Luke 4:5-8 (NIV) 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. 6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. 7 So if you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.'”
In the mythical story of Dr. Faustus, the brilliant doctor wishes to have greater knowledge of law and theology and every kind of intellectual disciplines. He gets in touch with a devil named Mephistopheles and agrees to sell his soul for the afore-mentioned powers. Of course, the Word of God tells us such an offer was actually made to the Lord Jesus Christ. In return for worship, essentially the selling of one’s soul, the evil one would “bless” him with what he wanted. But … how badly can someone “want” something that they might actually do such a thing? Apparently, very badly.
The latest round of presidential politics has taken us to new lows of shamelessness. One leading contender actually said that his position on the Hyde Amendment has to change because it was passed long ago, in 1976… and “times have changed.” The amendment passed in the House of Representatives and essentially eliminated the possibility of tax payer funding for abortion in America. It was a successful attempt to honor those citizens whose consciences opposed abortion by not requiring that they help pay for it. It was one of the really bright lights in the whole debate. People of both major political parties applauded it. But no more. “Times have changed!” The irony is that they have changed indeed. Now, forty plus years later everyone … everyone knows that the unborn are not just “blobs of cells.” They are real tiny people with heartbeats and brain waves before most women even know they are pregnant. But, instead of acknowledging that science has made abortion all the more indefensible, these politicians are pointing to a different change. What’s that? The increasingly toxic and brutal demands of those who are willing to sacrifice unborn children on the altar of sexual freedom.
I’d like to ask about a dozen people “How badly do you want to be president?” And … consider the corollary battle taking place at the same time over the Supreme Court and its composition. We will likely see the reduction of legal abortion if not the overturning of Roe v. Wade. I pray daily for at least two more justices to step down so a pro-life president can appoint two conservative replacements. As long as we have a sitting justice who says the original abortion ruling was made because of population concerns back in 1973, I shudder. In her view, it was especially troubling that we not over populate especially with “too many people that we already have too many of…” Yes, she said that. Indeed, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently said: “A woman who exercises her constitutionally protected right to terminate a pregnancy is not a mother.” A pregnant woman is not a mother? At what point do they become a mother? This kind of illogical nonsense is a sign of a darkened mind that has made a deal with the devil.
Anyway … decades ago virtually all of the politicians spoke against abortion. Today, the need to assuage the radical pro-abortion movement has left America with a record of Faustian deals that is unthinkable. And they are shameless. They are without excuse. They want to be a president or a senator or a Supreme Court justice so badly they have abandoned all fear of God.
Our society has some very puzzling values. Nearly everyone appreciates the names of those men and women who gave their lives in Vietnam. I do. The War Memorial contains at least three or four names of guys I played baseball with in high school. Long ago. Young men who never came home. It’s touching to stand there and remember them. But someone asked what if a wall was built to memorialize all of the innocent lives lost to abortion on demand. Eliminating the few cases where a mother’s life was really in danger, how would a wall remembering sixty million unborn lives since 1973 look? How long would that wall be? Well … The Vietnam Wall Memorial is 246 feet long with 58,000 names. At that rate, the unborn wall would be nineteen miles long. Somehow I don’t think we will see any of our politicians suggest such a project.
In 2006, the movie was released called “The Devil Wears Prada.” An easily forgotten story about a woman who runs a fashion firm with an obnoxious iron hand. Good title though. Perhaps some producer will come out with another movie called “The Devil Wears Business Suits and Runs for President.” Or … “The Devil Wears Judicial Robes.” Lotta’ deal making going on with the prince of darkness.
Jeremiah 22:17 (NIV) “But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood!”
Be sure of this: “That Day” … Judgment Day … is coming. Keep praying.
Peace. Pastor Alberta