Defending the Innocent

Children, infants, and the unborn have a special place in the heart of God. Yet, in the cries against injustice and oppression, these are the least defended even while being the most helpless and innocent.

Many of us are aware of legislators signing bills legalizing the killing of the unborn up to the time of birth, and to have people literally applaud and cheer in response. Human trafficking is considered a billion dollar “industry.” The accounts told of the rape and abuse of babies and children are heartbreaking. Added to this is a disturbing rise and push to “normalize” pedophilia.

While many try to justify such practices and perversions, one cannot do so without jettisoning the teachings of the Bible and the God of whom it reveals. God is a God of love, indeed; however, He is also holy, pure, and just. Abortion, rape, exploitation, and pedophilia are each diametrically opposed to love, holiness, purity, and justice.

In the Old Testament, some of the people sacrificed their babies to the idol Molech, in which the babies would be burned alive. Was God pleased by this? Absolutely not!

They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination ~ Jeremiah 32:35 (ESV)

Is God silent about the unborn? No. 

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations. ~ Jeremiah 1:5

And the psalmist writes,

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. ~ Psalm 139:13-14

In the New Testament, Jesus the Savior says of those who would harm children and cause them to sin and lose trust in Him:

It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. ~ Luke 17:2

Make no mistake, such sins are forgivable for anyone who truly confesses and repents of them; however, it is no small matter to applaud and trivialize such wicked and beastly practices. How hypocritical for persons to cry out against injustice and oppression, all the while ignoring the cries and shed blood of the weakest and most helpless.

As followers of Christ, may we put on the whole gospel armor and stand against this push to endorse all that is clearly against God’s teachings and character. God is a God of love and purity; there is nothing loving about mutilating the unborn or violating and exploiting children. These, in fact, are outright defiance against God’s love, purity, and holiness.

Understand, these are not political issues, they are moral ones. Politicians might use these for or against their advantage; philosophers, psychologists, and doctors can debate them; and celebrities trivialize these, but these are moral issues at a foundational level. 

Wicked people will continue to practice wickedness, but woe to all who claim to be persons of God, yet condone and justify such behaviors of which He clearly condemns and denounces. May we be a people who are willing to defend the most vulnerable and innocent of people—the unborn, infants, and children. 

The Lost Priceless Art of Common Courtesy

Many of the narrators (i.e., the talking heads) say the problem in America is “racism,” but I dare say the problem is deeper than this. You see, in my fair amount of years of living, I have known very few people who were racist in the true sense of the word, regardless of their ethnicity. Oh sure, there are cliques and biases, but every color and sector has these. For example, when I was a teen there was a fellow a few years older than me who lived in the same apartment complex. He had a shirt that read, “If You Ain’t Chicano, You Ain’t Caca!” Today, such a shirt would be  considered “racist,” yet this person was not racist. His friends included blacks, whites, and Asians.

The deeper problem today, I believe, is the decline in respect and common courtesy all around. I have seen such a rise in disrespect toward others from elementary schools to professional political platforms.

I have witnessed people treating employees at fast food restaurants and department stores as though these individuals are beneath them, as they yelled and belittled them. I’ve seen videos of cops being screamed and cussed at because they pulled persons over for speeding. I’ve observed young men treating others with contempt yet demanding respect. I’ve experienced reaching my hand out only to have persons look down at my hand then back at me, keeping their arms crossed.

In media, whole groups of people are generalized and demonized—especially if persons or groups do not share the same opinions and agendas.

Kids can cuss and threaten teachers or bully students; yet, many parents will side with their children—regardless of the rebellious behavior. Some parents yell awful, demeaning things at kids’ sporting events. Many belittle police officers, referring to them as the “pigs.” We live in a day where the position of president is not even respected. I read of a children’s book recently portraying President Trump as a pig. There has been a growth in numbers who show utmost disrespect for the flag, those in the military, and those who have sacrificed much. Let us not forget the disrespect shown to our elders. I recently came across a video of and elderly man of color being punched by a group of young men of color for wearing a US winter hat.

We’ve become a society having a sense of entitlement, as if somehow others owe us something. But why would anyone owe us anything while we “do not owe anyone a single thing”?

The disrespect and lack of courtesy transcends color, ethnicity, gender, economic class, etc., and these have poisoned our society like nothing else can. How can our country deal with racism if it disregards the necessity of respect. Mind you, showing respect does not mean to agree with someone or to like them. Rather, it is to show honor for a person’s position and/or personhood. Yet, how often I will hear people say, “I’m not going to respect him/her, they don’t deserve respect. Respect is to be earned!” What a bunch of baloney! We’re to demand respect while dishing out disrespect?! It does not work this way, and this is precisely a major reason our society is in the mess it is in.

The Bible tells us:

So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. ~ Matthew 7:12

Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. ~ 1 Peter 2:17

How can we cry out for love and justice if we cannot even show respect and common courtesy to one another? This is like crying out for light and warmth, yet pouring water over any flickering flames.

Somewhere on a shelf in the dark basement of the human heart is the lost, but ever so valuable, art of common courtesy. Until we can find this and finally display it again, the cries against racism, injustice, etc. are but also a lost cause.