Daily Devotional for Tuesday April 22, 2003
So, is killing an unborn baby murder or not?
(Genesis 2:7, 1 Samuel 2:6, Psalms 104:30, Acts 17:25)
So, is killing an unborn baby murder or not? From time to time, we clearly see the hand of God moving in the course of daily events. Such is the case in the tragic story of the murder of Laci Peterson and her unborn baby. Laci's husband Scott has been charged with murdering his wife and unborn baby. In our system of criminal justice a person is innocent until proven guilty. However, if the theory of the police is correct, Scott killed his wife, attached cement blocks and fishing weights to her body, wrapped it in a tarp, and then dumped her into the San Francisco Bay.
If that is what happened, Scott was betting on her body never being recovered since it would only take several months at the bottom of the Bay to decompose and for the marine life to destroy it. But a large storm stirred up the Bay a few weeks ago, and in the process, the body of the unborn baby and what was left of Laci's body washed up on shore. THE HAND OF GOD MOVED AND ALLOWED THESE BODIES TO APPEAR! The bible tells us in Numbers 32:23 that "your sin will find you out". Jesus said in Luke 12:2 that, "For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known."
In an interesting twist to this tragic story, the Pro Death (they prefer the kinder term Pro Choice) supporters have a real dilemma on their hands. You see, they are going to be forced to defend Scott Peterson during his upcoming trial! The problem the Pro Death camp is faced with is that they MUST defend Scott Peterson since he is being charged with double murder, that of Laci, AND their unborn baby. If Scott Peterson is found guilty for murdering his unborn baby, then so should every doctor that performs an abortion!!!
The fact is, several dozen states now have "fetal homicide" statutes on the books. If a person can be charged with murder for killing an unborn child in an act of violence, then why can't a doctor who performs an abortion also be charged with murder? What is the difference? There is NONE! But to get these "fetal homicide" statutes passed, state legislators had to make ONE HUGE exemption. You guessed it. In cases of abortion with the mothers consent, these statutes do not apply to the abortion doctors. Do you see what twisted logic has to be used to accommodate sin?
I want to speak directly today to anyone that may be contemplating having an abortion. Just remember this. No matter what anyone tells you, it is MURDER. There is simply no justification for it at all. You only have two options. Have and raise the child, or put the child up for adoption. Also, let me say a word to those men and women who have the scar of abortion in their lives. Sadly, I deal daily with hundreds of women AND men that have made this sad choice at some point in their life. Some of them did this 40 years ago and are still dealing with the hurt, and pain, and guilt. You can't go back and change what you have done, but 1 John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins, God forgives us and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. The Bible also tells us that God not only forgives our sins, but forgets them. It is satan who reminds you of your past sins to keep you paralyzed from serving God. HE IS A LIAR!!! Now is the time to trust God's Word, and put it behind you once and for all. God still has much for you to do with your life.
I love you and care about you so much. God speaks to us each day in many ways. One of the ways that He speaks to us is through circumstances in our life and world. IT IS NO ACCIDENT THAT THOSE BODIES WERE COUGHED UP FROM THEIR WATERY GRAVES! God allowed that to happen. One reason was so that the person who committed this horrible crime would have to face the consequences of their actions. The other reason was to use this high profile event to force our nation to accept the fact that life is from God, and the killing of an innocent baby is MURDER! We need to once and for all take our Federal Government out of the business of legally sanctioning the annual slaughter of millions of innocent lives! How can we expect God to bless our nation when we allow this to happen?
I pray today for our nation. How long can we mock God without feeling His wrath? How far can we push God's grace? I read in the Old Testament how God's very own chosen people lived in blatant rebellion to Him. God tried to warn them. He sent messages through the events of their day. They ignored the messages. He sent His prophets to warn the people to repent and turn back to God. They wouldn't listen to his messengers. Eventually, God punished His people for their rebellion.
Our nation is less than 300 years old. We have been richly blessed with incredible wealth and power, but we are not immune from God's wrath. God is speaking to us through the events of our day and through those He has called to warn the people. I pray that we will listen, repent of our sins, and turn our hearts back to Him before it is too late. Killing an unborn baby IS murder, whether it happens in an act of violence on the street or in a legal clinic!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ, Bill Keller