Many Americans are talking about our nation becoming great again, but that can’t happen as long as we continue killing our unborn children.
Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, marked the 44th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America.
Since that day, nearly 60 million innocent lives have been killed in our country. That’s 10 times more than in Nazi Germany.
The greatness of our country rests first and foremost in the righteousness of our people, not in the strength of our economy or the size of our military. We cannot continue ignore the most helpless among us while focusing on everything else.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to lead here. Do we simply continue to “pass by on the other side of the street,” like the priest and Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), refusing to help the one beaten and left for dead? Or do we get into the ditch, like the Samaritan, and help the helpless?
Unfortunately, many of us are passing by on the other side. We are simply doing the same thing most German Christians were doing during the Holocaust: nothing.
Every year at this time, we tell the story of a pro-life friend of ours, who was approached by an older German man after speaking at a pro-life event. The man wept as he told our friend the following story:
“I lived in Germany during the Nazi Holocaust. I considered myself a Christian. I attended church since I was a small boy. We had heard the stories of what was happening to the Jews, but like most people today in this country, we tried to distance ourselves from the reality of what was really taking place. What could anyone do to stop it?
“A railroad track ran behind our small church, and each Sunday morning we would hear the whistle from a distance and then the clacking of the wheels moving over the track. We became disturbed when one Sunday we noticed cries coming from the train as it passed by. We grimly realized that the train was carrying Jews. They were like cattle in those cars!
“Week after week, that train whistle would blow. We would dread to hear the sound of those old wheels because we knew that the Jews would begin to cry out to us as they passed our church. It was so terribly disturbing! We could do nothing to help these poor miserable people, yet their screams tormented us. We knew exactly at what time that whistle would blow, and we decided the only way to keep from being so disturbed by the cries was to start singing our hymns. By the time that train came rumbling past the churchyard, we were singing at the top of our voices. If some of the screams reached our ears, we’d just sing a little louder until we could hear them no more. Years have passed, and no one talks about it much anymore, but I still hear that train whistle in my sleep. I can still hear them crying out for help. God forgive all of us who called ourselves Christians, yet did nothing to intervene.”
Today, Christians in America have no excuse. We’ve seen the horrors of abortion with our own eyes as Planned Parenthood videos circulated the Internet in 2015. We’ve heard the clarity of God’s word with our own ears, commanding us to “rescue those being led away to slaughter.” Yet many have simply decided to “sing a little louder.”
But thankfully, there’s always a remnant.
In Nazi Germany, there was the “Confessing Church,” led by Christian men like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Niemoller. These men refused to sit silently by and arose to be a voice for the Jews. They were persecuted then, but they are praised now.
We can do the same today, and we don’t have to wait for political change to get started.
In Charlotte, we have hundreds of Christians who are faithfully ministering at three ditches in our city (abortion clinics), where upward of 1,000 babies are killed a month. And our approach is not a protest or demonstration, but a loving proclamation of life for abortion-bound mothers who feel they have no other choice.
The following video highlights exactly what we do and you can do to bring life to your city, to be a voice for the voiceless, to no longer sit silently by.
This year, as we hear promises to make America great again, let’s not forget our responsibility as Christians to step up for the weakest among us.
First published at WND
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