We recently moved outside of our parish. We love that parish – St Pat’s in Scottsdale. We moved knowing that we would remain connected to it one way or another for the rest of our lives. But God has plans for each of us that go beyond what we think may be best. We moved into another parish – Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) in Tempe – also a good parish. I say ‘good’ because after attending a couple of services I can see already that the pastor and church members are engaged in the community – local and global – and that is what I believe church is for.
Now as most know, Planned Parenthood (PP) has been in the news lately (Google it if necessary). And as most also know, the Catholic Church and most other Christian churches are no friends of Planned Parenthood. In essence, the parties stand on the opposite sides of the abortion issue. I won’t get into the details here, and like anything else, you should educate yourself fully before you take sides. I wrote a post a couple of years ago where I explained that I had found myself on the wrong side of the issue when I was younger and that my position has changed dramatically. Click here if you want to read it: https://holyfolk.com/thou-shalt-not-kill/
Back to church: So, I recently left a service at OLMC with a bulletin in my hand and in it was a very impassioned letter on the subject by the pastor including statements like, “Don’t buy the lie that PP is in business for anything other than abortion.” There was also a call to join a protest at the local PP offices in Tempe this Saturday (today). Protest? Really? You mean we are going to actually publicly express our outrage? Wow! I think I might like it here! Now, this protest was part of a nationwide effort to urge the defunding of PP and the turnout was pretty good for a Saturday morning in Tempe with the temps in the high ‘90s, maybe 500-700 people. I went mostly out of curiosity to see who would show. Shame on me! I should have gone out with the same kind of outrage that most of the protesters went. Like the 22 year old young man that spoke eloquently in the heat about how some 20% of his generation were missing due to abortion. Whether the number is accurate or not, (And what number would you think is acceptable?) it underscored the fact that the numbers are huge. Conservatively, estimates of 55,000,000 lives have been ended since Roe v. Wade, and that is in the US alone. This student also conjectured that maybe one of those lives would have been instrumental in discovering the cure for cancer. Ironically, the PP also uses the ‘cure for cancer’ card to support some of the group’s activities that have come to light this month.
Either way you stand on this matter you cannot deny where God stands. Ancient history clearly indicates that for centuries, there were Middle Eastern followers of the god Baal that routinely sacrificed their infants to this god. One of these civilizations lived in Canaan – the land that God promised to the early Israelite nation. God uses the Israelites as his tool to destroy these people who had sunken so low they were beyond reconciliation:
“But when you have driven them out and settled in their land,30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” 31 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods…” (Duet 12:29-31)
So if the only thing that separates our civilization from that of the worshipers of Baal is whether the infant sacrificed is in the womb or outside, or how long the infant has germinated, how far have we really developed in 4,000 years? How is it possible that with all of the presumed development in healthcare, technology, social justice and ‘morality’ that this is even an issue anymore? How have we not been able to take all of the very same resources used in ending these lives, and redirect them into a more reasonable and sensible way to address unwanted pregnancies, including those that are the result of rape or incest? Why isn’t the full focus of our nation turned to finding a cure for a ‘disease’ that has conservatively killed over 55 million of its citizens since 1979 alone? Think about that for a while and it starts to spark some outrage and maybe some action and maybe some change. With the countless millions of childless couples praying for a baby how is it that we can’t figure this out? Why isn’t PP the world’s largest adoption agency?
There was a time not too long ago where we burned people alive because we thought they were witches. I am afraid that our future generations will look back on this one and shake their heads in disbelief when they recount the loss of a generation of unborn children because of our choice to worship at the altar of convenience. God help us all.