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Where Have All The Children Gone?

Book Excerpt Chapter 6
Can Abortion Ever Be Forgiven?

     Perhaps you have had an abortion or stood silently by while someone you knew took the life of an unborn child. You may be thinking that God would never forgive you. Before you give up hope, forever burdened with your guilt, let us look at a killing that happened a long time ago.

     The Bible tells about this murder—the worst murder of all time. The world stood by while an innocent man, who had personally loved and wonderfully helped thousands of people, was brutally killed.

     That murder took place 2,000 years ago and is called “The Crucifixion.” The murdered man was Jesus. But even as those killers carried out His death, Jesus spoke some amazing words to them.

     After an angry mob had mocked, beaten, spat upon, ridiculed and tortured Jesus almost beyond description, Roman soldiers nailed Him to a cross. By then Jesus was so brutalized that His features no longer looked human. (Isaiah 52:14)

     This tragic sight caused all who loved Him to weep and grieve from the depths of their hearts.

     But most of the crowd, observing His torn body and almost unrecognizable facial features, did not cry. Instead, they celebrated. An evil shout came from the mob, mocking Jesus and saying if you’re really the King of Israel, “come down from the cross” and we will believe. (Matthew 27:42)

     Expectantly, this gloating crowd, His murderers, listened, waiting for some kind of angry response. But His reply wasn’t angry. In fact, it was an expression of love directed toward them! Jesus called out to God, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)

       It is beyond comprehension that any man could speak those loving words about a crowd who was screaming for His death, but He did. This forgiving heart could only be found in a man who was also God.

     It is amazing to try and fathom this kind of love, this kind of grace being spoken by the bloodied lips of Jesus—God Almighty in a human body.

     Just think. Jesus could have pulled His beaten body free from the nails. He could have come down from the cross of torture, restored His wounded body, and then proclaimed to all the observers that He was the Rightful King of all mankind. This knowledge should drop us to our knees.

     As God, He could have done this, but if He had, He couldn’t have completed His mission. Jesus came to die. He came to this cross to pay for everyone’s sins, even those of His mocking murderers. He loves everyone so much that He allowed Himself to be beaten. He chose to stay nailed to that cross.

     His murderers may not have understood those kind words directed toward them, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” nor His final words, “It is finished.” which mean, paid in full. (Luke 23:34, John 19:30)

     But if they did understand and believe those words of Jesus and asked God to allow the crucifixion of Jesus to provide them forgiveness, they would have been forgiven.

     Certainly, if Jesus could offer forgiveness to His murderers, He can also offer forgiveness to us—no matter what our sin. (Romans 10:9-10)

     Those who need to ask for forgiveness include all participants in the abortion murders. Mothers, fathers, doctors, law-makers, judges, government officials, Planned Parenthood workers, those fighting for pro-choice, those who stood silently by—anyone connected to these murders can be forgiven.

     God wants them to turn from the sin of murder, and He wants to forgive them— because God loves them as much as He loves the little ones they are killing.

     Because of the cross, because of Jesus’ great love, anyone, including you and me, can receive forgiveness from God for all sin including immorality, lying, adultery, robbery, pride, slander, and yes, even murder through abortion.

God is Pro-Choice

     Abortionists speak as if they invented choice, but they did not. God did. In the Garden of Eden, God gave both man and woman the right to choose—but here is the solemn truth we all must face. Not all choices are good.

     We must confess our wrong choices, our sins, to God. This is the choice we do have! No matter what sin or how many sins we have committed, God will forgive us. Jesus showed us on the cross that no sin is too great to be forgiven, except for one. All who reject salvation and forgiveness, who choose to reject God and His rightful lordship over their lives will be forever lost—forever separated from God.

     God is patient. He wants people to change. But He knows that the hardened hearts of many will keep saying “No” to Him, using their “choice” to seal their own doom. God’s offer of grace and mercy will have a concluding moment. There will be a time when God will say, “Too late!” to all sinners. (II Peter 3:9-10)

     Time for abortion murderers to turn from their rebelliousness, confess their sin to God and trust in Jesus is running out.

Will God Judge “Good” People and a Good “Nation”?

     The prayers of many have been heard by God. His seeming silence and lack of  action is only for a season. As He did in Israel, God will judge both the people and the nation that spill the innocents’ blood.

     But would God really judge America just for the sin of abortion? How could He when the USA has done so much good? She has a reputation for helping the underdog, of giving under-privileged nations large financial and physical aid, of going to war to rescue whole countries, of taking in the rejected and poor of other nations and even of carrying the Gospel around the world!

     Try explaining to a judge, “I’m really  a good person. I obey hundreds of traffic rules, so I shouldn’t be punished just for going a 100 miles per hour in a 25-mile zone!” In spite of your professed sterling character, the judge could not overlook your speeding. You are a lawbreaker and must bear responsibility for your actions.

     God also says to us, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

     Can anyone honestly expect God to overlook our nation’s responsibility in the deaths of nearly forty-million innocent babies just because we have done some good deeds?

     Only mercy restrains God’s sword of judgment on our land. However, one day the blade will suddenly thrust downwards upon those who carry the bloodstains of the innocent on their hands.

     God never changes. He will judge sin. The Bible says that fools mock at sin, and that people think there will be no judgment from God because He is long-suffering and allows them time to repent. (Proverbs 14:9, Ecclesiastes 8:11)

     If the people of America, especially the Christians, fail to recognize that abortion is murder, and if they do not try to stop this killing of the unborn, then soon the song, Where Have All The Children Gone? will change to, Where Have All The Americans Gone?. We will then sing, “Gone to judgment every one. We didn’t ever learn, oh we never learned.”

     We must all admit our sin and fall on our faces before God, begging for His mercy and forgiveness. Then, and only then, will our hearts and our land be healed. Before it is too late, we must apply the following principle found in God’s Word:

    “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14)

     Ask for His forgiveness right now.

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