The worst day in American history

Today marked forty years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, a decision which made legal the act of abortion, the taking of the life of an unborn child.

The Planned Parenthood/NARAL/NOW crowd has predictably cheered as they celebrate “a woman’s right to choose,” but I contend that January 22, 1973, was to date the worst day in the history of the United States of America.

You could argue that September 11, 2001, was, or December 7, 1941. I’d understand that logic. Or perhaps April 12, 1861, the day South Carolinians fired on Fort Sumter, giving Abraham Lincoln all the justification he needed for a Civil War. But I judge these things more my the decisions that lead to the tragedy more than the tragedy itself. And clearly, the abominable decision by the Supreme Court forty years ago today is what has made legal the murder of 55 million babies.

Read that again.

55,000,000. That’s more than the population of California, by far. It’s more than the population of New York, Florida, and Illinois (the third, fourth, and fifth most populous states according to the 2010 census) combined.

55,000,000 is higher than the combined population than over half the states of our union. There are 221 countries with lower populations than the number of babies have been destroyed with a hearty “Amen” from the American congregation. Take, for example, this reprehensible and sickening “Hey, Baby!” video by Mehcad Brooks for the Center for Reproductive Rights:

This is our American Holocaust, our greatest national sin. And while TIME magazine may say the pro-life cause has been winning ever since that fateful day three-and-a-half years before I was born, the fact of the matter is now American Christians are being forced to violate their beliefs to fund, through their business, abortion-causing drugs.

The vast majority of abortions, and by vast majority I mean over 95%, occur because the baby, the product of a sexual union, is deemed unwanted, inconvenient, or both. And the people of this country look the other way, prizing sexual freedom (and many other things) over human life if a recent NBC poll is believed, with seven out of ten saying Roe v. Wade should be affirmed.

I tremble at the thought of millions of Americans standing before the Great White Throne to be judged by Jesus Christ according to all of their sins, from the seemingly petty ones to the subtle apathy with which human life is treated by those who would defend the practice of abortion. They know not what they do, but there will be no getting out of that judgment, unless there is repentance and faith placed in the One who gave up His life a ransom for many. If you happen to be a supporter, either actively or through passive tolerance, of this evil practice, I pray you might consider the magnitude of this and every other sin with regards to what a holy God has to do about it. You are heavy-laden, as every man is, a sinner falling short (in need of) the glory of God. Even so, Jesus says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

The Son of God could save a guilty Nazi, and He can save those who continue to actively or passively perpetrate this American Holocaust, brought on by a decision made on the worst day in the history of our country.

Author: Matt Privett

Christian. Husband. Father. Pastor.

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