“I will hear their cry… and I will kill you.”

I hope you count the seriousness of those words, recorded in Exodus 22:22-24. God declared in no uncertain terms the consequences for mistreatment of those who are the most defenseless and most vulnerable – those among us who are widows and children.

You shall not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. If you do mistreat them, and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry, and my wrath will burn, and I will kill you with the sword, and your wives shall become widows and your children fatherless.

Now, the question is, “Do you think this applies to unborn children, at whatever stage of life?” It most certainly does. Scripture couldn’t possibly be more clear about what God thinks of those whom our society has demeaned (those young God image-bearers) as nothing more than a “specimen” or “mass of tissue.”

If a man strikes a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely… then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life (Ex. 21:26).

Clearly therefore, God considers abortion as murder and those guilty as worthy of death. Why? Because that unborn child is a human person.

But to many, it doesn’t matter what God’s Word says. Nor does it even matter what science says, which has demonstrably shown that human life begins in the womb, and they even feel pain in the womb 20 weeks after conception — likely even earlier. Not only that, it is probable that they feel more intense pain than a newborn or adult would feel, since they have a higher density of nerve receptors:

The science is pretty conclusive at this point… young babies still in the womb at 20 weeks after conception, and probably even earlier, do indeed feel pain, and in fact, may feel more intense pain than a newborn or an adult. Click here for more on this.

Did you hear that? As has been brought to the foremost of our attention after the release of four (and counting) videos inditing Planned Parenthood for the sale of human tissue, these little ones are crushed and dismembered. They are literally pulled apart. AND… that hurts them more than if someone dismembered you. Stop and let that resonate with you.

And let it resonate that currently, approximately 1.2 million babies are murdered every year. And let it resonate that currently, Planned Parenthood (a multi-billion dollar industry) received $540.6 million from our taxes, just in 2013.

Yet our nation’s conscience has been wholeheartedly seared, and the people care little, if at all. In fact, it seems that people are whole lot more upset about a dentist murdering [sic] a lion than the institutionalized mass murder of children, unlike anything the world has ever known. Let me be clear. I couldn’t care less about a lion while 1.2 million souls are murdered every year. Just one soul, because it bears the imago dei, bears infinite value and no other creature of God’s creation bears His image. One child is infinitely more valuable than all the lions in the world.

You should be appalled. And outraged. And now is not the time to turn our eyes from the horrors we can’t stomach to look on. Nor should you be swayed or shamed to silence because you stand against general public opinion. Social acceptability is not the standard for morality. God’s Word is.

Well, you should know that the gross incongruity of the public’s reprobate mind… and I’ll let them speak for themselves in the words of just one (an actor):

Notice the time stamp. These two tweets were said only 8 minutes apart. For the unborn, the mother has the right to murder her unborn child… but that’s not murder. Killing an animal, however, is. Do you see how backwards this is?

But as one pastor said, “Planned Parenthood continues to label just about everyone who disagrees with them as ‘extremists.’ This is classic rhetoric from the intolerant left. But I suppose I can accept that label. I am ‘extremely’ against the murder of children.”

So am I. And so should you be.

Unfortunately though, many evangelical Christians really don’t care. They say they care, but in reality, they merely grimace, turn away, and move on in our culture of death. So, “the main thing to say – the obvious thing – is that for evangelicals, too often our pro-life convictions prove too shallow.” Stop.

Of all abortions performed, 13% come from self-professed born again Christians. That’s about 156,000 a year.

We now have a unique opportunity to help change this culture of death though. God has granted us a rare opportunity to live in a representative government – which means our government officials should represent the people. But I guarantee you, they won’t represent you if they don’t hear from you.

Dear member of High Point Baptist Church, I implore you to repent where your convictions may have been too shallow, and fulfill your responsibility as a responsible citizen of our nation, and more importantly, as a citizen of the Kingdom of God. The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) has made a plea to its like-minded brothers and sisters in Christ to join with them in fasting and prayer this Monday, August 3rd because August 4th, the United States Congress is expected to hold a vote whether or not to defund Planned Parenthood before going on recess.

It is a mandate that we “First of all make entreaties and prayers, petitions… for all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1-3). This is an opportune time to do that very thing. The violent murder of the most innocent of our society is the opposite of tranquility, peace, godliness, and dignity.

But not only that, ACBC has also requested that we join with them (please read their article) in the effort to overwhelm our government officials with our desire to put an end to government sponsored abortions. It’s really easy: Just call the Capitol switchboard and ask for the office of our Senator or Representative and tell them to vote to defund Planned Parenthood.*** The number is 202-224-3121. Your Representative is either Lou Barletta or Matt Cartwright (to find out which is yours, click here) and your Senators are Robert Casey and Patrick Toomey.

Join with me in this effort. Make it a family effort – husband and wife. Use it as an opportunity to instruct your children. Call as a family, and let your children watch you. However you do it, I hope you will. At the least, join us in prayer. After all, that is a biblical mandate.

 

***To make it as easy as possible for this call, I have uploaded the following sample for you, originally retrieved (with revision) from http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2015/07/30/10-updates-on-planned-parenthood-a-new-video-and-how-to-contact-congress/***

  • Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for our Senator’s or Representative’s office.
  • Ask to speak to the aide who handles the issue about which you are calling.
  • Give you name, and leave a brief message clearly stating what you would like the legislator to do.
  • Be brief, but give some reasons to back up your position on the issue.

Representative _____ (or) Senator _____,

The Center for Medical Progress has released videos clearly exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal profiting off of the sale of aborted fetal tissue. The content of the videos is disturbing and grossly immoral. I would urge you to please support the S.1881: Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood. I strongly object that our federal tax dollars are being used to support an organization that, according to its 2013-2014 annual report, performed well over 300,000 abortions in one year.

I realize that Planned Parenthood does not only perform abortions. They offer STD testing and contraception resources, for example. However, other organizations offer these kinds of resources, without destroying life in the womb. As the Bill S.1881 calls for, I would like you to direct federal funds to those organizations, not to Planned Parenthood.

Thank you for your service to our state and country and for taking the time to consider this very important issue.

About Matt Tarr

Matt Tarr is the pastor-teacher of High Point Baptist Church in Larksville, PA. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and the Grace Advance Academy, and has formerly served in the Scranton Rescue Mission as well as in the Pastoral Care and Counseling Department at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA. He is also a contributor and editor for ParkingSpace23.com. Matt has passion for accurately handling the Word of God, discipleship, evangelism, and encouraging others to honor Christ by their Christian living. He also enjoys spending time with his wife, Melody, and his two sons, Jonathan and Timothy.

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  1. I will be fasting and praying along with you and the organization on Monday, Pastor Matt. Before I began to care for my mom we used to take trips to the March for Life along with BBC students in the past and I have been a counselor for Action Line for Life out of West Chester, PA and we were able to save three babies from this horrible death. One such baby visited me at the Luzerne County Fair when we had a booth there from High Point and at 10 years old at the time came up and hugged me for intervening with her mom to spare her lift through abortion. I will never forgot that.

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