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“Abortion: A Symptom of Spiritual Insanity”
Job 39:13-17; Romans 1:28-32

How can we evaluate the spiritual health of our nation? We may try to gauge it by polls: how many profess to be Christians, go to church, believe in God, give to missions, read the Bible … yet, as we all know, polls can be deceiving, are the questions / answers really that telling?

I have heard you can tell what a person believes by knowing how he spends his money, checking the check ledger, and I imagine, by that, we may get an idea of the health of our nation too? Most sports fans know that the NFL is a huge moneymaker, and many Christians have heard the true statistic that we spend more money on dog and cat food than we do on Christian Missions. Yet, did you know also: Pornography is a bigger industry, worth 57 billion worldwide, 12 billion U.S.A., than the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball put together?

Not only that but we are constantly hearing about “evil” oil companies making huge profits, and though they pay 40% of their income in taxes, many politicians are promising us they will tax them more! Yet one large (MONEY MAKING) industry goes untaxed. That is the abortion industry.

In the past several years, Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in our country has made profits on top of profits: 1997-1998 ~ $42.1 million; 1998-1999 ~ $125.8 million; 1999-2000 ~ $59.5 million; 2000-2001 ~ $38.9 million; 2001-2002 ~ $12.2 million; 2002-2003 ~ $36.6 million; 2003-2004 ~ $35.2 million. Yet, are politicians complaining about this? Are they telling Planned Parenthood, “this is an outrage, you are a non-profit, give some money back”?

Not exactly, no, they have not! During those same years, mentioned above, the Government has given poor Planned Parenthood: 1997-1998 ~ $165.0 million; 1998-1999 ~ $176.5 million; 1999-2000 ~ $187.3 million; 2000-2001 ~ $202.7 million; 2001-2002 ~ $240.9 million; 2002-2003 ~ $254.4 million; 2003-2004 ~ $265.2 million. How do you like how your tax dollars are spent – murdering unborn babies! What does this say about the spiritual state of our does the Bible say? Can the Bible help us evaluate the spiritual health of ournation?

Well, stats on how we spend our money seem telling indeed and yet what nation? I believe it can. If we consider one topic: ABORTION, and what SCRIPTURE says about it, I think we can conclude we are a sick nation indeed! Consider the following verses:

ESV Job 39:13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly, but are they the pinions and plumage of love? 14 For she leaves her eggs to the earth and lets them be warmed on the ground, 15 forgetting that a foot may crush them and that the wild beast may trample them. 16 She deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers; though her labor be in vain, yet she has no fear, 17 because God has made her forget wisdom and given her no share in understanding.

KJV Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

NKJ Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

Did you read those verses? If not, please go back and read them, carefully! Note the verses in Job. There is this proud ostrich, showing off her feathers. Yet, she has one fatal flaw. She does not care for her young, her eggs. Not only does she have this flaw but also God points it out and explains the reason for it – “KJV Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom.” Now, if an ostrich, a dumb animal, is said to be deprived of wisdom because she neglects her eggs, how much more are we deprived of wisdom in America, when we not only neglect our young but we attack them in the womb?

Dr. Kelly Hollowell is right on when she says, “The most dangerous time in any child’s life is his or her first nine months.” (In mother’s womb) Abortion takes one out of every four children conceived in America.

The verses above from Romans explain “why” God has deprived us of wisdom – “as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind” – Romans 1:28 We have kicked God out of our schools, out of our government, out of the public square and so He has kicked wisdom out of our heads, He has given us over to a debased mind! Oh how appropriate the nick-name “bird-brain” when speaking of many modern Americans and yet most birds are not stupid as ostriches are, and even ostriches do not seek out and kill their young, much less pays millions to do it – they merely neglect them! God have mercy upon us; let us aim to bring Him back in our knowledge!

Pastor Arnold Brevick, First Presbyterian Church, North Port, FL

Planned Parenthood statistics are taken from “Struggling for Life” Dr. Kelly Hollowell who gleaned them from Planned Parenthood’s own Annual Report for 2003 -2004

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