The Bible says that there is a time to weep (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Sometimes what happens in this broken world causes us to cry.
Jesus wept (John 11:35). He looked at what death had done to his friend Lazarus, and all of us, and he wept. He knew that death was an evil intrusion into his Father’s once-perfect created order. He hates what it does to his people whom he loves.
I wept this week. I confess that it was not just tears in my eyes trickling down my cheeks. It was an outward weeping. Shoulders heaving up and down. Loud groans from a hurting heart.
I had just heard of New York state’s legislative approval of abortion up to nine months. That’s when babies have near full brain development. When their neurological growth can feel pain---the same kind of pain we would feel if that procedure was done to us.
Knowing in depth what will happen to these babies right before birth, my heart became sick. My soul grieved. My spirit ached.
But I not only wept because of the legal decision, but also because of the response of most in the crowd when the verdict was announced. There was loud applause. Uproarious cheering. Decided joy.
I remembered Paul’s words in Philippians 3:19. He was addressing a culture that not only accepted sin, but one that felt “glory in their shame” (Philippians 3:19). They not only accepted sin, but “heartily approved” of the grossest kind of human behavior (Romans 1:32).
A culture is decidedly base when it starts calling good evil and evil good. That was the temptation in the garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If they did, they would declare that they were God. They would decide what’s good and evil, not God. They would define the morality of their culture.
The prophet Isaiah noticed this happening in the Israelite culture. He wrote, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).
Woe is a dreadful word of warning and God’s eventual judgment on a people who continually eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A people who regularly redefine right and wrong. Who repeatedly decide what’s moral through their own personal filter. The Israelites would not repent. God’s judgment eventually came.
Sounds like us, doesn’t it? Sadly, I think it is.
What can we do?
Continue to be informed about what happens in the womb. Roe versus Wade was decided in 1973 without contemporary neonatology. People’s minds are often changed about abortion when they fully understand fetal development in the womb.
Share this information with as many people as possible. You will be astonished how many don’t know. Conversely, one primary reason millennials are increasingly pro-life is because they can now glance inside the womb and specifically see what is happening.
Pray. Pray for God’s Spirit to bring revival to our nation. Pray people will turn to God and his Word to find eternal truth. His truth, not the changing whims and facies of contemporary culture. Pray they will see that God created all life in his image. Only he can give it. Only he can take it.
And weep. There is a time to weep---especially over grievous sin.
Jesus did. I think he wept this week when the New York decision was announced.
And Jesus alone is our eternal example.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!"
Isaiah 5:20 (ESV)