If the people ...do at all hide their eyes...
- The LORD said to Moses, “Say to the people of Israel, Any man of the people of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, who gives any of his children to Molech shall be put to death; the people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, defiling my sanctuary and profaning my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all hide their eyes from that man, when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his family, and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in playing the harlot after Molech. (Leviticus 20:2-5)
(Tim) Last Sunday, about two hundred believers went to the Monroe County Courthouse on the Square to protest the slaughter of the unborn. This protest is held each year to memorialize the fifty million--that's 50,000,0000--babies that have been slaughtered under the protection of our Supreme Court's blood lust known as Roe v. Wade. That's sixteen thousand, eight hundred and twelve times the number of deaths caused by the nineteen terrorists on 9/11.
Here in Monroe County, six hundred and seventy-six infants were murdered by Planned Parenthood and its hired guns in 2005, the most recent year stats are available.
Show up at this protest and you'll witness the anemic witness to Jesus Christ that prevails the rest of the year in this community. Five or so from Evangelical Community Church (less than one percent); five or so from our evangelical megachurch, Sherwood Oaks (less than a quarter of a percent); thirty to fifty from the various Roman Catholic parishes (less than one percent); a smattering from each of a number of other churches; five or ten from the Reformed Presbyterian Church; the occasional vegan or atheist who agrees with Nat Hentoff that "For an atheist, life is all we have;" and the remainder from Church of the Good Shepherd.
No, I'm not bragging; I'm shaming. It's unconscionable that Christians are silent year in and year out as babies are slaughtered in our fair city. When I used to preach at Evangelical Community Church, if I mentioned abortion in the sermon the wife of one of our elders would stand up and parade out of the sanctuary...
There she was, watched by everyone as she voiced her and her husband's support for the slaughter of the innocents--and they gave their wicked witness during the corporate worship of God's people as the Word of God was preached. This went on for years while the man, a full professor, sat on the Board of Elders.
This is the truth about the Christian witness of the churches of this community; it's largely silent. But there are some voices in the wilderness.
You know what? I love our church. Read this article and ask yourself why you aren't in a church with such dear men and women. Then find one. And if it's reformed and presbyterian, great. But if it's not, go for it anyway. It's the breaches in the wall where our faith is proven.
(By the way, David Talcott is a doctoral student in philosophy who serves our session as recording clerk, and Elizabeth Wegener is the daughter of David and Terianne Wegener, MTW missionaries in Zambia supported by both Christ the Word and Church of the Good Shepherd. Mary Lee and I have the joy of having Lizzie live with us for her senior year in high school. What a wonderful witness David and Lizzie gave! And don't think it was easy for either of them.)