Just down the street from our church-houses...

"For from the least of them even to the greatest of them, Everyone is greedy for gain, And from the prophet even to the priest Everyone deals falsely. They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace. Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done? They were not even ashamed at all; They did not even know how to blush. Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; At the time that I punish them, They shall be cast down," says the LORD. (Jeremiah 6:13-15)

(Tim) A few years after Yale was founded, a student spoke critically of one of Yale's tutors saying, "He has no more grace than this chair." Yale's response was swift: The student was expelled and, despite his apology (contra Wikipedia), Yale refused to reinstate him. Centuries later, Yale named one of her Divinity School buildings for this student. It's the only building ever named for a student who was expelled.

One of this student's contemporaries also attended Yale a few years earlier when Yale was just being chartered. At that time, Jonathan Edwards himself was caught up in the discipline of Yale's tutors. Their infraction?

They were promoting Arminian theology. Yale had been founded because of Harvard's betrayal of Christian doctrine, so no one involved in Yale's founding was about to let it happen again.

What does Yale discipline today?

This past year, a Yale art student regularly impregnated herself (artificially, with a syringe), then killed the babies she never knew by taking oral abortifacients--all of which she carefully documented with a video camera for display at a Yale art exhibition. Yale's administration was quite embarrassed and released a statement...


denying it ever happened:

The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and function of a woman’s body,” Yale spokeswoman Helaine Klasky said.

Everything, including the press release describing the child sacrifices, was “performance art,” Klasky said. Then, speaking of the artist, Klasky rebuked her according to Yale's moral hypocrisies today:

She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art. Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns.

The artist herself continued to assert she'd done everything she said. And of course, she had the movies to prove it. Responding to Yale's denial, she said Yale's administration was “ultimately inaccurate.”

Yale's come a long way from the early days when David Brainerd was expelled for speaking critically of one of his tutors and Jonathan Edwards spoke in his defense, to no avail. Yale's trustees wouldn't relent and Brainerd's expulsion stood.

Regardless of how many little babies this mother killed, note the world we live in. To say it's terribly wicked doesn't begin to touch the reality. We have given ourselves to the habitual practice of the very crime God Himself says is so terribly wicked it never entered His mind.

Meanwhile, our evangelical preachers crank up their marketing machines, inundating us with the statistics of their missional successes; our Christian school and homeschooled children are taught these United States are a Christian nation; our President and many hundreds of federal judges and legislators claim evangelical Christian faith; all three of our presidential candidates confess orthodox Christian faith; we have millions and millions and millions of Christians--hundreds of millions of them. In fact, in America today we have entirely removed Christianity's offense. Finally, we're able to say that to be an American and to be a Christian is really the same thing.

Bill Clinton's a Christian. Hillary Clinton's a Christian. Barack Obama's a Christian. John McCain's a Christian. President Bush is a Christian. Tony Campolo's a Christian. Brian MacClaren's a Christian. Bill Hybel's a Christian. Gilbert Bilezikian's a Christian. Robert Schuller's a Christian. Doug Coe's a Christian. Pope Bendict XVI is a Christian. I'm a Christian. You're a Christian.

Why, happy days are here again: We're all Christians.

And yet, there in the back of my mind is this passage from Scripture that has bound my conscience with unbelievable tenacity for over thirty years, now:

 

The Lord said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. I will set my face against that man and I will cut him off from his people; for by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech and they fail to put him to death, I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him in prostituting themselves to Molech'" (Leviticus 20:1-5).

Have our good readers noticed the relative silence that ensues when this blog mentions the church's failure to stand against the slaughter of millions of unborn children just down the street from our church-houses? You can cut it with a knife.

Comments

I've noticed that the most controversial blog entries tend to get the most responses. Silence on blogs often means agreement, because people feel dumb posting nothing more than, "Yeah, you're right."

So you agree Bill Clinton and Tony Campolo are Christians? I would have thought that was controversial.

Tim, The story brings tears to my eyes. The willful death of numerous children in the name of art shows the black heart of our institutions and our country. I think most Christians agree in theory, but some are lazy cowards and others have grown weary of the fight. This is a battle that must be fought. Methods can be debated, but the Church's stance on this issue must never waver. It is not a side issue. Christ brings life. To ignore abortion/euthansia, etc., and still claim to preach the Gospel is to lie about Christ. My advice, preach Christ, which means preaching against death, which means preaching against abortion, have lots of children, and pray.

Peter Jones, Pastor

Tim,

Perhaps the palpable silence is what you think it is.

On the other hand, there are blog posts which motivate me to post a comment, and there are blog posts which motivate me to sing imprecatory songs, crying out "How long, O Lord?" in the face of a nation which can look upon a woman *intentionally* conceiving and aborting children one after another, and not even know whether what she's doing is right or wrong.

Blessings,

Keith

Yes, Keith, that may well be the entire explanation. Love expects the best, doesn't it? Thanks for this gentle correction.

I understood the Campolo comment to be facetious. I can't speak for others.

My reaction to this story is much like Keith's reaction. Rather than post a response sometimes it first better to humble ourselves before the Lord and cry out for mercy. I pray that someone in New Haven would go to this young woman and speak both words of judgment and mercy to her. Judgment that her sins are stench in the nostrils of the living God. Mercy in that there is forgiveness in Christ.

This blog is a blessing to me. Sometimes it is a blessing of encouragement. Sometimes it blesses because it challenges my assumptions or makes me consider my sin. Rarely do I ever post anything.

Please don't think silence equates to a lack of interest or concern. Don't think that you type in vain.

17 This is what the LORD Almighty says:

"Consider now! Call for the wailing women to come;

send for the most skillful of them.

18 Let them come quickly

and wail over us

till our eyes overflow with tears

and water streams from our eyelids.

19 The sound of wailing is heard from Zion:

'How ruined we are!

How great is our shame!

We must leave our land

because our houses are in ruins.' "

20 Now, O women, hear the word of the LORD;

open your ears to the words of his mouth.

Teach your daughters how to wail;

teach one another a lament.

21 Death has climbed in through our windows

and has entered our fortresses;

it has cut off the children from the streets

and the young men from the public squares.

(Jeremiah 9 - niv)

[Lurker surfacing for air ...]

Like several commenters before me, I agree with what you've written, am blessed to read it, and have nothing to add that would advance the discussion.

Don't even think about ceasing to post, though!

My dear Mrs. Pierson,

What a wonderful (and convicting) wake up this morning!

Thank you,

Kamilla

does this make Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer "artists" too?

Can abortion really even be compared to the worship of Molech? When Jewish parents offered their children to Molech, they did so out of a wrecked and twisted sense of duty to a false god. When we offer up our children to abortion, it is not an offering of any sort. Their is no false god being worship, no duty being fulfilled. With abortion there is the plain and simple fact that a person is being murdered for no other reason than our pleasure.

I am so conflicted on this issue. Like Peter, the thought cuts me straight through my heart and I want to reach for the sword. I honestly cannot tell you which thought repulses me more - taking up arms to defend these quiet victims or my not defending these little ones.

My silence is the direct result that I feel like a man who is tied up and made to watch the murder of his family. Helpless, guilty, cowardly, inadequate - utterly waiting on the mighty hand of God to deliver His justice even while knowing that, as a part of this nation, we will not escape the coming wrath.

Other than protesting and loving/adopting, what can we do about this?

Bob,

I am grateful for your effort to capture the frustration and horror of beholding this holocost being played out as this one is played out. Pr. Tim has often noted what appears to be a permanent impotence of evangelicals generally toward abortion. Other pastors have noted this too, with great amazement.

In many cases these words of yours capture one of the main reasons for this impotence: "I honestly cannot tell you which thought repulses me more - taking up arms to defend these quiet victims or my not defending these little ones." I have no idea just how much of the impotence such conflictedness accounts for -- but my observations over 35 years of pastoral ministry suggests it is a lot. Especially does this conflictedness help to explain why so many turn their eyes away.

You mentioned protesting and adopting as options. Protest is the "easiest," perhaps, though it may take more individual effort that many realize. Adoption is a more expensive and long-term option that actually rescues the adopted child. For those who can do this, praise the Lord.

A third option is to aid, abet, support, volunteer, and give to pregnancy counseling ministries. The director of the only county-wide ministry of this type is a member of our parish, allowing all of us to understand the many ways we can put our shoulder to that wheel. A ministry such as this is an excellent vehicle for cooperation between pro-life congregations in an area, and it does not take many such congregations to marshall money, volunteers, and material for a community ministry that not only saves infants lives, but also helps mothers do the right thing, now and long-term too.

Fr. Bill,

This is not the first time God has used your words to bless and encourage me and my family. You are absolutely right.

So often I place my hope in my own efforts or in those around me when my hope should be in Christ alone. Perhaps it is best to place our money and time in these efforts (protesting and praying/adopting/crisis pregnancy centers) and our hope in Christ.

Again, I do appreciate your words and only wish we could do more to put a permanent end to this infanticide.

I think that in many cases, abortion is sacrificing a child to the false god, Mammon. When people say that they cannot afford to have a child, it rarely means that they will starve if the pregnancy continues to term. It usually means that they will have fewer luxuries.

In this materialistic culture, we live among and are constantly influenced by worship of Mammon. And this worship, like Molech's, involves child sacrifice.

The value of posts like this one is that they are chipping away at the immense amount of false thinking that has clouded Christians for so long concerning the abortion "debate."

Sometimes Christians' thinking can be about as clear as mud on abortion. For instance, when I have mentioned the number of Americans who have been murdered by abortion since 1973 (I've read 1.5 Billion, with a B!!) and I compare this number with how many Jews Hitler killed, how many people died in the vietnam war, etc, I get these responses like, "Well, every life is precious to God. Do numbers really matter?" Yes, numbers matter because in any other case, the outcry of the public, the willingness of the public to protest, march, donate, boycott, take up arms is directly related to the number of lives lost. The more innocent blood being shed, the greater the outcry. It has always been this way. There was quite a public outcry when several thousand people died on September 11th (even a war). I didn't hear anybody grumbling about how numbers aren't important, each life is precious. Nobody was saying, "Oh but 7 lives were lost on such and such a day, shouldn't that receive equal attention?"

Because the outcry of the church is not anywhere near what it would be if one/one thousandth of the number of people were being slaughtered by any other means, it tells me that the majority of people in the church do not truly believe that "people" are being killed by abortion. The potential for people, sure. But actual souls created in the image of God with a soul that will exist for all eternity?, I just don't think that the church really, truly believes that. But I pray that they wake up. Some from the pro-choice movement of the 1860's also didn't believe that black people truly had souls. That seems so ignorant to us today that we have a hard even believing it; maybe someday everyone will look back in disbelief that our culture used to not believe babies had souls!

Renew America has a May 11 story about a fundraising email that Planned Parenthood sent out. The email starts out,

"Dear Friend, Join us! Make a Mother's Day gift!"

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