychedelic drug user who wrote One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and was a hero of the cultural left: He called abortion the worst worm in the revolutionary philosophy, a worm bound in time to suck the righteousness and life from the work we are engaged in. ... How can abortion be anything but fascism again, back as a fad in a new intellectual garb with a new, and more helpless, victim?
None of us is innocent. Ive worked as a journalist and historian to draw attention to the evil of abortion, but I havent carried through in my prayer life. I dont pray every day for the hearts of mothers and fathers to be turned toward their unborn children. Yes, Ive pointed out the natural consequences of sin, with aging populations facing demographic winters. No, I havent come to grips with how abortion has coarsened me, as I happily sit down to dinner and cut my turkey at the moment some babies are ingesting poison or being cut up by abortionists.
So Im pessimistic when I contemplate the tens of millions killed, and the way that abortion is proof of our universal sin and ability to rationalize or overlook evil. But Times distress helps me to be optimistic about what God is doing, in His time. Two decades ago we were one Supreme Court vote away from curtailing abortion. More recently weve been one Senate vote away, and then one Supreme Court vote away, from stopping Obamacare, which seems likely to extend abortion. So close. So far. Why, Lord, why? But, as Lincoln learned, The Almighty has His own purposes.
Lincoln had the right words in 1865: With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nations wounds.
Ah, wounded nation!
Abortion supporters will NEVER come to admit that abortion is murder, for to admit such ... would be to admit that THEY are a murderer, because it is my firm belief that the strongest abortion supporters are those who have had an abortion or encouraged another to do so.
The only way they can deal with the guilt that plauges them everyday is to continually repeat the lie to themselves that it’s NOT a baby, but a lump of cells no different than a tummor, hoping that maybe this time THEY will believe it.
“Olasky was born in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, to a Russian-Jewish family and graduated from Yale University in 1971 with a B.A. in American Studies. In 1976 he earned his Ph.D. in American Culture at the University of Michigan. He became an atheist in adolescence and a Marxist in college, ultimately joining the Communist Party USA in 1972. He left the Communist Party the following year and in 1976 became a Christian after reading the New Testament and a number of Christian authors” - wiki
Marvin Olasky (born June 12, 1950) is editor-in-chief of WORLD Magazine, the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion, and Distinguished Chair in Journalism and Public Policy at Patrick Henry College.
Once in a while:
Abortion Insiders Turn Their Backs on the Industry
Well, if you'd come to office on a secret war platform determined to cut the Gordian knot of America's original compromise for unity's sake, to change by force the social compact and arrest or kill people for exercising and defending their rights, to the tune of nearly a million dead, you'd better tell people that the other side is "a stench in God's nostrils"; otherwise you've got some pretty tall explaining to do.