Forty years and over 50 million deaths after Roe v. Wade, it has become clear that the legal right of abortion is the child’s obligation to die. Those familiar with the writings of the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah cannot help but notice the similarities between seventh-century B. C. Judah and present-day United States.
According to Jeremiah, the people of Judah had forsaken God and had instituted the practice of sacrificing their children to the pagan god Baal. This past summer many watched in stunned disbelief as the oldest political party in America booed God and rewrote its political platform to change its position on abortion from legal, safe, and rare to legal, safe, and available to all.
Jeremiah would probably say that America is in the same position Judah was in just before the Babylonians carried the Jewish people into captivity and laid waste to the beautiful country of Judah. According to Jeremiah, the 70 years of Babylonian captivity came about because the people of Judah had forsaken God and had killed their children on a vast scale.
Over 50 million babies have been aborted in our nation in the last 40 years. If the child in the womb is a human being, those abortions represent the greatest mass murder in history. Those 50 million deaths completely overshadow the deaths of those Jewish children who were horribly sacrificed to a pagan god so long ago.
Will there be dire consequences for our nation similar to those in ancient Judah? If history is a guide, it is a possibility. If the writings of Jeremiah are the inspired word of God, it is a certainty. Perhaps we should all be mindful of the words of Thomas Jefferson when he said that he feared for his country because God is just.
Jerry L. Horton