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New Beginnings: Life

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart;
 I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Jeremiah 1:5

      For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
     Psalm 139:13-14a

I absolutely love babies!  I love to hold them, cuddle them, and talk nonsense to them.  Being around babies takes me back to when my husband and I had two babies.  We thought they were the most wonderful things in the whole world.  All babies are adorable to me. Many people feel the same way I feel.  Sadly, that is not the case with everyone.

Every year 32,000 people die on our highways and everyone is upset at this number.  That many babies are aborted in America every 10 days!  Almost 60,000,000 babies have been aborted since Roe vs. Wade 40 years ago.  It would take about 350 Hiroshima atomic explosions to kill that many people.  6,000,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust.  Ten times that many babies have been aborted in this country.             In America more babies have been aborted than lives lost in the last 12 wars in our country! Nearly 1 out of 4 babies are aborted  now in America.  Where is the outrage? An unborn baby is not a zygote, or tissue, but a person that God knows! and loves!

We cry and mourn over 22 little children being gunned down in their school, and we should cry. Where are the tears for 60,000,000 babies killed in America? Much of the world today holds the opinion that America is a country that little values life. Can we argue that?  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian pastor who was hanged by the Nazis, warned us, "Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act."

At Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, one of the first panels on the wall displays this statement: "A country is not just what it does--it is also what it tolerates."  What do we tolerate in America? We need to carefully and prayerfully consider where we stand on this issue! How do you feel about these lost babies?  How does God feel?  Do we care? What do we say?  How do we act?

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, (1 Peter 3:15).

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.  Do everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).

Pat Eppler                                                                                                          

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