When we page through our Bibles reading with a lens of our modern-day, western eyes, we often find ourselves perplexed, confused, or perhaps disgusted, particularly when reading the Old Testament. Death, blood, killing, war, and many more culturally confusing narratives fill these pages. Yet, we also we find a God who is sovereign, and in this ancient book, we find meaning, hope, and promise.
Many people (not just Christians, I might add) are deeply troubled hearing the recent ruling in NY, allowing women to now have late-term abortions. Proponents of this ruling argue there are parameters to this law, but those are vague.
It is interesting: the world we live in increasingly seems to mirror some of the tragic, perplexing, and outright disgusting stores we read in the Old Testament. Yet, instead of babies sacrificed to ancient gods, babies are now sacrificed on an altar of narcissism, selfishness, and in the name of being an educated, “modern”, forward-thinking society. BABIES ARE BEING KILLED and people smiling, rejoicing, and clapping about it. Celebrating it in the name of “women’s rights.”
When did life cease to be sacred? I suppose the answer is… slowly, for a while.
May God have mercy on us, weary sinners. May God have mercy on our nation.
On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
Turning Heavenward, toward the light
To see the morning light of one more day
But if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take
Aching for home, for something of their very own
Reaching hands, with nothing to hold on to,
But hope for a better day, a better day
To feel the love again in my own land
But if unknown roads lead away from home,
Give me loving arms, away from harm
Softly pleading for silence in a shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
Blood of the innocent on their hands
To feel the sun again upon my face,
For when darkness clears I know you’re near,
Bringing peace again
Can you hear the prayer of the children?